Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D700

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D5100

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95

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,303 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D700.

competitors

Nikon D700 Competitors

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Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,797 body only

$2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
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Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$799 - $997 body only

$1,297 with 18-140mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Autofocus Video autofocus
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
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Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,497 body only

$1,997 with 24-85mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points

Nikon D5100 Competitors

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Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$447 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
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Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$747 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
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Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$677 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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Grifter116 (6:23 PM, January 12, 2012)
I was shooting an evening soccer game earlier in the year with a borrowed D700, along with a guy using a D7000. The D7000 was unable to get focus in the diminishing light. The owner thought his camera was malfunctioning, when in fact the camera had reached the limit of is auto-focus/metering system. At least 50% of is shots were out of focus and those that were in focus, the shot had been missed. I know my old Canon 40D would have been limited even sooner!. The D700 IS THAT GOOD!, I was able to nail shots a good 20 minutes after the D7000.
 
Drjaimega (2:58 AM, December 22, 2011)
I agree with Blahblah, better the D5100 than D700, Who said that?
 
Krystalhh_ (8:35 PM, December 19, 2011)
I think it's more of a bang for your buck type thing. The d5100 is pretty good for the price, compared to a d700
 
Blahblah (1:00 AM, December 13, 2011)
now i know these comparisons are terrible.. a d5100 better than a d700? get the hell out of here