Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D800

Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Size Significantly smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight Much lighter 560 g vs 1,074 g
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Around 50% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,303 ISO vs 1,183 ISO
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The D700 has a slight edge (1 f-stop) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.51x
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Around 2x larger viewfinder
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 197 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life Longer battery life 1000 shots vs 660 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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        similarities

        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D5100:16.1 MP
        D700:12.1 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        6,400 ISO
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D5100:4 fps
        D700:5 fps
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $444 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,257 body only

        $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
        Storage slots Has more storage slots
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 - $1,897 body only

        $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $897 - $929 body only

        $831 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Nikon D5100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $249 body only

        $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Thickness Thinner
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range

        Nikon D700 Competitors

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        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,359 - $1,360 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,180 - $2,199 body only

        $2,889 - $3,650 with 24-105mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Focus points Many fewer focus points
        Nikon D810

        Nikon D810

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        $4,350 with 28-300mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

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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