Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000

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Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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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
Movie format Higher frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5100 does so at a higher frame rate
Size Significantly smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 560 g vs 780 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $378.00 vs $639.95
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The best price we've seen is $262 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 1050 shots vs 660 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 13 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 238 ms vs 273 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D5100:1,183 ISO
              D7000:1,167 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              80.0
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D5100:500 ms
              D7000:400 ms
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D5100:1080p @ 30fps
              D7000:1080p @ 24fps

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              Shared Competitors

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              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $641 - $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              bob (7:21 PM, February 03, 2014)
              Go with the cheaper body, ALWAYS. Spending more money on a better body will not help you take better pictures, lenses, on the other hand, combined with some basic knowledge will help you take better shots
               
              Enz (6:46 PM, October 22, 2013)
              D40 has 23.7x15.5mm sensor!!
               
              Brad (2:59 AM, August 10, 2013)
              I love my old manual lens from 1983. no motor no meter its nothing but glass in this thing and it awesome.
               
              Hosein (10:29 PM, April 14, 2013)
              Hi,

              I have D5100 for nearly one year. It is a perfect camera for beginners. I definitely recommend you to save your money for lenses. D7000 is for sure better than D5100 but if your budget is limited, don't waste your money for the body. I'm sure using good glasses you can perform much better with D5100 than D7000 with bad glasses.
               
              Navid (5:39 AM, March 01, 2013)
              Well, there is hardly any difference in snaps of D5100 & D7000.And what I have found out D5100 performs better in most of the cases.It seems unbelievable but it is it in reality.I have both, and what I have found out results of D5100 are always much better, I don't know why.
               
              Avatar for Mhon Rms Mhon Rms (8:21 AM, February 12, 2013)
              Well this comparisson will not end. Which one is the best between the two camera. Most of the people here are just sharing their opinion but didn't actually applied it in reality. If we compare function to function of both camera, what's the difference?
              Here are some throw away question that everyone may consider in choosing both camera:
              * Are the image quality different for both camera with the same lense, same ISO setting, same shutter speed and apperture setting?
              * Do you need your camera to be expose in a dusty or even a high humid area to take photo so you need to be weather sealed?
              * Do you always shoot under the rain or dusty condition?
              * Do you need a higher than 4 frames per second to take a photo in sports mode?
              * Are this qualities you are looking and bragging for produce great shots?
              OR....
              * You want the D7000 because you want to show to every one that your more of a professional photographer...isn't it?
              * You became more of a professional photographer because you got a mid pro gear?
              * You can use some of the old lense because D7000 have a built in motor and and D5100 doesn't have, but do you really need to use it?
              Well to be frankly speaking, even a point and shoot dummy digital camera produce such a stunning photo. Cameras are just tools, photographer and skills creates good photos. IMHO, better buy a camera that you can afford and try to master your techniques in taking good photos.
              Cheers to all...
               
              Thom (8:06 PM, January 23, 2013)
              i found this great article of D5100 VS D7000
              http://www.d5100dslr.com/versus/d5100-d7000/
               
              Avatar for Uthmaan Uthmaan (9:55 PM, December 06, 2012)
              Do you have samples of D5100 with kit lens?
               
              Mirzamahmad (10:31 PM, July 13, 2012)
              Which one did u buy i m choosing these days and i cant decide!
               
              Kmlovette (3:01 AM, June 26, 2012)
              hi,
              did you try the 18-55 lens on the d5100 and the d7000....i have heard that lens is really a sharp lens.
              the kit lens i have with the d80  18-135 is not that sharp and noticed using a friend's d60 with the 18-55 lens
              that her photos were amazingly sharp.
               
              KC (4:44 PM, April 25, 2012)
              I'm an enthusiastic photographer with limited skills.  I travel quite a bit and spend a lot of time hiking in the mountains.  I take a ton of landscape and waterfall photography.  I've gotten into HDR photography over the last 18 months or so and am looking to upgrade from my current Nikon.  I'm debating between the D5100 and the D7000.  Obviously the D7000 seems to be the logical choice, but I'm interested in the in-camera HDR feature that the D5100 has.  As I do hike quite a bit, the weight is also of interest to me.  I'm also looking to upgrade my wide angle lens.  Anything recommended?  
               
              Awong (1:06 AM, February 26, 2012)
              changing ISO in D5100 is harder than D7000
               
              Faye (7:26 PM, February 25, 2012)
              I'm looking to buy my first camera - so I have a really low budget. Obviously the best is D7000, and frankly I'm in love with it. I'll never be able to afford it with any lenses though. With the right lenses, will the D5100 produce pictures to rival the D7000 and make up for the missing settings? Or do I have to settle with being content with investing in lenses rather than cameras (which are always improving, so I feel like good lenses will last longer competitively than the actual cameras)?
               
              Parthapp5397 (1:24 PM, February 18, 2012)
              Can I use my Nikon 18-135 SWM lens ( which was originally supplied with D80 and then  discontinued ) with Nikon D5100 ? Will I face any difficulties in focussing in movie mode ?
               
              Chtoulios (3:08 PM, February 06, 2012)
              With nikon whether you buy d80 or d3 you get more or less the same colours.
               
              No focus motor not a big deal (0:42 AM, February 05, 2012)
              Most of my family photos use afs lens like 18-55mm works great and have sharp photos.
              If I am shooting lanscapes, I have plenty of time to manually focus non AFS lens.
              Most of time, this gave better photos than rely on auto focus, that is spot metering and aperature priority.
              So not having focus is not a big hinder for me.
              With the extra dough I have. Rather go out and buy prime lens.
              Just remember the camera depreciate but prime lenses appreciate ovrr time! !!
               
              Avatar for Norhajjar Norhajjar (11:43 PM, January 09, 2012)
              Hi Camro, I just got my nikon D5100. Your post was 5 mos ago but if you are still interested for the sample photo of D5100 here's the link click here
               
              Agner85 (0:46 AM, December 20, 2011)
              add  30fps for video in d5100 advantage
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:09 PM, November 28, 2011)
              You will be able to use older lenses with both cameras but you will not be able to autofocus with the older lens with the D5100 because it doesn't have a built in focus motor. The D7000 dose have a built in focus motor. 
               
              Hinesmegator (3:04 PM, November 28, 2011)
              Question:  Will the 5100 and 7000 both allow me to use older model lenses from film cameras?
               
              Sasikanth Nimmagadda (5:16 AM, October 31, 2011)
              Thanks a lot J Lush, for your comments..
               
              J Lush (9:34 PM, October 30, 2011)
              Questions on D7000
              1. Weather sealed ? What does it mean. Dust Proof ?
              (OR) Rain Proof ? (OR) Both Dust & Rain proof ? Any mentions,
              anywhere by Nikon.?
              The D7000 has weather sealing against dust and rain, but it is not 100%, so I would try to keep it dry, and not too dusty. Also, most Nikon lenses have minimal weather sealing. For maximum weather sealing get a Pentax K-5. The D5100 has minimal protection, so keep it dry and dust free.

              2. What Lens?
                a. It has Built-in AF motor.
              So should i go for non-AF lens.? Any negatives of using non-AF with
              D7000 ? Does it degrade any features of D7000?
              Get AF (auto-focus) lenses, all will work with the D7000, no disadvantages.

                b. Any positives of AF-S lens on D7000 or is it same as using non-AF lens?
              AF-S lenses have superior AF performance, and are quieter.

              3. Is there a way work-around to acheive the below mentioned features of D5100 in the D7000?
                a. Slow-motion video in D7000.? I like it. I want it. Any suggestions ?
              Don't think D5100 has built in slo-mo, but you could use software.

                b. Miniature effect in D7000.? I like it. I want it. Any suggestions ?
              Again some software will have this functionality, google tiltshiftmaker.

                c. Do I have to really worry about HDR feature in D7000. ? how helpful is it?
              Not as good as using dedicated software like Photoshop.

              6. Do i miss any other features of D5100 in D7000 ?
              Look at the missing feature list and see if you need any of them.

              Questions on D5100
              1. ABOUT VIDEO : Considering my video requirements as shooting family functions at home, videos of new born, family outings.
                 a.Heard that there is no Manual Exposure settings in video mode. How bad is it for a user like me.
              For most people this is probably not essential.

                
              b.How better is the 30fps video than the 24fps for a user like me.. Can
              i really find any difference on my 24-inch Full HD LED monitor.
              You might find 30fps has a smoother look.

              2. Which lens would you recommend ?
              The kit 18-55 VR lens is reasonable. The 18-200 VR lens is excellent but expensive.

              3.
              Flexi LCD : when using cam at diff angles, handling cam is difficult,
              thereby taking shot is complex, it would obviously shake. Is this
              feature a real-time win advantage?
              This is an advantage. The only disadvantages is that it might make the the camera less robust, which is why I think the D7000 doesn't have it. Also, less room for buttons.
               
              Kautilyasave (5:11 PM, October 23, 2011)
              find similar cameras ........third line is wrong i guess it shld be....record movies at1080p@24:disqus ,30fps.....
               
              John Hugger (9:09 AM, October 15, 2011)
              @KAK, that's just a wrong thing to say. Some older Nikkor lenses are amazing but they do depend on an on-camera AF-Motor to autofocus.
               
              wampier (8:18 PM, October 07, 2011)
              I have seen the horrible video quality on the AF D7000, what is it like taking it off of Auto?? Does the D5100 use the same AF video system?  Debating over the 60D or the D7000.  Dont need the pro aspects so the D5100 should fall right into place.