Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D5100

Nikon D7000


Nikon D5100



Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6 fps

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.6 EV


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7000.


Nikon D7000 Competitors

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$539 - $697 body only

$614 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$890 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$580 - $697 body only

$939 - $997 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Shorter battery life

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$389 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$279 body only

$339 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$360 body only

$480 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Shutter lag More shutter lag


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Showing 25 comments

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)

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?
* 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
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)
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.

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.