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

Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D5200

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5200.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7100.

competitors

Nikon D7100 Competitors

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Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$799 - $997 body only

$1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
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Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$500 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
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Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$549 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

Nikon D5200 Competitors

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Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$500 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Color depth Worse color depth
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Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
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Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$497 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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Pourya (7:48 PM, January 06, 2014)
D5200 is compatible with 1920 x 1080 60i/50i :
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d5200/features04.htm#a9
 
Miguel (10:33 AM, July 13, 2013)
Something to consider, DSLRs are sturdy cameras in general. Unless you're shooting in harsh environment where you would need a robust camera such as the D7100, paying $500 more isn't worth it. Take a closer look, most of the D7100 advantages are based on the camera's performance and durability. If for some reason those two factors are more important than image quality then go for it. If not, save that $500 and get the D5200 which has better image quality. Use the left over $500 to get a nice prime lens like the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and you'll have more than enough to capture beautiful photographs. After all, in the end it is the photographer and not the camera that creates amazing photos.
 
Christina Yoder (5:47 PM, April 06, 2013)
Does the Nikon D5100 video focus as well as the Nikon 5200? How do the two video functions compare?