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

Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D7100

100

Nikon D5200

85

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

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
Focus points
Many focus points
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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

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$759 - $797 body only

$1,047 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$529 - $647 body only

$629 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$445 - $597 body only

$519 - $529 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
GPS Has a GPS
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$445 - $597 body only

$519 - $529 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$359 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life
Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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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?