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

Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D5200

Winner
Nikon D7100

92

Nikon D5200

79

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

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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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

$849 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Better image quality
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$565 - $797 body only

$629 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$750 - $999 body only

$839 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Faster video autofocus
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$399 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$512 - $697 body only

$514 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$429 - $649 body only

$520 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

discussion

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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
 
Avatar for RomanDAPhotography RomanDAPhotography (1:56 PM, August 14, 2013)
I think the main diff between the 5100 and 5200 is the MP. 5100 is 16mp and the 5200 is 24mp. I love my 5100, but wish it was the 5200 for the extra print size and editing ability the 24mp would give me.
 
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?