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
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm)
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps

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

$749 - $797 body only

$1,097 with 18-140mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$439 body only

$500 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
GPS Has a GPS
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,275 with 18-200mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Size Smaller
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$439 body only

$500 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price More expensive
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$402 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$469 - $649 body only

$539 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Movie format Lower frame rate movies

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
 
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?