Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Winner
Nikon D7100

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Nikon D5200

80

Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.7 EV
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x78 mm vs 136x107x76 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
84.0 vs 83.0
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$496.95 vs $896.95
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The best price we've seen is $400 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Weight
Lighter
555 g vs 675 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life
Much longer battery life
950 shots vs 500 shots
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90% more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
251 ms vs 302 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D5200:1,284 ISO
              D7100:1,256 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D5200:84.0
              D7100:83.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              24.2 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D5200:13.9 EV
              D7100:13.7 EV
              Focus points Lots of focus points Help
              D5200:39
              D7100:51
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D5200:500 ms
              D7100:300 ms
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              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
               
              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?