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
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus 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

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$629 - $697 body only

$997 - $1,150 with 18-140mm lens

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

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$474 body only

$459 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Significantly smaller
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$468 - $597 body only

$500 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

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

Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$372 body only

Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Cheaper
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$310 - $549 body only

$393 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Lowest price Cheaper
Weight Lighter
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$474 body only

$459 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen

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?