Updated (October 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D7000


Nikon D5200



Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6 fps
Great viewfinder

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits


Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5200.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7000.


Nikon D7000 Competitors

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$729 - $797 body only

$939 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$890 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$539 - $697 body only

$614 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$369 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$597 body only

$529 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

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

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$470 - $649 body only

$529 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

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


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Nick (4:30 PM, March 11, 2015)
They said the discontinued "D90" separated by "and the" meaning seperate. If they had meant both to sound discontinued they would have said something like; "The discontinued D90,D7000, and D7100."
Luke (7:36 PM, January 08, 2015)
D5200 is value for money
Avatar for Bala Bala (10:15 AM, April 11, 2014)
Does Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD auto focuses with D5200?
Avatar for Fahad Fahad (7:06 PM, April 08, 2014)
Want to but d5200. When i click on buy it now it doesnt work' :/
Any suggessions?
Avatar for Ari Indra Ari Indra (4:48 PM, February 24, 2014)
Correct,. I had it and satisfied with it,
save money for 35mm 1.8 also another tele lens :D
Avatar for Pranabendu Saha Pranabendu Saha (7:13 AM, November 27, 2013)
If you are an armature photographer there is no single point to buy D7000 over D5200. D5200 one of the finest camera within the price range. Body motor getting obsolete and AF-S coming with better optics less noisy. Image quality is the first and Metal body, weather sealed are secondary. D5200 image is far better than D7000. Balance money invest on better lens. Pls. follow Dxomark review.
Avatar for Lakelynn Lakelynn (1:30 AM, October 01, 2013)
Depends on the lens. But your right, the body alone does not have autofocus.
Avatar for Jerry Tosh Jerry Tosh (1:22 PM, September 20, 2013)
i would say get the d7000 you can buy it used for a pretty good price if you have about a grand to spend on a camera you might as well start with the d600. but out of 5200 and 7000 i chose d7000.
Andrew (3:41 AM, September 14, 2013)
Should I get a nikon d5200 or a nikon d7000? Please help
Avatar for hassan hassan (11:39 AM, July 09, 2013)
d 7000 is the best
Javed (8:00 AM, July 08, 2013)
D90 and D7000 is not discontinued. Go to Nikon website please.
Ayoub Bidar (11:39 AM, July 03, 2013)
The D5200 is Better in Image qualite ( Color depth . low in hight iso . and has Expeed 3 ) but D7000 has great battery life . Stronger made by manghinisiom . and has autofocus with all lenses . the video is excellent in D5200
Avatar for Slavo Slavo (4:42 PM, June 08, 2013)
I would go with 7100
Avatar for Slavo Slavo (4:41 PM, June 08, 2013)
5200 with 18-55 :-). , you'll get 35mm 1.8 later
agshep (10:40 AM, June 03, 2013)
Jon (5:34 AM, May 29, 2013)
I'm looking for an entry level camera...

Should I settle with D5200 with a basic 18-55 lens kit?


Should I go with a cheaper D3200 but equipped with a decent lens like 35mm 1.8?

Phill (2:42 PM, May 07, 2013)
It can record full hd 30fps, and 60fp INTERLACED which means evrey frame is divided by 2 and you will get only half of the quallity vid. so no 60fps full hd for d5200
Avatar for Otha Howse Otha Howse (9:05 PM, March 23, 2013)
D300 and 300s also
Avatar for Kelly Hardy Kelly Hardy (1:02 PM, March 01, 2013)
Here is a full review of the Nikon D5200, with pros and cons, comparisons with rivals and alternatives, as well as recommendations for lenses that go with this DSLR. The review is based on actual feedback from owners of the D5200 Nikon and I hope it helps those who are out for a DSLR to make an informed decision. http://ceejay1980.hubpages.com/hub/Nikon-D5200-price-and-review
Avatar for kb6kgx kb6kgx (8:16 AM, February 27, 2013)
The discontinued D90 and the D7000 (and now the D7100) are the only DX bodies with an internal focusing motor. The D3xxx and D5xxx series do not.
Avatar for SAiNT SAiNT (3:48 PM, February 18, 2013)
BHPhoto says it does
Max (6:01 PM, February 13, 2013)
D5200 can record full hd video with stereo at 60 fps, flip screen, EXPEED 3 processor, the new sensor
Doc (2:51 PM, February 06, 2013)
Nikon D5200 or Nikon D7000?
Avatar for MPiva MPiva (4:30 PM, February 05, 2013)
Does the D7000 can operate with the WiFi adapter? The D5200 does.
motoplux (10:21 AM, January 07, 2013)
no, it does not.