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

Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D7000

84

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Nikon D5200

80

Nikon D5200

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6 fps
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5200 does so at a higher frame rate
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 1,167 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
84.0 vs 80.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Size
Smaller
129x98x78 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
555 g vs 780 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$479.88 vs $599.95
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The best price we've seen is $120 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
238 ms vs 302 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% 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
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              13.9 EV
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              39
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5200:3.1"
              D7000:3"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $695 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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 - $700 body only

              $559 - $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $360 body only

              $409 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $799 body only

              $949 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5200.

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D7000.

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              discussion

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              Showing 25 comments

              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)
              Yes.
               
              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?

              or

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

              Thanks!
               
              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.
               
              Deja (2:42 AM, December 23, 2012)
              yea it does actually