Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D7100


Nikon D5300



Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,338 ISO
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Really small
Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)
Built-in GPS
Great for travel


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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7100.


Nikon D7100 Competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$950 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$558 - $747 body only

$655 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$793 - $999 body only

$870 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Faster video autofocus
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Nikon D5300 Competitors

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$558 - $747 body only

$655 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
GPS No built-in GPS
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$378 body only

$479 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Lowest price Cheaper
Screen size Significantly smaller screen


Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,338 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
The D5300 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
200 ms vs 251 ms
More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Significantly smaller
124×99×76 mm vs 136×107×76 mm
Around 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
The D5300's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Significantly lighter
480 g vs 675 g
Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$463.00 vs $714.00
The best price we've seen is $251 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.54x
More than 30% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
Sealed to shoot in the rain
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots
Around 20% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
950 shots vs 600 shots
Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
20% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
40% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
2x faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D53001,338 ISO
              D71001,256 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D530013.9 EV
              D710013.7 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D530024 bits
              D710024.2 bits
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D530012,800 ISO
              D71006,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              Avatar for cubalibre cubalibre (11:50 AM, March 28, 2015)
              The d5300, now d5500, and the d7200 have the same Sony sensor!! the d7100 has the Toshiba....not good as the Sony
              Even Nikon realised that they put a better sensor in the d5300 after the 7100.... So this is the reason to make now the d7200..... it's a d7100 mark 2
              Avatar for Shawn Earle Shawn Earle (7:48 AM, March 27, 2015)
              Yeah everyone has their own tastes. the D5300 smaller and lighter for the everyday shooter, but the D7100 has many more professional features. And to me i prefer build quality over size and weight. Plus most good lenses under a grand are older AF lenses and they won't auto focus on the D5300. What i really want is A D610! Lol!
              Avatar for William David William David (6:00 PM, March 26, 2015)
              I went up the West End aiming to spend £750 on a new Nikon, very much aware of both models discussed here, I came away with the D5300 @ £500 and what an incredible camera it is. I just had to hold the two ... the D7100 is just too heavy and bulky for my liking, the controls seem to be all in the wrong place plus no flip-out screen. Clever salesman who tell the punter what he wants to hear said, re weather sealing you shouldn't use either in the rain so unless you're planning to go shooting in the Amazon jungle, the 5300 is the one for you.
              Avatar for Yeli Corby Yeli Corby (8:21 AM, March 05, 2015)
              I had a d5000 and got stolen... I still have a few lenses and mounted flash for it and was debating on replacing my d5000 or going with something a bit more updated, but not sure if the lenses I had for my d5000 wil work for others. I was looking at d5300, d7000, d7100 but def. staying with Nikon. I'm not a photographer but love taking pictures of my kids, family and friends. What do you guys suggest? Thanks in advance.
              Avatar for Saad Nadeem Saad Nadeem (7:56 PM, January 31, 2015)
              I Love D7100
              victor (0:12 PM, January 23, 2015)
              7100 is just 60i. isn't it?
              Avatar for Malcolm Clint Malcolm Clint (1:10 AM, January 22, 2015)
              They may have same IQ but for d7100

              *better viewfinder (it's clearer, it's bigger, manual focus is easy if you need to)
              *flash high speed sync (outdoor shooting with flash and fast primes wide open with more than 1/250 shutter speed)
              *1/8000 (using fast prime wide open in broad daylight. using ND filter makes viewfinder dim)
              *Lens AF fine tune.
              *U1 and U2 (i would like to have slot for U1 for JPG (normal day shooting), and U2 for RAW (events, wildlife, photoshoot etc) )
              *flash commander mode
              *front (aperture) and rear (shutter speed) dials in manual mode.
              *screw drive AF. (there are still cheaper D primes compare to G. The 50 1.8D, 85 1.8D, etc)
              * fast dials/buttons TIMER (I think when you set d5300 timer (my d5100 does this because I set the 'fn' button as my shortcut for ISO), after it executes it go backs to normal , you go to menu again and set to timer for your next shot, again and again). BURST, ISO, WB

              I need those but others may not.

              I love the tilting screen though when tripod is flat on the ground. It's easier to see the settings and preview.

              These are what I missed when choosing d5100 over D7000 years ago. I think I'll be upgrading d5100 to d7100.

              Sharing, good luck!
              Avatar for AmpuTzrool AmpuTzrool (11:26 PM, January 14, 2015)
              'BUT YOU ALL HAVE TO KNOW, that Nikon will refresh the D7100 in August 2015' are you Nikon's marketing manager? This is nothing other than hyperbole or rhetoric B.S. All camera makers put out such trash. It is nothing other than a ploy to con consumers. Call it reverse psychology if you like. The consumer believing the camera maker is going to bring out the updated version waits until the upgrade comes out thinking it will be better. However many times the upgrade is merely cosmetic..e.g. an added GPS for heaven's sake! But at some sort of ridiculous increase in price. And really performance in image quality and overall function of the camera hasn't developed/progressed one iota. Very similar to the car market. It's all up to the consumer's needs essentially. Cameras can come with all the bells and whistles a consumer may think and even believe they need, however in analysing true performance in any camera, it comes down to 2 key performance indicators; 1. image quality, and 2. functionality in the environment it will be operating in. Simple as that. I've seen proof that a relatively amateur entry level DSLR camera coupled with relatively similar photo editing software PLUS the skills of the person operating both can produce images very closely resembling the best so called professional quality photographs/images from the best professional photographers in the world. All because of one thing; SKILL of the operator.
              Avatar for Shawn Earle Shawn Earle (4:14 PM, December 27, 2014)
              Perhaps? I have had my Rebel T3i for a couple years now and I love the flip out screen I recently picked up a Nikon D200 and I know I like the feel of the more professional body and the controls are much better. However with the outdated sensor in it you can only get good photos at iso 400 or below. If the D7100 body is similar to the D200 I know I would like it. But then I think if someone is going to spend a grand on a camera body they may as well spend $1,500 and get a D610 and have good photos all the way up to iso 1600?
              Avatar for Shawn Earle Shawn Earle (4:05 PM, December 27, 2014)
              As well weather sealing whigh the D5300 does not have
              Pacho manrique (10:12 PM, December 26, 2014)
              I have a D5100 with a flipscreen, and after a while it starts flickering and turning the image upside down which is really annoying, so maybe thats why. just an uneducated guess....
              Vackor (9:36 PM, December 08, 2014)
              I'am also hesitating between D5300 and D7100. The D5300 is cheaper, and I think the colors pop more with this camera. Not significantly but you can see it on the below video of Shahbaz Muhammad, as well. I think it is because the D5300 is using the Expeed 4 processor, while the D7100 has the Expeed 3. However...D7100 has way much AF-points and way better handling, with 2 scrolling-buttons and an extra display. BUT YOU ALL HAVE TO KNOW, that Nikon will refresh the D7100 in August 2015 :) :) :) So maybe if you cannot choose between these 2 cameras, the best way can be to wait until the upgraded D7100 (the D7200 or something) comes out :) And...what can they upgrade? We will see, but I hope there will be a flip-out screen and the newest processor, and this way the choice will be very easy :)
              Avatar for Shawn Earle Shawn Earle (7:54 AM, November 12, 2014)
              Well the flip out screen is very handy and I don't know why they exclude it in the professional camera's? However if one was gonna shell out $1,000 on a D7100 they may as well save a little longer and get the D610 especially if you plan on shootingoing wildlife that come out in the evening, or a night time football game.
              Avatar for Shahbaz Muhammad Shahbaz Muhammad (3:50 AM, November 12, 2014)
              watch it here ( the ideo is also same)

              Avatar for Joe Thomissen Joe Thomissen (11:44 AM, November 10, 2014)
              What about shooting Nature action photos which camera would be the Best ?
              Avatar for Joseph Miller Joseph Miller (8:22 PM, October 17, 2014)
              Currently have a D80 and have been researching to go to either the D5300 or D7100. I am not a pro but a dad with twin 3 year olds who is looking for a camera to take those forever still pictures and video. I read about camera autofocusing vs lens autofocusing. Ability to change settings. Image & video quality. What would be the consensus for the right camera for an amateur wanting to be able to improve his photography skills and save those pictures & videos? Also, I have taken pictures with my D80 in inclement weather with no problems. How much of an issue is this - D7100 is weather proof while the D5300 is not. HELP!
              Criticovictor (1:28 PM, September 10, 2014)
              Its very simple for me. I had both of them and i can say that If you use MANUAL mode you have to buy d7100 or higher.
              If not , d5300 is perfect, be sure.
              Criticovictor (1:20 PM, September 10, 2014)
              The d5300 e d7100 maybe have the same quality image but you have to consider 3 points.
              1) autofocus motor
              2) focus points
              3) maybe the most important , user control. More buttons for a immediate control of the camera. This is the reason why i could not go back at d5300
              Avatar for Omm Mohanty Omm Mohanty (4:43 PM, September 08, 2014)
              without a focus motor D5300 has to use lens with AF-S DX like : Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35 mm f/1.8G Lens for good image quality , but if a camera has a focus motor inbuilt like pro dslr's D7000 or D7100 you can use lens as : Nikon AF Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8D Lens, which are relatively cheaper than lens with focus motors and still be able to capture brilliant images, as per your query with video mode focus motor inbuilt in the camera is not a big deal shooting video's , it is for capturing good quality images with manual & cheaper lenses . hope this satisfies
              Zouheir (10:13 PM, July 26, 2014)
              So what is ur conclusion as long as u uses both of them.
              What about the difference in speed when u take the picture. Is it the same?
              Avatar for V.Gio V.Gio (9:59 PM, July 26, 2014)
              I bought the 7100 I took it back and got the 5300 and I am feeling like I should go get the 7100 back. I had the D3000 and I thought I should get a new camera and step up that is why I went with the 7100 but then my friend has the 7100 and told me that they are very comparable to each other.
              Avatar for Zouheir Nbk Zouheir Nbk (6:03 PM, July 12, 2014)
              what about Video?
              Avatar for Zouheir Nbk Zouheir Nbk (6:02 PM, July 12, 2014)
              that's the answer i really wanted to hear actually, because i have spent almost a month making my study between D5300 vs D7100, i'm not professional neither photographer and i want a good camera just for daily use no more. most of my photographer friends suggest D7100 but i understand now why they want it badly.. for me i dont like to dig in alot of settings.. Honestly today i was asking my self a question: what can D7100 gives me and D5300 can't? i meant the picture quality and colors....
              Avatar for Martin H Martin H (11:51 AM, June 18, 2014)
              Lol, yes it does sound like it, so, I will try to put it another way...

              If you are going to be doing the sort of photography that requires some of the more advanced features found on the D7100, then you would probably not look at the D5300. One advanced feature that springs to mind is commander mode. I use it all the time on the D7000 and will need it when I progress to the D7100. Another thing that The D7100 has, is a top LCD display. This is quite often overlooked in reviews, but once you've used it, you will always want it. There are many features on the D7100 that are not on the D5300; and that is what I was referring to. I actually think the 2 cameras are worlds apart, despite the deceptive score.

              On the other hand, under 500g would be much more preferable than 765g hung around your neck all day on holiday.

              Yes, both would be good in the ideal world, but if you have to choose, it will depend on what you want from your camera.
              Avatar for RonDijcks RonDijcks (7:43 AM, June 18, 2014)
              Funny, you just contradicted yourself! No biggie. I'd like them both too!