Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D7100


Nikon D5300



Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,338 ISO
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Built-in GPS
Great for travel


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5300.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7100.


Nikon D7100 Competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$890 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Better image quality
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

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


$799 - $899 body only

$889 - $1,019 with 18-55mm lens

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

Nikon D5300 Competitors

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$539 - $697 body only

$614 - $797 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

$389 - $397 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

$360 body only

$480 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Screen size Significantly smaller screen


Nikon D7100

Report a correction
Nikon D5300

Report a correction

Showing 25 comments

Avatar for Max Max (8:38 AM, October 21, 2015)
There is just no point to the flippines of the flip out screen for photos. It takes a million years to take a photo in live view mode.
Avatar for Max Max (8:35 AM, October 21, 2015)
And the D3200 has a much better sensor than the D7000.
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....