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
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
200 ms shutter lag
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed


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

$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 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 D700

Nikon D700


$1,591 body only

$2,277 with 24-85mm lens

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
True resolution Much lower true resolution

Nikon D5300 Competitors

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
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$309 body only

$395 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$475 body only

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Size Smaller
GPS No built-in GPS


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Avatar for Graham Pougher Graham Pougher (8:27 AM, August 31, 2016)
Which is best for taking photos of birds at long distance then cropping.thanks
Avatar for Prabir Chakraborty Prabir Chakraborty (9:42 PM, March 06, 2016)
Which will be the better option for Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED between nikon body 5300 and 7100 please suggest...previous one is much cheaper.... thanks...
Avatar for jdizzl jdizzl (3:25 PM, January 19, 2016)
eh not really, b/c the D610 also requires changing all the lenses out in most cases and going with more expensive FX lenses... For those that have 4-5 lenses. If you are just shooting with a 35/50 mm...then sure or one zoom...then sure.
Avatar for jdizzl jdizzl (3:24 PM, January 19, 2016)
Issues I had using a D5300, no top lcd, doesn't work on manual lenses, not as fast to focus, won't fire an off camera speedlight, too light/tiny/awkward with a heavy zoom lens or big speedlight attached.
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