Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D5300

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Nikon D7100

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Nikon D5300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5300

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x99x76 mm
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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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
1,338 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
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The D5300 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
200 ms vs 251 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Size
Significantly smaller
124x99x76 mm vs 136x107x76 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Significantly lighter
480 g vs 675 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$696.95 vs $996.94
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The best price we've seen is $300 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
950 shots vs 600 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
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
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% 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
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D5300:1,338 ISO
              D7100:1,256 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              83.0
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D5300:13.9 EV
              D7100:13.7 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D5300:24 bits
              D7100:24.2 bits
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              D5300:39
              D7100:51
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              D5300:1,037k dots
              D7100:1,229k dots
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5300:12,800 ISO
              D7100:6,400 ISO

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $859 - $1,099 body only

              $1,330 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $652 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is much heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $997 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $630 - $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5300.

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 - $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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              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'...so 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)

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di7-QA0pqgc
               
              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!
               
              Avatar for Martin H Martin H (8:47 AM, June 11, 2014)
              If you wanted a D7100 type of camera, you wouldn't even look at the D5300. If you wanted a D5300 type of camera, you wouldn't even look at the D7100. I think the D7100 is for the more serious photographer. I will have a D7100 (I hope), but if I were going on holiday and wanted to carry around a camera for snapping all day, I would prefer the D5300.
               
              Avatar for Mazen Mazen (10:37 PM, May 29, 2014)
              One last thing r the AF-S lenses much expensive ? And if yes i think it s more reasonable to buy the d7100 even if the image quality is the same.
              Please help me guys
               
              Avatar for Mazen Mazen (10:32 PM, May 29, 2014)
              What about the focus motor not included in the 5300. Is it a big deal? Does it work in video mode only? If not present am i oliged to use the AF-S lenses to have sharp photos or all photos r blured because no auto focus
               
              Fubar (3:35 PM, May 29, 2014)
              Absoloutely! I have tested both the cameras recently and found out that the Image quality of D5300 and D7100 with kit-lens 18-105 are identical. Don't waste money buying a D7100 when you'll get the same image quality!