Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000

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Nikon D7000

83

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Nikon D5000

49

Nikon D5000

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5000

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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
Weight Significantly lighter 590 g vs 780 g
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More than 20% lighter
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Size Slightly smaller 127x104x80 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Almost the same
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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,167 ISO vs 868 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 80.0 vs 72.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 510 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.5 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 238 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        205 lenses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        400 ms startup delay
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        D5000:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
        D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
        Size Large Help
        D5000:127x104x80 mm
        D7000:132x105x77 mm
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D5000:12.2 MP
        D7000:16.1 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D5000:3,200 ISO
        D7000:6,400 ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        D5000:720p @ 24fps
        D7000:1080p @ 24fps

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        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is much less expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Lowest price Is much less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Size Is significantly smaller
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 body only

        $556 with 18-55mm lens

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

        Nikon D5000 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5000.

        Nikon D7000 Competitors

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        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,100 body only

        $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

        Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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