Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D5000

Winner
Nikon D7000

81

Nikon D5000

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
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

Items often bought with the D7000 or D5000

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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
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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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
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
Much larger screen
3" 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
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 510 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 12.5 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
238 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$479.00 vs $649.95
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The best price we've seen is $171 cheaper (around 30% less)
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D50003.1"
              D70003"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              D5000127×104×80 mm
              D7000132×105×77 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D500012.2 MP
              D700016.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D50003,200 ISO
              D70006,400 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D5000720p @ 24fps
              D70001080p @ 24fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 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

              Nikon D5000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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