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

Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

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Nikon D5000

50

Nikon D5000

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.62x
 

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
Slightly 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
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 resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.51x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
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
Many 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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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
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
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
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 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$679.00 vs $811.54
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The best price we've seen is $133 cheaper (around 20% 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
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D5000:$811.54
              D7000:$679.00
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              D5000:127x104x80 mm
              D7000:132x105x77 mm
              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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

              $497 body only

              $597 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $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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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5000.

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

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