Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Olympus E-5

Nikon D7000 vs Olympus E-5

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

Olympus E-5

46

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
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 519 ISO
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The D7000 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the E-5
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 56.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 10.5 EV
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3.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 21.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Movie continuous focus
Continuous video focus
Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.58x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$685.00 vs $1,680.00
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The best price we've seen is $995 cheaper (2.5x less)
Battery life
Longer battery life
1050 shots vs 870 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Size
Significantly smaller
132x105x77 mm vs 143x117x75 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Weight
Lighter
780 g vs 892 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus E-5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
11 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D70001050 shots
              E-5870 shots
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7000780 g
              E-5892 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              D7000132x105x77 mm
              E-5143x117x75 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D700016.1 MP
              E-512.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D70001080p @ 24fps
              E-5720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $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
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $2,550 with 18-200mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,988 body only

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $716 body only

              $1,030 with 55-300mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

              $899 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Olympus E-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $890 body only

              $3,599 with 12-60mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $825 - $1,299 body only

              $1,430 - $2,099 with 12-40mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Olympus E-30

              Olympus E-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 body only

              $1,500 with 12-60mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Much lighter
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $1,350 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $769 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Much smaller
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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              Vitaliy (5:46 AM, September 01, 2013)
              Why is that?
               
              Camera expert (5:28 PM, August 21, 2013)
              Very foolish to compare cameras like this!