• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • $558 Average Retail $900 MSRP
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • $1132 Average Retail $1500 MSRP

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Advantages

Nikon D5100 over Nikon D7000

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Lighter weight
    829g vs 1234g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 14 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)

Nikon D7000 over Nikon D5100

  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More AF points
    39 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster RAW shooting
    2.1 fps vs 1.3 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.1 fps vs 1.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    5.8x vs 3.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Review Excerpt

  • Side-mounted tilt / swivel LCD screen; same sensor and processing as the Nikon D7000; good speed and battery life; in-camera HDR and filter effects; Full HD video capture with aperture control; audio levels control and external microphone jack.

  • AF-S lens mount doesn't offer autofocus with screw-drive lenses; popup flash isn't the greatest; no built-in wireless flash control; HDR function doesn't microalign source images.

  • Very good image quality; Better than average noise vs. detail handling at high ISOs; Very good dynamic range in JPEGs, excellent in RAW files; Lots of high-end features in a relatively compact body; 6 fps burst mode.

  • Viewfinder not as accurate as specified; Viewfinder doesn't show ISO unless adjusting; No live histogram in Live View mode; No phase-detect Live View AF mode.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D300S

Nikon D5100
Nikon D300S
  • $558
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 1080p
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
Nikon D7000
Nikon D300S
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • 1080p
  • More pixels
  • $1697
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Canon 7D

Nikon D5100
Canon 7D
  • $558
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1289
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points
Nikon D7000
Canon 7D
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More AF points
  • $1289
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon T3i

Nikon D5100
Canon T3i
  • $558
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Nikon D7000
Canon T3i
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Kit lens zoom ratio

Compared to Sony A58

Nikon D5100
Sony A58
  • $558
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $473
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D7000
Sony A58
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $473
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon T5i

Nikon D5100
Canon T5i
  • $558
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $756
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Nikon D7000
Canon T5i
  • $1132
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $756
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
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