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5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon D7000 Sensor for $400 cheaper, May 23, 2011
This review is from: Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch Vari-Angle LCD Monitor (Body Only) (Camera)
This is a fantastic new offering from Nikon. You get most of the best parts of the D7000 for 1/3 cheaper. If you are looking for a starter camera or a back up body to the D7000 this is it.

Here are the major differences between the D5100 and D7000.

D5100
Exact same sensor and processing abilities as the D7000. Some of the best Image Quality available in any DSLR. ISO 3200 is very usable with low noise.

- Swivel screen while the D7000 is fixed -- Since the contrast autofocus (ie Live View) is not very good on either of these cameras this is not really a player unless you are using a tripod. Then the swivel screen is very useful.

- 4 fps vs 6 fps for D7000 - No big deal 4 fps is plenty fast to fill your card with similar looking pictures. Also, in RAW D7000 buffers out pretty fast and then slows down anyway.
- 11 focus points vs 39 for D7000 - Most of the time not really a big deal. Sometimes all those extra points get in the way and slow you down.

No internal auto focus motor while the D7000 has one -- If you don't have any D series or older lenses this is not an issue. If you do, they will not autofocus on this camera.

- Only one SD slot vs 2 for the D7000 -- A big difference when getting paid to shoot. Otherwise, always format your cards in your camera and not on the computer. Doing that I have never had a failure. (Jinxed myself now)

Not weather sealed vs D7000 partially weather sealed - Don't drop either one in the water and keep both out of dust.

- Has less external switches than the D7000 - This means you need to go to the menus more often which slows things down. This can be severely annoying or not depending on your shooting style. The D7000 handles better but this is not a deal breaker on the D5100.

Built in flash is not a commander for Nikon Creative Light System while D7000 is -- If you don't use off camera flash or you use radio triggers this is not a big deal.

1.2 lbs vs 1.7 lbs for D7000.

Overall the D5100 is a great camera. The D7000 have some extra features that make it worth the extra money but if you don't need them you get all the fantastic D7000 IQ for 2/3rd the price.
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Initial post: May 23, 2011 8:35:56 PM PDT
Joe says:
Thanks for your helpful review.
I've been waiting for someone to leave a review on this for a while.
Would love to see your camera in good use maybe a sample photo/video? (:

Posted on May 25, 2011 4:52:36 PM PDT
Stiksister says:
Great review. Thank you! I have been considering both of these cameras and this really helps me a lot.

Posted on May 28, 2011 7:45:12 PM PDT
David L. says:
You took the thoughts right out of my head. Great comparison list and well weighted.

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 7:02:39 PM PDT
nightranger says:
Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-inch Vari-Angle LCD Monitor (Body Only)
This is an accurate review, but just doesn't say strongly enough what a tremendous deal this little camera is. It achieves image quality equal to the D7000 but I think auto-focus of the D5100 is actually BETTER than that of the D7000. Another thing - using the "i" menu to change settings (like ISO) is really fast and easy once you get it. Besides, I now find myself making fewer "adjustments" when I 'm shooting because this camera's auto settings usually do what needs to be done, accurately and quickly. This camera leaves most other DSLRs in the dust, so don't hesiatate to upgrade.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 4:28:42 AM PDT
FL. Dude says:
Excellent review! It's like you knew what I needed to know and to the point - Thank you!

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 6:17:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2011 6:36:48 PM PDT
Neil H. says:
Good review. Short and to the point, covers the main things a buyer wants to know without adding a lot of fluff. There were things about the D5000 that made me decide to pass on it, but the new D5100 seems to have fixed them all and I will be adding one of these to my Nikon DSLR collection.

One thing that might be added to this is that while it's true the D5100 (like other small-body Nikon DSLRs based on the D40 family) cannot autofocus unless the lens is of the AF-S type, i.e. with the AF motor in the lens itself, the camera does have a rangefinder scale in the viewfinder for manual focusing. Other small-body Nikons from the D60 on have had this feature and it works very well.

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 12:21:46 PM PDT
Charlie says:
This is a good review. What I want is a 7100, at least my idea of one which would include the swivel screen, and hopefully a better auto focus in Live View. Would love to know what the warranty is.

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 4:20:28 AM PDT
J. Kerys says:
Huge drawback compared to D7000 is lack of more cross-type focus points - only one in center on D5100. Does anyone have experience how well does this camera focus with non-center focus point in low light?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2011 2:19:19 PM PDT
nightranger says:
Although I have not personally compared these two specific cameras head-to-head, I am very pleased with the autofocus of my D5100. You may also want to look at detailed comparisons for these cameras on the dpreview.com website. In the "Conclusion" section of the review (at the botom), you can display and compare the ratings (graphically) for all review factors for several cameras at one time. I believe you'll find that Nikon's D5100 "metering and focus accuracy" is actually rated to be better than that for the D7000, in spite of the D7000's additional cross focus capability.

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 10:42:55 PM PDT
Boss270 says:
GREAT JOB
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