Wednesday 10 April 2013

Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D5100: What is the difference?

With the new Nikon D7100 you might be wondering if it is a good upgrade from the Nikon D5100 and what are the differences. One thing to remember is that the two cameras have different target groups where the Nikon D5100 is for the amateurs and the Nikon D7100 is for the serious amateurs or professional photographers. This means that you get a lot more help taking pictures in the Nikon D5100 compared to the Nikon D7100 which is easier to customize to different kind of shooting styles.

Here is what is better in the Nikon D7100:
  • The sensor is a little bit better in the Nikon D7100, but it isn't easy to notice the difference. You have to remember that the sensor in the Nikon D5100 has a great sensor. You get bigger image files with the Nikon D7100, which puts a greater demand on your storage options.
  • The sensor has a 1.3x crop factor mode, which lets you crop the pictures at the time you take the pictures, which is a nice option, but you can do the same with the Nikon D5100 on you computer when you are editing the pictures
  • The Nikon D7100 has the possibility to auto focus with older lenses, so if you have some of the old non AF-S lenses you get a big advantage in the Nikon D7100.
  • The Nikon D7100 has a second card slot that can be used for extra storage or it can be used to make a backup of you images at the time you take the pictures, so you have the same image on two different memory cards.
  • The viewfinder in the Nikon D7100 is bigger and brighter, so it is more comfortable to take a lot of pictures with the Nikon D7100.
  • The frame per second is a couple of shoots higher with the Nikon D7100, so if you shoot action or wildlife pictures you really should get the Nikon D7100.
  • The metering module in the Nikon D7100 uses more information to get the right exposure , so in hard light situations there is a greater chance of getting a picture with the right exposure
  • There is a big difference in the auto focus module. The one in the Nikon D5100 is an entry module, where the Nikon D7100 is the top module auto focus system you can get from a Nikon DX format camera.
  • Battery life in the Nikon D7100 is a bit better in this camera, so you can go longer without a recharge of the battery
  • Besides the above mentioned differences there are a lot of minor differences that might make a difference for some photographers, but most it is the above difference that is going to decide between one of these cameras.
The size and the weight is the only thing that is better in the Nikon D5100 as it is smaller and weights less.

Most people that have an Nikon D5100 shouldn't upgrade to the Nikon D7100 as the advantages isn't that big. It is better to wait for the next model, but there might be some of the more advance options like better autofocus that might make you want to upgrade. If you don't have either of the cameras the Nikon D5100 is a great deal where you get a camera that on the image level is about 90-95% of what Nikon D7100 can produce and about 70-80% on features, so the saved money should be better used on some better lenses.

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