Best bang for the buck? D3200, D5100 or D7000?

Started May 6, 2012 | Discussions thread
xenon-mkd
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Re: Best bang for the buck? D3200, D5100 or D7000?
In reply to BillCarr, May 7, 2012

D5100 isn't a "serious" second body backup.

  • No wireless flash control (can't act as a commander)

  • Tiny battery

  • No Auto FP

  • No dual dials

etc. etc.

I have D800, D7000 and D5100.

The D5100 is amazing camera, when I leave home I always have it with me, with 35mm 1.8, 18-55mm VR and 55-200mm lenses in a small bag. Easy to have the camera on my neck with screen tilted inwards for fast shooting at all times.

Considering it has all the things the D7000 has sensor wise, and has 14bit RAW!!! (VERY IMPORTANT, the D3200 looks awesome but is only 12bit!!! and is more expensive and the doesn't have tilt screen - very useful for candid street shoots in live view in paranoid comunities)

Not to make it long. D7000 as a serious backup, learning camera etc. It's basically a DX version of D800 - a top notch camera.

For daily walks, everyday use, always with you camera - D5100 definately.

If budget allows buy both, the D7000 and D5100 - they won't become any cheaper than they are now, you can easily resell the bodies within a year for a minor loss.

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