D5300 vs D7000 vs D7100?

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D5300 vs D7000 vs D7100?
3 months ago

Hi,

I know this question has been asked many times on this forum and I have gone through many of those threads. However, I'm no closer to making a decision on this due to the various points of view!

Before I go into which camera I should buy I want to put across my photography needs. Most commonly I take pictures (and videos with my smartphone) of my 10 month old daughter (a couple of times a week). On vacations (usually twice a year) I like to shoot wildlife, birds and landscapes. I rarely use my camera for social photography.

My current gear is:

  • D50
  • Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF
  • Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

I want to upgrade because:

  • Low-light/evening photography is a pain with my current gear. All the shots of my kid playing around are blurry (and I don't like how they come out with the in-built flash)
  • I want to shoot better video (than the ones I take with my smartphone)

Here are the options I have:

  • D5300 with 18-55mm VR kit lens (it's actually cheaper to buy this than the body only)
  • D7100 body only
  • D7000 (based on many recommendations in this forum)

Irrespective of the above choice, I want to buy a prime lens (maybe the AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G).

Based purely on budget I am leaning towards the D5300, while I really want to go for the D7100 as I feel it will give me a chance to improve my photography skills.

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Rahul

 doc rahul's gear list:doc rahul's gear list
Nikon D50 Nikon D7100 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G
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