Nikon D5100 vs. D5200

Started Jun 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
Terry Vickers Regular Member • Posts: 332
Re: Nikon D5100 vs. D5200

millerjs wrote:

I have a D5200 and had a D5100. They both make outstanding images. I like the images that come out of the D5200 more but that's just personal opinion. The D5100 is still a great camera.

I got the D5200 because I liked the video quality that I saw on some demos so I use it for some personal video projects.

That's where their is a big difference - the video quality and function.

The ISO function menu is also new and give more control especially if you roll video.

If you could buy the D5100 refurb for $400 and get say the 16-85 for $400 used that's some camera package.

Also mentioned in another post the D5200 make big RAW files, really big.

I agree with all of this.  I have a D5200 and a D7000.

The killer feature of the D5200 is the video quality, in terms of price performance ratio the D5200 is probably the best bang for the buck of any DSLR  if video is your main thing. It's one of the best DSLRs for video in any class. The flip out screen and the RAW video output also add considerably to its video credentials.

Compared to the D7000 the video is possibly 2 stops better in terms of noise performance. Possibly more.

I also prefer the OOC jpegs from the D5200 than from the D7000. I don't know of the jpeg engine in the D7000 is the same as the D5100 but the sensor is the same.

For Raw Files I prefer working with the D7000. I don't really need the extra Mpx/file size and the D7000 probably PPs a little better in terms of shadow performance. Handling is obviously worlds better on the D7000 but I would imagine the D5100 is similar to the D5200.

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