After the Nikon D5200 was launched, many people argued that the camera, with it improved AF and sensors, was capable of outclassing any camera from Canon. However, with the launch of the Nikon D7100, the praises seemed to have shifted to the D7100 from the D5200. Given below is a thorough comparison of the features of the D5200 and the D7100. Take a look.
The main differences between the D5200 and the D7100
The most prominent difference can be found in the bodies of the cameras. The D5200 is smaller in size and also weighs less than the D7100. The body of the D5200 is made of polycarbonate alone. On the other hand, the D7100 is meant for robust outdoor shoots and so the body is heavier with the back and the top made of an alloy of metal. Also, the battery of the D7100 is larger and so its weight is about 30% more than that of the D5200.
The sensor of the D7100 comes without the AA filter. Most of the previous DSLRs had the AA filter, which is nothing but a tiny cover in front of the sensor. The filter did result in slightly blurred images, but also helped in sharper edges and moiré. However, now that modern photo software is available, the moiré and the edges can be tackled quite easily, even without the help of the AA filters.
While the Canon cameras in the range like the T4i and the 60D only have 9 AF points, the D5200 has 39 points of AF, but only 9 points are the cross type 3. The D7100 has 51 points of autofocus, with 15 cross type. This is undoubtedly the best AF found in any Nikon camera.
The AF however is not much of a reason to choose between the two cameras, as the D5200’s AF system is more than enough for most people. Only those who need to shoot a lot of fast moving objects would benefit from the D7100’s AF system.
The differences in speed between the two cameras are pretty noticeable. The D7100 has a higher shutter speed of 1/8000 as compared to the D5200’s 1/4000. This is 1 full F-stop faster. While shooting images in burst, the D5200 almost matches to the D7100. The D7100 can click 6 FPS (and 7 FPS if shooting in the 1.3x crop mode). The D5200 shoots 5 FPS.
When it comes to shooting burst RAW images, the D5200 outshines the D7100. The D5200 can shoot 8 RAW or 35 jpeg images in one burst. The D7100 can only shoot 7 raw or 33 jpeg images in one burst. After that the buffer fills up. This happens because the buffer of the D7100 is smaller than the buffer of the D5200.
The D7100 has an inbuilt AF motor and so the old Nikon lenses are quite compatible with this camera. This is something that cannot happen with the D5200 as there is no inbuilt AF motor.
There are some differences in the LCD display screens as well. The D5200 has an articulating LCD screen which some users prefer and others don’t. The D7100 does not have this. The screen of the D7100 is a little bit bigger than that of the D5200.
Last but not the least, the D7100 has a port for attaching a mike and this helps in capturing the sound nicely while shooting movies. The D5200 does not have this provision.
The D5200 and the D7100 are both great cameras from the house of Nikon. While the D5200 is more suited for amateurs, the D7100 is perfect for people who pursue photography as a passion.