Nikon D5200 vs D7000? With the Nikon D5200 release date just days away, Nikon photographers everywhere will soon have a dilemma as the manufacturer’s new high-spec ‘advanced beginner’ camera blurs the boundaries with its older enthusiast DSLR. Recently we examined a Nikon D5200 vs D3200 match-up. Today the question is, in a Nikon D5200 vs D7000 comparison, which camera wins?
Nikon’s new D5200 is aimed at ‘advanced beginners’, but it has a higher resolution sensor than the older Nikon D7000 model, which is aimed at enthusiasts. The D5200 also has a better movie mode and an articulating LCD display.
So which one should you buy? Here are the key differences between the Nikon D5200 vs D7000, and what they mean in practice.
Nikon D5200 vs D7000: the key differences, 1-5
The Nikon D5200 has a newer 24-megapixel sensor compared to the 16-megapixel sensor in the older Nikon D7000. It might sound a big difference, but 16 megapixels is a high resolution in itself, and the D7000’s sensor is very good. You may see a significant difference in your pictures, but you’ll have to look for it.
2. LCD display
Both cameras have high-resolution 920,000-dot LCD displays, but while the D7000’s is fixed, the D5200’s can flip out and rotate to any angle. These so-called ‘articulating’ displays are not essential for everyday photography, but they can be very useful when shooting movies, close-ups or subjects which are tricky to get to.
In a Nikon D5200 vs D7000 comparison, both use SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards, but the D7000, like many professional cameras, has two card slots. You can use these to boost the overall capacity, store backups as you shoot or separate different types of files, such as JPEGs and raw format files, or stills and movies.
It’s a small difference in the overall Nikon D5200 vs D7000 comparison, but nevertheless a significant one. The Nikon D5200 uses a cheaper ‘pentamirror’ design for its viewfinder which delivers a slightly inferior viewfinder image and only 95% coverage of the frame. The D7000 uses a superior ‘pentaprism’ design and the viewfinder shows 100% of the scene the sensor will capture.
5. Continuous shooting
The Nikon D5200 can shoot continuously at 5 frames per second, but the Nikon D7000 can shoot at 6fps. It’s a small difference in our Nikon D5200 vs D7000 match-up, but if you’re shooting sports or action, every little helps.