Nikon D5200 vs D7000: the key differences, 11-15
11. Size and weight
Looking at a Nikon D5200 vs D7000 weight comparison, the D7000 is larger and heavier at 780g than the D5200, which weighs 555g. Lower weight is often used as a selling point, but many might find the D5200 a little small, and prefer the chunkier feel of the D7000.
The Nikon D5200 is made of polycarbonate, while the D7000 uses polycarbonate and magnesium alloy top and back plates. It also has environmental sealing against dust and moisture. It’s not quite up to the standard of Nikon’s pro DSLRs, but the D7000 is much more solidly built than the D5200.
13. Status display
On the D5200, all shooting information and settings are displayed on the LCD panel on the back. Like pro SLRs, the D7000 has a secondary status panel on the top for displaying battery status, shots remaining and camera settings. Secondary displays are useful but not essential.
14. Command dials
The D5200 has a single command dial which has to carry out several functions. If you want to adjust the shutter speed in Manual mode, you have to press down a second button to change the dial’s function. Like pro SLRs, the D7000 has twin command dials, which reduces confusion and speeds up common functions.
15. AF motor in body
Newer lenses have autofocus motors built in, but older lenses don’t. Most cameras, including the D7000, also have autofocus motors in the body to drive these older lenses. The D5200 doesn’t, so while it’s fine with newer lenses, you’ll have to focus older lenses manually.
Nikon D5200 vs D7000: our conclusion
Our conclusion? The D5200 is the newer camera and certainly comes out on top if you judge it purely on technology. But the D7000 is also a very good performer, physically more robust, and has features which will appeal more to serious photographers and enthusiasts.
The D5200 is very good for beginners and anyone taking their first steps with more creative photography techniques, but its controls are simplified and slower to use.
The D7000 has more advanced photographic tools and allows much faster manual control of key settings. Its sensor lags slightly behind the D5200’s, but not by much, and it’s a far more serious camera.