I currently own D3100. I thought of selling it and buying new one. My Budget is limited.

What is the best move for me ? D5200 orD7000 ? Is it worth to sell D3100 and getting one of those ?

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D7000 hands down. There is really no contest between the two. If you can afford either one, then the D7000 a vastly better tool. despite the higher megapixels on the D5200, the image quality of the D7000 is just as good and better in low-light.

There are plenty of differences. Here are the highlights for the D7000:

  • 100% Coverage viewfinder. This is the big one and once you get used to seeing everything that will be in an image, there is no going back.
  • Dual control-dials, plus extra direct controls.
  • Weather-sealed body (relevant once you get weather-sealed lenses)
  • Faster continuous drive and maximum shutter-speed
  • Depth-of-field preview function
  • In body focus-motor, to use AF lenses including older legacy ones,

I have not tried the D5200, so I can not say anything about that camera, but I´ve been shooting with a D7000 now for about a month and I am impressed with the quality, compared to the D3100 which I used before - especially in low light.

A few downsides I´ve come across so far:

  • In my kind of shooting - mainly concerts - it has more difficulty focusing with the Sigma 70-200 lens. But, that may very well be a learning curve with the camera I have to go through.

  • I had to fine tune the auto-focus for every lens, because the camera showed some really heavy back focusing.

So far, the pros definitely outweigh those cons, and I think you´ll find the D7000 to be a very nice step-up from the D3100. Indeed, things like a fast continuous drive, shutter speeds up to 1/8000, being able to store different user settings and switch between them with the turn of a knob.

Also, the camera being a bit heavier than the D3100 gives a good solid feel to it.

Hope this helps!

  • Thanks. But I found D5200 comes with 24 MP EXPEED 3. Won't that be an advantage ? And price is lower than D7000. – ChamingaD Mar 1 '13 at 3:17
  • I wouldn´t know :-) – Blame Dutchie Mar 4 '13 at 16:37

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