Need help choosing between Nikon 5100 and 7000
March 19, 2012 8:50 PM Subscribe
I have a Nikon D50. I am looking for an upgrade and am having a hard time choosing between D5100 and D7000. Would love to have your recommendation. Details inside.
posted by justlooking to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have been using a Nikon D50 for 6-7 years. I do like it; But I think it is time to move on.
I was in a photographic plateau for the last couple of years. But I took some classes on photography in the local community college late last year and was surprisingly motivated by that experience (and my class). So ..I have started doing interesting things with photography again. I have discovered quickly that high ISO performance of D50 kind of sucks compared to what my classmates were getting out of their cameras (and obviously there is a lot of other flexibility that you get with a current generation Nikon).
Shortlisting down to D5100 and D7000 was easy (based on what I want to pay and what I am looking for). But choosing one over the other has been difficult
The price point difference is significant for me. But with the D7000 I can continue to use my pre-DSLR glasses from my N60 days (the 50mm 1.8 which is a great portrait lens on the DSLR and the 24 mm 2.8, which is an ok general purpose lens for walking around - for when I dont want to carry the 18-200mm).
The remarks on the photography forums seem to suggest that D7000 is a better camera with lots of manual functionality one can grow to like. I like D5100 for the price and the weight, but the reviews of D5100 suggested that you have to drill down far more into menu options to focus manually with D5100.
The other consideration is that there'll apparently be a refresh of the D7000 line in August 2012. I certainly dont want to wait till August, but the D5100 is a relatively recent camera. Will it age better?
I would very much appreciate getting opinions/advise of any one who is using one of these cameras or have gone through the same purchase decision agony!