Nikon D5 vs Nikon D7100

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5 and Nikon D7100. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D5
Nikon D7100

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D5 were released 2016 and Nikon D7100 was released 2013. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D5 Nikon 2016
Nikon D7100 Nikon 2013

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D5 has a "FX"-sensor while Nikon D7100 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D5 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Nikon D7100 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D5 has a 21 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D7100 has 24,1 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D5 21 MP 20742656 5588 3712
Nikon D7100 24,1 MP 24000000 6000 4000

Nikon D7100 has a 16 % larger resolution than Nikon D5. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D5 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D7100. Nikon D5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Nikon D7100 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5 100-102400
Nikon D7100 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D7100

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D5 can shoot up to 14 pictures per seconds and Nikon D7100 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5 14
Nikon D7100 6

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon D5 and Nikon D7100 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D5 weighs 1415 gr (equal to 3,12 lb) which is 110% heavier than Nikon D7100 and its 675 gr (or 1,49 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D5 1415 gr 3,12 lb
Nikon D7100 675 gr 1,49 lb