Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100 front

Nikon D7100 overview

Nikon D7100 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR camera first introduced on April of 2013. The camera includes a 24MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Nikon brought out this camera in an effort to improve the previous Nikon D7000 (Read Full Comparison) and then brought out the updated Nikon D7200 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to improve this model.

The D7100 is scored #29 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all-around #162 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to test our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your customized criteria.

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The following is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D7100 family

The Nikon D7100 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D7500 front thumbnailNikon D7500
D7100 vs D7500
21MPAPS-C8.0 fps2017
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D7100 vs D500
21MPAPS-C10.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D7200 front thumbnailNikon D7200
D7100 vs D7200
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2015
Nikon-D7100 front thumbnailNikon D710024MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D7000 front thumbnailNikon D7000
D7100 vs D7000
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2010
Nikon-D300S front thumbnailNikon D300S
D7100 vs D300S
12MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D90 front thumbnailNikon D90
D7100 vs D90
12MPAPS-C4.5 fps2008
Nikon-D300 front thumbnailNikon D300
D7100 vs D300
12MPAPS-C6.0 fps2008
Nikon-D80 front thumbnailNikon D80
D7100 vs D80
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Nikon-D200 front thumbnailNikon D200
D7100 vs D200
10MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Nikon-D50 front thumbnailNikon D50
D7100 vs D50
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
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Nikon-D70s front thumbnailNikon D70s
D7100 vs D70s
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Nikon-D70 front thumbnailNikon D70
D7100 vs D70
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2004
Nikon-D100 front thumbnailNikon D100
D7100 vs D100
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2002

Nikon D7100 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of positives and negatives of the Nikon D7100 based on criterias which are usually viewed as useful in a camera.

does have Top LCD display
does not have anti-alias filter
flash built-in
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
good min ISO (100)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has dual storage slots
includes external mic jack
includes HDMI support
includes headphone jack
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
saves RAW files
screen has good resolution (1,229 k dot)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
supports face detection autofocus
supports tracking autofocus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
weather proof
you can focus manually
display isn't selfie friendly
low frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
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Nikon D7100 Sensor features

The size of the sensor in the Nikon D7100 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. The ISO can also be expanded digitally to a maximum of 25600. RAW files are supported which means that the user has more room to maneuver in post.

Nikon decided to omit the anti-alias filter on the Nikon D7100. This can result in more sharp images but may create moire in some conditions.

The image underneath displays the D7100's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The D7100 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D7100 dimensions

Nikon D7100 is 1.69 lb (765g or 26.98 oz) and features outside dimensions of 136mm x 107mm x 76mm (5.4" x 4.2" x 3.0"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776g so the Nikon D7100 is on par compared with various rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Nikon D7100 beside a soda so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Nikon D7100 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button arrangement on the D7100.

Nikon D7100 topview buttons dials

Nikon D7100 Lens features

The D7100 works with the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available for sale. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the D7100.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-500mm-F4.5-EX-DG-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG HSM500mmf/4.5 3150g
Samyang-85mm-F1.4-Aspherical-IF-Nikon-F-FX lensSamyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF85mmf/1.4 539g
Photography Glossary
Nikon-AF-S-300mm-f4E-PF-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S 300mm f4E PF ED VR300mmf/4.0 750g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-16-35mm-f4G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f4G ED VR16-35mmf/4.0 685g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-70-200mm-F2.8E-FL-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR70-200mmf/2.8 1430g
Sigma-120-300mm-F2.8-DG-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM120-300mmf/2.8 2950g
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Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-18-70mm-f3.5-4.5G-ED-IF lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED-IF18-70mmf/3.5-4.5 420g
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Nikon D7100 Connectivity

The D7100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can send photos and in some cases adjust settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Several apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Nikon D7100 Video features

The maximum video quality in the Nikon D7100 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance in quality versus file size but FULL HD isn't going to give you much room to crop. The camera does come with both headphone and mic jack making it especially useful while recording audio.

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Nikon D7100 Weather Sealing

Nikon D7100 comes with weather sealing making it a great candidate to use in rough locations. This is especially valuable whenever you are not sure about the conditions you might encounter in outdoor photography.

Nikon D7100 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D7100 includes a 3.2" fixed display with a resolution of 1,229k dots.

Sadly the display is not a touch screen. The D7100 also has a builtin Top LCD display so that you can quickly view camera settings.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Nikon D7100 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.63x

Viewfinders are rather useful in sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Nikon D7100 Shutter features

Nikon D7100 has the capability to shoot continuously at 6.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Nikon D7100 Flash and Hot shoe features

Nikon D7100 has got both in-built flash plus external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/250s.

Nikon D7100 Autofocusing features

Nikon D7100 has got both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and exact compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera includes Face detect which is helpful for portrait photography.

It includes 51 focus points to pick from. It also features Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Nikon D7100 boasts manual focus if required in low light occasions or you need more exact focus control.

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Nikon D7100 Battery life

The battery (EN-EL15) for the Nikon D7100 is made to last for 950 photographs with respect to the CIPA benchmarks making it similar to its competitors. The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 offers the highest possible (2260) battery life in this category of cameras.

Following is a collection of Advanced DSLR cameras that have the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D7100 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D7100 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes

Nikon D7100 for various kinds of photography

The following bar chart displays a overview of the Nikon D7100 for various kinds of photography. To find out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon D7100 Portrait photography details

The Nikon D7100 has a rating of 79 which is wonderful, meaning that it is a fantastic fit for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos plus the capability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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focusing manually
MP count good (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection focus
saves RAW formats

Nikon D7100 Street photography highlights

Getting a reasonable points total of 60, the Nikon D7100 is fairly suitable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D7100 Sports photography factors

A very good sports photography score of 70 means the Nikon D7100 is a good fit for photographing sports. A camera needs to have very good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has tracking focus
weather proof
has phase detect AF
continuous shooting slow (6.0 fps)
no image stabilization

Nikon D7100 Travel photography factors

Portability is pretty critical when choosing a travel camera. Over-all, the Nikon D7100 gets a very good 66 as a travelling camera which is a respectable fit to take on your vacations.

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environment proofing
resolution is good (24MP)
has built in flash
display isn't selfie friendly

Nikon D7100 as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're planning to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon D7100 and it's wonderful rating of 76 as a landscape camera is a great pick compared to its competitors.

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manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3.2")
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
exports RAW files
weather proof
two card slots
lack of image stabilization

Nikon D7100 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera preferably should have a articulating screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Nikon D7100 is not appropriate for vlogging as it receives a awful score of 30.

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includes face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes mic port
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization

Nikon D7100 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the D7100, here is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall into the family of Advanced DSLR.

The diagram listed below gives you a bird's eye view of the D7100 vs it's highest rated rivals listed earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you may look at as alternate options. To browse through a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Nikon D7100
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
Nikon F
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3.2 inch
Resolution of display
1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Display technology
Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/250 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 24 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
765g (1.69 lbs)
136 x 107 x 76mm (5.4" x 4.2" x 3.0")
Battery life
950 shots
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
Storage slots
Cost at launch