- Model name: Nikon D7100
- Release Date: February 20, 2013
- Format : APS-C
- Purchase options: Amazon | Adorama | B&H
Key features & specs
- A new 51 point AF system compared to the 39 point AF system of the D7000
- A new 24 megapixels sensor compared to the 16
- New 1.3x crop mode
- 7 FPS Continuous shooting.
- The LCD is slightly larger at 3.2”; in fact the whole camera is larger in dimension compared to its predecessor
- The resolution of the monitor is now 1,228,800 dots compared to 921,000 of the older model
- A new lock button on the mode dial reminiscence the full frame D600.
- 60i, 50i, 30i, 25i and 24’ video shooting in full HD mode, compared to only 25 fps in full HD on the older D7000
The Nikon D7100 is the successor to the extremely successful D7000, a semi-professional DSLR designed for serious photography enthusiasts. The D7000 replaced the D90 another great design from the Nikon stable. All three DSLRs are concurrently being sold by Nikon.
The D7100 has a much better focusing performance in low light when compared to the more illustrious D600. Color sharpness even with smaller resolution shots are stunning. Low ISO performance at 6400 is very respectable and you can actually share the pictures without having to send a footnote to identify the protagonists. The camera is also slightly lighter than its predecessor albeit by only 15 grams.
The Bad / what’s missing?
- The D7100 has a slightly smaller sensor size, 23.5mm x 15.6mm compared to the 23.6mm x 15.6mm of the D7000; not much of a real difference in performance though.
- Though the same battery is used in both the cameras, the EN-EL15 Lithium-ion, the D7100 has slightly lower predicted maximum shots per charge of 950 compared to 1050 of the older.
The D7000 that this camera replaces still remains a formidable tool and in the right hands should be enough for stunning pictures. Your camera’s performance is only as good as the lenses and if you own some fast and sharp lenses then D7000 should be able to get you the shots that you need. However the D7100 has a better resolution which will come handy when you do a lot of tight cropping and want to retain as much details as possible.
Apart from Nikon’s own D7000, the Canon EOS 60D is another competitor for the D7100. However, the 60D, in spite of having a tilting screen and super HD video shooting capabilities loses out on the maximum AF points, resolution (18 MP compared to 24 MP) and continuous shooting speeds (6 frames per second compared to 5.3). The 60D additionally has only one SD card slot compared to two on the D7100.
Should I buy it?
Absolutely, if you’re looking for a new upper-entry level or top of the line DX camera. The Nikon D7100 apart from retaining the best features of the D7000 adds a few new features of its own. This will come handy when you want performance in trying conditions. Nikon D7100 available at Amazon | Adorama | B&H
Sample Images of Nikon D7100 on Flickr
The Nikon D7100 is designed for the experienced shooter ready to take their photography to the next level, who demands a camera that conveys reliability and performance, and who is eager to embrace the next photographic challenge. These features include:
New 51-Point AF System
The D7100 features Nikon’s professionally proven and lightning-fast 51-point AF system, with a new Multi-CAM 3500DX AF module. Additionally, the AF system and exposure are augmented with Nikon’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II 2,016 pixel RGB sensor and Scene Recognition System, which recognizes the scene prior to shooting in order to adjust AF, AE, AWB and other parameters. The results of this system are accurate and even exposures, sharp details and vivid color, frame after frame. For additional precision, 15 of the 51 AF points are cross-type, and the center point is functional at f/8, giving DX photographers an additional telephoto advantage when using a teleconverter.
Rapid Response and Operation
To help ensure the decisive shot is not missed, the D7100 can shoot at up to six frames per second (fps) at full resolution and up to seven fps when using the new 1.3x crop mode at slightly reduced resolution. Overall operation and image processing is swift, while startup and shutter lag is nearly imperceptible with a release time lag of 0.052s* (CIPA). Image data is also written to dual SD card slots, which accept the latest high-speed UHS-1 and SDXC cards.
1.3x Crop Mode
Sports photographers take note: Building upon the telephoto benefits of the DX-format, the D7100 has the unique ability to shoot in a 1.3x DX crop mode for both stills and HD video. While in this innovative mode, shooters will gain an extra telephoto boost (2X), and a boost in burst speed to seven fps, with 15.4- megapixel resolution. Additionally, while in this mode, the 51-point AF array covers more of the frame, allowing improved subject acquisition and tracking performance through the viewfinder.
New High Resolution LCD
The new, wide and bright LCD screen is 3.2-inches and features a super high resolution of 1,229K dots. Now photographers can easily compose and check critical focus for HD video.
Nikon has implemented a bright and high-contrast new OLED data display within the optical viewfinder that makes it easier to read and see shooting data. When composing through the viewfinder, users see 100% frame coverage, essential for proper framing.
Spot White Balance
A new feature for Nikon cameras, Spot White Balance allows for quick and precise white balance adjustment while shooting in live view. By selecting a desired point on the screen, users can set a custom white balance from a distance, even while using a super-telephoto lens. This is helpful for shooting video or when shooting under unfamiliar lighting when no gray card is available.
Built to perform in a wide variety of conditions, the D7100 is built to the same moisture and dust resistance specifications of the venerable Nikon D300S. For durability, the top and rear covers are constructed of magnesium alloy, while internally, the shutter has been tested to withstand 150,000 cycles. Despite its robust construction, the camera remains lightweight, weighing in at approximately 1.5 pounds (body).
To make it easier for users to quickly access frequently used functions, the “i” button has been added to the enthusiast-oriented control layout on the camera.
Sharing and Remote Shooting Simplified
Photographers know that moment when the shutter clicks and they have created something stunning which deserves to be shared. No matter where that moment occurs, whether in an urban landscape or isolated forest, they can now share their images wirelessly by an attached WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.1 With this optional adapter the user has the ability to share images to a supported smartphone or tablet, shoot remotely from their device, and transfer photos from up to 49 feet away. The Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility application is available free of charge on Google Play™ for Android™ devices or from the App Store™. When using the application, photographers can wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a mobile device and even remotely control the camera.
Capture Exceptional HD Video
For those looking to create multimedia content, the Nikon D7100 has a wide variety of innovative features for capturing HD video at various frame rates. With a press of the dedicated video record button, video can be recorded at 1080/30p, or at 60i/50i (in 1.3x Crop Mode) for optimal playback on many HDTV’s when connected via HDMI. The D7100 also provides the ability to record stereo sound through the internal microphone, or attach an optional external microphone such as Nikon’s ME-1, through the dedicated microphone terminal. To reference audio, the camera also features a headphone terminal. Users can also get creative using Nikon’s Creative Effects in real time. This feature lets users take advantage of modes like Selective Color or Color Sketch to create truly customized movies.
Full Control, Creatively
In addition to full manual controls, the Nikon D7100 features a variety of intelligent modes to create effects and special features so that users can unleash their creativity. Nikon’s Picture Controls can be applied to photo and video to change the color, tone and saturation of an image for creative control. When capturing still images, the same Creative Effects modes and filters available in video are also at the disposal of the user. By combining consecutive frames, the D7100 also has a high dynamic range (HDR) function to let users capture photos with a vast tonal range.
NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility
For 80 years, the NIKKOR legacy has been providing world renowned optics for photographers. The D7100 is compatible with Nikon’s dedicated DX-format lenses and more than 50 FX-format lenses. NIKKOR lenses offer the ultimate in sharpness and clarity in photos and HD video. For added versatility, the camera features a built-in flash, or can act as a commander in Nikon’s popular Creative Lighting System (CLS).
In addition to the D7100, Nikon also announced the WR-1 Transceiver for Nikon D-SLR cameras. This device uses 2.4 GHz radio frequency for maximum range when communicating with the camera, extending the range and functionality2 for remote shooting applications. The communication range between WR-1 units is approximately 394 feet3, and 15 channels are available. Users also have the ability to remotely control a camera (with a WR-1 used as a receiver) attached by operation of another WR-1 (used as a transmitter), and also perform simultaneous or synchronized release of shutters on several cameras using the WR-14. Furthermore, there are a wide variety of options for remote shooting, which include dividing remote cameras into groups and controlling each group separately and interval timer photography. Remote shooting by combining the WR-1 with WR-R10/WRT10 wireless remotes is also possible5.
1 WI-FI SPECIFICATIONS AND COMPATIBILITY
This camera’s Wi-Fi® capability using the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera. For compatibility and to download the application, please visit: For iPhone®/iPad®/iPod Touch® check here. For AndroidTM Google PlayTM Check here
Nikon D7100 Specifications
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Angle of view
Nikon DX format; focal length in 35mm  format equivalent to approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX-format angle of view
23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data
(optional Capture NX 2 software required
Image size (pixels)
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using NEF+JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBrid
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Approx. 0.94x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
-2 to +1 m-1
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Pressing depth-of-field preview button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user ( and modes) or by camera (other modes)
Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses, AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (and modes only); IX-NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used
The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the center focus point with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster)
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time, X250
Flash sync speed
X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)
S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter release), (self-timer), MUP (mirror up); interval timer photography supported
Approximate frame advance rate
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 s
Remote control modes (ML-L3)
Delayed remote, quick-response remote, remote mirror-up
TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
Exposure meter coupling
Combined CPU and AI
Auto modes (auto; auto [flash off]); programmed auto with flexible program (); shutter-priority auto (); aperture-priority auto (); manual (); scene modes ( portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food); special effects modes ( night vision; color sketch; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key); user settings 1); user settings 2)
Can be adjusted by -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV in , , and modes
2 to 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2 or 3 EV
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
(Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Auto, extra high, high, normal, low, off
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 frames using preset values for all frames
Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; the center point is available at apertures slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8 or at f/8), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
-2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
Single-point AF, 9-, 21- or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
, , , , , , , : Auto flash with auto pop-up
, , , , : Manual pop-up with button release
Approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2016-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off; Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
2 to 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2 or 3 EV
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting
AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter (available separately)
Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, Spot White Balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K to 10000 K), all with fine-tuning
White balance bracketing
2 to 5 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Live view photography (still images), movie live view (movies)
Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Audio recording device
Built-in or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
29 min. 59 s
8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 1229k-dot (VGA; 640 x 480 x 4 = 1,228,800 dots), TFT monitor with approx. 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage and brightness adjustment
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, GPS data display and auto image rotation
HDMI mini connector (Type C)
Wireless remote controller: WR-1 and WR-R10 (available separately), Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately), GPS unit: GP-1/GP-1A (available separately)
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
One EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Optional MB-D15 Multi-Power Battery Pack with one EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery or six AA-size alkaline, Ni-MH or lithium batteries
EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately
1/4 in. (ISO 1222
(W x H x D)
Approx. 135.5 x 106.5 x 76 mm/5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0 in.
Approx. 765 g/1 lb 11.0 oz with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 675 g/1 lb 7.8 oz (camera body only)
Temperature: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F; humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
(may differ by country or area)
EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-25 Battery Charger, DK-5 Eyepiece Cap, DK-21 Rubber Eyecup, UC-E6 USB Cable, AN-DC1 BK Camera Strap, BF-1B Body Cap, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
- Nikon D7100 @ nikon.com
- Nikon D7100 @ Nikon Imaging
- Nikon D7100 sample images
- Nikon D7100 PDF brochure
- Nikon D7100 Instruction Manuals (PDF)