Nikon D7200 vs D7100: Features, Specifications and Price Comparison

Nikon has recently announced their latest flagship DX-Format DSLR, the Nikon D7200. Just like what we did with the Nikon D5500 vs D5300, we are going to compare the new Nikon D7200 vs D7100 – it’s predecessor. On the physical aspect, there’s not much difference between the two DSLRs. Most of the differences are within the camera it self. There difference between the Nikon D7200 and D7100 is also not that huge as well, like oceans apart. But there are improvements and new features in the D7200 that many photographers or enthusiasts wished that the older D7100 has those set of features when it first came out. This doesn’t make the D7100 an obsolete camera in contrast with the D7200. In fact the D7100 became cheaper when the D7200 was released. So, should you get the newer D7200 or the older D7100 instead? Before you decide, check out their differences below.

Nikon D7200 DSLR-02 Nikon D7100-02

Nikon D7200 vs D7100: Features

Most of the changes or upgrades found in the new Nikon D7200 are under the hood. If you look at the side by side comparison of the Nikon D7200 vs D7100 in terms of physical appearance, there’s none actually except for the WiFi and NFC logo. For starters, the D7200 is now using a faster EXPEED 4 processor and has a slightly different sensor. It has a slightly larger 24.2 megapixels sensor resolution compared to the 24.1MP that the D7100 has. Nikon has also extended further the native ISO sensitivity, now having ISO 100 up to 25,600 from ISO 100-6,400. For black and white shots ISO is now capable of 51,200 to 102,400 from 12,800 to 25,600. However, as of today we don’t know yet if there is an improvement past beyond the 6,400 ISO sensitivity.

Another improvement that you will see in the Nikon D7200 vs D7100 is its buffer size. The Nikon D7100 can only accommodate 6 images in 14-bit RAW lossless format and 9 images in 12-bit RAW compressed format. Meanwhile, the D7200 has a larger buffer of 18 images for the 14-bit lossless and 35 images for the 12-bit compressed. This means that you can now shot more photos in burst mode. The Nikon D7200 has also an improve AutoFocus system where you can go down to -3 EV and has a separate horizontal and vertical focus adjustment points.

The new Nikon D7200 also has Flat Picture Control, Clarity Control Adjustments, and more manual white balance presets. Also the number of intervals in time-lapse has been increased up to 9,999, compared to the D7100 which has only up to 999 images. One of the most noticeable differences between the Nikon D7200 vs D7100 is the addition of WiFi and NFC. Despite using the same EN-EL15 Lithium-ion battery, the D7200 is capable of capturing 1,100 shots (CIPA) compared to the 950 shots in D7100. It also comes with MH-25a Quick Charger vs the MH-25 in the D7100.

If you are coming from an entry level DSLR like D3000 series or D5000 series, or even the first D7000, the Nikon D7200 is really a worth it upgrade, there is no question about that. You will not only benefit from better image quality, but a lot of other aspects as well. But how about if you are coming from the previously released Nikon D7100? Is it still worth it? It depends in the type of photography that you do and the set of features that you need. But if you really don’t need the upgrades, I suggest you wait for the next generation to be released, D7300. Check out their current price differences and specifications below.

Nikon D7200 vs D7100: Physical Comparison

The Nikon D7200 is on the left hand side, while the D7100 is on the right hand side.

Nikon D7200 DSLR Nikon D7100-01

Nikon D7200 DSLR-03 Nikon D7100-03

Nikon D7200 DSLR-08 Nikon D7100-07b

Nikon D7200 DSLR-11 Nikon D7100-09

Nikon D7200 DSLR-04 Nikon D7100-04

As you can see both the Nikon D7200 and D7100 are pretty much the same on the physical looks, except for the WiFi and NFC logo found on the D7200’s sides.

Nikon D7200 vs D7100: Price Comparison

The Nikon D7200 replaced the D7100 in terms of pricing, making the D7100 now cheaper. See latest pricing and availability of the Nikon D7200 here, and the D7100 here.

Nikon D7200 vs D7100: Specifications Comparison

SpecificationsNikon D7200Nikon D7100
Monitor Size3.2 in. diagonal3.2 in. diagonal
ISO SensitivityISO 100 - 25,600ISO 100 - 6400
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
Battery / BatteriesEN-EL15 Lithium-ion BatteryEN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)5.4 in. (135.5 mm) x 4.2 in. (106.5 mm) x 3.0 in. (76 mm)5.3 in. (135.5 mm) x 4.2 in. (106.5 mm) x 3.0 in. (76 mm)
Storage MediaSD, SDHC, SDXCSD, SDHC, SDXC
Effective Pixels24.2 million24.1 million
Monitor TypeWide Viewing Angle TFT-LCDWide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Approx. Weight23.9 oz. (675 g)camera body only23.8 oz. (675 g)camera body only
Sensor Size23.5 mm x 15.6 mm23.5 mm x 15.6 mm
Image Sensor FormatDXDX
MovieFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps (1.3x image area only)
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps (1.3x image area only)
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
VGA 640x424 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60i
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50i
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30p
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25p
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24p
HD 1,280x720 / 60p
HD 1,280x720 / 50p
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution6 frames per second6 frames per second
Additional Specs
Playback FunctionsAuto Image Rotation
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 12, or 72 images or calendar)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Location Display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo Information
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Live View ShootingPhotography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Monitor Size3.2 in. diagonal3.2 in. diagonal
File Format Still ImagesJPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
NEF (RAW): Lossless compressed, compressed 12 or 14 bit
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
NEF (RAW): Lossless compressed, compressed 12 or 14 bit
Battery / BatteriesEN-EL15 Lithium-ion BatteryEN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
White BalanceAuto (2 types)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
Auto
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
Built-in FlashYesYes
Monitor Resolution1,228,800 Dots1,228,800 Dots
Lens MountNikon F bayonet mountNikon F bayonet mount
Battery Life (shots per charge)1,110 shots (CIPA)
Movies: Approx. 80 minutes of HD footage
950 shots (CIPA)
Viewfinder Frame CoverageDX (24x16): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical (Approx.)
1.3x (18x12): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical (Approx.)
100% Horizontal
100% Vertical (Approx.)
White Balance Bracketing3 shots in steps of 13 shots in steps of 1
In-Camera Image EditingColor Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Dynamic AF ModeNumber of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Effective Pixels24.2 million24.1 million
Flash Bracketing2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
Card Slot2 Secure Digital (SD)
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.
2 Secure Digital (SD)
AC AdapterEH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)
Lens Compatibility at a Glance***AF-S and AF-I CPU lenses onlyAF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
Monitor TypeWide Viewing Angle TFT-LCDWide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Viewfinder Magnification0.94x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1) (Approx.) 0.94x (Approx.)
GPSGP-1 GPS unit
GP-1A GPS unit
GP-1 GPS unit
GP-1A GPS unit
Auto-area AF ModeYesYes
Approx. Weight23.9 oz. (675 g)camera body only23.8 oz. (675 g)camera body only
Sensor Size23.5 mm x 15.6 mm23.5 mm x 15.6 mm
Fastest Shutter Speed1/8000 sec.1/8000 sec.
Image Sensor FormatDXDX
Slowest Shutter Speed30 sec.30 sec.
Viewfinder Eyepoint19.5mm (-1.0m¯¹)19.5mm (-1.0m¯¹)
Top FP High Speed SyncUp to 1/8000Up to 1/8000
Flash Sync ModesAuto
Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Auto with red-eye reduction
Auto slow sync
Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction
Fill-flash
Rear-curtain sync
Rear-curtain with slow sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Off
Auto
Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Auto with red-eye reduction
Auto slow sync
Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction
Fill-flash
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Scene ModesAutumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Blossom
Candlelight
Child
Close-up
Dusk / Dawn
Food
Landscape
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Sunset
Special Effects Mode (Night Vision, Color Sketch, Miniature Effect, Selective Color, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key)
Autumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Blossom
Candlelight
Child
Close-up
Dusk / Dawn
Food
Landscape
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Sunset
MovieFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps (1.3x image area only)
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps (1.3x image area only)
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
VGA 640x424 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60i
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50i
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30p
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25p
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24p
HD 1,280x720 / 60p
HD 1,280x720 / 50p
Mirror Lock UpYesYes
Movie AudioBuilt-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Exposure Compensation±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV in P, S, A, and M, SCENE,and Night Portrait modes±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution6 frames per second6 frames per second
Focus ModesAuto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points5151
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700 or SB-500 as a master flash or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash unitsAdvanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander
Built-in flash can serve as master flash in commander mode
Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Exposure Bracketing9 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV2 to 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Picture ControlFlat
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid

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