Nikon Announces the D7100: the New 24.1MP Flagship DX-Format DSLR


Nikon has just announced its newest flagship DX-format DSLR: the D7100. This professional-grade camera with APS-C-sized sensor is the successor to the deservedly popular D7000, and improves upon it by way of increased speed, imaging performance and connectivity options. As a DX-format camera, the D7100’s aim is to blend high image quality elegantly with a compact form factor that makes it ideal for use in fast-paced working environments.

24.1MP DX CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 3 Image Processor

Improving upon the D7000’s image-sensor-and-processor combination, the D7100 integrates a 24.1 megapixel DX CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor. These two technologies work in tandem to produce high-resolution imagery with immense detail and clarity. In regard to the image sensor, the most significant change, compared to other DX-format cameras, is the removal of the optical low-pass filter. By removing this filter in front of the image sensor, greater image sharpness, detail and resolution are afforded for producing stills and movies with truly rich overall quality and vibrancy. The image processor, which is the same used in the FX-format D4 and D800 cameras, lends itself to efficient processing and noise reduction capabilities, and works to produce a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400, which can be further expanded to ISO 25600. The processor also contributes to all-around speed throughout the camera, notably in regard to a full resolution continuous shooting rate of 6 fps for up to 100 frames, which can be increased to 7 fps when working in the new 1.3x DX crop mode.

51-Point Autofocus System and 2,016-Pixel RGB Sensor

Significantly benefitting the imaging power of the sensor and processor is a refined Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor that utilizes 51 focus points to effectively blanket the scene in order to achieve sharp focus in a quick manner. The breadth of the focus areas also greatly aids shooting fast-moving subjects and maintaining focus while shooting in continuous modes. These 51 focus points include 15 cross-type sensors for greater detection of both horizontal and vertical contrast variations, which in turn produce both faster and more accurate focusing capabilities. Additionally, a central cross-type sensor is capable of working down to f/8.0 to support critical focusing with longer lenses and teleconverters.

For precise exposure metering, a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor works to evaluate different aspects of each scene, including contrast, subject distance and color, for intelligently determining accurate exposure settings. The exposure metering system works in collaboration with the autofocus system to provide face priority and subject tracking abilities in order to maintain consistent results while shooting. Nikon’s Scene Recognition System can also be employed to analyze the scene in order to determine white balance, exposure and iTTL flash settings for further consistency throughout one’s workflow.

With the introduction of the D7100 also comes a newly developed white balance system for intuitively customizing and setting white balance and color-temperature profiles. Spot White Balance can be used when working in Live View mode and provides an adjustable spot for selecting a small portion of the image from which to adjust the camera’s white balance setting; this feature will allow fast and efficient color profiling abilities while working. Also available are Picture Control mode, which allows a greater access to viewing and modifying the color characteristics of images, and Auto HDR, which composites simultaneously exposed frames into a single frame to produce an image with greater highlight and shadow detail. For creative enhancement of images, different Image Effects can be applied to both stills and movies in real time, with the results visible when monitoring in live view.

Camera Body Design

The D7100 balances its professional imaging features with an equally high-quality construction and form factor that is well suited to professional usage. The body design incorporates magnesium alloy top and rear covers to add durability and rigidity to the camera, yet the D7100 still remains lighter than its predecessor. The inclusion of durable construction materials also enables greater weather and dust resistance for increased protection when working in outdoor or adverse conditions. In line with many other professional-grade cameras, dual SD, UHS-I-compatible memory card slots are available to increase the recording abilities and provide an array of options for saving image files in order to expedite the post-production workflow.

For live view monitoring, image playback and review, and menu navigation, a large 3.2" 1,229k-dot LCD monitor is available and features an RGBW color scheme for greater overall brightness and visibility. Additionally, an optical glass pentaprism viewfinder is available and provides 100% frame coverage. The viewfinder incorporates a low-power-consumption OLED display element for clearly highlighting exposure and camera information within the finder.

The built-in pop-up flash is available to simply provide additional illumination to scenes; however, it can also function as a wireless flash commander when used in connection with iTTL-compatible speedlights. It also supports use of Nikon’s Advanced Wireless Lighting system to give more control over lighting ratios and other flash controls when working with multiple wireless flash units.

Full HD Movie Recording

The D7100 supports full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording in multiple frame rates, including 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p and 24p for a range of control over the appearance of movies. HD 1280 x 720 recording is also available in frame rates up to 60p for fluid rendition of movement. When recording movies, full-time continuous autofocus is available, as is manual exposure control for the ability to easily modify overall brightness values as well as depth of field. The built-in stereo microphone can be used for recording sound with movies or, alternatively, an external stereo microphone jack is also available for greater control over recorded sound. A headphone jack is also built in to permit real-time monitoring of audio when recording movies. The HDMI output allows for the use of an external monitor or for direct viewing of recordings on an HDTV.

Wireless Compatibility

Full wireless connectivity is possible with the D7100 when paired with the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. When connected, this adapter provides the ability to instantly share images and movies directly to an iOS or Android mobile device for sharing to social network or image-hosting sites or for simply emailing or texting. When used in connection with Nikon’s Wireless Mobile Utility app, the mobile device can also serve as a remote controller and live view monitor for the camera.

18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Kit

In addition, the D7100 being available as a body only, it is also available in a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. This lens is ideal for shooting in a wide variety of conditions, as its 35mm-equivalent focal length range is 27-157.5mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization works to reduce the appearance of camera shake by up to three shutter-speed steps, resulting in sharper imagery when working in low-light conditions and with longer zoom magnifications. A Silent Wave Motor focus system provides quiet and accurate focusing abilities and the inclusion of one ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element helps to reduce chromatic aberrations and improve overall image sharpness.

The D7100 stands to be a significant advancement in regard to the professional-grade DX-format DSLR. As a flagship model, it includes the necessary improvements relating to imaging performance, without neglecting the main features relating to speed and portability that make the DX-format so enticing. The redefined shooting and connectivity features of the D7100 favor all users, as their benefits work in collaboration to result in a camera that is highly efficient, capable and enjoyable to use.

Camera Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens Mount Nikon F mount
Image Sensor DX format (23.5 x 15.6mm) CMOS sensor
Total Pixels 24.71MP
Effective Pixels 24.1MP
Dust Reduction System Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off
Still Image Size DX (24 x 16)
L: 6000 x 4000
M: 4494 x 3000
S: 2992 x 2000
1.3x Crop (18 x 12)
L:4800 x 3200
M:3600 x 2400
S: 2400 x 1600
DX in Live View Movie Mode
L: 6000 x 3368
M: 4496 x 2528
S: 2992 x 2680
1.3x Crop in Live View Movie Mode
L: 4800 x 2696
M: 3600 x 2024
S: 2400 x 1344
File Format NEF (RAW) 12 or 14-bit (lossless compressed or compressed); JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic); NEF+JPEG
File System DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Picture Control System Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape
Storage Media 2x SD card slots; compatible with SD and UHS-I compliant SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with 100% frame coverage
Magnification Approx. 0.94x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity)
Eyepoint 19.5mm
Diopter Adjustment -2 to + 1m
Focusing Screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II screen with AF area brackets
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed Range 30 to 1/8000 sec., bulb, time
Flash Sync Speed 1/250 sec. (X), synchronize with shutter at 1/320 sec. or slower
Release Modes S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter release), E (self-timer), MUP (mirror up); interval timer photography supported
Continuous Shooting Rate Up to 6fps in DX format, up to 7fps in 1.3x crop format
Self-Timer 2, 5, 10, or 20 sec. delay
Exposure Metering Mode TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Method Matrix (3D Color Matrix), Center-Weighted, Spot
Metering Range Matrix or Center-Weighted: 0-20 EV; Spot: 2-20 EV
Exposure Modes Auto, programmed auto, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, manual
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Exposure Bracketing 2 to 5 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV steps
Sensitivity ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 25600)
Autofocus System Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase-detection
Detection Range -2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F / 20°C)
Lens Servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); Manual focus (M)
Focus Area Modes Single-point AF; 9-, 21- or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus Points 51 focus points (with 15 cross-type sensors including central focus point that is available at apertures slower than f/5.6 and faster than or at f/8)
AF-Assist Illuminator Range Approx. 1.75-9.8' / 0.5-3m
Built-In Flash Auto flash with auto pop-up
Guide Number 39.4' / 12m (ISO 100)
Flash Control TTL: iTTL flash control using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
Flash Modes 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
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Flash Bracketing 2 to 5 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV steps
Sync Terminal AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter (optional)
White Balance Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values), Spot White Balance during live view, color temperature selection (2500-10000K)
White Balance Bracketing 2 to 5 frames in 1, 2, or 3 steps
Live View Lens Servo AF Modes Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S), full-time-servo AF (AF-F); Manual focus (M)
Movie Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Metering Method Matrix
Movie Frame Size and Rate 1920 x 1080; 60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p
1280 x 720; 60p, 50p
File Format MOV
Video Compression H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
Audio Recording Format Linear PCM
Audio Recording Device Built-in or external stereo microphone (sensitivity adjustable)
Maximum Clip Length 29 min., 59 sec.
LCD Monitor 3.2" 1,229k-dot TFT-LCD with 100% frame coverage and 170° viewing angle
Interface USB 2.0, HDMI mini (Type C)
Audio Input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Audio Output Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Tripod Socket 1/4"-20
Power Source 1x EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Operating Temperature 32-104°F / 0-40°C
Operating Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Dimensions 5.3 x 4.2 x 3" / 135.5 x 106.5 x 76mm
Weight 1.5lb / 675g (without battery or memory card)

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Does the D7100 have 1.5x crop factor? Isn't it 1.3x?

It is 1.5x like all Nikon APS-C. You might be thinking about Canon's APS-H, which I believe is 1.3x while their APS-C is 1.6x.

It is a 1.5x but there is a setting for 1.3x. You gain a frame a second shooting speed.

And also more room in the buffer!

The crop factor of the DX sensor as it relates to focal length is still 1.5, which is the same as the D7000. The other crop factor mentioned in the information, 1.3x, is an additional crop factor that can be set when the lens mounted on the camera is not quite "long" enough. So, you select the 1.3 crop factor to "zoom" in on the subject. I used this feature on my D2x occasionally, and it works quite well. Of course, when using this feature, you are using a smaller area of the sensor, so a little quality is sacrificed, but it can be a handy option.

1.5 crop is for the "C" size sensor.
1.3 crop is for the "H" size sensor.
It has nothing to do with lenses or camera features.

The 1.3x crop in the Nikon D7100 is a further 1.3x crop of an already 1.5x cropped APS-C DX sensor, effectively making it a 15MP 2.0X crop sensor in crop mode. It has nothing to do with APS-H.


The D7100 has an APS-C size sensor.

Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C) is a type of sensor used in Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras, also called DSLRs. This sensor has a size of 23.6 x 15.6 mm, instead of the 36mm x 24mm for the 35mm film format. This causes a 1.5 or 1.6x lens multiplier when comparing lenses made for conventional 35mm film.

The 1.3X function is the camera only using a smaller portion of the sensor(15MP), similar in area to a Micro 4/3. Because the camera is recording less information, it is only having to process smaller files. In the 1.3X mode mode 50/60i movie recording is available as well as an increase in frames per second to 7fps.

the 1.3 crop is a crop of the (already cropped, relative to 35mm full-frame) APS-C sensor.

So, the final crop factor is 1.3 x 1.5 = 1.95
As another poster said, the 1.3 crop basically turns the sensor into a micro 4/3 version (~2X crp factor).

After 20 years of faithful Nikon use I'm not too excited about Nikon's latest offerings anymore(or anyone else's). Who on earth needs a 24mp sensor except for advertising work? I remember my D1x (which I still have) produced 24x36', amazing prints at Jpeg normal. The file sizes are absolutely huge with no discernible benefit to quality and take up a ridiculous amount of space. The D7000 which I own was a huge ergonomic step backwards from my D300s and the battery grips on the latest cameras are pitiful (Nikon never got the grips right as the connections are always lost).

If you look at the comparison here you will even see that they have dumbed down the 7100 in certain areas such as buffer size and battery life goes from 1050 (d7000) to 950 (d7100) so how is that good?

Nikon still can't figure out how to articulate the LCD screen and include wi-fi (without an adapter)? Really? And let's get this whole video autofocus debacle sorted out. Look, the quality has been there since the D200. I want to see real advancements like shooting video and stills simultaneously, articulating screens for more dynamic shooting possibilities, included wi fi, better battery grip connections and above all, the ergonomic sensibility of the D300. I also want a normal size body that my hands can actually grip. The whole FX/DX thing is tiresome too. I stopped using the "pro" models at the D1x because there's just no overwhelming benefit (weddings) to upgrade and unless we see some significant advances (not incremental).

Nikon and all the other manufacturers make wonderful image taking devices. They just have to stop being petty with their upgrades.

I have a NIKON D80 and want to upgrade, I was ready to shell out for the D800 and now this new one comes along. Any thoughts of the best upgrade?


The full frame sensor of the D800 is spectacular so it depends on the image quality you are wanting. If you goal is to make display prints, the larger sensor is the way to go.

I whole heartedly agree. There is no need to upgrade to these incrementally "better" camera bodies with lower battery life, video enhancements that degrade the control locations for still photography, etc. With these kind of "improvements" you are much better off just going with a medium format system and skipping the BS upgrades of the DSLRs when higher quality images are needed. Just keep using your older DSLRs as there is no appreciable quality improvement whatsoever with the newer models. It's all just consumer driven bells and whistles not real upgrades useful to professionals.

Buffer wasn't dumbed down. Most likely it was carried over, but the image size was increased. So yeah, it can't fit as many pics in before it slows down. Solution? Crop mode. Pics should be higher quality than the D7000, even with a hair less resolution.

Battery life is affected in the same way. It's the same battery that started in the D7000 (which is now used in the D800, D600, and V1). Even if the D7100 is using a new (more efficient?) processor, the files are bigger, requiring more time processing and writing to the card. Even SD card activity drains the battery. Besides, I shot a wedding all day (10AM-Midnight) with 2x D7000s, and shot about 1300 pics each with the batteries on both at 85% in the end. If you don't preview every single pic, the battery will last indefinitely.

As far as the add-on gimmicks, an articulating screen would probably be difficult to weather-seal, and would provide a pretty big weak point in the build. That's why Nikon's pro cameras never have them. WiFi and GPS only drive up the complexity and cost of the camera. Can you believe that the D7000 and D7100 both cost the same at the time of initial release?

When it comes to cutting edge technology, look at the GoPro Hero3 Black. The cream of the crop when it comes to features and abilities. And issues. They were so unreliable, GoPro had to post a formal apology. And they only cost 33% of what the D7100 does. Nikon can try out all the new gimmicks on their innumerable point and shoot cameras. When everything's ironed out, then it'll be safe to port them over to their DSLRs.

Why no flash sync terminal?
Even the lower priced film cameras had them.

I would imagine no flash sync because at this pro amateur level Nikon would think you would be using there wireless iTTL sync system since it has it built in on there camera. They make more money if you buy Nikon Flash with the ittl any way. It really is a great system and works on flash brackets with no problems and in the studio. I even use 3 910's wiwreless for flash lites in the studio, they are great. All on iTTL. Who needs to Sync on this camera. On a D4 or higher I would expect it for sure.

You can buy an adapter from Nikon for $20. A lot cheaper than what it would cost to add to the camera itself.

I think Nikon were smart to avoid mucking too much with the feature set of the D7000 in this refresh. It needed an up to date sensor (and this one is a beauty) and it needed the latest AF, which it has. There is nothing much to complain about with a state of the art APS-C camera like this one.

No GPS built in. Why did they bother?

I have both Canon and Nikon, both high end cameras, L lenes and ED lens. That said, I really think that Nikon is going much more forward then Canon. Nikon Lens are much sharper at wide angle then the Canon Lens, this is from my test of their best lens.

Is it 4:2:2? or 4:2:0? I think this cam could be good. I personally could care less about wi-fi chewing my battery level to ribbons trying to send 1 hi-res. pic to facebook. I wish it were 20mp. (better in low light)and a true 1.3 crop. I don't get the whole DX stuff. None the a canon guy..I see way more effort coming out of Nikon for DSLR film making on a budget. I may pull the trigger on this or D600.


Nikon has not stated if the video is 4:2:2? or 4:2:0 but as soon as we find out will post.

I wish they had put this sensor in a D800/D700/D300 body. I was really hoping for a D400 instead of this. However, it looks like a really good camera for the money.
The lack of built in GPS, wi-fi, articulating screen, etc. is a cost saving issue I'm sure. Adding those features would drive the cost up substantially, and by offering some of them as accessories lets the user decide what is needed.
The extra 1.3x crop availability seems most useful in video mode, as cropping video is not as easy as cropping a still image.
Overall, a really good upgrade from the D7000. But I'm still hoping for a D400 with a larger body, sturdier construction, and CF storage.

"Support for lenses with a maximum aperture of f/8 and an AF system comprised of the high-density 51 focus points offering faster AF initiation".
Got this from Nikon's web-site press release: does this mean that the camera does not support other apertures of say f/1.8-3.3? Not really understanding this, maybe I am missing something?


Yes it will. Traditionally, SLR's needed a lens to be at least f/5.6 to auto focus. Today, the AF sensors are more sensitive so many cameras can now AF with lens that have a max f/stop of f/8.

With apertures (or f/stops) the smaller the number, the wider the opening so f/1.8-3.3 will be no problem for any SLR or DSLR to focus.

I don't know why everyone is complaining about no wi-fi, GPS or articulating screen. I wouldn't consider purchasing a body with an articulating screen and I certainly wouldn't want to pay for wi-fi or GPS. I rather they concentrate all of their resources at improving the sensor & autofocus system then adding on the cute little gadgets that are not going to improve my images like wi-fi & GPS.

Camera sounds nice, what does this mean for the 300s?

I yearn for the days of yesteryear when a product run of Nikon F, then F2, then F3 would span years instead of a few months.

Digital imaging is Polaroid in drag.

my Nikon F & F3 still takes great photos & full frame to boot. ( sigh)

Two words... Moore's Law

If this thing had a locking exposure mode dial rather than the non-locking one like the D7000, and had a larger buffer than the D7000 it would be a no brainer upgrade for me. Unfortunately from the listed specs it looks like the buffer is smaller so that is a deal killer for me. Bummed about that. Back to waiting I guess.

It does have a locking mode dial. There's a button on top center that you have to press to be able to twist it.

As far as the buffer, that's a bit of a different story. It most likely does have the same buffer as the D7000, but the image size has increased significantly. That means less total shots until the buffer fills up. However, if you use 1.3x crop mode, you get roughly the same amount of shots as the D7000, plus a bump up to 7fps if you want. The crop is down to about 15MP, though it should be sharper than the D7000, so you get roughly the same capability with better image quality and autofocus ability.

If it's like the D7000, there also should be little, if any difference between 14-bit Lossless and 12-bit Compressed RAWs, giving you a max burst of 14 shots in "low quality" RAW + crop mode before the buffer clears. Unless you're the "spray-n-pray" type, that should be enough for most of the things you'd need that speed for.

After reading this report on the new camera Been waiting on the new model for the D300s. Now I think I will just continue on with my faithful D300s. It suits all my needs. The only think I would want on it would be the FX sensor

Yet another interesting addition to the extensive list of feature-laden Nikon DSLRs. However, as the owner of five Nikon SLRs, motor drives, and numerous "full-frame" Nikon lenses from the film era -- I'm STILL waiting for Nikon to deliver a BASIC full-frame DSLR body -- for about $1000. I don't need it to pound nails, work during a downpour, blast 10fps, or synchronize a dozen strobe units -- although an articulated screen would help with my style of shooting. The existing Nikon FX line-up goes well beyond both my current needs and pocketbook limitations. Any hope, Nikon?!?

In the release mode on the comparison chart, I don,t see a Remote setting. I have a D7000, does this mean I can,t use my remote on a D7100?

The D7100 has the same accessory terminal as the D7000 for the Nikon MC-DC2 remote trigger, or any other remote that is designed to fit into the DC2 terminal from another manufacturer. It is also compatible with the ML-L3 infrared wireless remote control. Below is a link to the specifications for the D7100 on Nikon USA’s website where it does indicate that.

Is there a autofocus motor build in the body to allow use of older autofocus lens.

Yes, the D7100 has a motor built into it to autofocus with any series of Nikon F-mount autofocus lenses made by Nikon or for the Nikon AF system by other manufacturers.

Does the D 7100 have the same "Auto Focus Fine Tune " feature of the D 7000.? I have found this quite powerful for my older Nikon lenses. Ron

I was not able to find any specific reference to this feature in any of the preliminary press releases and reviews on the camera. Nikon has not yet posted the instruction manual online for the camera to download and check. Until they do we just have to wait and see. My feeling is that they did include it, rather, I cannot see any reason why they would not have included it in this model. If I find any details out I will follow up here.

Would love to see a column for the D600 or D700 in here. Why a DX sensor with 51 focus points while they hobble the D600 FX with only 39? Makes no sense!

Is the battery grip pack Nikon MB-D11 Multi Power Batty pack compatible with D7100?

No, the Nikon MB-D11 battery grip from the D7000 camera is not compatible with the D7100. The D7100 has its own MB-D15 grip (not yet available from Nikon) designed for it. Keep an eye out on our website for this grip. Once Nikon provides us with the details on it, we will post it on our site.

Will B&H be coming out with a Vello/Deluxe Accessory bundle/package with the D7100?

As the Nikon D7100 DSLR camera is a new camera that has just recently been released, we will have to wait until Vello announces and releases a battery grip or accessory package for the D7100 before it will be listed on our webpage. As third-party manufacturers must first ensure their items are compatible with newly-released equipment, we must wait for further information from Vello before we can answer the above inquiry. However, you may be able to contact Vello by phone at 212-594-2353 or by e-mailing for assistance with your inquiry. Otherwise, you can simply periodically check the Accessories tab for the Nikon D7100 DSLR camera on our website for updates on compatible accessories for the camera. I am sorry for the current inconvenience in regards to your inquiry.

I JUST received my D7000, I am interested in learning HDR photography and see that the d7100 mentions some helps in camera. For $300 more and returning the D7000 and purchasing the d7100 ~ are the upgrades worth the $'s and effort? I primarily shoot country landscapes and senior, couples photography. My previous camera was D40, so anything is a major upgrade. Thanks for any advice.

In a nutshell I would say the 7100 is better but not because of hdr even though it has a jpeg hdr mode. If you are serious about hdr you should use specialized hdr software to stitch images together. One advantage the 7100 has is 5 bracket steps as opposed to 3 in the 7000. The 7100 has a better focusing system. Two big advantages of the 7100 for me are that the LCD is more easily visible in sunlight and there is a brighter OLED display in the viewfinder which makes the exposure parameters easier to see.

All is not so rosey with the D7100. It is not able to retrieve low-light information in the shadows as the D7000 without starting to show quickly noise and pic degradation. This is a very negative point in favor of the D7000. Some people found that in low-light and in the shadows it can cause banding.

Thom Hogan specify that its only 22 % increase in resolution that separates the D7100 from the D7000, because we have to compare the horizontal resolution of the two 6000 pixels vs 4680 pixels. He also specify that this difference in resolution is not always easy to see. The higher resolution also brings diffraction at least a stop higher than with the D7000. Sure the AF system is much better on the D7100. The higher pixel density has a price.

I am contemplating purchasing the D7100 as an upgrade to my D80. The big question I have is, will the D7100 overexpose as some of the reviews of the D7000 have alluded to, or has Nikon solved that issue. I have that problem with the D80 as well and it is very frustrating.


Having used the D7000 extensively, I am not aware nor did I see an issue with over exposure in the many images I shot with the camera.I had it during Sandy and shot for most of the day after near the shore areas by my home.

Having used the D90 and D5000 when I first shot with the D7000, the first thing I noticed was how much more detail the 7000's sensor could capture. It was noticeable to me and maybe some were reacting to this.

The only problem I had with the D7000 was having to give it back to Nikon LOL.

I am in the market to buy a new camera for my photography , just when I was going to purchase a d7000 the d7100 came along even confusing me more . I am a novice I take pics of seniors kids babies , landscapes beaches , tag along as helpers for weddings , trying to learn the best from all my professional photographer friends . As I am beginning my career in photography , I am looking for a great camera that is good for a beginner, but has the qualities for a professional . I am familiar with the Nikon and have always loved it , have point and shoot nikon , a old minolta 35mm from 70's still use it for fun , a kodak 35mm , and a cannon old 35mm . any suggestions for a beginner? Cost wise im lookin to spend no more then $1800..
Any thoughts on these cameras or another ?