Nikon D7000 vs D7100 - Key Differences

February 21, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras | 29 Comments | |
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Earlier today, Nikon announced the Nikon D7100 digital SLR camera, a successor to the hugely popular Nikon D7000. The new model inherits the D7000’s viewfinder, shutter assebly, 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor, dual SD memory card slots, weatherproof body, EN-EL15 battery and core functionality; and adds a new 24-megapixel sensor with no low-pass filter, an Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX auto focus module with 51 focus points, a new LCD screen and a number of new features including a “1.3x crop mode.” Note that as the Nikon D7100 is a DX camera with a “crop factor” of 1.5, the “1.3x” mode is in fact a 2x crop mode relative to 35mm full frame, essentially turning the Nikon D7100 into a 15-megapixel FourThirds camera while retaining the 3:2 aspect ratio and allowing for a slightly faster continuous shooting speed.

In order to help you get a clearer picture of how they compare to each other specifications-wise,  we have compiled a handy little table summarising the key differences between the two models, based on information available to us at the time of writing.

Key Differences Nikon D7000 Nikon D7100
Sensor 16-megapixel CMOS
With AA filter
24-megapixel CMOS
Without AA filter
Image processor Expeed 2 Expeed 3
Total no. of AF points 39 51
Cross type AF sensors 9 15
AF points usable through f/8 0 1
AF sensitivity range -1EV to +19EV -2EV to +19EV
“1.3x” crop mode available? No Yes
Exposure bracketing 2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV 2 to 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2 or 3 EV
Continuous shooting speed 6fps 6fps at full resolution, 7fps in “1.3x” crop mode
Buffer size
(14-bit raw, lossless compression)
10 6
(8 in “1.3x” crop mode)
Viewfinder dioptre adjustment -3 to +1 -2 to +1
In-finder status display LCD OLED
Rear display 3”, 921k-dots 3.2”, 1,229k-dots
Wi-Fi connectivity Via Eye-Fi cards Via Eye-Fi cards or
WU-1a Wi-Fi adapter
Movie Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24fps
HD 1,280x720 / 30fps
HD 1,280x720 / 24fps
VGA 640x424 / 30fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60i
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50i
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
Built-in microphone Mono Stereo
In-camera HDR exposure blending? No Yes
“Spot White Balance” in Live View? No Yes
“Effects” on mode dial? No Yes
Mode dial lockable? No Yes, w/ centred locking pin
Connection ports Audio/Video Out
Stereo microphone input
Remote/GPS terminal
Stereo microphone input
WR-1/WR-R10 terminal
Optional battery grip MB-D11 MB-D15
Battery life / CIPA 1,050 shots 950 shots
Weight 690g 675g
Dimensions Width: 5.2 in. (132mm)
Height: 4.1 in. (103mm)
Depth: 3.0 in. (77mm)
Width: 5.3 in. (135.5mm)
Height: 4.2 in. (106.5mm)
Depth: 3.0 in. (76mm)

Do note that the table highlights the key differences only - there are a few interface changes as well, such as the addition of a customisable “i” button and the swapping of the Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons. The D7000’s Live View lever has given way to a button encircled by a switch that toggles between Photo Live View and Movie Live View modes, while the red movie record button has been moved to the camera’s top plate, close to the shutter release - but overall, the Nikon D7100’s user interface has remained remarkably similar to that of its predecessor.

Naturally, we will be delivering you a fully fledged in-depth D7100 test as soon as review units become available.

NB: The image showing the two cameras side by side is not to scale.

Your Comments

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#1 Pat Nathan

I've had my D7000 for just over a year now, and it has given me endless pleasure by producing some of the finest photos I've ever taken. So the D7100 has several things in its favor. What of it ? I do not have money to burn. I'll stick with my D7000, thank you.

1:19 am - Friday, February 22, 2013

#2 Khairul Nizam

I always use Single AF so 51 AF is not a big issue for me.

5:51 am - Friday, February 22, 2013

#3 Zoltan Arva-Toth

For the record, a multi-point auto focus system has its benefits even if you use single-spot AF only. It allows you to manually pick the focus point you want to use, which is important as you cannot always employ the focus-recompose technique (think fast lenses, not entirely stationary subjects, or close-up shots). In our understanding, the D7100's AF module offers the same excellent frame coverage as that of the D300S (and in the so-called "1.3x" crop mode, the AF points pretty much cover the entire frame area). Whether it's a strong enough benefit to upgrade from the D7000 is another matter of course.

8:36 am - Friday, February 22, 2013

#4 Jonathan

As long as the QC issues are sorted on the 7100 I'll be happy (mirror box, oil on sensor, massive front focusing are some of the issues I had with my D7000)

9:44 am - Friday, February 22, 2013

#5 David Sheppard

D7000 is an excellent DSLR for experienced photographers and it has excellent performance for its class. The bad thing is that it has no 1080/30p video. Overall it delivers on almost all counts.

11:57 am - Friday, February 22, 2013

#6 David R

As a new photographer I would think that they wouldn't bother adding Movie filming abilities to camera's like these. In would personally use an actual video camera for that purpose. Just seems like a waste of space which could be filled up with some extra functionality. It's just my opinion, anyone else use the video functions on camera's like these?

2:42 pm - Friday, February 22, 2013

#7 Shekhar Malve

D7100 is Excellent option for me being a Free lance photographer & entering into Digital world of Photography.
I have been always a Nikon fan in Fx format, now re-entering with this gear.

Thanks Nikon !!!!

6:15 pm - Friday, February 22, 2013

#8 Mark Jones

So glad I turned in my D7000's which both had terrible focus problems and sat with my D5100 for another year. Now let's hope this 7100 is bug free from the outset as I want one real bad......

9:15 pm - Friday, February 22, 2013

#9 Rob

Interesting Mark Jones.
What focus problems did you have with the D7000 that you don't get with almost every camera straight out of the box? Interested to know what the difference was.

The D7000 has a feature to fine tune AF for your lens, and is an amazing feature. Prehaps it's a case of a bad workman blaming the tools rather than learning to use them correctly.

9:05 am - Saturday, February 23, 2013

#10 Nat

According to the brochure on Nikon's website the D7100 has exposure bracketing of 2 to 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV compared with the D7000 which has exposure bracketing of 2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, or 32 EV

5:43 pm - Saturday, February 23, 2013

#11 tower

Got my D7000 on 2/2/2013. Just returned it for full refund and put deposit down on D7100. I just couldn't pass up the improvements and made the trade. Now it's just the ago icing 1 month wait.

1:32 am - Monday, February 25, 2013

#12 Tim Zdrale

The D7000 is a great camera! I bought the MD-11 batter pack and it adds alot to the size and feel on the camera. I have (3) Nikon DX af lenses, a
18-70, 28-105 and a 70-210. I am able to capture some really clear and super sharp photos. I have been an amateur photographer for 30 years. I have almost every mechanical Nikon film camera. My last camera was a D300 and it was a wonderful camera. I get tired of upgrading and usually I buy a camera when it reaches it obsolescense.
For me if I upgade, I would buy the D600 used in mint condition with low shutter count. I am not in the market for a camera right now because I am very satified with the D7000. I am try to keep my camera longer. It's getting to be an expensive hobby!!!

2:03 am - Monday, February 25, 2013

#13 Dexter M

David R, I'm not huge into video but when I asked the same question you did it was explained to me that a video camera with lenses like you could use on your Nikon would be priced pretty high.. The added video function to a DSLR isn't that much extra cost.. Besides, not sure what other features havering the video is taking away. It seems to do everything a photographer would want with the extra of video. I didn't use video much with my d7000 but it was a nice feature to use once in awhile. The d7100 sound even better. With 60 fps I can get better slow mo shots.

As for the focus problems, from what I have read it was mostly user error. Some on the forums said the extra MP of the 7000 caught many user errors that the d90 may not have. I'm no expert, but that's what I seemed to see posted a lot in reference to the poor focusing of the d7000. I never seemed to have a problem.

9:13 am - Monday, February 25, 2013

#14 Jonathan

HI Rob, see my post #4, the issues that Mark raises are some of the one's I had too, got rid of my D7000 and got the D300S (in a different league in terms of focusing speed, NO quality issues etc). After I took my D7000 back for the 3rd time I asked the Nikon tech and he said that the D7000 had excellent IQ but it was a 'problem child', In South Africa there had been over a 100 returns (for various issues, primarily the oil on sensor and focus problems), I asked him in his opinion what the most reliable, robust etc cam was (Nikon) and he said the D300S, in the 3 years it had been available in SA they had had only 3 returns... needless to say I got rid of the D7000 and in the year I've had it its been perfect and much better (especially focusing speed and accuracy) than my D7000. So I really hope the QC issues are sorted in the D7100, but after the continued QC issues on the D600 I'm not so sure, will wait and see, hopefully its all good for the D7100.

9:19 am - Monday, February 25, 2013

#15 Zoltan Arva-Toth

Thank you Nat, we have updated the table to include this piece of information too.

1:41 pm - Monday, February 25, 2013

#16 Dane

I agree that if you have the D7000 I wouldn't spend hard earned cash either for the small amount of upgrade that the d7100 has. But if you are looking to upgrade from a cheaper camera then I would. For another point of view you can look here

8:07 pm - Tuesday, February 26, 2013

#17 mgabriel

I may buy it after one year or so, when all the bugs are fixed, i'm sure it has plenty of them, and number one bug is focusing that I noticed on each and every sample image shot by it, at:

Until then, i'm quite happy with my D7000 and its crystal clear friend sigma 17-50

8:34 pm - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

#18 ismael

you can see just shoot with D7000 here:

10:31 pm - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

#19 Hermeneanu Valter

I don'd need 24mp camera. D7100 should have a better ISO but it has not.

3:03 pm - Sunday, April 21, 2013

#20 Jakob Gronkjaer

I agree with the majority of comments here, that as good as the D7100 might look, the D7000 already satisfies most needs. I use them to shoot weddings and commercial portraiture and never had any issues with focusing, or print quality at the sizes my clients have needed them.

11:53 am - Thursday, May 2, 2013

#21 simar

Hi Nasim
hi ,

i am beginner and want to buy a DSLR .
So confused between D700 and D7100, coz price diff is 600$.

Which lens you recommend for indoor and outdoor photography.


6:20 pm - Tuesday, May 7, 2013

#22 Chelsea

I probably wouldn't buy this camera as an "upgrade" from the D7000, but I would deffintely consider it as an upgrade from older DSLR's.. Please check out the comparison chart on my site

7:42 pm - Tuesday, May 21, 2013

#23 J Morgan

I really want to love the D7100 but I feel so let down by the quality control. I have had 2 D7100s now and both have dust inside the viewfinder and oily blobs on the sensor. I'm a fan of Nikon but not sure what to do next. It's a lot to ask to accept a mucky 900 quid camera. My D90 is still flawless.

6:33 pm - Thursday, June 6, 2013

#24 luciano

I would like to buy a dsrl , the difrences between
both cameras is realy important ? is better the d7100 than 7000 ?

8:59 pm - Sunday, June 16, 2013

#25 TJ Holowaychuk

My take on the D7000 vs D7100 as an owner of both

5:28 am - Thursday, July 4, 2013

#26 Rose

Thanks, for the great review on both cameras. You just help in deciding which camera to buy, been looking at both cameras for awhile. Now, I'm going to order my D7000.

4:03 am - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

#27 jennypal

I really wish to like the D7100 however I feel therefore defeated by the standard management. I even have had two D7100s currently and each have mud within the optical device and oily blobs on the sensing element. i am an exponent of Nikon however undecided what to try and do next. it is a ton to raise to just accept a mucky 900 quid camera. My D90 continues to be unflawed.

8:06 am - Tuesday, October 1, 2013

#28 Bertrand

Thanks for this review on both camera, the D7100 appear to be a great evolution. Looks good for the future.

8:35 am - Friday, March 14, 2014

#29 Doug Cowie.

I bought my Nikon D7000 back in 2011. This camera I believe is a real gem. Focus issues are non existent. This camera has produced countless very high quality images since I bought it & still does. I really look after it & still looks brand new. The beauty is that you can use it with old AF lenses with no need for an adapter & they work a treat. I use a Nikkor 28 to 105mm Macro 3.5 mostly, a lens I used on my Nikon F3 film camera. Sharp as with an amazing Macro function. No I wouldn't upgrade my Nikon D7000 cos it gives me such stunning photos so will stick with it for many years to come. I've never had the oil issue at all. It's never given me any reason to doubt any functions it has so it's a big thumbs up for me for this amazing camera.

5:17 am - Tuesday, December 23, 2014