Nikon D7000 vs D7100 - Key Differences

February 21, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras | Comment |

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.

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