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Nikon D7100 vs. Nikon D7000 specifications comparison

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This Nikon D7100 vs. D7000 specifications comparison is based on the details provided on Nikon USA website:

 Model Nikon D7100 Nikon D7000
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Effective Pixels 24.1million 16.2million
Sensor Size 23.5mmx15.6mm 23.6mmx15.6mm
Buffer NEF Lossless compressed 12-bit: 7

NEF Lossless compressed 14-bit: 6

JPEG fine: 33

NEF Lossless compressed 12bit: 11

NEF Lossless compressed 14bit: 10

JPEG fine: 31

File Format Still Images 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
NEF (RAW): Lossless Compressed or Compressed 12 or 14 bit
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline-Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
Picture Control Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Nine User-customizable Settings
Portrait
Standard
Vivid
Storage Media SD
SDHC
SDXC
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Card Slot 2 Secure Digital (SD) 2 Secure Digital (SD)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage 100% Horizontal
100% VerticalApprox.
100%Approx.
Viewfinder Magnification 0.94xApprox. 0.95xApprox.
Viewfinder Eyepoint 19.5mm (-1.0m¯¹) 19.5mm
Lens Compatibility at a Glance*** AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000sec. 1/8000sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed 30sec. 30sec.
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 6frames per second 6frames per second
(CIPA guidelines)
Scene Modes Autumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Blossom
Candlelight
Child
Close-up
Dusk / Dawn
Food
Landscape
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Sunset
Autumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Blossom
Candlelight
Child
Close-up
Dusk / Dawn
Food
High Key
Landscape
Low Key
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Silhouette
Sports
Sunset
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure Bracketing 2 to 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV 2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
Mirror Lock Up Yes Yes
ISO Sensitivity ISO100-6400
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
ISO100-6400
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking) Number of AF points: 9, 21, 39 and 39 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode Yes Yes
Focus Modes 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
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
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 51 39
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Flash Bracketing 2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV 2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
Top FP High Speed Sync Up to1/8000 Up to1/8000
Flash Sync Modes 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
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
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced 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
Built-in flash Commander Mode
CLS Supported
White Balance Auto
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
Auto (2 types)
Auto (TTL white balance with 2,016-pixel RGB sensor)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting (2,500 K to 10,000K)
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored)
Seven manual modes with fine-tuning
Shade
White Balance Bracketing 3 shots in steps of 1 2 or 3 exposures
Live View Shooting Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Yes
Movie HD 1,920x1,080 / 60i
HD 1,920x1,080 / 50i
HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
Movie with sound
Movie Audio Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Built-in microphone, monaural
Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Monitor Size 3.2in. diagonal 3.0in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution 1,228,800Dots 921,000Dots
Monitor Type Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD Super Density
Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Playback Functions 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
Auto Image Rotation
Calendar
Full Frame
Highlight Point Display
Histogram Display
Movie Playback
Shooting Data
Slideshow
Sound Playback
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 segments)
Zoom
In-Camera Image Editing 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
Color Balance
Color Outline
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
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
GPS GP-1 GPS unit
GP-1A GPS unit
GP-1 GPS unit
Battery / Batteries EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge) 950shots (CIPA) 1,050shots (CIPA)
AC Adapter EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately) EH-5a AC Adapter
Approx. Dimensions Width:5.3in.(135.5mm)
Height:4.2in.(106.5mm)
Depth:3.0in.(76mm)
Width:5.2in.(132mm)
Height:4.1in.(103mm)
Depth:3.0in.(77mm)
Approx. Weight 23.8oz.(675g)camera body only 24.3oz.(690g)camera body only
Price $1,196.95 (body only) $896.95 (body only)
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  • http://www.facebook.com/seanmolin Sean Molin

    So, a better sensor… a few evolutionary design and software enhancements… At least the price stayed the same.

    Otherwise, if I were a D7000 user, I wouldn’t be freaking out over a pre-order…

    • waterengineer

      We don’t know it is a better sensor…..yet. Also, we don’t need more pixels. We need better pixels which result in better image quality.

    • Bob

      >Otherwise, if I were a D7000 user, I wouldn’t be freaking out over a pre-order…

      As a D7000 user with a lot of DX lenses (or FX lenses with bad corner performance that work best on DX), I agree. Not enough of an improvement, and no D400… sigh.
      My #1 hope was a magnesium alloy body. But, nope, still plastic lens mount. Put a heavy lens on there (300 f/2.8 is enough) and watch your AF fine tune go in and out depending on how you grip the camera/lens. Too much flex.
      My #2 was bigger RAW buffer. Nope.
      Still hoping for a D400 with a magnesium body and a real buffer. But it looks like I’ll have to spring for the D800E instead. Or buy a used D300s for pennies on the dollar.

      • Ken Elliott

        Plastic lens mount? Citation, please.
        I don’t know, but I’d suspect the mount is stainless steel, attached to a stamped metal frame that have been over-molded with an engineering plastic. Don’t discount how strong that can be. Formula 1 cars are “plastic”.

        That said, I do understand – and agree – that a single-piece magnesium body is desirable. That’s an expensive component, and I doubt they could hit their price point had they incorporated one. I have four and it hurt to pay the price.

      • desmo

        put a heavy lens on any DSLR and you should support it by the lens not the camera
        technique is everything in photography

  • tmw

    Nikon D7000 is still a great camera, I see the d7100 as a nice sports-camera with it’s 51 Af-points, although I don’t really need the 24MP.

    • desmo

      D7000 has 39 pt AF
      for 51pt AF you need to buy this camera

  • onceternal

    First comment?

  • walliswizard

    purely on specs alone it doesn’t come across as all that much of an upgrade – which possibly says a lot for the old (D7000) [at least, I hope so seeing as I own one!]

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      Yes it does!
      No AA
      Better jpg buffer
      oled thingy in the view finder
      better autofocus engine
      better video

    • s.dunn

      Funny… I feel the total opposite way. While I don’t own a D7000 personally my employer does and I use it several times a week.
      Controls are roughly the same. ISO, resolution, focusing, metering, build quality, crop 2.0, video and JPEG buffer are all improved. Battery life, which was never an issue for me has gone down.
      Seems like a big update to me?

    • David Campbell

      I think it’s a marked improvement, but not so much that I feel compelled to upgrade from my D7000. If I were buying new, however, I’d shell the extra money for the D71000.

  • Jason

    Nice! And priced same as D7000 (without rebate)

    But, there is still room for D400 — with 91K RGB meter, sync ports, usb 3.0, and maybe a surprise higher-ISO at 24mp

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      And a 60 shot raw buffer and XQD

      • Pat Mann

        And AF-on, and the D800 AF module, and how about a real pro finder this time with threaded stay-on instead of slip-off-all-the-time rubber glasses bumper and accessories. And I vote for internal – or at least much better integrated, perhaps in a grip, wireless and GPS. Having all that crap hanging off the body with multiple cords linking into each other is a major nuisance.

        • desmo

          the D300s had AF ON
          the eyecup bit is being petty
          (you can mod it very esily if thats important to you)
          those of us who don’t use wireless GPS and all that crap don’t want to pay for it

        • Arkasai

          I like the idea of wireless components being integrated into the grip rather than the body. Seems like an elegant way of ditching clunky plug-in peripherals and negating the additional battery drain they cause.

    • Greg

      And EN-EL4 battery or something suitable. Actually just use the MB-D10 so I don’t have a buy yet another accessory as well as carry multitudes of spares in a camera bag.

  • Robert

    Essentially, the D600 body but with the smaller DX pentaprism housing of the D7000.

    • IslandNature

      I was thinking the same thing – which makes me wonder why everyone was slamming the D600 weather sealing while noting that the D7100 has the “same sealing as the D800.” It looks to me like the weather sealing would probably be the same as the D600, not the D800. Odds that both are made in Thailand???

      Interesting also that they went with 51 FP on the D7100 and 39 FP on the D600 … but I guess that is a good marketing move and might appeal to the bird photographers pining for a D400. Add in the differences in HDR, etc. and Nikon has created a bit of a feature overlap between the two cameras.

  • Swarok

    And the other processor Expeed3 in D7100 vs Expeed2 in D7000

  • Robert

    It’s a pretty significant upgrade actually — they kept what was good about the D7000 and upgraded things in mostly the right places:

    - The faster Expeed3 processor improves overall performance.

    - Lockable mode dial is nice.

    - Larger LCD screen is welcome.

    - OLED displays in the viewfinder are welcome.

    - Auto bracketing range extended from maximum of 3 frames to 5 frames (this is a nice enhancement, especially given the built-in HDR functionality).

    - Spot white balance is a nice feature.

    - 24 megapixels isn’t a huge advance, but coupled with the lack of an anti-aliasing filter, it’s likely to show noticeable IQ improvements over the D7000. We’ll have to see about low light performance improvements.

    - Massively improved autofocus performance — it’s the exact same system Nikon uses in the D4…which is awesome.

    - According to Nikon, weather sealing of the D800 — which means improved over the D7000.

    - a radio wireless transmitter system, for which I, personally, can already think of lots of applications.

    All for the same price the D7000 went for when it first came out.

    Seems like a win to me.

    I would have liked:

    - A bigger buffer.

    - Bit higher frame rate.

    But I can live without those.

    • desmo

      pretty ambitious list Robert, but you missed the most important one,
      51pt Autofocus
      not because of the number of points ,
      because it focuses more reliably under all lighting conditions,
      the pro 51pt AF is a huge addition to this camera

      • a4

        It really is, but then – why load a cam with a pro AF system and fairly fast sequences while crippling it with a small buffer at the same time (D7000 already is quite bad here and D71000 goes even further…)?

        • lOW

          Robert talk about above) – I would have liked:

          - A bigger buffer.

        • Northerntrumpeter

          Possibly another way of looking at it is that a top spec, super lightning fast AF system acquires your subject quickly, so you get the shot you want quickly and you don’t need to spray and pray for so long, therefore negating the need for a huge buffer and allowing room in the camera / budget for other features?

      • Robert

        Nope, didn’t miss it — referenced it above: same system as in the D4 (51pt).

    • xb897

      Agree, but the larger LCD needs more power. Otherwise d7100 is better than expected.

      • xb897

        Plus a larger grip.

      • manu

        OLED consumes less

  • VirtualAnomoly

    Hmmm.. Wonder if it come with excess oil? I don’t see it listed in the specs!!

  • www.itsrich.info

    not a lot in it is there!

    Whats the diffrerence in body size? That wasnt listed…

    • http://www.facebook.com/donahuememp James Donahue

      read the spec’s

      • rich

        thats not very useful…

        • Foolishcfo

          What isn’t very helpful? Ths body size is slightly larger, it weighs slighly less, the sensor is fractionally smaller and the monitor is larger. I just wish they’d get rid of the cheesy scene modes dial.

  • Larry

    Can someone explaying the difference….except for the pixels….they’re totally the same….Nikon… this is stupid….with a full frame sensor this may have some sense….

    • WYS

      So you want a D7000 with a fx sensor… oh wait they already did that in the D600. Read the post above you, they actually made quite a significant number of upgrades over the D7000.

  • http://twitter.com/hoodlum99 Stephen Hood

    Unless you do sports/wildlife there is not need to upgrade from the D7000.

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      Or macro, or landscape . . . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/donahuememp James Donahue

    Jeeez..I want it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/willem.mol.9 Willem Mol

    No screen articulation in the year 2013. I understand that Nikon has a conservative fanbase but purely based on specs, i’m not going tot dish out € 1200 just for better AF and on par movie capabilities. Don’t get me wrong. It looks like a wonderful camera but I can only spend my money once. I’m going to switch camps and hold out for Canon 70D. Too bad, Nikon pics have always had that extra bit of contrast that I like.

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      I don’t like articulated screens. They severely reduce the integrity of the body (you cannot afford to drop it) and when the camera is 10x more prone to shake when you don’t have it up to your face.

      • Soe H M

        Articulated or not, I would be careful about not dropping my DSLR

        • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

          As do we all, but hey, accidents happen. And when they do, you don’t want a screen hanging out the side to get knocked off.

          • coloretric

            10yrs of photography and I’ve yet to drop a body. Yes I’ve had lenses roll. But never a body jeez how could you be so careless? But I see your point :)

    • Tim

      articulated screens are for amateurs. that holds true in ALL camps. 60D is a toy camera, like the D5200. Why don’t you shoot with an ipad?

      • stormwatch

        Ok please can you explain me why the TOY Camcorder XF305 (6.999 Euro) from Canon has the articulated screen? Is that a toy too? Or why Panasonic even bothered with the articulated screen on AG-HPX255 (6.500 Euro)….nowadays cameras are being used as the camcorders as well, to this old thinking about articulated screens is way way outdated. All the new cameras should come with the articulated screens.

        • desmo

          because its a camcorder not a camera
          besides serious videographers have made a mass exodus
          from those to D800 D4 5dMK 2 or 3 with appropriate rigs
          ultimately relegating the camcorders you reference to amateurs

  • M Roper

    How much could an adequate buffer cost. The D7100 has everything I’ve been looking for in a new body except the buffer. I can live with 6 frames per second if I could get more than 1 second before I have to wait on the buffer to catch up. If Nikon can’t do better than that by the time the Canon 7D2 comes out I’m jumping ship. Still waiting on a D400 but getting extremely frustrated.

    • Greg

      I don’t understand that either– RAM just isn’t that expensive, and it’s getting cheaper.

      One possibility is that the smaller buffer but faster processor means you’re able to burst as many shots as before because the processor reads them out faster?

      Just wildly looking for a justification for what appears a silly decision on the face of it.

      If the true answer is that it’s the same amount of RAM but larger images, then this was just dumb.

      • Rudi

        I don’t understand this stupid buffer talking!! Where in the specs do you notice that this cam has no buffer? The spec says:

        “Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: 6 frames/sec”
        That means even at 24Mpix you get 6 frames per second. Just stick in a fast (maybe a 95 Mbit sandisc) sd card and you’ll be fine if you need a machine gun!

        • Brent Dupuy

          Not how the buffer works. The camera writes the images to the buffer then transfers them to the card. The camera cannot write the files to the card as fast as you can fill the buffer. The speed of the card has nothing to do with the size of the buffer.

          Therefore, you only get about 1 second of shooting at 6 fps until you hit the limit that the buffer can hold.

      • Reese

        Perhaps they REALLY wanted it to be the same price as the D7000 and the extra ram would tip the scales.

        Also, the RAM they have to use for the buffer has to be top notch because of the speed it has to record data so it would be more expensive then the average SD card type ram.

  • Didaskalos

    Great comparison. The pictures and the specs do point up the improvements. The 24mp is alluring, but it will take built in WiFi to hook and reel me in. I’m enjoying the 7000 I bought a little over 2 years ago. Thanks again!

  • Nch

    For me, the new DX feature I like the most is actually auto iso connected to the focal length. Together with good high iso performance makes vr lenses less important when hand holdig in low light.

    Might actually replace my D300 this time, regardless of whether a D400 comes later or not. The only minus for me is the small buffer, but not a big deal.

  • dizkid

    I can shoot RAW & JPEG together on my D7000. Get the specs straight!

  • Mike

    D600 has max shutter of 1/4000. D7100 is 1/8000. You can’t say Nikon didn’t cripple shutter speed on the D600.

    • khaled tolba

      You might be right, they maxed it at 1/4000 for a reason. But in my opinion, 1/8000 is a bit over-rated, when was it last that you missed a shot because you couldn’t get past 1/4000

    • khaled tolba

      You might be right, they maxed it at 1/4000 for a reason. But in my opinion, 1/8000 is a bit over-rated, when was it last that you missed a shot because you couldn’t get past 1/4000

    • Ken Elliott

      It might be the same/similar assembly. If so, it would have to move 50% farther, and that might be the limiting factor.

  • Brian

    You forgot to compare the BUFFER!

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      I added the buffer info.

  • http://twitter.com/CraigLuna Craig Luna

    Wow, the D7000 has been working out!

  • Tom

    Not a huge deal but slightly irritated that this and the D7000 have 1/8000 but my D600 does not.

  • Tommy

    I prefer the way the D7000 looked. So this buffer is even a further downgrade from the D7000?

  • sunkenbranch

    7 fps in 1.3x crop mode (15.4MP). New battery grip MB-D15.

  • Douglas Pavani

    you had me on the lack OLPF, remembering this is the first Nikon without a physical low pass filter.

  • Syco

    Not a chance this is the “flagship” DX – 6 fps, 1 sec buffer, SD card – screams “prosumer”

    Guessing they’ll save the D400 for the 7D2 fight.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tomo.bagaric.3 Tomo Bagaric

      I’m afraid that 51 AF points is a dead giveaway here. No chance that you’ll have two 51 points bodies below d600. I already said that we’ll know what will happen with d300s replacement when d7100 comes about. That poor buffer got me confused a bit, but I think that CAM3500 is a red flag here…

      • desmo

        I think you nailed it

      • desmo

        I think you nailed it

      • Pat Mann

        The D400 concept is not “below” the D600 – it’s well above it in performance, it just uses DX format instead of FX format.

      • NRA Advocate

        Yep, D400 is DEAD, DEAD…DEAD.

  • Sam H

    So they made a cropped sensor camera, ideal for sports and wildlife with a worse buffer? They have just lost easily over 50% of those waiting for this upgrade. Makes all of the other improvements redundant in my opinion. I guess it’s back to waiting for a camera that might never be released again.

    • n11

      Well the files are larger since they’re at 24MP vs the D7000′s 16MP.
      That makes it about about a third larger, take away about a third of the current buffer space, and about 7 shots remain…

  • Swarok

    Thanks God, there is no integrated WiFi and GPS! Don’t want that CIA, FBI, CSS and NSA follow me everywhere i go.

  • Dave

    The weakest kink in the D7000 was the pathetic buffer size. Years later the ‘upgrade’ has a lower spec. No thanks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/estudioF9 EstudioF9

      I think buffer size of D7100 is same as D7000, but higher resolution of D7100 store less shots.
      Maybe a buffer burst is not as bad as you imagine. Store velocity on SD card is also a factor. If this is high enough, a buffer burst can be 2 or 3 seconds.

      • Dave

        I shoot the D7000 and use the fastest cards I can find, it makes very little difference. If the kinds of photos you tend to shoot rely on a high speed motor drive, then this camera will only frustrate you. There should have been some improvement in this area.

    • http://www.facebook.com/estudioF9 EstudioF9

      I think buffer size of D7100 is same as D7000, but higher resolution of D7100 store less shots.
      Maybe a buffer burst is not as bad as you imagine. Store velocity on SD card is also a factor. If this is high enough, a buffer burst can be 2 or 3 seconds.

  • Richard Hopkins

    D7100 does five-step AEB but D600 only does three. Frustrating for the HDR enthusiast keen to upgrade to a full-frame.

  • dpnsan

    Any idea if it has the 1/320 flash sync of the D7000?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Barbarian555 Martin Barbarian

    whining whining and whining again.. worse buffer? what are you talking about? One 24mp file on the D7100 is much bigger than a 16mp file on the D7000.. have you thought about size or just the number only? So in summary 6 raw files (24MP) are a lot bigger than 7 raw files (16MP)! The buffer is much improved! Also the jpeg fine buffer is more!..

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.nowland Daniel Nowland

      I agree! D7100 for me…at some point.

    • Rudi

      +1
      and use fast sd cards if you really need machine gunning…

      • Bret M

        In a camera like this (read: large file sizes raw), a “fast” SD card will net you probably 1 shot extra over that buffer vs. a “slow” SD card. 2 shots at absolute maximum.

        This is a quality camera but unless it has some type of s-RAW option to keep the buffer down it will never compete with bodies like the 7D/D300 or their upcoming replacements (well, if the D300 really ever gets a successor) for sports/birds/action type photography.

        Still, if the high ISO is even average this would be a BEAST second body to go along with a D800 for weddings and events.

    • a4

      What do I care about the filesize? Practical performance is what matters in the end…

      • PhotoRatox.fi

        +1

    • Dave

      Meanwhile my 7+ year old D200 can shoot 22 raw files on continuous high. What people are complaining about is there should have been a much greater improvement in not only the resolution, but in how many frames you can shoot before it writes to the buffer. It actually shoots fewer frames than its 2 year old predecessor. This is something to whine about. It is the weakest link in the D7000 and they did not improve it. I’m sure after they sell a million of them they will bump up the buffer capacity in the D7200. I am sure not buying one of these.

      • Sam H

        Exactly. When I first read the spec online I was buying it. The next day when I find out the buffer size, I’m not buying it. It’s as simple as that. If they had simply released the D7000 with a better buffer, I would have been more likely to buy it than this. Yeah, file quality might be a bit better and auto-focus might be advanced, but what is the point in investing in a bunch of technology that enables you to lock on to a distant, fast moving target, if you can only fire off a few frames? I assume nikon must think people are kidding when they threaten to sell all of their nikon kit, but I’ve got a few friends who have done it because nikon don’t listen to their customers and I will probably do the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.nowland Daniel Nowland

    I own a D300 and I think this D7100 actually looks pretty awesome, especially at the price, which will drop quickly once the initial rush is over.

    There are a couple of initially disappointing features, which keep getting mentioned (buffer size, frame rate, no dedicated ISO button), but this looks like the camera I would jump to if I can get it past the good lady wife.

    As a D300 user the attractive features of the D7100 are:

    * The same number of focus points (51) but updated unit
    * AF using the D4 algorithm (fast) and functions up to F8!
    * Vastly improved (at least twice as good) ISO performance
    * Double the pixel count (I was starting to crave more detailed images)
    * EXPEED 3 for the best image quality available AND at faster speeds!
    * Potentially sharper images due to pixel count AND no low pass filter
    * In camera HDR capability
    * Improved HD Video (D300 has no video & D300s video is not great)
    * Frame rate is faster than a D300 without the grip.
    * High res LCD monitor, with better visibility in bright conditions
    * 1.3x crop gives double pulling power for FX lenses AND the 51 AF points then cover almost the entire frame.
    * Weather & dust sealing as good as the D800 & D300s
    * Lighter than D7000 & MUCH lighter than D300, but has at least a half magnesium alloy frame.
    * OLED viewfinder displays

    There are even features that I’m not that bothered about, like the virtual horizon, dual SD slots, quiet mode and face recognition, but these will still occasionally be useful to have. In fact the face recognition feature is also available in playback of stills, so you can quickly zoom in to check focus. There are loads of small features like that which would make my list far longer than it is.

    In a nut shell I want a camera that can deliver better quality images than my existing camera is capable of (forget my capabilities) and one that will improve workflow, ie less need for post-processing. Images from my D300 are still pretty good, especially when I work in RAW, but it struggles in high contrast shots and is not brilliant in low light. The images are not great in the shadows and I want to spend less time tweaking. In terms of image quality alone the D7100 will be a massive upgrade for me. Plus the features I listed above offer the potential for capturing better, more creative shots, especially in low light / high contrast / fast moving situations.

    Bottom line is I want better picture quality NOW, not when the fabled D400 arrives late this year or early next year (or never!). The D7100 looks great.
    If the hands on reviews match my expectations…I’m sold!

    Oh, and basically what Robert said below!!

    • DaveyJ

      I own a D300 and rarely even use it when I have a D7000, actually even the D90 had some nicer attributes. Still I will never sell my D300
      I regard it as a personal milestone. But I pre-ordered a D7100 the day it was announced. Still waiting for the D400 and HOPE I can afford one when the come out and that my eyesight still justifies such a long awaited event.

      • Northerntrumpeter

        A bit off-topic, but your post just made me realise I’d be gutted if my eyesight suddenly deteriorated to the point where I could no longer use a camera. Back to your D400 point, I think the maggots will have eaten our eyes (along with the rest of our bodies) by the time anyone sees this mythical creature!

  • Sabbir camerazone

    Like D7000

  • PhotoRatox.fi

    A hudge disappointment, that’s what it is. Ok, some ones are waiting for this so called upgrade, but it looks more just to rip off the money. Gives little this little that and so we are upgrading….. This is not even close to be an upgrade for my d300.

    In a meanwhile, when I’ve been waiting D400, I have bought D3s, 24-70mm and reasently 14-24mm lenses. It’s nice to some purposes.

    Some praises FX. Why D4 has only 16,2mp?? I think it is equal to DX. There has not got so much of improvements in sensors in FX or in DX. Why the heck they downsize 36mp picture to 12 mp to compare results??? Only 100% crop is an fact and true. What’s the point get more pixels, if I have to downsize to have even equal quality with previous models??

    Still waiting for real D400.. Starts to be tempting to consider to swap to some other brand….

  • Rhonbo

    If you can only shoot 6fps for 1 second how many FPS can you shoot continuously? and how long of a wait is it for the 6fps to catch up? Seems to my that if the camera will lock up after 1 second of use it is basically useless for any kind of sports.

    • DaveyJ

      If participants who play these sports had such a poor sense of timing in what they do they wouldn’t be playing anything but the bench. I know photo pros who are superb athletes who understand sports and timing in general who could produce superb images with this camera.

  • nirofo

    It’s obvious they’re not intending the D7100 to be considered pro spec or they would have included a compact flash slot, maybe there will be an updated D300 in the pipeline after all, I sure hope so.

  • Sebastian

    I think it makes a lot of sense to compare this to a D90. don’t know about you, but I don’t upgrade my body every 2 years. And compared to a D90 the difference is huge. For me the most important one is autofocus fine tune.
    The only thing that hasn’t improved at all is battery life (due to Japanese laws) and buffer (but I personally don’t care).

    However… what are they thinking in terms of lenses??? I was sure Nikon would introduce at least one additional DX lens with the 7100.
    There must be at least a couple of high-end DX lenses coming up. I mean, how many DX lenses are there to feed this resolution monster?
    35/1.8
    16-85, stopped down, maybe
    10.5 fisheye
    18-135, maybe.

    • DaveyJ

      I have used a number of D90s. The D7000 is WAY above the D90s. This D7100 is “good enough” to make me pre-order it the day it as announced. All that said the D90 is quite a lovely camera. If you stick to stills it is excellent. Kick it into video mode and the D7000 is leagues ahead. Same will be true for the D7100. truth is the D400 is the camera many pros are really looking for. Even every D4 and D800 OWNER I know is thinking of buying a D400. Why DX has huge advantages in the field. It is a simple fact that when Nikon invested in the large sensor they had to do it in volume that actually related very poorly to their sales statistics. They now are going to hustle to correct their miss-marketing as their stockholders are not enjoying the shortfall. Fact Nikon makes 75% of it’s revenue from cameras. Good point on battery life!!! Also I don’t care about the buffer either. What I do wonder about is the lack of AA filter. Good luck to you!
      DaveyJ

  • Sebastian

    my idea about the D400:
    it’s an almost finished product, sitting in the desk drawer. If Canon puts out a 7D2, they’ll make it, if not, they won’t.
    Alternative: it’ll be introduced with the 80-400, which isn’t ready yet.

  • Tommy

    Keep in mind that buffer is most likely rated with 24mp images. In 1.3x (15mp) mode, the buffer will most likely handle much more images.

  • Jose

    does the D7100 comes with the same amount of oil in the sensor…as the D7000?

  • gregor

    still waiting for d400 or just heading towards d300s with superb af subsystem

  • John P

    May i point out that this is a huge camera for the money, the D7000 is a great camera for everyone, I love mine, pro and novice alike and many pros do use the D7000, it is a great camera! It looks to me like the D7100 is a great marriage of the best features of the D300 and the D7000! If your looking for all of the features of a Pro camera, pay the Pro price, $5000 to $12000 for the body alone! To me it looks like the upgrade is a no brainier, I’m going for it!

  • John P

    May i point out that this is a huge camera for the money, the D7000 is a great camera for everyone, I love mine, pro and novice alike and many pros do use the D7000, it is a great camera! It looks to me like the D7100 is a great marriage of the best features of the D300 and the D7000! If your looking for all of the features of a Pro camera, pay the Pro price, $5000 to $12000 for the body alone! To me it looks like the upgrade is a no brainier, I’m going for it!

  • fil

    yes but will we be able to change the aperture on live view?

  • terje herigstad

    the sensor size is smaler uuuh it also has less Scene Modes.the buffer size is smaler.and less White Balance modes-and the battery life is smaler is this an uppgrade or SIDE STEPP

  • Jennah Barnes

    There really is an incremental upgrade from the D7000 and the D7100. Found a great comparison site about it at http://www.squidoo.com/nikon-d7100-vs-d7000.

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