Nikon D7100 vs. D7200: What’s New?

Nikon D7100 vs. D7200: What’s New?

Nikon’s D7100 and D7200 are two of the most popular crop sensor (called “DX” in the Nikon world) cameras on the market. These two cameras are very similar but there are a few key differences between them. In this article we’ll talk about those differences and hopefully help make deciding between them a little bit easier.

These two cameras are more alike than they are different. They both feature a 24 MP crop sensor, 51 autofocus (AF) points, a burst rate of 6 FPS, and the ability to shoot 1080p video at 60 FPS. The D7100 was released in February 2013 as a follow-up to the D7000 and the updated D7200 was announced two years later in March 2015. All of the cameras in this line are great options for beginner to intermediate photographers who want a high quality crop sensor Nikon DSLR.

The differences between the D7100 and D7200 largely come down to a few features that some users will appreciate. If things like improved low light performance, WiFi capabilities, and a longer battery life matter to you, the D7200 is worth the upgrade. Let’s take a look at the actual breakdown between these two cameras.

Nikon D7100 Nikon D7200
Camera Nikon D7100 Nikon D7200
Date Announced February 21, 2013 March 1, 2015
Price $700 (body only) $1,050 (body only)
Format DX (crop sensor) DX (crop sensor)
Resolution 24.1 MP 24.2 MP
Max Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 seconds 1/8000 to 30 seconds
Storage 2 SD cards 2 SD cards
LCD 3.2″ rear screen 3.2″ rear screen
ISO Range 100-6400 100-25600
Extended ISO Range 12800-25600 51200-102400
Processor EXPEED 3 EXPEED 4
Battery 1x EN-EL15 Lithium-ion 1x EN-EL15 Lithium-ion
Shots Per Charge 950 1,110
Burst Rate 6 FPS 6 FPS
Flash Sync Speed 1/250 second 1/250 second
Autofocus Points 51, 15 cross-type 51, 15 cross-type
AF Modes Continuous-servo AF (C)

Focus Lock AF Area Mode

Manual Focus (M)

Single-servo AF (S)

Automatic (A)

Continuous-servo AF (C)

Manual Focus (M)

Single-servo AF (S)

Multiple Exposures Yes Yes
HDR Yes Yes
GPS No No
Built-In WiFi for both image transfer and remote control No Yes
Build Weather Resistant
Magnesium Alloy
Weather Resistant
Magnesium Alloy
Size 5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0″ 5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0″
Weight 1.5 lbs. 1.5 lbs.
Video Resolution 1080p at 60 FPS 1080p at 60 FPS
7 Day Rental $50 $65

Low Light Performance: D7200 Wins With ISOs up to 25,600

One of the biggest differences between the D7100 and D7200 is in their ISO capabilities. The D7100 can shoot at ISOs up to 6,400 but the D7200 goes all the way up to 25,600. The D7200’s higher maximum ISO enables it to collect more light, allowing for shorter shutter speeds and less noisy photos. Tests have shown that the D7200 does produce slightly less noisy images at high ISOs. If you only shoot in bright light, this won’t make a big difference, but if you regularly shoot at night or in dark spaces, the improved ISO capabilities may be well worth the money.

Battery Life: D7200 Wins With an Additional 160 Shots per Charge

Few things are more frustrating than pointing your camera at your subject and realizing that the battery is dead. While the D7100 has a pretty good battery life of 950 shots per charge, the D7200 ups the ante with 1,100 shots per charge. This probably won’t be a decision maker for most photographers, but it is a nice feature to have.

Connectivity: D7200 Wins With Built-In WiFi

In a world that is becoming ever more connected, being able to access your photos from your phone can be an asset. The D7200’s built-in WiFi lets you transfer photos directly to your phone for instant sharing via text, email, or social media. If you are the type of person who can’t imagine ever posting a photo without giving it a good going over in Lightroom or Photoshop you’ll probably never use this but for those who like to stay connected, the built-in WiFi is a useful feature.

Price: The D7100 Wins With a Price of $700

While price isn’t always the final deciding factor between two cameras, this is a situation where the cost should be weighed heavily. These two cameras are extremely similar—but one is far less expensive. In 2016 the D7100 costs $700 while the D7200 comes in at $1,050. If you are just getting started with photography, the extra $350 may be better spent on lenses.

Processor: D7200 Wins With EXPEED 4

The D7200 features Nikon’s improved EXPEED 4 processor which allows for better image quality, a longer battery life, faster operational speed, and improved performance in low light conditions. The EXPEED 3 processor on the D7100 is still very good but the EXPEED 4 processor is certainly an upgrade.

Summary

The Nikon D7100 and D7200 are excellent crop sensor cameras for enthusiast photographers. Whether it is worth spending a little more to get the D7200’s WiFi capabilities and improved low light performance will depend on the kind of shooting and sharing you plan to do. If you regularly see yourself shooting in low light or want to instantly post your photos to Facebook, the D7200 is probably your safest best. If you don’t think you’ll use those features, go with the D7100. You’ll save yourself some money and have a little left over for lenses and other accessories.

These cameras compete directly with Canon’s popular 80D. Unlike the D7100 and D7200, the 80D features a 3-inch swiveling touchscreen, making it a favorite for vloggers and videographers. The 80D also has 45 cross-type autofocus points (triple that of the D7100 and D7200!), allowing it to better lock focus on a subject. All three of these cameras are excellent options for beginner to intermediate level photographers. Remember that if you are having a hard time deciding between them, renting a camera is a great way to try before you buy. You can always check out more of our Nikon comparison guides like the Nikon D3300 vs D5300 or the Nikon D7100 vs Canon 70D for more information.

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Vivian Liu specializes in family and pet photography. She also spent 2 years as a photographer for Rebuilding Together Peninsula, which rehabilitates homes and community facilities for low-income homeowners and neighborhoods. Her passion is making photography accessible to everyone with straightforward recommendations and approachable tutorials.

1 Comment

  1. It seems like built-in WiFi is being put in all of the 2016 models. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has WiFi whereas the Mark III didn’t.

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