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.
|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|
|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)
Continuous-servo AF (C)
Manual Focus (M)
Single-servo AF (S)
|Built-In WiFi for both image transfer and remote control||No||Yes|
|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.
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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