Nikon Announces the D7100, A Midrange DSLR for “Advanced Enthusiasts”


Nikon has announced its latest DSLR, the D7100. As the successor to the D7000, the D7100 is an midrange DSLR geared toward serious photography enthusiasts, and is the new flagship camera of Nikon’s DX-format DSLR lineup.


It’s a light and compact camera that’s loaded with a 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor that eschews an optical low pass filter, resulting in photos that “explode with more clarity and detail.” The camera has an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 25,600).


For people who need speed, both in shooting and in response, the D7100 has a maximum continuous burst rate of 6 frames per second (apply a new 1.3x crop mode and you can up this figure to 7fps) and a shutter release lag time of just 0.052 seconds. Focusing is done through a new 51-point autofocus system that has 15 cross-type points.


Regarding the 1.3x crop mode: it’s a new feature that crops the frame, reducing resolution to 15.4MP while providing an extra 2x telephoto boost, the faster frame rate mentioned above, and better frame coverage by the 51-point AF system. The system is great for things like sports photography, when you might be willing to sacrifice some resolution for extra speed and focusing powers.


On the side of the camera are dual SD card slots. On the backside is a new 3.2-inch 1.23-million-dot LCD viewfinder — one that doesn’t tilt or swivel. The optical viewfinder on the camera offers 100% frame coverage, which is a nice feature to have for lower-tier DSLRs.


In terms of build quality, the D7100 has top and rear covers made of magnesium alloy, and the shutter inside the camera is rated to 150,000 actuations.

For filmmakers, the camera can shoot 1080/30p HD video. Drop into the 1.3x crop mode and you can capture 60i/50i.

Want to shoot and transfer photos wirelessly? The D7100 is fully compatible with Nikon’s WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. Pair the two together, and you’ll be able to remotely control your camera using an Android smartphone or tablet, and photos snapped can be quickly beamed wirelessly to the device.


The D7100 will be available starting in March 2013 with a price tag of $1200 for the body only, or $1600 when bundled with a 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

  • Tony Kurt

    I’d like to add that this is yet another Nikon HDSLR where you cannot change aperture in Live View/Video mode unfortunately.

  • Leonardo Abreu


  • E

    Haven’t done a proper check of specs yet, but initial reaction is: nice, new video features, but the price is surprisingly/too close to the D600 (at least in Norway). I guess they will say these cameras cater for different user groups though.. Alas I suspect they’ve kept to the tradition of making liveview/video a pain in the behind for gelded lenses on any camera that isn’t “pro level”.

  • lpo


  • Robert Daniels

    Hello 1200.00 for the body woo hoo!!!

  • Igor Ken

    sorry I have absolutely no clue about Nikon gear, so I don’t know since it wasn’t specified (or maybe I didn’t notice) … so this is the equivalent of a Canon 7D mark II ? I think this isn’t a full frame camera right?

  • gabe sturdevant

    Dust issues aside, this is getting close to d600 territory price wise.

  • Matt

    It’s kind of in between the 60d and 7d

  • Swade

    It’s $800 cheaper than the D600 (60% the price) and it has a vastly better autofocus system, probably a sensor that gives close IQ, it doesn’t have an AA filter (like the D800E), but is a DX camera. Seems reasonable, and is priced as the D7000 was. Not sure how this is getting toward D600 price. It’s not even close.

  • Jake

    Sorry, but I love my D5100’s reversible swivel-screen too much to be interested. I opted out of the “better” cameras when I got it for this reason too.

  • Mike

    No, it’s the right price. Same as the model it replaces with some upgraded features.

  • Swade

    Except for the fact that the 7DMKII has barely more features and will likely costs $1000 more than the D7100.

  • Mike

    It’s a high end crop sensor camera. 10fps, weather sealed, metal body, 61-point AF. Questionable value but spec is decent.

  • Mike

    The 7DII is likely a $2200 crop sensor camera, the D7100 is a $1200 crop sensor camera. 7DII has better spec (faster frame rate, more AF points, better build quality) but it’s almost double the price. I think if Nikon actually builds a D400 (successor to the D300S), that will be a direct competitor to the 7DII.

  • Canon

    O-Ke-Doke,70D is coming,Stay tuned!

  • E

    Dunno what’s happened, but just checked the price on the D600 again and it seems it has had a mysterious price jump recently so they’re not as close as I thought.. strange.

  • E

    Unfortunately it is only part metal.. one annoying thing about the D7000 (and I guess the D7100 too) is that you can feel (and hear) the plastic give if you squeeze the grip a bit.

  • Mike

    I meant the 7DII is all metal (as far as I know), which is part of the reason it will cost more. I suspect, if produced, the D400 will also be all metal.

  • Dave

    Which is weird because Canon pioneered the use of high end plastics in their cameras early (film days). I have been a Nikon shooter since the 70’s but understand how great both of these manufacturers are at making excellent cameras. Nikons were always a chunk of heavy metal at the end of your hand that gave you the impression that they were built better, but plastics are far lighter, won’t corrode and are sometimes stronger than their metal counterparts.

  • Dave

    I would love to hear real world results on buffer capacity. This is a great improvement to the D7000 and at a great price. My D7000 will only give me about 9 RAW frames on Ch before it chokes and starts writing to the buffer. I use continuous high motor drive a lot and this is its weakest link. My 7 year old D200 will give me at least 22 RAW before writing to the buffer.

  • Helvio

    The 7Dmk2 specs are just rumors. We have to see the launch.

  • E

    Ups.. my bad. See I got it wrong now.

  • Vincent

    In Australia here we can get the D600 for about $1600 grey stock from HK which makes the D7100 a bit of a bad deal when you can move up to the world of full frame for only $400

  • Mansgame

    Enjoy it DX fans because this is the last DX mid-level camera you will see. The sooner you move up to FX, the sooner you will be happy.

  • Mansgame

    but but, “The fro” said it has full manual controls.

  • Mansgame

    refurbished D600s are about $1600 now. And the D600 is still a much better camera.

  • Mansgame

    Well your camera is adorable. too bad you don’t have a top lcd, front selection wheel, a real AF system, flash commander mode, or access to older pro AF-D lenses.

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    But what about the advanced amateur with professional ambitions? Or the mediocre enthusiast? Nikon, you need to step up your game and introduce more specific cameras.

  • Swade

    The camera isn’t even out yet. How can you make such a statement? Do you know what sensor is in it? Do you know the ISO quality? The autofocus system is much better? Not sure where I see the “much better” part of it.

  • RicL

    so he’s wrong for getting the camera that has a feature he wants and should get instead a camera with a laundry list of technical garbage? wtf?

  • Mansgame

    It’s DX. D600’s been out for 3 months. They’re not going to revolutionize sensor technology in 3 months. they’re both 24 megapixels except on the D600’s huge sensor there is much less density. Not to mention D600 is FX so the depth of field is like butter on it.

  • Mansgame

    No but he’s wrong to brag about it. It’s like a guy bragging about his Miata.

  • Jake

    Are you kidding me?? You, sir, take patronizing techno-snobbery to levels I dare not even imagine. In my defense, as if I needed it, I have used top LCDs and not seen the point, considering all the info I need is in the viewfinder or screen. I am not a professional and usually only take existing-light shots, so I don’t need a flash commander mode at all. I also have used front selection wheels and they are a nice touch, but I consider them redundant considering I can just hold down a button and use the existing wheel. Really, the only serious drawback is the lack of autofocus on older lenses, but hell, I’ve been getting fine with AF-S or manual focus, so really, I’m probably a happier man than your narrow-mindedness makes you seem to be.

  • Jared Monkman


  • Mansgame

    Hey Jake you were the one with the inferiority complex by coming here and saying you don’t need the better cameras. I’m just pointing out that you have a soccer mom camera. Can you make good pictures with it? Sure. It’s got a decent enough DX sensor but in a high pressure shooting situation those better cameras let you change settings quickly and help you not miss a shot. That actually is something to brag about.

  • zaaak


  • zaak

    yup, the a. heel of the d7000. the buffer sucks horribly, even in jpeg mode.

  • zaak

    7D all day long

  • Eziz

    yest it should be 10$

  • Igor Ken

    Thank you Mike, you cleared this up for me!

  • patrick12a

    But the d7000 had full manual controls. Why would the d7100 not have full manual then? Plus the fro said so :P

  • Jake

    Who’s bragging?? I’m sorry, but I think you’re misinterpreting my innocently shared opinion about swivel-screens for bragging, or an inferiority complex. It wasn’t my intention to brag that I have the best camera ever or that my photography expertise is the be-all and end-all, as you seem to be doing with your superiority complex. My intention was really just in saying that I’d rather have a swivel screen, that it is a terribly under-utilized feature, and that its absence is standing in my way of an upgrade. That’s all!

    I really don’t understand why the D5100 is a soccer mom camera. Do you mean that it’s not the fanciest most expensive camera out there? Should people who aren’t willing to buy a D800 or the best, newest, most expensive technology just stay out of any photography conversation? With your hatred of DX, film, camera phones, and pretty much anything you don’t use, I wonder why you come on this board at all. Seriously, let go of some of the anger and closed-mindedness that you keep posting on this website and remember the days before you were a pro photographer, when you enjoyed doing it because it was fun, not because it was a chance for you to buy new technology and burn everything that came before. You sound like an old geezer complaining about how the kids today are all idiots.

  • Jake

    Well my first reply was deleted so I’ll try a better one. My intention was not to brag about my camera. My intention was to lament the fact that the swivel screen is an underutilized feature on DSLRs, one that I find a lot more helpful than most of the other features you mention. Hell, I might even have even waited for a price drop to buy a used D600 if it’d only had a swivel screen.
    I’m not sure what makes the D5100 a “soccer mom” camera, aside from the fact that it isn’t the latest, greatest, and most expensive camera, but it has what I want. It seems that it isn’t me with the inferiority complex, but you with a superiority complex in thinking that only pros with great tech should be allowed to contribute to the threads here.

  • John

    Nikon? Meh who cares….

  • Thanassi Karageorgiou

    Hopefully it doesnt have the poor high-iso performance and backfocusing issues that plague my D7000.

  • guillermo de la maza

    Back focusing has been an issue with mine too. Specially with the kit lens. But poor high ISO performance? I really don’t do that much high ISO photography, but the few I’ve done all have seen a stellar performance from the camera. Also I was under the impression that reviewers from different sites praise this camera on those terms.
    Again not an expert on that.

  • mbrobich

    I hope the buffer increases when using the “M” 12MP mode..

  • josteinr

    Yeah, tell that to all the sports and bird/wildlife photographers. DX has it’s place just as FX. Just as silly as telling you to move up to DMF.

    – a D700 FX shooter

  • josteinr

    You, obviously

  • InF3rN0

    Lame person you are… soccer camera, wow you’re a prick.