It is very common for manufacturers to come up with a better model that succeeds a previous one. However, most costumers tend to be skeptical concerning such upgrades and wonder if there is any difference between such products. This is the case with the Nikon D7100 vs D7200.
Therefore, this comparison article is designed to show if the manufacturer made the Nikon D7200 an upgrade indeed to the Nikon D7100.
The D7200 was announced 2 years after the D7100. The Nikon D7100 was announced on the 21st of February 2013 while the D2700 was announced on the 2nd of March 2015.
The D7100 is a camera renowned for its versatility in capturing pictures in different situations and locations. So what did Nikon do to topple this amazing camera? Let’s take a slide and find out…
You can also read this Nikon D7500 vs D7200 article and see how the Nikon D7200 compares to its successor.
Comparison Overview – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
Before we start giving out facts and numbers, a summary will help us understand the two products better.
Already we know that both cameras are made by Nikon; reputed for their revolutionary cameras. Having been in the business of imaging, photography, and optics for over 90 years; the Nikon brand is no joke.
Both cameras in our discussion today share a common feature of being DSLR cameras. If you’re a novice you’ll probably be wondering what that means, right? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you.
DSLR is an acronym that means Digital Single Lens Reflex and is a type of camera format. A DSLR camera is one that makes use of a mirror or a prism that allows light from the lens to reflect on an optical viewfinder. The light is also passed on to a digital image sensor which brings about the capturing of the image.
This system allows the user to view what he wants to capture. This camera format is advantageous in offering better precision while taking pictures. It records no parallax error etc.
Apart from the above similarities, D7100 and D7200 share a lot of pros and cons in common. As regards body shape and design, there is no difference between both cameras.
These cameras possess the same sensor format as well as resolution. So we won’t be picking a winner based on their sensors.
However, the sensor performance of the Nikon D7200 is superior to that of the Nikon D7100. This is obvious in its better color depth, dynamic range, and low light ISO.
The newer image processor which the D7200 sports also gives it an edge over its predecessor.
In terms of connectivity, the Nikon D7100 falls short as it lacks a built-in Wi-Fi which is found in the Nikon D7200.
Price/Value Ratio – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
When it comes to the value you get for the price of these cameras; Nikon delivered on the goods. As compared to other cameras in the market within the same category, the price is fair enough.
As you might have expected, the D7200 is higher in price than the D7100: Which we must say is a good call based on the additional features the Nikon D7200 includes which its predecessor did not.
We must add that the price of the D7100 might be higher than the D7200 in some online stores. This is due to certain factors such as availability of the cameras, promo sales and others based on their discretion. Yet, all things being equal, D7100 is cheaper than its successor.
Comparison Table – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
Alright, it’s time to put these cameras side by side and see what specs and features they possess at a glance. We still explain some of the important specs and features you might see here later on.
|Nikon D7100||Nikon D7200|
|Focal Length||18 – 105mm||18 – 140mm|
|Image Processor||EXPEED 3||EXPEED 4|
|DxO Sensor Score||83||87|
|DxO Color Accuracy (bits)||24.2||24.5|
|DxO Dynamic Range (evs)||13.7||14.6|
|DxO ISO Score||1,256||1,333|
|ISO||ISO 100 – 6400 (up to 12,800 – 25,600 boost mode)||ISO 100 – 25,600 (up to 51,200 – 102,400 boost mode)|
|Shutter Lag||0.25 seconds||0.17 seconds|
|Buffer Size (RAW, Lossless 14-bit)||5||18|
|Buffer Size (JPEG)||9||56|
|Clarity Control Adjustment||No||Yes|
|Battery Life||950 shots||1110 shots|
|Remote Control Type||No||Yes|
|Startup||0.30 seconds||0.4 seconds|
The video below gives a brief explanation of the major differences between the Nikon D7100 vs D7200.
Which is Better under What Situation – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
The Nikon D7100 and D7200 are pretty much similar in a lot of ways. Nevertheless, there are certain situations that one of them would serve well than the other.
The purpose of getting a camera should be paramount when choosing one. That’s why this section is important so you can choose that which fits your purpose. You’re about to be enlightened…
|Nikon D7100||Nikon D7200|
|If your basic job is to shoot portraits and documentaries that involve still motion, the Nikon D7100 would serve you well. Its initial design to capture detailed still motion pictures makes it a reliable camera.|| Any motion capture that involves a lot of unpredicted/unscripted movements such as sports or wildlife photography; we recommend the Nikon D7200. |
Having less shutter lag time than the Nikon D7100, you would be able to take pictures faster.
The higher JPEG and RAW buffer also augments this camera’s ability to capture pictures without having to wait (You won’t miss the moment)
|If you’re on a budget that can’t accommodate much spending, get the Nikon D7100. You would save a lot, and we mean a lot.|| If your job requires constant and fast sharing of files with other devices, go for the Nikon D7200. |
It has a built-in Wi-Fi with NCF that allows easy sharing of files without the need of connecting with a cable or removing the SD Card memory.
This is a significant upgrade over the Nikon D7100.
|If you need to quickly capture a moment when your camera is off, the Nikon D7100 has the advantage. With a faster start-up time than the D7200, you can easily get your camera up and running.|| If you’d like capturing images from a distance while using your camera, pick the upgrade. |
With a 210mm telephoto lens, the Nikon D7100 can capture images farther than its predecessor that has a 158mm telephoto lens.
|The D7100 doesn’t perform as well as the D7200.|| In case you get stuck in a situation and can’t access your charger, it’s best you had the Nikon D7200. |
It can shoot more pictures than the Nikon D7100 in one single charge.
Common Features – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
The similarities between these two amazing cameras are glaring. In the comparison table section, we promised you an in-depth explanation about certain features and specs you might have seen there. We begin that by examining in detail the features the D7100 and the D7200 share in common.
We mentioned earlier that both cameras are similar in size, weight, and appearance. Nikon did not make any change to the physical appearance of the D7200; it looks like the D7100.
This is a major reason why most people don’t appreciate that any upgrade was made as all changes are internal.
It is commendable of Nikon that despite the internal upgrading, the weight of both cameras remained the same at 675grams.
In terms of dimensions, both cameras have a 136mm length, 107mm height, and a 76mm width. The size of both cameras still allows for easy movement.
Lens Mount and Lenses
Both cameras make use of the same lens mount (Nikon F mount), which means they can share lenses. So, this is a great reason you shouldn’t worry much if you’re upgrading to D7200 from D7100: All your previous lenses will still be usable.
About 302 native lenses and 88 optical stabilization lenses are available for both cameras which can be bought to increase image quality.
If you don’t know which lens to buy for these cameras, allow us to recommend the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens.
This part of the camera allows the user to look through and compose a picture. It is usually found at the back of digital cameras.
The viewfinders on both cameras are the optical kind. The location of the viewfinder is at the eye level. This allows you to frame and control your pictures even during the highest period of sunlight.
Also, both cameras make use of a pentaprism which allows more light to pass through on to the viewfinder. This causes the picture to have better conformity to the original image.
Sensor Resolution (Megapixel)
The Nikon D7100 comes with 24. 1 megapixel while the D7200 has 24.2 megapixels. The difference is quite negligible that most people consider them as the same.
In this instance, we would consider them the same as they far surpass other cameras that fall within their range. A 24 MP camera (for D7100 and D7200) trumps a 20 MP (other cameras in the same range) any day. The difference is very obvious in the image quality as well as in precision.
Both cameras boast an impressive 3.2 inches LCD screen display. Nikon seems to have a penchant for such screen size: The predecessor of both cameras in our article; the D7000 even had a 3.0 inches screen.
This is considerate on the part of the manufacturer as this eases the stress one’s eyes have to exert by looking at the screen. It allows for easy recognition of suitable angles and making accurate shots.
As much as we praise the size of the screen, it would have been of no use if the resolution did not deliver as well. Both cameras have a screen resolution of 1,228,800 dots which we must say is commendable. It makes your image viewing more comfortable as well as improves shots precision.
The screen though is fixed and cannot be tilted. It is also not a touchscreen which means you still have to operate it using the camera’s navigation keys.
If you want a more detailed comparison between both cameras, check out the video below.
Supports RAW Format
Some cameras only store your photos as JPEG format which is kind of the basic format for most pictures. However, both the Nikon D7100 and D7200 can store a file in RAW format as well as in JPEG format.
Why is this big deal? A RAW format is the best quality of any photo you have. This means it is of better quality than the normal JPEG format which is used by certain cameras.
A RAW format picture allows for easier editing as it is in its unprocessed form after being captured. Although, the size of a RAW format picture is always larger than the JPEG which could result in your storage getting filled up faster.
With these two cameras, you could decide to save your pictures as RAW or JPEG: This is the option the Nikon D7100 and Nikon D7200 have given you.
The flashes of both cameras are built-in. A flash is very necessary for situations where the light is dim.
This internal flash feature saves you the stress of getting a flash independent of the camera itself. That can be a bit of a problem, especially when you need to take a shot in a low light environment.
Besides, a built-in flash allows for that portability which both cameras are loved for.
Both cameras’ flashes can reach a range of 12m when used at 100 ISO.
Hot Shoe (External Flash Shoe)
Despite having a built-in flash, both cameras still have a hot shoe that allows an external flash unit like the Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite to be used alongside.
As much as we are pleased with the built-in flash of both cameras, we still know they can be inadequate sometimes.
In cases where you require covering a wider angle or a further distance or a very dim environment, the built-in flash might falter. This external flash feature makes both cameras amazing indeed.
Face Detection Focus
This focus feature allows the camera to place its focus on the face of persons in the picture. A camera without face detection just shoots both the person and background with the same focus and exposure.
In the Nikon D7100 and D7200, the face detection allows for more details capture of the face of persons. This is why both cameras are great for taking portraits.
Also, the red-eye effect can be minimized or removed completely when a flash is used thanks to this feature.
What does environmental sealing mean? This means your camera can still capture images despite weather conditions that would naturally disrupt shooting quality.
This makes both cameras great for capturing outdoor events as well as nature and wildlife. However, be reminded that neither the Nikon D7100 nor D7200 are waterproof; therefore do not go dancing in the rain.
The D7100 and D7200 possess two major jack spaces. One serves for the use of a headphone, while the other services an external microphone.
The use of a headphone like the Sony MDR7506 Headphone allows the user to observe and control the audio quality.
The use of an external microphone like the Movo VXR10 Universal Video Microphone enhances audio quality and is also used to input or record sound even during image shoots. It changes the monotonous and routine image capturing into a creative experience.
For example, giving your commentary during a sports event makes for exciting photography experience. All these can be done during a video shoot.
Dual Storage Card Slots
The Nikon D7100 and D7200 do not have internal memory. Instead, both are fitted with double storage card slots that can house 2 SD cards. This gives you more space to store pictures and videos.
The Nikon D7000 that preceded the D7100 had just 1 SD Card slot. In terms of storage capacity, the newer cameras D7100 and D7200 are truly upgrades.
This feature found in both the Nikon D7100 and the D7200 enables you to connect to these cameras via an HDMI cable.
This allows you to view your shots taken with your camera on a bigger screen than that of your camera.
Connecting to a bigger screen comes in handy during editing. It can also be used simply to go through your pictures and videos.
Unique Features – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
This section deals with the features that make these cameras special and distinct from the other.
The Nikon D7100 does not have many features that the D7200 doesn’t: Nikon ensured that they upgraded the D7200. So we would be looking at the unique features of the Nikon D7200 that D7100 doesn’t have.
Features Unique to Nikon D7200
Making file transfers between your camera and other supported devices has never been easy with the Nikon D7100. However, the D7200 rectifies that problem with a built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to share images wirelessly. It also allows for easier uploading of your pictures and videos to social media platforms. We pretty much reckon that to be ‘shway’.
Near Field Communication (NFC) Technology
This technological feature enhances and works in connection with the built-in Wi-Fi of your camera. It simply helps your camera connect with and share images and videos to supported phones. In this era where sharing of captured moments is everything, the Nikon D7200 does an amazing job.
This feature allows you to remote control your camera using your smartphone. Remember the built-in Wi-Fi and NFC; yep that is what makes remote controlling possible.
When your D7200 is connected to your smartphone, you can easily access the camera’s functions and also control it. The D7200 can be said to be a smart-camera, don’t you agree?
Unique Pros – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
Unique Pros of D7100
Between the D7100 and D7200, the former comes out on top. A faster startup means you don’t have to wait for long before your camera is up and running. In the case of an urgent need to capture a shot, a camera with a faster startup comes in handy.
The startup time for the Nikon D7100 is 0.30 seconds while the D7200 has a 0.40 seconds startup.
Learn how to set a self-timer on the Nikon D7100 in the next video.
We all know that the price of a product becomes all the more important based on our budget. Your budget determines what product you can go for.
Also, you need to compare that price with other available options. In this case, we have two options: Nikon D7100 and D7200. The Nikon D7100 in most cases will save you a lot as opposed to getting a D7200. So the ball as regards this is actually in your pocket…
Unique Pros of Nikon D7200
In case you don’t know what ISO is; don’t worry we got you covered. ISO is a measure of the sensitivity of your camera’s image sensor.
The higher the ISO range, the easier it becomes for more light to enter into your camera: Thus enabling you to take images in darker conditions.
Our cameras in focus share the same base ISO of 100 which means they have the same head start. As things continue in this race up in numbers we see the D7200 moving further while D7100 reaches its stop at 6400.
The Nikon D7200 eventually goes on to stop at an incredible 25,600 ISO. Despite this wide distance between both cameras’ stops, most photographers might not get as far as using any of them. This is because above 6,400 ISO, noise is always a serious challenge.
With the ISO boost function, the Nikon D7100 surpasses its original maximum stop and gets to 25,600 while the D7200 achieves 102,400.
It is important however to state here that when both cameras were compared frame for frame using the same ISO stop, the D7200 looked one stop better than the D7100.
A better explanation of both cameras as they compare to each other in terms of ISO value and range is found in the next video
Better Color Depth
What is color Depth? This is a number that indicates the number of bits that is used to specify the color found in a particular pixel. In practicality, this determines the color richness of your pictures: Essentially, a high color depth results in a better color-rich picture.
The Nikon D7200 has a color depth of 24.5 while the D7100’s is 24.2. Despite the negligible difference in value, your picture result will show you that there is a difference.
Capturing any image that deals with continuous or constant motion require a camera that has a continuous shooting or burst mode feature. Good enough, both the Nikon D7100 and D7200 supports this continuous shooting mode feature.
The effectiveness of a camera performing exceptionally in burst mode depends on its buffer size as well as other factors.
The buffer is a place in your camera where your images are kept for a very short while before being moved to the memory space when you take pictures in burst mode.
The capacity of images your buffer can store per time is limited as it isn’t designed to hold so much. The larger your buffer the longer you can keep taking shots before it eventually slows down.
Both cameras support both JPEG and RAW file formats. The Nikon D7200 has a bigger buffer than D7100 in both cases. The D7200 has a buffer space of 56 shots for JPEG while D7100 has just 12 shots.
As regards RAW files, D7200 has a buffer space of 18 shots while D7100 has just 5 shots (In 14-bit lossless). The difference is quite clear.
With this massive upgrade as regards the buffer size, the Nikon D7200 is more suitable and better equipped to capture sports events or wildlife.
Reduced Shutter Lag
Apart from possessing a bigger buffer than the Nikon D7100, the D7200’s shutter lag is less. In case you don’t know what shutter lag is, allow us to tell you.
Shutter lag is the delayed time between when you trigger the shutter and when actual recording has taken place.
A reduced shutter lag is well sought after in cameras. The lesser your shutter lag, the faster your pictures get recorded and saved once you press the shutter button.
The Nikon D7200 has a shutter lag value of 0. 17 seconds while the D7100 has a value of 0.25 seconds: Making it faster by 0.08 seconds. This reduction in shutter lag also gives you a better focus and a wider angle while taking your shots.
Extended Battery Life
A long-lasting battery is one of the most sought after features of any camera. No one would want their cameras to go off often when they’re in action.
It is right for us to say that Nikon D7100 didn’t do badly with a battery life that allows you take over 950 shots after a single full charge. Yet, the D7200 still beats this with 160 more frames and a total of 1110 shots after a single full charge.
How Nikon managed to do this with both cameras using the same battery type (proprietary EN-EL15 Lithium-ion rechargeable) initially surprised us. However, we can now attribute this longer-lasting battery life to the difference in the image processor.
The D7200 makes use of the EXPEED 4 as its image processor while D7100 uses the lower EXPEED 3 as its own.
Better Image Processor
Alright, having mentioned the different image processors both cameras are equipped with, let’s look at why this is an advantage for the Nikon D7200.
The EXPEED 4 used by D7200 is the next generation processors after the EXPEED 3 which the D7100 uses. So what does that mean?
Well for starters, the EXPEED 4 is much faster than its predecessor EXPEED 3 by 30%. Therefore, the D7200 is way faster in processing than D7100. This speed is evident in how fast the camera’s autofocus speed reacts in subject tracking.
Also, we mentioned earlier that EXPEED 4 saves battery life as it reduces the amount of power expended in performing a function. When time is spent on getting a function done, more power is used up in the process. So the faster the function is completed, the less power expended.
We all know that technology advances with each passing day, and what was in vogue yesterday may become obsolete tomorrow. The fact that the Nikon D7200 was produced 2 years after the Nikon D7100, gives it an obvious advantage.
This time gap allows for the incorporation of more advanced features based on the new technological findings. The D7200 is no doubt an upgrade to its predecessor because of this.
Unique Cons – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
Unique Cons of Nikon D7100 – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
i. No wireless connection.
ii. No remote control
More comparisons in the video below discussing if you should upgrade from the Nikon D7100 to the Nikon d7200.
Common Pros – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
|Nikon D7100||Nikon D7200|
|Shutter Expectancy|| The more shutter cycle a camera has, the longer it is expected to last. |
We can proudly say that the Nikon D7100 would serve anyone for a long while: It boasts an impressive shutter cycle of 150,000
|Same as Nikon D7100|
|Time-lapse supported||One of the ways to bring out a photographer’s creativity is to give him/her a camera fitted with a time-lapse function. That’s exactly what Nikon did with the D7100.||Same as Nikon D7100|
|Faster access to settings||The Nikon D7100 has a top deck display where the camera’s settings are easily found there. It allows for faster access in making changes to current camera settings.||Same as Nikon D7100|
|High-speed shooting|| One of the things that gladden a photographer is when a camera can make multiple continuous shots. |
Well, the Nikon D7100 will surely make you glad because of its continuous shooting feature. With a 6 frame per second speed, this camera works well in capturing moments that include fast motions.
It is good for sports as well as wildlife photography.
|Same as Nikon D7100|
Common Cons – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
|Nikon D7100||Nikon D7200|
|No articulating screen|| The Nikon D7100 screen is completely fixed and cannot be tilted, swiveled or turned. |
This is a bit of a restriction to flexibility while shooting
|Same as Nikon D7100|
|No built-in image stabilization|| During image capture, a shake is bound to happen which might cause a blur. |
This is easily countered with an image stabilizer built into a camera, but the Nikon D7100 does not have this.
However, this camera can counter this with the use of any of the 88 optical stabilization lenses at its disposal.
|Same as Nikon D7100|
|No touchscreen|| Touchscreen cameras have come to stay yet somehow Nikon forgot that with the D7100. |
In this era of smartphones, it won’t be surprising if one taps on the Nikon D7100 to operate it: Yeah, that’s how much we’re used to touchscreens now.
|Same as Nikon D7100|
|No panorama||The Nikon D7100 cannot bring multiple pictures together to form a panorama image.||Same as Nikon D7100|
|No slow-motion||Certain moments aren’t beautiful if they aren’t in slow motion. Unfortunately, the Nikon D7100 will make you live without such moments.||Same as Nikon D7100|
|No GPS||The Nikon D7100 doesn’t have a GPS (built-in or otherwise). No GPS, no geo-tagging, which is becoming important for photographers these days.||Same as Nikon D7100|
|No built-in Bluetooth||Bluetooth connectivity always comes in handy whenever you need to make a fast connection to other devices. You could easily connect with a Bluetooth headset if your camera supports that: Alas, Nikon D7100 does not.||Same as Nikon D7100|
General Feeling among Users – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
|Nikon D7100||Nikon D7200|
| Several users were disappointed with this camera’s buffer. They complained that it didn’t allow for good continuous shooting experience. |
It downgraded in this aspect when compared to its predecessor the D7000.
|Many users praised the Nikon D7200 for its buffer capacity. Its continuous shooting is a delight, especially when used in wildlife photography.|
|Another complaint about the Nikon D7100 was the fact that the camera had no image stabilization. The fact that they needed to buy another lens that would help them achieve this also got them unhappy.||The same feeling was directed towards the Nikon D7200 as regards image stabilization as it also lacked in this area.|
Our Take – Nikon D7100 vs D7200
|Nikon D7100||Nikon D7200|
|This camera is a really good semi-pro DSLR camera that offers you a broad range of photography experience. The battery life is also good enough and would serve you well.||This semi-pro DSLR camera is one that gives any other camera in its range and sometimes higher a run for their money. Getting a Nikon D7200 is a worthy investment.|