Some of our readers might be interested in seeing how the newly announced Nikon D7200 compares to its predecessor, the D7100 in terms of features and specifications. With a faster processor, improved AF system, much larger buffer, Wi-Fi and a few other tweaks, the D7200 is currently Nikon’s best DX camera for capturing fast action such as sports and wildlife photography. Although the D7100 is still an amazing camera, many found its buffer to be underwhelming for continuous shooting, as it sported a fairly small buffer that accommodated even less images than the first generation Nikon D7000. In this comparison, I will first go into specifications, then talk about specific features that differentiate the two cameras. Please keep in mind that this comparison is purely based on specifications. Further details, our impressions, ISO comparisons and other useful information will be provided in our upcoming Nikon D7200 Review later this year.
First, let’s go over the bare specifications:
Nikon D7200 vs D7100 Specification Comparison
|Camera Feature||Nikon D7200||Nikon D7100|
|Sensor Resolution||24.2 Million||24.1 Million|
|Sensor Pixel Size||3.92µ||3.92µ|
|Low Pass Filter||No||No|
|Sensor Dust Reduction||Yes||Yes|
|Image Size||6,000 x 4,000||6,000 x 4,000|
|Image Processor||EXPEED 4||EXPEED 3|
|Built-in Flash||Yes, with flash commander mode||Yes, with flash commander mode|
|Storage Media||2x SD||2x SD|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||6 FPS, 7 FPS in 1.3x Crop Mode||6 FPS, 7 FPS in 1.3x Crop Mode|
|Buffer Size (RAW, Lossless 14-bit)||18||6|
|Buffer Size (RAW, Compressed 12-bit)||35||9|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 to 30 sec||1/8000 to 30 sec|
|Shutter Durability||150,000 cycles||150,000 cycles|
|Exposure Metering Sensor||2,016-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II||2,016-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II|
|Base ISO||ISO 100||ISO 100|
|Native ISO Sensitivity||ISO 100-25,600||ISO 100-6,400|
|Boosted ISO Sensitivity||ISO 51,200-102,400 (B&W only)||ISO 12,800-25,600|
|Autofocus System||Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX||Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX|
|Focus Points||51, 15 cross-type||51, 15 cross-type|
|AF Detection||Up to f/8||Up to f/8|
|Group Area AF||No||No|
|Separate Horiz and Vert Focus Point Adjustments||Yes||No|
|AF Detection Range||-3 to +19 EV||-2 to +19 EV|
|Exposure Bracketing||9 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV||2 to 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV|
|Video Output||MOV, H.264/MPEG-4||MOV, H.264/MPEG-4|
|Video Maximum Resolution||1920×1080 (1080p) up to 60p||1920×1080 (1080p) up to 60i|
|Flat Picture Control||Yes||No|
|Clarity Control Adjustment||Yes||No|
|Picture Control Adjustments||0.25 step adjustment||1 step adjustment|
|Manual White Balance Presets||1-6||1-3|
|Number of intervals in Time-lapse||Up to 9,999||Up to 999|
|Audio Recording||Built-in microphone|
External stereo microphone (optional)
External stereo microphone (optional)
|LCD Size||3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD||3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD|
|LCD Resolution||1,228,800 dots||1,228,800 dots|
|Wi-Fi Functionality||Built-in, with NFC||Eye-Fi Compatible, WU-1a|
|Battery||EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery||EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery|
|Battery Life||1,110 shots (CIPA)||950 shots (CIPA)|
|Battery Charger||MH-25a Quick Charger||MH-25 Quick Charger|
|Weather Sealed Body||Yes||Yes|
|Weight (Body Only)||675g||675g|
|Dimensions||135.5 × 106.5 × 76mm||135.5 x 106.5 x 76mm|
|MSRP Price||$1,199 (as introduced)||$1,199 (as introduced)|
Nikon did not make any changes to the exterior of the D7200, so it is essentially identical to its predecessor. So whether you are looking at the front, top or back of the camera, button and control layout, ergonomics and the overall look are the same. Both dimensions and weight are also the same.
What has changed is the internals of the camera. First, the sensor on the D7200 is slightly different. Judging by the megapixel count, it looks like Nikon is most likely using the same Sony-made sensor on the D7200 as on the D5500, whereas the D7100 had a sensor made by Toshiba. Nikon increased the native sensitivity of the sensor on the D7200 by two stops from 100-6400 to 100-25600, but it is doubtful that the D7200 will offer drastic improvements in noise performance beyond ISO 6400, so it is most likely just a marketing gimmick. I also find it entertaining that Nikon offered “boost” ISO sensitivities of 51,200 and 102,400 in black and white…
The highlight of the Nikon D7200 is the much bigger buffer – the Nikon D7200 can shoot up to 18 images in 14-bit lossless RAW, which is roughly 3 times more than what the D7100 can do. The D7100 only lasted for a mere second before the buffer filled up and the camera slowed down and the D7200 will triple that time. So if you shoot any sort of fast action (like sports and wildlife), the D7200 will be a much better choice, because it will allow you to shoot much longer in continuous bursts.
Two big differences are in the autofocus department. First, the Nikon D7200 has an improved 51-point AF system that can go all the way down to -3 in detection range. This means that the D7200 should be easier to focus with in low-light situations and it should perform quite well when using f/4 and slower lenses with teleconverters. Second, the D7200 comes with the latest EXPEED 4 processor, which is roughly 30% faster than the previous generation EXPEED 3 processor on the D7100. That 30% increase in speed also translates to autofocus speed improvements, particularly when tracking subjects.
The Nikon D7200 also comes with built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, allowing the camera to be controlled remotely and allowing for image transfer between the camera and other devices. Speaking of which, the D7200 is the first Nikon DSLR to be shipped with NFC (Near Field Communication), which allows for seamless connectivity with smart devices – a neat and useful feature.
Battery life has been improved, most likely thanks to the faster and perhaps more power efficient processor, allowing for 1,110 shots on a single charge (per CIPA). Video shooters should be more pleased with the 60p HD recording mode and flat picture control. There are a few other small firmware tweaks here and there (like 9 frame exposure bracketing), but they are not anything major.
Looks like the Nikon D7200 is a pretty solid camera with a few notable improvements. But the biggest question is, would it make sense to upgrade from the D7100? If you shoot sports and wildlife, the D7200’s buffer, -3 EV sensitivity and faster processor are worth moving up to in my opinion. However, for all other purposes, I would stick with the D7100 and skip the upgrade – the D7100 is still an amazing camera. If you currently use an entry-level DSLR, the D7000 or other previous-generation cameras, the Nikon D7200 is definitely worth upgrading to. If you have a lower-end camera and have budget limitations, it is a good time now to check out the second hand market – there will probably be lots of D7100 DSLRs for sale at great prices.
The Nikon D7200 is an APS-C format camera. For bird photography, the better Nikon mount lenses start @ 400mm & go up. Try to get one with Vibration Reduction [VR]. Consider Sigma or Tamron Nikon mount lenses too, with as wide an apeture as you can afford. And see www.glennbartley.com/natur…s/gear.htm for more insight.
I am a hobbyist and stepping up from the D3200. I love photographing birds. I am curious if it’s worth upgrading to the 7200 or saving money and purchasing the 7100 with a bundle? (18-140mm and 55-300mm). I hope to make a larger purchase next year with an upgraded telephoto lens as I improve my skills. I am slightly a perfectionist and want to achieve great detail of birds, but I also don’t want to break the bank if I’m not going to know the difference. Any recommendations?
Hi you can never go wrong with a d7200 its the best and 18-140 G lens is a great all around lens, find a good deal on a used lens to save money. It would be great if you can find a good deal on a used 18-300mm G lens but will be little heavy to carry around
Obviously, D7200 is much better than D7100 if you take photo of birds, wild life, sports because D7200 has much larger buffer than D7100. and very good at high iso with faster AF than D7100.
If you are tight in budget then D7200 + Nikkor AFS 70-300mm will be the best combination for bird photography. If you can afford, then you can buy better and larger zoom lens like 150-600 mm or 400mm
This is a very informative forum.
Hi ..Too much confuse about between D7100 and D7200…Please solve my Problem I’m going to buy on December for Christmas..and Please recommend me some best lens for them…would be best help for me…thank you..
Hi, I am using D3200 for more than 3years now and for recent days I am getting bored of the images and I tend to see the noise in the image. Even at Iso800 I can see the noise. For birding I rented sigma 150-500 once and I was completely disappointed with the results as it was too noisy. This could be because of the iso used 1600? I have sigma 17–50 f2.8 lens, nikon 55-200 VR and 50 f1.8g nikkor. I am right now thinking about upgrading my camera to D7200 or D7100 as I see much better results in those cams. Have any advice?
I have a D70 and I am looking to upgrade thinking about the d7100 or d7200. I live in AK and take a lot of aurora pictures, so I need a relatively high ISO. I read somewhere that there was a problem shooting RAW with the d7200 and using adobe photoshop. Anyone have any insight into that?
I currently use a Fuji S 5 Pro (based on a Nikon D200 chassis) and am thinking of trading-in & upgrading to the D7200.
I do mostly weddings & (journalistic style) special events; also some bird/wildlife & a few portraits of family.
Would you recommend the D7200, or another recent Nikon body?
It all depends on what glass do you have if you have more of DX you will be very happy with the D7200, but if you have FX glass or want to go that way go for a D7100
Sorry i ment the D750
Hi, now I am using nikon D5200. My photography subject is wild life (specially bird) and portrait.
So, please suggest which dslr will be best for me.
I am using D5200 for 2years.
Now want to upgrade my gear.
Hi, I work with animal rescue, primarily cats for adoption (still close ups; very fast action kitten shots) and ferals (many with low or poor lighting) and was considering a package from one of the bigger retail vendors that included both the short and long lenses. Aside from the cost, which I would prefer to avoid but if I am able to get the shots that I am looking for so be it, does this sound like a good camera for this type of photography?
Hi, The D7100 with the toshiba sensor was designed for detail. There are many examples on line showing the detail difference between the D7100 v D7200 up to 1600 ISO. The D7200 with the was especially designed with the Sony sensor to achieve high ISO capability with increased buffer performance. I have personally visited both factories of manufacture. Both models are still in production because serving different needs to the user, and very popular models.
Yes I am a Pro Photographer and hold a D4s, D810, and my D7100 but have added the D7200 for birding in rough weather conditions instead of damaging the costly D4s.Excellent reviews and comments on this sight.
I always back up my statements. this is a link to detail of the D7100.