As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D7100 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Nikon D7100's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D5300 and the D7000) and Canon (such as the EOS 70D and the EOS 7D Mark II)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D7100 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3.0"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,229k dots vs 930k dots), slightly larger viewfinder (0.61x vs 0.54x) and takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 16.1 MP).

However, on average it slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has slightly more shutter lag (251 ms vs 208 ms), is significantly larger (professional size 136x107x76 mm vs prosumer size 124x99x76 mm) and is significantly more expensive ($996.94 vs $669.95).

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
7 months newer
$697 (body only)
$745 - $797 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D7100)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size 124x99x76 mm vs Professional size 136x107x76 mm

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.61x
  • No weather sealing
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 600 shots vs 950 shots

common strengths of the D5300 and D7100

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,338 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Good image quality: 83.0 vs 83.0
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
2 years older
$615 (body only)
$600 - $1,025 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the D7100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the D7100)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3.0" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,229k dots

common strengths of the D7000 and D7100

  • Good dynamic range: 13.9 EV vs 13.7 EV
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.61x
  • Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras

Nikon D5500

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1 year newer
$897 (body only)
$997 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the D7100)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size 124x97x70 mm vs Professional size 136x107x76 mm

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.61x
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the D5500 and D7100

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,229k dots

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
3 months older
$479 - $547 (body only)
$499 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D7100)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size 129x98x78 mm vs Professional size 136x107x76 mm

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D7100)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.61x
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3.0" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,229k dots

common strengths of the D5200 and D7100

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,284 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Good image quality: 84.0 vs 83.0
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
4 years older
$929 (body only)
$900 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the D7100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the D7100)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • More noise at high ISO: 977 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Worse image quality: 73.0 vs 83.0

common strengths of the D90 and D7100

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.63x vs 0.61x
  • Minimal startup delay: 300 ms vs 300 ms
  • Great battery life: 850 shots vs 950 shots

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3
7 months newer
$797 - $1,197 (body only)
$1,164 - $1,447 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-3 (vs the D7100)

  • Image stabilization: Sensor shift vs None
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Significantly less shutter lag: 138 ms vs 251 ms

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 (vs the D7100)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much fewer lenses available: 109 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies

common strengths of the K-3 and D7100

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,216 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Good dynamic range: 13.4 EV vs 13.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.7 bits vs 24.2 bits

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D7100 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), has slightly more color depth (24.2 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.7 EV vs 11.8 EV), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3.0") and has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,229k dots vs 922k dots).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,256 ISO vs 2,303 ISO), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.61x vs 0.70x), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (6 fps vs 8 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has slightly more shutter lag (251 ms vs 131 ms).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
similar age
$899 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,058 - $1,249 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D7100)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much less shutter lag: 75 ms vs 251 ms
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 68.0 vs 83.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 13.7 EV
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3.0" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the 70D and D7100

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Inexpensive: $899.00 vs $996.94

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
7 months newer
$1,399 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,897 - $1,997 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D7100)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,980 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Better image quality: 94.0 vs 83.0
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.61x

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 152 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D610 and D7100

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Minimal startup delay: 300 ms vs 300 ms
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
similar age
$1,699 - $1,799 (body only)
$2,149 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the D7100)

  • Many more cross-type focus points: 65 vs 15
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10 fps vs 6 fps
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 70.0 vs 83.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.8 EV vs 13.7 EV
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3.0" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and D7100

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year newer
$2,297 (body only)
$2,997 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D7100)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.61x

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 152 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D750 and D7100

  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
3 years older
$999 - $1,000 (body only)
$1,099 - $1,562 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly less shutter lag: 131 ms vs 251 ms

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 83.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 13.7 EV
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 24.2 bits

common strengths of the 7D and D7100

  • Many lenses available: 197 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Inexpensive: $999.00 vs $996.94

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
4 years older
$3,849 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,303 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.61x

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the D7100)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3.0" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the D700 and D7100

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Built-in focus motor
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D7100 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3.0"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 16.3 MP), has a weather sealed body and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks a built in panoramas, users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and has slightly fewer focus points (51 vs 179).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$548 (body only)
$675 - $698 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D7100)

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D7100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 21 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 950 shots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the A6000 and D7100

  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 83.0
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 13.7 EV

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1
1 year newer
$1,199 - $1,299 (body only)
$1,599 - $1,699 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T1 (vs the D7100)

  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Standard size 129x89x46 mm vs Professional size 136x107x76 mm

Significant disadvantages of the X-T1 (vs the D7100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 8 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 950 shots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the X-T1 and D7100

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony A7

Sony A7
7 months newer
$1,298 - $1,698 (body only)
$1,500 - $1,998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the D7100)

  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,248 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the D7100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 4 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 950 shots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the A7 and D7100

  • Good image quality: 90.0 vs 83.0
  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
6 months newer
$1,068 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,600 - $2,399 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M1 (vs the D7100)

  • Image stabilization: Sensor shift vs None
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-M1 (vs the D7100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 40 lenses vs 205 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 950 shots
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the E-M1 and D7100

  • High resolution screens: 1,400k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Good dynamic range: 12.7 EV vs 13.7 EV