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 D7200 and the D5300) and Canon (such as the EOS 70D and the EOS 7D)

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"), 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 doesn't have a screen which flips out, has slightly more shutter lag (251 ms vs 208 ms), is slightly larger (professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs prosumer size (129×98×78 mm)), is slightly more expensive ($733.00 vs $580.00) and is slightly heavier (675 g vs 555 g).

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
2 years newer
$914 - $1,197 (body only)
$1,497 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D7100)

  • Better boost ISO: 102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Significantly less shutter lag: 173 ms vs 251 ms
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D7100)

  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies

common strengths of the D7200 and D7100

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,333 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Good image quality: 87.0 vs 83.0
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
7 months newer
$647 (body only)
$578 - $747 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D7100)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs Professional size (136×107×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D7100)

  • No weather sealing
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.61x
  • 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
$649 (body only)
$718 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" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,229k dots

common strengths of the D7000 and D7100

  • Good image quality: 80.0 vs 83.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13.9 EV vs 13.7 EV
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.61x

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year newer
$580 - $747 (body only)
$709 - $847 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the D7100)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the D7100)

  • No weather sealing
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.61x
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 95% vs 100%

common strengths of the D5500 and D7100

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,438 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 D5200

Nikon D5200
3 months older
$410 - $497 (body only)
$489 - $500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D7100)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Lighter: 555 g vs 675 g

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.61x
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" 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
$672 (body only)
$967 55-300mm 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

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 wider dynamic range (13.7 EV vs 12.2 EV), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,229k dots vs 922k dots) and has in-camera HDR.

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 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
$999 (body only)
$1,019 - $1,099 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the D7100)

  • Much less shutter lag: 75 ms vs 251 ms
  • Has a touch screen
  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the D7100)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 13.7 EV
  • Significantly worse image quality: 68.0 vs 83.0
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the 70D and D7100

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Professional size (136×107×76 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $999.00 vs $733.00

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
7 months newer
$1,295 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,649 - $1,997 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly 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: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D610 and D7100

  • Minimal startup delay: 300 ms vs 300 ms
  • Built-in focus motor
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
3 years older
$799 - $834 (body only)
$949 - $1,134 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: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Professional size (136×107×76 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $799.00 vs $733.00

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year newer
$1,997 (body only)
$2,697 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly 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: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D750 and D7100

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Built-in focus motor

Nikon D600

Nikon D600
9 months older
$1,357 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D600 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly 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 D600 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D600 and D7100

  • Minimal startup delay: 300 ms vs 300 ms
  • Built-in focus motor
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
4 years older
$3,743 (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 lower resolution screen: 922k dots vs 1,229k dots

common strengths of the D700 and D7100

  • Built-in focus motor
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D7100 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), has a weather sealed body and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,256 ISO vs 2,248 ISO), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks built-in panoramas and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Sony Alpha A6000

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

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D7100)

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

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D7100)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

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
$1,232 - $1,299 (body only)
$1,586 - $1,899 18-135mm lens

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

  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better boost ISO: 51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

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

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 950 shots

common strengths of the X-T1 and D7100

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed
  • Minimal startup delay: 1000 ms vs 300 ms

Sony A7

Sony A7
7 months newer
$1,198 - $1,698 (body only)
$1,498 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)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 950 shots

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