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 D5500) and Canon (such as the EOS 70D and the EOS 80D)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D7100 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,229k dots vs 921k dots), slightly larger viewfinder (0.61x vs 0.55x), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 16.1 MP) and has a weather sealed body.

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 201 ms), is older (february 2013 vs october 2013) and is slightly larger (professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)).

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
2 years newer
$829 - $1,047 (body only)
$1,347 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D7100)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D7100)

  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies

common strengths of the D7200 and D7100

  • Good image quality: 87.0 vs 83.0
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Good color depth: 24.5 bits vs 24.2 bits

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year newer
$525 - $697 (body only)
$595 - $797 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the D7100)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly less shutter lag: 201 ms vs 251 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.61x
  • Lower resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the D5500 and D7100

  • Good image quality: 84.0 vs 83.0
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 24.2 bits

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
7 months newer
$409 - $497 (body only)
$497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D7100)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly less shutter lag: 200 ms vs 251 ms
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.61x
  • Lower resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the D5300 and D7100

  • Good image quality: 83.0 vs 83.0
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Good color depth: 24 bits vs 24.2 bits

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
2 years older
$489 (body only)
$551 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"
  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24 MP

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
  • Weather sealed

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
10 months newer
$279 (body only)
$349 - $397 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D7100)

  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Professional size (136×107×76 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 430 g vs 675 g

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 51

common strengths of the D3300 and D7100

  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 83.0
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Good color depth: 24.3 bits vs 24.2 bits

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
3 months older
$325 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the D7100)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm) vs Professional size (136×107×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.61x

common strengths of the D5200 and D7100

  • Good image quality: 84.0 vs 83.0
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Good color depth: 24.2 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 has slightly more color depth (24.2 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (13.7 EV vs 11.7 EV), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has in-camera HDR and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,256 ISO vs 2,925 ISO), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.61x vs 0.70x), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
similar age
$750 - $899 (body only)
$860 - $999 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)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 68.0 vs 83.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 13.7 EV
  • Worse color depth: 22.5 bits vs 24.2 bits

common strengths of the 70D and D7100

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
2 years newer
$1,997 - $2,000 (body only)
$3,067 - $3,070 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D7100)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 1,640,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 51

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D7100)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the D500 and D7100

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Built-in focus motor
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year newer
$1,585 - $1,997 (body only)
$2,109 - $2,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,956 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Better image quality: 93.0 vs 83.0
  • Has a flip-out screen

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
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Professional size (136×107×76 mm)

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
7 months newer
$1,199 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,499 - $1,897 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 2,925 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Better image quality: 94.0 vs 83.0
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.61x

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Thicker: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D610 and D7100

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
3 years older
$861 (body only)
$1,279 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the D7100)

  • Much 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
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 24.2 bits
  • Less dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 13.7 EV

common strengths of the 7D and D7100

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Professional size (136×107×76 mm)

Nikon D600

Nikon D600
9 months older
$1,599 24-85mm lens

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
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.61x

Significant disadvantages of the D600 (vs the D7100)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Thicker: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D600 and D7100

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D7100 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs optical), has significantly less startup delay (300 ms vs 1700 ms), has in-camera HDR and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it is significantly more noisy at high ISO (1,256 ISO vs 2,449 ISO), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,280,000 ISO), doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks built-in panoramas.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$448 (body only)
$598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D7100)

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

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D7100)

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

common strengths of the A6000 and D7100

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 83.0
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
2 years newer
$998 (body only)
$1,148 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D7100)

  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 51
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (120×67×49 mm) vs Professional size (136×107×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D7100)

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

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and D7100

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1
1 year newer
$902 - $1,299 (body only)
$1,399 - $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)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

common strengths of the X-T1 and D7100

  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Weather sealed
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony A7

Sony A7
7 months newer
$998 - $3,198 (body only)
$1,298 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the D7100)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,449 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Can create panoramas in-camera
  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the D7100)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the A7 and D7100

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 2,449 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
  • Good image quality: 90.0 vs 83.0
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentaprism

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
2 years newer
$5,979 - $6,497 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5 (vs the D7100)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 3,280,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

Significant disadvantages of the D5 (vs the D7100)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder: Optical vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the D5 and D7100

  • Very large screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Weather sealed
  • 24p support