Nikon D7200 vs D7100: 8 key differences you need to know

Nikon has released an upgrade to its high-end enthusiast DSLR in the shape of the D7200. In this Nikon D7200 vs D7100 comparison we'll examine whether enough has changed to warrant an upgrade.

Nikon D7200 vs D7100 8 key differences you need to know

While the new Nikon camera doesn't represent a huge upgrade, there are some useful new additions and tweaks that should be appreciated by its intended users.

On the other hand, it's also good news for those of us looking for a camera like this as it will push the price of the D7100 down. Here we take a look at some of the key differences and similarities between the Nikon D7200 and D7100.

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Nikon D7200 vs D7100: 01 sensor

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Both of the cameras use an APS-C sized (DX format in Nikon terms) sensor. The D7200 has a very small increase in pixel count, rising from 24.1 up to 24.2 million pixels.

This isn't something that should make a difference in real terms, but 24 has proven to be a popular, and well performing number, in the past so the D7200 should do well.

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Nikon D7200 vs D7100: 02 processor

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The D7200 now has Nikon's latest processing engine, the EXPEED 4, compared with the D7100's EXPEED 3 processor. This helps to facilitate better images at high ISOs (we'll come on to that later) and should make the overall process of using the camera quicker.

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Nikon D7200 vs D7100: 03 viewfinder and screen

Both cameras use an eye-level pentaprism optical viewfinder, which offers 100% coverage. They both also feature an EL display element for a bright and high contrast display to help you see key settings more easily. They both also use a 1229k dot 3.2 inch screen - but they are both fixed and not touch sensitive.

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Nikon D7200 vs D7100: 04 connectivity

Nikon D7200 vs D7100 04 connectivity

Nikon seems to be slowly converting its entire range to wireless connectivity, which is good news. Whereas before the Nikon D7100 only offered wireless connectivity when paired with the optional Wu-1a adaptor for extra outlay, the D7200 has it built right into the body.

There's also for the first time on a Nikon DSLR body, NFC connectivity. That means that if you have a compatible device (such as a Android smartphone or tablet) all you need to do is tap the two devices together to start a connection.

Wi-Fi and NFC makes it possible to share your images directly to your device, or remotely control it - useful for group and awkwardly positioned shots.

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Nikon D7200 vs D7100: 05 autofocus

Another improvement comes in the form of the autofocusing system on board the D7200. It has inherited the Multi-Cam 3500 II from cameras higher up in the range, such as the full-frame D810 which should make it more accurate and responsive. It has a 51 point autofocus.

If you use the crop mode to shoot, those points will cover the entire frame, but otherwise they are centred around the middle. 15 of those points are the more sensitive cross type, while the central point is sensitive to f/8, making it useful for use with lens converters.

Meanwhile, the D7100 uses the Multi-CAM 3500 DX autofocusing system, but it still has 51 points, with 15 cross type and one f/8 sensitive.

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Nikon D7200 vs D7100: 06 sensitivity

While the D7100 has a sensitivity range of ISO 100 - 6400, which is expandable up to 25600, the D7200's native range is 100 - 25600, without the need for expansion. This should make images at the higher end of the range better, with less noise and better detail.

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Nikon D7200 vs D7100: 07 Picture Controls

One of the smaller improvements here is that, like other cameras in Nikon's range, such as the D5500 and the D750, the D7200 has Picture Control 2.0, which includes the useful Flat picture control. Particularly handy for videographers, it helps to produce the maximum dynamic range possible.

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Nikon D7200 vs D7100: 08 Battery Life

Nikon has managed to improve the already impressive 950 shots (by CIPA standard) battery life of the D7100 for the D7200, which boasts an even better 1,110 shots, or 80 minutes of movie recording. For both, you can buy an additional battery grip for double the battery life.

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