Nikon unveils D7100 mid-level 24MP APS-C DSLR with no low-pass filter


Nikon has announced the D7100 – a 24MP mid-range, enthusiast-focused APS-C DSLR. The D7100 promises high resolution by making do without an optical low-pass filter in front of its 24MP CMOS sensor. It gains a more sophisticated 51-point autofocus system and a 7fps 1.3x cropped shooting mode that provides a 2x crop compared to a 35mm system. The D7100 has a recommended price of $1,599/£1,299/€1,399 with 18-105mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens.

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Melville, NY (February 20, 2013) – Nikon Inc. today announced the D7100, the HD-SLR that ushers in a new era of DX-format image quality and functionality for the experienced shooter and photo enthusiast. The lightweight Nikon D7100 has an impressive array of intuitive features and controls bolstered by rapid performance and a robust feature set that includes a new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, Nikon’s 51-point AF system and wireless connectivity.

“Solidifying Nikon’s ongoing commitment to the DX-format D-SLR customer, the innovative D7100 provides new ways for photographers to capture their creative vision with incredible detail and precision, whether through still images or HD videos,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “The D7100 blends the best creative features with advanced-level functionality to give the enthusiast exactly what they want  and that’s a great shooting experience before, during and after capture, from shooting to sharing.”

Engineered for Exceptional Image Quality

At the core of the Nikon D7100 is a new 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, designed to render the truest, most detail-rich images possible and brilliant HD video. The innovative sensor design delivers the ultimate in image quality by defying convention; because of the high resolution and advanced technologies, the optical low pass filter (OLPF) is no longer used. Using NIKKOR lenses, the resulting images explode with more clarity and detail to take full advantage of the 24.1-megapixel resolution achieved with D7100’s DX-format CMOS sensor.

Driven by Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 3 image processing engine, the D7100 realizes a focus on image quality that extends beyond staggering sharpness to outstanding images with a wide dynamic range in a variety of lighting conditions. A wide ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to Hi-2 of 25,600) allows for more versatile shooting to capture challenging conditions such as nature at twilight or even sports under less-than-ideal lighting. Even at higher ISOs, noise is minimized for both still images as well as when recording HD video.

Performance and Features Geared for the Advanced User

The Nikon D7100 is designed for the experienced shooter ready to take their photography to the next level, who demands a camera that conveys reliability and performance, and who is eager to embrace the next photographic challenge. These features include:

  • New 51-Point AF System – The D7100 features Nikon’s professionally proven and lightning-fast 51-point AF system, with a new Multi-CAM 3500DX AF module. Additionally, the AF system and exposure are augmented with Nikon’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II 2,016 pixel RGB sensor and Scene Recognition System, which recognizes the scene prior to shooting in order to adjust AF, AE, AWB and other parameters. The results of this system are accurate and even exposures, sharp details and vivid color, frame after frame. For additional precision, 15 of the 51 AF points are cross-type, and the center point is functional at f/8, giving DX photographers an additional telephoto advantage when using a teleconverter.
  •  Rapid Response and Operation – To help ensure the decisive shot is not missed, the D7100 can shoot at up to six frames per second (fps) at full resolution and up to seven fps when using the new 1.3x crop mode at slightly reduced resolution. Overall operation and image processing is swift, while startup and shutter lag is nearly imperceptible with a release time lag of 0.052s* (CIPA). Image data is also written to dual SD card slots, which accept the latest high-speed UHS-1 and SDXC cards.
  • 1.3x Crop Mode – Sports photographers take note: Building upon the telephoto benefits of the DX-format, the D7100 has the unique ability to shoot in a 1.3x DX crop mode for both stills and HD video. While in this innovative mode, shooters will gain an extra telephoto boost (2X), and a boost in burst speed to seven fps, with 15.4- megapixel resolution. Additionally, while in this mode, the 51-point AF array covers more of the frame, allowing improved subject acquisition and tracking performance through the viewfinder.
  • New High Resolution LCD – The new, wide and bright LCD screen is 3.2-inches and features a super high resolution of 1,229K dots. Now photographers can easily compose and check critical focus for HD video.
  • New Viewfinder – Nikon has implemented a bright and high-contrast new OLED data display within the optical viewfinder that makes it easier to read and see shooting data. When composing through the viewfinder, users see 100% frame coverage, essential for proper framing.
  • Spot White Balance – A new feature for Nikon cameras, Spot White Balance allows for quick and precise white balance adjustment while shooting in live view. By selecting a desired point on the screen, users can set a custom white balance from a distance, even while using a super-telephoto lens. This is helpful for shooting video or when shooting under unfamiliar lighting when no gray card is available.
  • Durable Construction – Built to perform in a wide variety of conditions, the D7100 is built to the same moisture and dust resistance specifications of the venerable Nikon D300S. For durability, the top and rear covers are constructed of magnesium alloy, while internally, the shutter has been tested to withstand 150,000 cycles. Despite its robust construction, the camera remains lightweight, weighing in at approximately 1.5 pounds (body).
  • Enhanced Interface – To make it easier for users to quickly access frequently used functions, the “i” button has been added to the enthusiast-oriented control layout on the camera. 

Sharing and Remote Shooting Simplified

Photographers know that moment when the shutter clicks and they have created something stunning which deserves to be shared. No matter where that moment occurs, whether in an urban landscape or isolated forest, they can now share their images wirelessly by an attached WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.1 With this optional adapter the user has the ability to share images to a supported smartphone or tablet, shoot remotely from their device, and transfer photos from up to 49 feet away. The Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility application is available free of charge on Google Play™ for Android™ devices or from the App Store™.  When using the application, photographers can wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a mobile device and even remotely control the camera. 

Capture Exceptional HD Video

For those looking to create multimedia content, the Nikon D7100 has a wide variety of innovative features for capturing HD video at various frame rates. With a press of the dedicated video record button, video can be recorded at 1080/30p, or at 60i/50i (in 1.3x Crop Mode) for optimal playback on many HDTV’s when connected via HDMI. The D7100 also provides the ability to record stereo sound through the internal microphone, or attach an optional external microphone such as Nikon’s ME-1, through the dedicated microphone terminal. To reference audio, the camera also features a headphone terminal. Users can also get creative using Nikon’s  Creative Effects in real time. This feature lets users take advantage of modes like Selective Color or Color Sketch to create truly customized movies.

Full Control, Creatively

In addition to full manual controls, the Nikon D7100 features a variety of intelligent modes to create effects and special features so that users can unleash their creativity. Nikon’s Picture Controls can be applied to photo and video to change the color, tone and saturation of an image for creative control. When capturing still images, the same Creative Effects modes and filters available in video are also at the disposal of the user. By combining consecutive frames, the D7100 also has a high dynamic range (HDR) function to let users capture photos with a vast tonal range. 

NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility

For 80 years, the NIKKOR legacy has been providing world renowned optics for photographers. The D7100 is compatible with Nikon’s dedicated DX-format lenses and more than 50 FX-format lenses. NIKKOR lenses offer the ultimate in sharpness and clarity in photos and HD video. For added versatility, the camera features a built-in flash, or can act as a commander in Nikon’s popular Creative Lighting System (CLS). 

WR-1 Transceiver

In addition to the D7100, Nikon also announced the WR-1 Transceiver for Nikon D-SLR cameras. This device uses 2.4 GHz radio frequency for maximum range when communicating with the camera, extending the range and functionality2 for remote shooting applications. The communication range between WR-1 units is approximately 394 feet3, and 15 channels are available. Users also have the ability to remotely control a camera (with a WR-1 used as a receiver) attached by operation of another WR-1 (used as a transmitter), and also perform simultaneous or synchronized release of shutters on several cameras using the WR-14. Furthermore, there are a wide variety of options for remote shooting, which include dividing remote cameras into groups and controlling each group separately and interval timer photography. Remote shooting by combining the WR-1 with WR-R10/WRT10 wireless remotes is also possible5.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D7100 will be available starting in March 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $1599.95* with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens or $1199.95 for the body only configuration. Additionally, the new MB-D15 battery grip and the WR-1 transceiver will also be available in March 2013, and pricing for these products is not yet announced. The WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is currently available and has a suggested retail price (SRP) of $59.95. 

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2 Functions limited.

3 Approximate range at height of about 1.2 m/4 ft; varies with weather conditions and presence or absence of obstacles.

4 Only a camera with a ten-pin remote terminal can be employed as a master camera.

5 This requires pairing of the WR-1, WR-R10 and WR-T10 units in use. Maximum number of controllers that can be paired: 20 – (WR-1) or 64 (WR-R10)

* SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Nikon D7100 specifications

MSRP Body only: $1199.95/£1099.99/€1179, With 18-105mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens : $1,599/£1,299/€1399
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 6000 x 3368, 4800 x 3200, 4800 x 2696, 4494 x 3000, 4496 x 2528, 3600 x 2400, 3600 x 2024, 2992 x 2000, 2992 x 1680, 2400 x 1600, 2400 x 1344
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24.1 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 24.7 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO ISO 100 – 6400, Lo-1 (ISO 50), Hi-1 (ISO 12,800), Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Unknown
Uncompressed format RAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • NEF (RAW)
  • NEF (RAW) + JPEG
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51
Lens mount Nikon F mount
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 1,228,800
Touch screen No
Screen type Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 %
Viewfinder magnification 0.94×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Aperture-Priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-Priority (S)
Scene modes
  • Autumn Colors
  • Beach / Snow
  • Blossom
  • Candlelight
  • Child
  • Close-up
  • Dusk / Dawn
  • Food
  • Landscape
  • Night
  • Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Party / Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Sports
  • Sunset
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 12 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-frame [S] mode
  • Continuous low-speed [CL]
  • Continuous high-speed [CH]
  • Quiet Shutter Release
  • Self-timer mode
  • Mirror-up [Mup] mode
Continuous drive Yes (6 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 24 fps)
Videography notes 1080i60, 1080p25 in NTSC countries, 1080i50, 1080p24 in PAL countries
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (Optional, wired MC-DC2 or wireless WR-1 and WR-R10 )
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 950
Weight (inc. batteries) 675 g (1.49 lb / 23.81 oz)
Dimensions 136 x 107 x 76 mm (5.35 x 4.21 x 2.99)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1

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Does Canon have any answers to this? This is a great camera at a fairly reasonable price.


Don’t know. Canon 70d is coming in March, but the SPEC won’t beat this D7100. Canon 7D mk2 (coming in July) is better, but its going to retail around $2000.
Based on Value for Money, I don’t think Canon has an answer for this.

Debankur Mukherjee

When can we have a FF body at the price of the D7100…….


tomorrow ! 🙂
mark my words – just write it on the wall as a reminder!


Wish it had a swivel back screen.

G Davidson

Wow finally a real update to my D300! I have waited a long time or this and the specifications sound excellent. I can only hope it is indeed a new sensor, improving on the (already good?) one in the D5100. Very happy to hear this news. Semi-pro DX is here to stay.


Many d300 owner criticized D7100 saying its not a real replacement, but then again, D7100 is retail for $1199, a D400 would have cost around $2000. I much rather have this D7100.

Joachim Gerstl

A bird- and wildlife photographers dream. I wish I had this camera 10 years ago.


I am glad I didn’t sell my Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 AF-S DX lens! Thank you Nikon!


Likewise, I’m glad I sold my Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM 😉

Adrian Van

Yes these specs could satisfy even me I think, (wanted a D400). Would have preferred CF slot but dual SD is okay and lighter than D300 body (for personal travel use and good enough for pro use), as long as this one is durable for long term use that is, and the quality controls issue do not surface like other models. Fps speed and 51 pt AF is great, so hopefully no AA is also not a problem, with benefit of more detail (without moire?). Waiting for final analysis from critics testing, but this looks very promising. Good job Nikon.


I guess there will never be a D300 replacement just like there won’t be a 7D II. FF is moving down market and there only needs to be a low-end and high-end APS-C from now on.

I was very interested in the D7000 as a upgrade for my D90 but this, I don’t feel the excitement. Maybe because so much has happened in the last two years with EVIL/mirrorless and FF cameras.


Thanks Nikon. Some DX primes would be nice though…


From Nikon USA site for stills
NEF (RAW): Lossless compressed, compressed 12 or 14 bit


Nikon pulled out all the stops on this update. I’m sure some will still desire a D400, but it’s hard to imagine a nicer DX camera specs wise.

Weather sealing, no OLPF, AF to f8 means my using TCs with my 70-200 f4 VR. Nice.

IQ should exceed the already superb D5200 and if video quality is as good as the that camera, it’s going to be a monster all-around DX shooter.

Looks like my other body is getting a baby brother.


Regarding the videography notes: It says 25p for NTSC and 24p for PAL. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? It’s usually PAL regions that gets 25p because 50/25 is the standard there.


They seriously aren’t even having it be like a 7100e and a d7100 where you can pick whether or not to have an AA? Are you freaking kidding me? Wtf!? According to articles on here as well as other highly regarded photographic sources, the consensus was always the pros of not having an AA-filter only outweighed the cons in a VERY very limit, narrow, ultra specific type of shooting situation. Like, only at a very narrow aperture range, in a specific shooting situation, it was better, but in the other 99% of shooting situations, the image quality was far better with an AA than without one, and thus, other than for a very specific niche of photography, for the avg typical photographers, having an AA-filter was much better than not having one. So, this is blowing my mind that they would really just offer it STRICTLY as a non-AA camera, and not even have it be an optional thing like on the d800. What the hell!!??!?


Didn’t you notice something is wrong? Is it Nikon or is it you? 😉




@pentaxfun is right re that. Having no filter you will have horrible side effect of moire. You don’t want side effect of moire do you? It would take more time consuming to edit to remove the moire filter. Its okay for someone who can bother to fix it. But most don’t. Most camera nowaday use AA filter. Even in computer game I play still has to use AA filter cos it looks awful without AA filter. Same thing. AA filter helps a lot sort out the problem with pixelate on edge and reduce the moire. And in addition to it. AA filter only reduce sharpness by a tiny bit. You just use software to sharpen again or use incamera sharpening. Then its all good. Simple task.


I’m betting there is not a single D800 user who doesn’t wish they had gone for the D800E instead, myself included. Moire can happen with both cameras but it is so RARE that there simply are no downsides to the E version.

This camera should resolve fine detail exceptionally well. With that nice Nikkor glass, this camera is going to be sick. Like the M9, X-Pro1 and D800E the advantages to no OLPF are great and the disadvantages are little to none.


Uh didn’t dpreview compare the two cameras specifically to see the pros/cons and which one was better in which shooting situations/overall/etc, and they said that the d800e (the one without the AA-filter) only yielded superior image quality in a very small percentage of the total shooting situations they tested, like, only if the shots were taken at a very specific, narrow aperture-range in a specific shooting situation, it had better iq, but in the other vast majority of shooting situations the regular d800 had better iq than the d800e. Like, they even blatantly said something like, for most shooters, the d800 would be much better overall, since the shooting scenarios/settings in which the d800e had an edge were only a very narrow range compared to the total overall range of shooting situations, so the d800 would be better for most shooters and d800e only better for a minority of shooters with VERY specific types of photography.


Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec Good
(2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps): 2EV stops! very good

Why the hell cant they do 2 EV stops in the D800?!?!?


Wait for the D800S later this year. 🙂

Murray Rothbard

Is it really $1000 better than the Sony A58?


$1199.95 for the body only configuration.


Does the A58 body cost $199 because the D7100 is $1199? The kit is plus the price of the lens.


Of course


It’s like asking is the Sony A77 that much better than the A58.

Edgar Matias

The 1.3x Crop Mode basically crops the sensor down to m4/3 size. Very cool.

Chaitanya S

hope Nikon’s quality control doesn’t screw this camera like they did with some of their previous cameras. My experience was terrible with Nikon products in past.


Does it have the same low pass filter as the D800E or no filter at all?


“Because of the high resolution and advanced technologies, the optical low pass filter (OLPF) is no longer used.”


Based on the spec…. OMG, it is freaking AWESOME. I hope the upcoming Canon 70d in March will be able to compete. It seem like Nikon is making all the right moves lately.


Looks promising..


Sadly it doesn’t have AF-ON button like d300s


Like the D7000 you’ll be able to reassign the AE-L/AF-L button to act as AF-ON.


Well I am not sure why they have bothered with this…. the lack of new lenses recently suggests they don’t care about DX any more… They just want people to buy into FX.

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