Capturing power

AF capability comparable to the D4 professional model – high-density 51-point AF system that includes compatibility up to f/8

With the newly developed Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor module, the densely located 51 focus points, supported by an algorithm equivalent to that of the D4, deliver amazing capturing power. AF detection is available down to an impressive -2 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F), which is the brightness equivalent to a subject illuminated by moonlight.
Fifteen cross-type sensors cover the most frequently used center area. The center point performs as a cross-type sensor even at f/8. This enables AF shooting, with the effective aperture value slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8 or at f/8 when an AF-S teleconverter is attached to the lens. For example, accurate autofocus is possible with the effective aperture value of f/8 by attaching a 2.0x teleconverter to a telephoto lens with maximum aperture of f/4. By combining a teleconverter with compact and lightweight DX-format system, you can enjoy supertelephoto AF shooting without bulky equipment and expand the photographic opportunities.
Furthermore, when the image area of 1.3x crop of DX is selected, the angle of view becomes equivalent to that of a lens with about double the focal length in 35mm format. As the cropped frame is almost entirely covered by the focus points, the camera demonstrates even more powerful capturing capability.

Of the 51 focus points, 11 can be chosen to shoot with, for quicker focus-point selection.
Contrast-detect AF, used in live view and movie recording, realizes faster focusing speed than that of the D300S/D7000. During movie recording, you can track a moving subject within the frame and continue focusing by selecting full-time-servo AF (AF-F) and subject-tracking AF. Whether in still-image shooting or recording movies, the AF system supports accurate and comfortable focusing.

51-point AF
11-point AF
Shot with D7100, AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III and AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR.
Smooth autofocus is possible even with effective aperture value of f/8.

51 focus points compatible with f/5.6 and one focus point compatible with aperture slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8 or at f/8

(: perform as cross sensors, : perform as line sensors)

Focus points compatible with f/5.6
Focus point compatible with aperture slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8 or at f/8

Variety of AF-area modes selectable to match your subject

Single-point AF

You can focus on the subject selecting one of the 51 points. This is ideal when you want to achieve precise focus on a particular part of stationary subjects, such as portraits or landscapes. It can be conveniently employed when creating a portrait with the focus on an eye of the subject.

Single-point AF

Dynamic-area AF

Suitable for capturing moving subjects. Select one of 51 points as a priority focus point. If the subject briefly leaves this selected point, the camera will focus based on information from the supporting points surrounding it. The number of points employed in focusing can be selected from 9, 21 or 51, depending on the situation, such as movement of the subject and predictability of the movement. For all these options, the camera uses the selected and surrounding points to recognize the subject as an area, and continues focusing on the moving subject accurately in combination with continuous-servo autofocus (AF-C) of lens servo.

9 points
Choose when there is time to compose the photograph or when photographing subjects that are moving predictably (e.g., runners or race cars on a track).
21 points
Choose when photographing subjects that are moving unpredictably (e.g., field sports).
51 points
Choose when photographing subjects that are moving quickly and unpredictably at random, and particularly difficult to capture with the selected focus point (e.g., birds).
9 points
21 points
51 points


After you achieve focus on the subject with your selected focus point, the camera engages all 51 points and maintains tracking of the subject by automatically employing a new focus point according to the movement and changes of composition while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. This gives you more compositional freedom when shooting subjects moving erratically from side to side or top to bottom in the frame. With Scene Recognition System that utilizes the 2016-pixel RGB sensor, this feature demonstrates excellent subject-tracking performance.

Auto-area AF

Using information from all 51 focus points, the camera automatically detects the main subject and achieves focus on it. When a G- or D-type lens is employed, the camera detects a human subject's position by distinguishing foreground and background while recognizing human skin tone for improved subject acquisition, thanks to subject identification by Scene Recognition System.

Note: Only the selected focus point is shown on actual images. Also, if you select focus points in a peripheral area of an image when "9 points" or "21 points" is chosen, the number of focus points actually used may be less than 9 or 21.

1.3x crop of DX that enables shooting distant subjects without bulky equipment, for both stills and movies [NEW]

The D7100 features two image areas for still images — DX format (23.5 x 15.6 mm) and 1.3x crop of DX (18.8 x 12.5 mm). The format in use can be easily confirmed in the viewfinder. For videos, the D7100 also employs DX-based movie format and movie image area based on 1.3x crop of DX.
In DX format, the angle of view becomes equivalent to that of a lens with approx. 1.5 times longer focal length*1. In the newly employed 1.3x crop of DX mode, it becomes equivalent to that of a lens with approx. 1.3 times longer focal length*1 than in DX format. As a result, the angle of view becomes equivalent to that of a lens with about double the focal length*1. With this camera, you can get closer to distant subjects even though it employs a relatively lightweight, compact lens system. In the 1.3x crop of DX mode, the 51 focus points cover nearly the entire frame, attaining extremely high capturing power even when shooting moving subjects.

Shot in 1.3x crop of DX mode, using a 500mm lens attached (angle of view: equivalent to 1000mm focal length*).
  • *When converted to 35mm format.

The 1.3x crop of DX achieves an image size of approx. 15.4 megapixels, a sufficiently high pixel count for general use, which delivers high-resolution images. Combined with high-speed continuous shooting at up to approx. 7 fps*2 enabled in this mode, this camera reliably captures moving subjects.
With the D7100's compact, lightweight body that can only be realized by a DX-format D-SLR, combined with compact, lightweight lens system, you can travel light but still depend on it to capture decisive moments in high-speed continuous shooting, while precisely acquiring distant subjects with its high-performance AF system.

  • *1When converted to 35mm format.
  • *2With JPEG/12-bit NEF (RAW). Maximum approx. 6 fps in DX mode with the same image quality. Based on CIPA Guidelines.
DX format
1.3x crop of DX

Never miss the moment, with high-speed continuous shooting up to approx. 7 fps*1, 2

The D7100 incorporates a high-speed and high-precision sequential mechanism, that drives mirror and aperture independently. Combined with the fast image-processing capability of EXPEED 3 and the CMOS image sensor compatible with high-speed readout, the camera achieves high-speed continuous shooting at a maximum of approx. 7 fps*1, 2 for up to 100 frames*3. The release time lag is approx. 0.052 s*2. This camera enables light-equipment shooting and increases your chances of capturing decisive moments.

  • *1In 1.3x crop of DX mode with JPEG/12-bit NEF (RAW). Maximum approx. 6 fps is achieved in DX mode with the same image quality.
  • *2Based on CIPA Guidelines.
  • *3When JPEG normal and Large-size image are selected. When JPEG fine and Large-size image are selected, a maximum of 33 frames in DX and 73 in 1.3x crop of DX are available.
High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 7 fps (image area: 1.3x crop of DX)

Faster initial AF detection for quicker focusing, realized by the new algorithm developed for the D4

The D7100 achieves faster initial AF detection by employing the algorithm developed for the D4. The speed you need to effectively capture decisive moments has been radically boosted.

Scene Recognition System that attains highly precise auto control, utilizing the 2016-pixel RGB sensor

Precisely determining the situation of the subject prior to shooting, Scene Recognition System delivers highly accurate auto control. With the D7100, it utilizes information from the 2016-pixel RGB sensor and image sensor to analyze brightness and color of the scene accurately and applies this to autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL flash and auto white balance control. Especially in phase-detection AF using the viewfinder, the high precision of auto-area AF is supported using subject identification, while that of 3D-tracking is supported utilizing subject tracking. Also, face-priority AF is available using face detection information from the image sensor during live view or movie recording. In playback zoom of a face in still images, the face can be zoomed in on, allowing easy confirmation of the focus.

Scene Recognition System

Excellent optical viewfinder, supporting comfortable, accurate shooting

High-quality viewfinder optics with approx. 100% frame coverage and glass pentaprism, that assure truly comfortable viewing

As the D7100's viewfinder optics deliver comfortable viewing, supported by other measures not listed in the specifications, including eyepiece lens coating, it helps you concentrate on your subjects. The approx. 0.94x magnification* allows you to comfortably recognize all the visual elements including the viewfinder information display.

  • *With a 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0m-1.

Setting information becomes easier to view, on the newly employed organic EL viewfinder display element [NEW]

The D7100 newly employs a high-intensity, high-contrast and energy-saving organic EL display element for the viewfinder information display below the image area. While it ensures high visibility under bright light, it also contributes to faster response in low-temperature conditions. In the viewfinder, grid lines, useful for landscape and architectural photos, can be displayed (in DX-format shooting).

Setting information is displayed in white by the organic EL display element in the viewfinder for higher visibility (outlined in yellow).

Virtual horizon makes you aware of horizontal tilting, for vertical shooting too

The D7100 comes equipped with a virtual horizon, which shows horizontal tilting of the camera. During viewfinder shooting, the indicator is displayed in both horizontal and vertical shooting. The virtual horizon appears superimposed on the monitor image during live view or movie shooting.

Virtual horizon display in viewfinder shooting

For horizontal shooting (viewfinder display)
For vertical shooting (viewfinder display) [NEW]

Virtual horizon in live view shooting

Significantly increased visibility in bright daylight, with a newly employed RGBW alignment – wide-viewing-angle, approx. 1229k-dot, 8-cm/3.2-in. LCD monitor with reinforced glass

The D7100 incorporates a newly employed wide-viewing-angle, 8-cm/3.2-in., high-resolution LCD monitor (approx. 1229k dots). The monitor employs a newly developed RGBW alignment for increased brightness. Combined with the integrated glass-and-panel structure*, it greatly enhances visibility of the monitor under bright conditions. The color reproduction range is now equivalent to that of the D4 and D800 series. The clear, beautiful display images bring more comfort to live view, movie recording and image confirmation. The ability to magnify playback images up to approx. 38x (large-size images in DX (24 x 16) format), is a boon for quick and accurate focus confirmation. Scratch- and shock-resistant, reinforced glass is employed for the monitor surface.

  • *Equivalent to that utilized in the D4, D800 series and D600.

RGBW alignment with enhanced brightness achieved by employing a higher number of white dots

RGB alignment
RGBW alignment

LCD monitor with an integrated structure of glass and panel, for clearer image display

Air space between glass and panel causes reflections at the surfaces of each part, resulting in some light loss.
D7100 (equivalent to that of the D4, D800 series and D600)
Surface reflection is reduced and light loss greatly decreased due to the integrated structure of glass and panel.

Enjoy more creative expression easily with the built-in flash incorporating a commander function

The D7100 has a built-in flash with a guide number of approx. 12/39 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F) which covers the same angle of view as a 16mm wide-angle lens. The superior flash control accuracy only Nikon can provide is highly praised by professionals and realizes flash shooting with natural light. Featuring a commander function compatible with Advanced Wireless Lighting, it has an ability to control up to two groups of optional Speedlights wirelessly as a master flash unit. With this feature, you can illuminate your subjects from various directions and obtain a wide range of creative expression; from shooting flowers vividly, sharply rendering people's facial features and other details to effectively reproducing the subtle texture of subjects.

Built-in flash of the D7100