Full HD video compatible with 1920 x 1080; 30p/60i supported — offering movies that provide exquisite detail reproduction, utilizing the vast amount of data from the image sensor unit with 24.1 effective megapixels, designed without optical low-pass filter

With optimum processing of data from the image sensor unit, designed without an optical low-pass filter, performed by EXPEED 3, the D7100 delivers Full HD videos that provide exquisite detail reproduction with reduced moiré and jaggies. You can create beautiful blur only achievable with D-SLRs and a variety of movie expression utilizing a wide range of NIKKOR lenses. The D7100 supports 1920 x 1080; 30p. For smooth rendering of fast-moving subjects, select 1280 x 720; 60p. In movie image area based on 1.3x crop of DX, you can also choose 1920 x 1080; 60i/50i. A noise reduction function optimized for movies effectively cuts down noise while retaining high definition. With the movie-record button located next to the shutter-release button, you can smoothly start and stop movie recording while ensuring stable holding. This can be done just like shooting still images, with minimum blur from camera shake. Recorded movies are compressed in the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format. The maximum recording time is 29 min. 59 s*.

  • * With [Normal] selected for [Movie quality]. 20min. with [High quality].
Shot in DX-based movie format
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
© Moose Peterson
Shot at ISO 6400
Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
© Robert Bösch

Note: The videos shown here were taken using D-Movie function of the D7100, edited, then converted to Flash Video format for ease of handling. Image quality varies from the original.

During movie recording

Get incredibly close to distant subjects with the 1.3x crop of DX in Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie

The D7100's Full HD video has two movie image areas based on DX and 1.3x crop of DX. The DX-based movie format produces high-definition movies, maximizing the advantage of the 24.1 megapixels. In movie image area based on 1.3x crop of DX, the angle of view becomes equivalent to approx. 2.0x* lens focal length, which is an amazing amount of reach to the subject. Also helped by the agility of the compact, lightweight DX-format system, you can boldly get closer to even smaller, more distant subjects.

  • *When converted to 35mm format.

Note: The movie aspect ratio remains 16:9 in both the DX-based movie format and movie image area based on 1.3x crop of DX.

Shot in movie image area based on 1.3x crop of DX
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
© Moose Peterson

Note: The video shown here was taken using D-Movie function of the D7100, edited, then converted to Flash Video format for ease of handling. Image quality varies from the original.

Versatile sound control with a built-in stereo microphone and headphone compatibility

The D7100 has a built-in stereo microphone, which provides rich, high-quality sound recording. It also comes equipped with a headphone connector, which enables you to check simultaneously if any unwanted noise is being recorded by attaching a stereo headphone (available on the market). The LCD monitor has a sound level indicator, with which you can visually check the quality, allowing you to change the microphone sensitivity settings if necessary during movie live view. Microphone sensitivity can be controlled in 20 incremental steps.

Note: Microphone sensitivity and headphone volume cannot be adjusted during movie recording.

Compatible with ME-1 Stereo Microphone (optional)

The optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone is available for recording higher-quality stereo sound. Using this microphone reduces noise caused by lens vibration recorded during autofocus shooting. You can adjust microphone sensitivity just as with the built-in stereo microphone.

Diverse movie-editing menus

Movie editing by trimming off unwanted scenes can be completed all in-camera. The start and end points can be set by adjusting frame by frame, conveniently on one screen. You can also select a frame to save as a JPEG still image.

Simultaneous display of movie and movie live view output on external monitors via HDMI

As the D7100 employs an HDMI mini-pin connector (Type C), simultaneous display of videos on the LCD monitor and an external monitor is available*. During movie recording or movie live view, you can opt not to display the setting information which appears on the LCD, on the connected equipment via HDMI. This is convenient for viewing the entire frame, when you want to check the image on a large monitor connected via HDMI simultaneously while shooting. Also, it is possible to record uncompressed movie live view data directly to an external storage device (HDMI input video recorder). This allows professionals to edit uncompressed, high-quality movie footage on connected equipment.

  • *If 1920 x 1080; 60i, 1920 x 1080; 50i, 1280 x 720; 60p, or 1280 x 720; 50p is selected for [Frame size/frame rate], the monitor will turn off when the camera is connected to an HDMI video device. During movie recording through an HDMI interface, movies may be output at a frame size smaller than that selected [Frame size/frame rate].


Image size (pixel)/frame rate*
Maximum bit rate
(★high quality/Normal)
Maximum recording time
(★high quality/Normal)
1920 x 1080; 60i
24 Mbps / 12 Mbps
20 min./29 min. 59 s
1920 x 1080; 50i
1920 x 1080; 30p
1920 x 1080; 25p
1920 x 1080; 24p
1280 x 720; 60p
1280 x 720; 50p
  • *Listed value. Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively.