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Mar 7, 2016 19:30:01   #
ChiefEW
 
Today I was able to hold the new 7200 camera. The store did not have the 7100. My first question is the 7100 as big to hold as the 7200? My wife will also be using the new camera and I thought this camera may be a little large for her. Also it looked a little complicated. I want it to be easy to use, as well as take good pictures. Would I be better to go to a different Nikon, or stay with the 7100? Thanks for your advice and opinions.
chiefEW

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Mar 7, 2016 20:20:54   #
orrie smith
 
ChiefEW wrote:
Today I was able to hold the new 7200 camera. The store did not have the 7100. My first question is the 7100 as big to hold as the 7200? My wife will also be using the new camera and I thought this camera may be a little large for her. Also it looked a little complicated. I want it to be easy to use, as well as take good pictures. Would I be better to go to a different Nikon, or stay with the 7100? Thanks for your advice and opinions.
chiefEW


the d7200 is exactly the same size as the d7100. it has a larger buffer for action shots and is a little better for low light and high ISO. it is actually easier to navigate once you learn how, but the d5300 is lighter, and the d3300 is lighter yet. if you are just going to me doing casual photography, the d5300 and d3300 should do just fine for you. all four cameras have excellent image quality, the d3300 and d5300 are just lower entry level cameras than the d7100 and the d7200. you will be able to find all of the cameras at B&H photo and Adorama used and refurbished, and at Nikon for refurbished only. refurbished is just like a brand new camera, maybe a little better since it has been gone over and updated as needed, and used is not a bad option if you buy from a reputable dealer, they will usually give some sort of warranty on used, and a full warranty on refurbished.

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Mar 7, 2016 20:24:46   #
rgrenaderphoto (a regular here)
 
Based on the progression from the D7000 to the D7100, I would imagine that the D7200 is going to be the same size. It will take phenomenal pictures, allowing you to leave in in Program Automatic or take full control of all aspects of the creative shooting process.

Yes it is big and depending on the lens, can be heavy. I remember the difference between the D7100 and D7200 was the later's built in WiFi for transferring images, which I do not care about, the D7200 has a faster buffer for continuous action shots and can shoot up to ISO 51,200.

That being said, I think it is a camera that you both are going to love. The final determination is what type of photography are you going to use the camera for?

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Mar 7, 2016 20:37:23   #
LoneRangeFinder
 
http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=nikon_d7100&products=nikon_d7200

This lists the dimensions as exactly the same in terms of physical size, with a slight weight difference: 765g for the D7100 v. 675g for the D7200.

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Mar 7, 2016 20:46:54   #
orrie smith
 
LoneRangeFinder wrote:
http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=nikon_d7100&products=nikon_d7200

This lists the dimensions as exactly the same in terms of physical size, with a slight weight difference: 765g for the D7100 v. 675g for the D7200.


interesting web site, and you may add the d3300 and the d5300 to the list, you will see they are considerably lighter.

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Mar 7, 2016 21:33:46   #
CHOLLY
 
ChiefEW wrote:
Today I was able to hold the new 7200 camera. The store did not have the 7100. My first question is the 7100 as big to hold as the 7200? My wife will also be using the new camera and I thought this camera may be a little large for her. Also it looked a little complicated. I want it to be easy to use, as well as take good pictures. Would I be better to go to a different Nikon, or stay with the 7100? Thanks for your advice and opinions.
chiefEW


If size is a concern, check out the Sony A6000. It's image quality is equal to the D7100 and it shoots 11 frames per second and has the SAME array of features as the Nikon, but weighs and costs a FRACTION of the price.

It is one of the smallest full function cameras on the market and a REAL winner.

Look it up.

GOOD LUCK!

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Mar 7, 2016 22:39:46   #
Leitz
 
ChiefEW wrote:
Today I was able to hold the new 7200 camera. The store did not have the 7100. My first question is the 7100 as big to hold as the 7200? My wife will also be using the new camera and I thought this camera may be a little large for her. Also it looked a little complicated. I want it to be easy to use, as well as take good pictures. Would I be better to go to a different Nikon, or stay with the 7100? Thanks for your advice and opinions.
chiefEW


Check the specifications for the size and weight. It can be set as simple or complicated as you wish.

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Mar 8, 2016 05:41:17   #
mas24
 
ChiefEW wrote:
Today I was able to hold the new 7200 camera. The store did not have the 7100. My first question is the 7100 as big to hold as the 7200? My wife will also be using the new camera and I thought this camera may be a little large for her. Also it looked a little complicated. I want it to be easy to use, as well as take good pictures. Would I be better to go to a different Nikon, or stay with the 7100? Thanks for your advice and opinions.
chiefEW


In my hands the Nikon D7100 or D7200 are not so large to me. But if you want a smaller sized camera then I would suggest the Nikon D5500 with the 18-140mm lens. Check out DP Reviews on the camera. . It is smaller in price too. But I would prefer a D7200 or D7100. Good luck on your choice.

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Mar 8, 2016 08:00:36   #
Jim Bob (suspended)
 
ChiefEW wrote:
Today I was able to hold the new 7200 camera. The store did not have the 7100. My first question is the 7100 as big to hold as the 7200? My wife will also be using the new camera and I thought this camera may be a little large for her. Also it looked a little complicated. I want it to be easy to use, as well as take good pictures. Would I be better to go to a different Nikon, or stay with the 7100? Thanks for your advice and opinions.
chiefEW


Yes. Depends on how you intend to use it. In my opinion, for most casual shooters, the D7100 is overkill or put another way, it is more camera than you will ever need. In such cases I would recommend the D3300, D5300 or D5500 in that order if you wish to stay with Nikon.

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Mar 8, 2016 08:11:32   #
RKL349
 
ChiefEW wrote:
Today I was able to hold the new 7200 camera. The store did not have the 7100. My first question is the 7100 as big to hold as the 7200? My wife will also be using the new camera and I thought this camera may be a little large for her. Also it looked a little complicated. I want it to be easy to use, as well as take good pictures. Would I be better to go to a different Nikon, or stay with the 7100? Thanks for your advice and opinions.
chiefEW


As I read this, for some reason you chose to look at the D7100. Was it for some reason associated to your photography needs? Yes, it is a larger body than some, and the camera has functionalities that are suitable to enthusiasts or more advance amateurs or those looking for a body that will respond to their growing skills. And, it can also be operated in a fully automatic mode until you feel comfortable using it's more advanced features. There are camera bodies that are smaller and lighter, if that is your primary need in a body and others have shared some Nikon models, but Canon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, and others, all offer those. I would say to decide what to buy based on your needs and intended use, then choose the body that fits those needs best. Good luck with your decision.

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Mar 8, 2016 08:15:07   #
boberic (a regular here)
 
Leitz wrote:
Check the specifications for the size and weight. It can be set as simple or complicated as you wish.


Good point. Which ever camera you choose, you can set it to full auto and hand it to the wife and she won't have to adjust anything. Thats exactly what I have done with my wife and it works.

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Mar 8, 2016 14:05:57   #
CHOLLY
 
Try the Sony A6000, or the new A6300.

Small, light, and VERY powerful... yet can be operated by a beginner as well as a seasoned professional equally well.

And the image quality is exceptional.

As stated earlier, the A6000 is a FRACTION the price of either the D7100 or the D7200, yet comparable in terms of features. The A6300 costs nearly as much as the D7200, but blows it away in terms of features and movie capabilities.

Put either in her hands and let her decided... the choice will be easy. ;)

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Mar 8, 2016 14:35:17   #
mmeador
 
If you want to save weight, try the D3300. Great little camera and you can use the same lenses.

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Mar 8, 2016 16:24:50   #
CraigFair
 
orrie smith wrote:
the d7200 is exactly the same size as the d7100. it has a larger buffer for action shots and is a little better for low light and high ISO. it is actually easier to navigate once you learn how, but the d5300 is lighter, and the d3300 is lighter yet. if you are just going to me doing casual photography, the d5300 and d3300 should do just fine for you. all four cameras have excellent image quality, the d3300 and d5300 are just lower entry level cameras than the d7100 and the d7200. you will be able to find all of the cameras at B&H photo and Adorama used and refurbished, and at Nikon for refurbished only. refurbished is just like a brand new camera, maybe a little better since it has been gone over and updated as needed, and used is not a bad option if you buy from a reputable dealer, they will usually give some sort of warranty on used, and a full warranty on refurbished.
the d7200 is exactly the same size as the d7100. ... (show quote)

If I were you I would listen to Orrie he feels the same way I do about your Choice.
If you did plan to move up again to a Full Frame some day the D7200 would be a good choice.
But i do think the D3300 or D5300 are better ideas.
Craig

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Mar 8, 2016 19:15:09   #
CHOLLY
 
As far as we know from this single post, the individual in question doesn't HAVE a camera or lenses.

He is trying to buy a smaller, lighter camera for his wife.

Since he has no gear yet, this is the PERFECT opportunity to try the Sony A6000/6300, which will meet ALL of his requirements and cost less to boot.

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