Nikon D1 vs Nikon D7100

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D1 and Nikon D7100. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D1
Nikon D7100

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D1 were released 1999 and Nikon D7100 was released 2013. That is a 14 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D1 Nikon 1999
Nikon D7100 Nikon 2013

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "DX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras have a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the cameras sensor size effect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D1 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D7100 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D1 has a 2,7 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D7100 has 24,1 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D1 2,7 MP 2624000 2000 1312
Nikon D7100 24,1 MP 24000000 6000 4000

Nikon D7100 has a 815 % larger resolution than Nikon D1. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D7100 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D1. Nikon D7100 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 6400 while Nikon D1 has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D1 200-1600
Nikon D7100 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D1
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D7100

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D1 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D7100 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D1 4,5
Nikon D7100 6

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording of movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D7100. Sadly, the Nikon D1 does not support this.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D1 weighs 1200 gr (equal to 2,65 lb) which is 78% heavier than Nikon D7100 and its 675 gr (or 1,49 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D1 1200 gr 2,65 lb
Nikon D7100 675 gr 1,49 lb