Nikon D7100 vs Canon EOS Rebel SL2

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D7100 and Canon EOS Rebel SL2. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon D7100 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D7100 were released 2013 and Canon EOS Rebel SL2 was released 2017. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D7100 2013
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 2017

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D7100 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Canon EOS Rebel SL2 has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D7100 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

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

Resolution

Both these cameras have the exact same resolution. Nikon D7100 has a 24,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Rebel SL2 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D7100 24,1 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

ISO range

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D7100. Canon EOS Rebel SL2 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D7100 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D7100 100-6400
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D7100
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel SL2

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D7100 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel SL2 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D7100 6
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 5

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D7100 and Canon EOS Rebel SL2 can shoot movies.

Weight

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

Nikon D7100 weighs 675 gr (equal to 1.49 lb) which is 49% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel SL2 and its 453 gr (or 1 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D7100 675 gr
1.49 lb
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 453 gr
1 lb

Nikon D7100 vs Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D7100 and Canon EOS Rebel SL2, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon D7100
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Name Nikon D7100 Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D7100
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Release Year 2013 2017
Release Date 2013-02-21 2017-06-29
MSRP 1199 USD 549 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D7100
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Nikon D7100
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 24,1 MP 24 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 3 DIGIC 7
Image
Nikon D7100
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 12 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D7100
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 51 9
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D7100
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Articulated LCD Fixed Fully articulated
Screen size 3,2 3
Screen dots 1228800 1040000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD monitor TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.94 0.87 (0.54 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Nikon D7100
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Frames per second 6 fps 5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters 10 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Average
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D7100
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Nikon D7100
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon D7100
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port Yes No
Wireless Yes
Wireless WR-1 and WR-R10
Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth)
Remote Control Yes (Optional, wired MC-DC2 or wireless WR-1 and WR-R10 )
Yes (via wireless remote or smartphone)
GPS Yes
Optional
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D7100
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 950 shots 650 shots
Width 136 mm 122 mm
Height 107 mm 93 mm
Depth 76 mm 70 mm
Weight 675 gram 453 gram