Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera

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85% Gold Award
The D7100 maintains nearly every operational and handling feature we liked about the D7000, improves upon those we found fault with and offers a compelling upgrade in resolution, image quality, and high ISO performance.”

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Key Features

  • 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor
  • 51-point AF system (15 cross type) with 3D tracking and 3D matrix metering
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting
  • ISO 100-6400, expandable to 25600
  • 3.2" LCD with 1,229,000 dots
  • 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps) and 720 (60, 50 fps) HD video (H.264/MPEG-4)
  • New 'spot white balance' feature lets you select an area of the scene to reference
  • Wi-Fi (for sharing and remote camera control) and GPS compatible (sold separately)
  • 12- and 14-bit Raw shooting
  • Dual SD card slots
  • 100% viewfinder

Product Description

The Nikon D7100 looks a lot like the popular D7000 but has been completely overhauled internally. Interestingly, in a first for Nikon, the D7100 does not have an optical low-pass filter, promising optimal resolution from its 24MP CMOS sensor. The D7100 also gains a 51-point autofocus system, 1.3x crop mode for both stills and video capture (effectively increasing focal length by 2x), and multiple other upgrades, making it one of the most competitive cameras in its class, on specification alone.

The D7100 may sit below the full frame D800 and D600 in terms of price, but it gives both a run for their money in terms of features, handling and performance. In fact, if you don't have a compelling reason to shoot with a full frame DSLR, or have no need for 36MP output, the APS-C D7100 offers a largely similar shooting experience, great looking images and a smaller, lighter body to carry on your shoulder.

Specs

Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Sensor
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 6000 x 3368, 4800 x 3200, 4800 x 2696, 4494 x 3000, 4496 x 2528, 3600 x 2400, 3600 x 2024, 2992 x 2000, 2992 x 1680, 2400 x 1600, 2400 x 1344
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO ISO 100 – 6400, Lo-1 (ISO 50), Hi-1 (ISO 12,800), Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51
Lens mount Nikon F
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 1,228,800
Touch screen No
Screen type Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.94×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive 6 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 24 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes 1080i60, 1080p25 in NTSC countries, 1080i50, 1080p24 in PAL countries
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless Optional
Remote control Yes (Optional, wired MC-DC2 or wireless WR-1 and WR-R10 )
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 950
Weight (inc. batteries) 765 g (1.69 lb / 26.98 oz)
Dimensions 136 x 107 x 76 mm (5.35 x 4.21 x 2.99)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
Poor Excellent
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
85 %
Overall Score

The D7100 is a well-built enthusiast DSLR that offers impressive image quality and easy access to shooting parameters along with a high degree of customization options. Video output is a bit disappointing and a very small image buffer limits sports shooters to JPEG-only mode.

Good For

Landscape and nature photographers who prize fine detail at low ISO sensitivities and D7000 owners looking for greater image quality with comparable handling and ergonomics.

Not So Good For

Videographers or sports/action photographers who want to shoot in Raw mode.

User Reviews

4.45022 out of 5 stars
  • JSaint89, Mar 16, 2013 GMT:
    Nikon's Best DX Camera ever

    This is an awesome camera. I've had it for a few hours, and I absolutely love it. The colors are wonderful. The images have beautiful contrast. The images just pop. I am using a Nikkor 50mm lens on it, and I have never produced images so sharp. It has restored the reason why I love photography. I wish Nikon can produce a FX camera that was this perfect. The last FX camera that was worth its money was the 3X or the D700. These recent FX cameras have to many flaws. The LCD is pretty bright and ...

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  • FJAPhoto, Mar 24, 2013 GMT:
    D7100

    An excellent all all around camera. I recommend it to anyone looking for a great DSLR.

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  • BillD7000, Apr 2, 2013 GMT:
    Nikon D7100, a great machine!

    Obviously the DxOMark tests speak for themselves, and alone assign strong praise for this camera, but it's in the hands where it truly shines. I've used the camera since the day it was released.  The color rendition is simply spot-on, across the spectrum, the exposures are dead-on, and the resolution is simply amazing, and the dynamic range this camera handles is super.  This will allow great flexibility on post-processing. All of my lenses (Nikon, Sigma and Tamron) focus faster than ever, ...

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  • Gulyopapa, Apr 12, 2013 GMT:
    Good but nothing more ...

    Pros: -compact size -fast AF -very deep menu system -very good customazation -good picture quality ( nef ) -very clean lcd screen Cons: -AF missing somtimes ( ??? ) -inconvinient grip -suprisingly small body to me -no lcd cover ( ??? )

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Considering an upgrade from D200 - D600 or D7100?

I have been using my D200 for six years and I'm very satisfied with it. However, I feel it is now time for an upgrade. What I am after is better low light / high ISO performance and of course higher pixel count. I shoot landscapes but also city scenes plus a good deal of family photos. I like to shoot at dusk or even at night if possible + indoor scenes without flash (I hate flash, don't use it unless I just want to "document" a scene) and I hope a more modern camera will give a better performance in such conditions. I didn't follow the developments in digital bodies until very recently. I was almost set on D600, but now D7100 appeared which is cheaper (not significantly, but cheaper). One thing I'm not sure I understand is what FX on D600 means for lenses I already have. I have just three: - Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 APO DG - Sigma 17-70mm 1:2.8-4.5 DC (the original kit lens that came with the body) - Sigma EX 30mm 1:1.4 DC HSM Of those of course only the last lens is any good. Any ...

HisEminence asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

IMO, either camera would be more than adequate, but given that you have 2 lenses that are made for DX sized sensors, you'd be better off buying the d7100. The biggest problem that most anyone has, at least IMO, is budget. I've always believed that good lenses are a huge part of making good photos, often more so than the differences in new bodies.  Then you should be looking at a good tripod and head, plus a remote release, given that you do landscapes in low light. I'm not sure why you've chosen the 2 cameras you mention as your final cut.  The d600 is about $800 more than the d7100.  I would not advocate spending $2k on a body when you don't have good lenses to put on it.  Since only the 70-300 would work at full resolution on the d600, you'd be looking at buying more glass. My advice would be to buy a refurbished d7000. The sensor is excellent, one of the best DX sensors made and the camera works very well for most photographic genres.  Last I looked, you could get a refurb d7000 ... Continue Reading

Kerry Pierce answered
1 year ago

Just to develop the point about lenses. If you go with a D600, you'll need at least a new standard zoom to replace your 17-70. So you'll have to factor in (at least) the cost of something like the 24-85mm FX zoom. That adds a lot to the price difference. Plus, you'll need something like the 50mm f/1.8 for available light shots. That would be a great setup for your needs, but it is very expensive as a single purchase. So, I really think you should ask yourself how much do you really need FX? I love it with the D700 for the clean look and subject isolation with fast lenses, but DX technology is really good now. A D7100 with the right lenses would probably fit your needs very well. One thing you might consider is investing in better lenses at this point if you're unhappy with most of what you have, rather than buying a new camera. For about two years before I bought a FX camera, I accumulated lenses that worked great on my DX camera (and still do) but which also were FX. A 50mm lens is ... Continue Reading

frontal_lobe answered
1 year ago

I wouldn't recommend going with a refurb to save a measly $97. I think you need to do a new to new comparison, and the $300 saving on a D7000 - $797 vs. $1097 - might not be decisive. The question would be whether the improved autofocus, processing speed and controls on the D7100 be worth the premium. The $850 jump to the D600 - not counting new lenses - plus the QC problem might well be decisive. Continue Reading

JimPearce answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

18200--Wonderfully Versatile--Share Yours

Finally got a warm day outside. Took a walk with my 6 through my local town and, not knowing what I would encounter, slapped the 18200 on there. I really can't get enough of this lens. I remember being so scared to spend that much but in the end, its certainly won me over. I cant remember seeing a thread dedicated to this lens so maybe this could be it? How versatile has your 18200 been? (These are all original silver 18200 btw.) From Macro To Sports To Wide Angle To Portraits To Nature To a Grocery Store Every time I start to dabble in the mindset of a D7100 or an X100S or RX1, I think its this lens that keeps me sticking around. Fixed focal lengths or large cameras just don't do it for me. This lens helps keep me a Nexer.

Tommygun45 asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

NEX 5N with SEL 18-200 and birds of prey Continue Reading

Joachim Wulfers answered
1 year ago

This should be a good thread. I agree, this is a nice versatile lens. This is one I took this am in Bhaktapur Kathmandu.  Golden hour hear really is something quite spectacular - it truly is golden - and I think all the dust hanging in the air has adds to the quality. The second shot I've posted before, but had to do it again as I think it is a cracker. This monkey was at Angkor Wat and after taking this shot, came right up and put its face inside the lens hood. Then its little hands had a feel of the camera. What did I do - stayed still of course as you would if you saw the size of their teeth. I've mentioned before I think I got a slightly decentred copy but I can work around this in most cases. Continue Reading

vajrasattva answered
1 year ago

Ok, if this thread gets revived :-) here is mine of today: Landscape with the 18200 Continue Reading

Dirk W answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

Any Advantage to Full Frame?

I use a D90 and am considering a D7100 or D5300 or D610. If I understand things correctly, there is no advantage at all, for my use (noise in low light is not a concern to me), of a D610 over the two DX choices. The disadvantages of the D610 include a narrower depth of field (all things being equal), higher cost for camera, higher cost for lenses, more weight and larger size. Surely, I must be overlooking or wrong about something given the increasing popularity of full frame. Where am I wrong in my thinking?

5th street asked
4 days ago

ANSWERS

You may not be wrong at all. Much of the drive toward 'upgrading to full frame' is marketing driven, as if it is an upgrade at all.   It's more a 'sidegrade'.   You give up some things (cost, weight, lighter wide angle lenses) for other things (mainly 1 stop better high ISO). But the ability of a full frame camera to give better results in low light than DX is real.  And that opens up more shooting opportunities. Continue Reading

PHXAZCRAIG answered
4 days ago

The blur disk may be the same size on the sensor but it takes up a larger portion of the image (more pixels) in the smaller format. Smaller format lenses need to be relatively better to make up for their sensor's size penalty. In DX vs FX they typically aren't because they are often the same lens design repackaged (in mFT vs DX they sometime are because mFT designers, aware of the problem, redesigned their lenses from the ground up). And the larger format's pixels are larger, resulting in better noise performance. That's why the larger format will normally be measurably and perceivably better than the smaller one in terms of IQ in most typical situations when viewed at the same output size, as you can easily confirm at DxOmark.com: a quick glance at the top ten lenses on the D610 show an average of 21.3MP while the same top ten on the D7100 average out at 17.4MP, despite its lack of an AA filter (which is a bit of a mixed bag). Similar benefits in noise and DR. Of course this ... Continue Reading

Jack Hogan answered
4 days ago

The OP shoots in a way that makes FX unsuitable for his/her photography. The suggestion 24 MP FX somehow has more resolution than 24 MP is largely a myth. Comparing medium format to 24x36 film there were more film grains on medium format which made greater reproductions often a reality. Sensor quality is now so good that there is no resolution difference at 100 ISO 24 MP DX and FX, and once the D7100 is upgraded to Expeed 4 there is unlikely to be a difference to 1600 ISO. Larger FX pixels can work better than smaller DX pixels at higher ISOs - but the OP does not shoot that way. Putting pixel size into context the D800 and D7100 pixels are roughly similar size. The D800 has more resolution than the D7100 because it is 36 MP. Put another way MP generally plays a more important part in resolution than pixel size. Because of different viewfinder magnification factors the decent DX viewfinders are 1 stop brighter than FX viewfinders which helps in low light or with f5.6 lenses. The FX ... Continue Reading

Leonard Shepherd answered
3 days ago

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • D7100 Camera Body
  • Lens kit includes AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR lens OR DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR lens
  • (2-Lens kit includes 18-140mm and DX 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 G ED VR lenses)
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-25 Quick Charger
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • AN-DC1 Strap
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • DK-23 Rubber Eyecup
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
  • NikonView NX2 CD ROM

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