Nikon D7100 review

The Nikon D7100 is a flagship entry-level DSLR from Nikon. It comes with great ISO abilities, an excellent build, and marksman type autofocus. The Nikon D7100 goes a long way to prove that APS-C DSLRs are still relevant in today’s world. Being a flagship beginner DSLR, the Nikon D7100 is laden with buttons and dials to increase usability.

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Nikon D7100: Price

Nikon D7100: Design and Build

When you go for this entry-level DSLR, know that it has a heritage behind its back. What makes the Nikon D7100 easy to take home is its size and a quality build with a professional layout. It’s lightweight even with the 35mm f1.8 g with flash attached.  It weighs a mere 765 g including the battery and memory card minus the body cap.

Nikon D7100: Menus and Modes on

If you want to use the Effects or Scene modes on the Nikon D7100, it’s recommended that you use Live View mode initially. Then you can make a selection of your preferred model. Its menu is no different from typical entry-level DSLRs. It has shutter priority, aperture priority, and scene selection among features.

Nikon D7100: Shooting Performance

This best beginner DSLR focuses really fast in most situations. However, it becomes sluggish when in low light. To get the best speed boost, it’s recommended you attach a Nikon Speedlight to the Nikon D7100. Plus, using the infrared AF assist from the flash. This entry-level camera comes fitted with 3D tracking. You can select it by pressing the AF/MF button and scrolling through the controls.

Note that the Nikon D7100 has an excellent battery life performance. It takes longer to drain the power on this beginner DSLR. However, the battery really heats up in cold weather.

Nikon D7100: Image Quality

This camera shoots excellent image quality.  It is because of its ISO 100-3200 and absence of a low pass filter. The photos look extremely digital. To get the most out of its sensor, we recommend you upgrade your lens. You can add lenses like Nikon’s 50mm f1.8 G, or 40mm f2.8 Macro. The high ISO results on the Nikon D7100 keep the noise down. The result is no loss of details.

Nikon D7100: Video Quality

The videos on this entry-level camera look okay. One pitfall is the inability to change the aperture of the camera lens while in video mode. If you really need to use Nikon D7200 for videos, add Zeiss or Rokinon cinema primes to get better results.

Many users are happy that Nikon decided to incorporate interval shooting into the Nikon D7100. It is all about time-lapse recording. It means you would no longer need to use an external intervalometer.

Nikon D7100: Specifications

Body type
Optics & Focus
Screen / viewfinder
Photography features
Videography features
Other features
MSRPBody only: $1199.95/£1099.99/€1179, With 18-105mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens : $1,599/£1,299/€1399
Body typeMid-size SLR
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions6000 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:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ISOISO 100 – 6400, Lo-1 (ISO 50), Hi-1 (ISO 12,800), Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points51
Lens mountNikon F
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,228,800
Touch screenNo
Screen typeWide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.94×
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive6.0 fps
Self-timerYes (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 BracketingYes
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 24 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes1080i60, 1080p25 in NTSC countries, 1080i50, 1080p24 in PAL countries
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Remote controlYes (Optional, wired MC-DC2 or wireless WR-1 and WR-R10 )
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)950
Weight (inc. batteries)765 g (1.69 lb / 26.98 oz)
Dimensions136 x 107 x 76 mm (5.35 x 4.21 x 2.99″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPS notesGP-1

Nikon D7100: Conclusion

There are a few extra things that we would have loved to see in the D7100, but as a traditional still camera, its performance is still pretty competitive. If you are only interested in standard still photography, the cost advantages of the newer D7200 are undeniably enticing.

But the D7200 is still the one to go with if you’re interested in action shooting, films, or wireless control and switch. The extra buffer capability will be critical for action enthusiasts, and videographers will benefit from some helpful new features. And although the wireless adaptor WU-1a fits perfectly well with the D7100, having it built-in with the D7200 is much better.


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