Nikon D7100 Review

Even though it has been replaced by the more modern D7200, the Nikon D7100 may still be purchased, and the price difference can range anywhere from 15 to 30 percent, depending on where you do your shopping. You can acquire a Nikon D7100 together with an 18-105mm kit lens for the same price as a Nikon D7200 body.

Since the D7100 and the D7200 appear to be virtually identical at first glance, the question arises as to whether the advancements made in the D7200 are worth the additional money, or whether the D7100 is turning into a true bargain. Our first assessment has been revised to include an examination of whether or not the D7100 represents a fair value in today’s marketplace.

The sensor in the D7100 is nearly identical to the sensor in the D7200; both have 24 megapixels but neither includes an anti-aliasing filter. This is the very newest type of sensor that Nikon has produced, and it is virtually exactly the same as the sensor in the D7200.

The D7200 is listed as having 24.2 megapixels, compared to the D7100’s 24.1 megapixels, but the image size is the same in both cameras at 6,000 x 4,000 pixels – the extra pixels in the D7200 are not part of the image area and suggest nothing more than a slight redesign. The D7100 is listed as having 24.1 megapixels, compared to the D7200’s 24.2 megapixels.

Nikon D7100 Features

The Nikon D7100 makes use of an older version of Nikon’s Expeed 3 image processing engine. This is the component of the camera that is responsible for image processing; in addition to determining the overall operational speed, it also has an impact on the image quality captured at high ISOs and the ability to take continuous shots.

The D7100’s CPU, in conjunction with the camera’s sensor, makes it possible for the camera to have a native sensitivity range of 100-6400 ISO, which can be increased to an equivalent of 25,600 ISO if necessary.

In comparison, the Nikon D7200 is equipped with an Expeed 4 processor that is both more recent and powerful. This gives it an ISO range of 100–25,600, and it can be enlarged all the way up to ISO 102,400; however, photographs taken at these higher levels are exclusively in monochrome.

Although Nikon claims that the Expeed 4 CPU is 30% quicker than the Expeed 3 processor found in the D7100, this does not have an immediate bearing on the rate at which the camera can take continuous shots.

Both the D7100 and the D7200 are capable of shooting at a rate of 6 frames per second; however, the D7200 has a far bigger picture buffer than the D7100 does, which is a drawback of the D7100. This indicates that it can take more images in a burst before it needs to stop and complete processing the ones it has already taken.

Both the D7100 and the D7200 are equipped with a 1.3x crop mode, which is an additional feature that enables things to be taken even farther than they already might be. This is helpful if you need to get a little tighter in on your subject but don’t want to crop the image after it has been captured. Additionally, it enables the maximum continuous shooting rate to be boosted to 7 frames per second, which is a significant increase from the previous maximum of 5 frames per second.

The 1.3x crop mode will effectively turn a lens with a focal length of 200 millimeters, for example, into a lens with a focal length of 260 millimeters. This could be especially helpful for photographers who take pictures of wildlife or aviation, who typically need the longest focal length zoom available.

By the way, this is not the same as using a teleconverter because there is no change in the maximum aperture of the lens when it is set to operate in this mode.

Nikon D7100 Build Quality

The Nikon D7100, much like the D7200, has a really good put-together feel and a strong build, despite the fact that it does not have the bomb-proof air of professional Nikons such as the Nikon D4s. The fact that it has waterproof sealing also means that it can be used in a broad variety of situations, so you don’t have to rush back inside if it starts to rain. During the time that we tested it, it was exposed to a significant amount of mist and drizzle.

Even when held for extended periods of time between images, the camera will still feel natural and comfortable in your hand thanks to the inclusion of lightly textured coatings on both the front and back grips.

The Nikon D7100 weighs 675g/1.49lbs, which is not particularly heavy; however, the majority of users will find that they need to use it with two hands. The left hand should be used to support the lens while the right hand should be used to reach for the controls on the left side of the camera (as it is held).

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Nikon D7100 Performance

Nikon designed the D7100 specifically with enthusiast photographers in mind. These users have a wide range of photographic interests and like shooting a variety of topics, including landscapes, sports, macro subjects, wildlife, and anything else that falls in between. Because of this, the Nikon D7100 has to be able to do a little bit of everything.

Even with a Class 10 SD card attached, the Nikon D7100 has a rather low burst depth despite having 51 autofocus points and a continuous shooting rate of 6 or 7 frames per second. This makes it appear to be an excellent alternative for people who are interested in sports and wildlife photography.

When taking photographs in DX format, we were only able to get about 12–15 JPEGs of fine quality or six raw files before the frame rate dropped below the maximum of 6 frames per second.

Nikon D7100 Image Quality

Image quality and the way details are rendered are exceptional, even at low ISO settings, while shooting in JPEG or Raw mode with the D7100. Even at modest ISO sensitivities, noise begins to become noticeable at the pixel level, but thanks to the high pixel density of its 24MP APS-C sensor, it is kept well under control and is not distracting.

It should come as no surprise, but it is worth pointing out that if you are looking for the absolute best results that this sensor is capable of producing, the 18-105mm kit zoom will not be of much use to you in achieving those results. We have discovered that the high-end primes and rapid zoom lenses that Nikon offers provide results that are noticeably superior in both our studio and on-location photography.

The auto white balance feature of the camera performs a good job of generating correct colors in almost all lighting circumstances, with the exception of the most severe ones. The JPEG settings that are pre-set on the camera create files that are aesthetically acceptable and avoid obvious sharpening and/or noise suppression artifacts, according to our findings.

Even though you always have the opportunity to adjust these settings to your liking, we have very few complaints about the JPEG output that the D7100 provides right out of the box. We found that the D7100’s files give sufficient of leeway for sharpening changes, retention of highlight detail, and – at low ISOs – the opening up of shadow regions with no noise cost. Users who require the greatest in detail and dynamic range will of course be shooting in the Raw mode.

During our time spent photographing real-world subjects, we discovered that the matrix metering feature of the camera could occasionally produce results that were slightly darker than we would have preferred in scenes with lower contrast, and this was the case whether we used the built-in flash or not. In these circumstances, we discovered that we needed to dial in exposure compensation ranging from 0.3EV to 0.7EV in order to achieve exposures that were more aesthetically attractive. We want to emphasize that none of the original exposures were in any way useless, and we believe that a cautious exposure that preserves highlights is unquestionably superior to an exposure that runs the risk of clipping this data.

Even though the camera has some really great video capabilities, the quality of the video output is not quite up to our standards. Keep in mind that in order to record at 1080 50i or 60i, you will first need to set the camera to its 1.3x crop mode. This is the only way to make this setting feasible. Unfortunately, employing this crop option produces an output that is upsampled to 1920 x 1080. Because of this, even beginner filmmakers will find little use for this mode.

Nikon D7100 Review Specs

Body typeMid-size SLR
Sensor
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
Image
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
File formatJPEGNEF (RAW)NEF (RAW) + JPEG
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points51
Lens mountNikon F
Screen / viewfinder
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×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modesAperture-Priority (A)Manual (M)Programmed auto with flexible program (P)Shutter-Priority (S)
Scene modesAutumn ColorsBeach / SnowBlossomCandlelightChildClose-upDusk / DawnFoodLandscapeNightLandscapeNight PortraitParty / IndoorPet PortraitPortraitSportsSunset
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
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modesSingle-frame [S] modeContinuous low-speed [CL]Continuous high-speed [CH]Quiet Shutter ReleaseSelf-timer modeMirror-up [Mup] mode
Continuous drive6.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 seconds)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedAverageSpot
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
Videography features
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
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessOptional
Remote controlYes (Optional, wired MC-DC2 or wireless WR-1 and WR-R10 )
Physical
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″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSOptional
GPS notesGP-1

Nikon D7100 Conclusion

When everything is taken into account, the Nikon D7100 continues to be an appealing option for enthusiast photographers since it focuses on the aspect of photography that these customers love the most, namely detail. It is capable of producing photographs that are clear and detailed right out of the camera, and it has excellent noise reduction up to an ISO of 6400.

On the other hand, if you are primarily concerned with the level of detail, the D7200 is an improvement. Although the D7100 is just as good as its primary competitors in the market for cameras aimed at mid-range photography enthusiasts, the D7200 is marginally superior.

Nikon D7100 Review Pros & Cons

Good For
  • High resolution
  • 6/7fps continuous shooting
  • Weather-sealed body
Need Improvements
  • Superseded by D7200
  • No Wi-Fi built-in
  • Limited buffer capacity
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Even though it has been replaced by the more modern D7200, the Nikon D7100 may still be purchased, and the price difference can range anywhere from 15 to 30 percent, depending on where you do your shopping. You can acquire a Nikon D7100 together...Nikon D7100 Review