A 24.1-million-pixel, APS-C sensor with no anti-aliasing filter should ensure large and sharp images from Nikon's new enthusiast-level DSLR, but there's a lot more to the D7100 than that. Read the Nikon D7100 review...

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Nikon D7100 review – Our verdict

Given the build quality and feature set of the Nikon D7100, I would be surprised if the much-rumoured D400 will ever materialise to replace the D300S. Instead, it looks as though the D7100 may do the job of fully replacing both the D7000 and D300S. The D7100 impresses greatly on paper, with a 24.1-million-pixel sensor and no anti-aliasing filter, 51-point AF system and 3.2in LCD screen.

In the hand, it is clear the camera is built to a very high standard. It’s a responsive machine, with quick start-up and an AF system that is more than able to keep up with fast-moving subjects and provide sharp results. The high-speed burst shooting is more limiting, but when the JPEG image size is set to medium the burst can last up to 100 frames.

As for the images, the D7100 is class-leading within certain situations. Shoot raw format in good light using ISO 100 or 200 and resolved detail is excellent – the best we’ve seen from an APS-C-sized sensor. At ISO 800 and higher, I am less enamoured with the picture quality, although it is still very good. Overall, the D7100 does not disappoint, suiting a variety of photographic work.

Nikon D7100 – Key features

Drive-mode dial
The key drive modes are accessed here and include single, continuous high and low, quiet, mirror up and self-timer. The wheel is locked with a catch and can be a little fiddly to release and turn with one hand.

Built-in flash
The built-in pop-up flash has a GN of 12m @ ISO 100, and can be used as a wireless commander for external flash units.

Battery
While D7000 users will need to buy a new grip should they want a grip for the D7100, the cameras use the same EN-EL15 battery. The CIPA measured shot life is down from 1,050 to 950 shots, although this is still very respectable.

Connectivity
Under three rubber doors are connections for an external microphone, headphone jack, mini USB, HDMI and a port for a GPS unit.

Dual SD card slots
Like the D7000, the D7100 has two SD memory card slots, with the option to dedicate each card to record either raw, JPEG or movie files.

i menu
The i button brings up the same display as the info button, but this option acts as a quick menu for the user to make changes to functions such as crop mode and the customisation of some buttons. This leaves the info button somewhat surplus to requirements.

Details

Dioptre Adjustment:Yes -2m to +1m
White Balance:Auto normal, auto warm, 6 presets, custom, manual, WB shift, spot WB through live view
Built-in Flash:Yes (GN 12m @ ISO 100)
Shutter Type:Focal-plane shutter
Memory Card:2 slots, both for SD, SDHC, SDXC
Output Size:6000 x 4000 pixels
Viewfinder Type:Optical pentaprism with 100% frame coverage
AF Points:51-point system with auto, single, 9-point, 21-point, 51-point and 3D tracking modes
LCD:3.2in, 1.229-million-dot
Sensor:24.1-million-effective-pixel CMOS
Weight:765g (including battery and memory card)
Exposure Modes:PASM, auto, no flash, 7 effects, 16 scene, 2 custom, HDR
Power:Rechargeable EN-EL15 Li-Ion
Drive Mode:Single, 3fps continuous low, 6fps continuous high, quiet, timer, mirror-up, interval timer, multiple exposure
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000sec, 1/250sec flash sync, plus bulb
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Lens Mount:Nikon F mount
RRP:£1,099 (body only), £1,299 with 18-105mm lens
ISO:100-6400 (100-25,600 expanded)
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, auto, manual
Dimensions:135.5 x 106.5 x 76mm
DoF Preview:Yes
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI, 3.5mm stereo mini, headphone jack, GPS port
Metering System:TTL exposure metering through 2,016-zone RGB sensor with multi, spot, centreweighted modes
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±5EV
Tested as:Enthusiast DSLR
Video:1920 x 1080 pixels, 24fps, 25fps, 30fps (progressive) 60fps (interlaced), MOV (H.264) with stereo sound
  1. 1. Nikon D7100 at a glance:
  2. 2. Nikon D7100 review - Filter-free imaging sensor
  3. 3. Nikon D7100 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Nikon D7100 review - LCD, viewfinder and video
  5. 5. Nikon D7100 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  6. 6. Nikon D7100 review - Metering
  7. 7. Nikon D7100 review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Nikon D7100 review - Dynamic range
  9. 9. Nikon D7100 review - Autofocus
  10. 10. Nikon D7100 review - The competition
  11. 11. Nikon D7100 review - Our verdict
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  • Chris Ingram

    Excellent camera from the legendary Olympus brand.

    I have both the XZ-1 and XZ-2 and would recommend both without hesitation.

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  • John

    If it had a arctic screen plus an gps in it + 12fps like the Sony a77 I would there have got one .

  • Michael Hartley Steward

    Disappointed to see the D7100 score less than the D7000, For the greater price you would expect to see better

  • JW

    I wanted built wifi and a vari-angle lens (for macro photography). Guess i`ll have to wait a bit longer to upgrade my D90.

  • Simon Barnes

    rather than use an on-board GPS, use a phone tracking app (like Maverick on Android) and then gpicsync to geotag the photos afterwards. This requires camera and phone clocks to be synchronised.

  • JOHN HEYWOOD

    If the D7100 had an vari-angle screen it would have been my dream camera and I would have purchased two bodies to compliment my beautiful Nikkor lenses. My Nikkor 18-300 on the D7100 with a vari-angle screen would have been my dream outfit. Maybe you could produce a vari-angle screen as well! With a vari-angle screen you can produce creative hand held videos provided that there is an auto focus opion while videoing.
    Think about it Nikon.

  • brian

    thank you for not putting one of those awful vari-angle screens on d7100 but why does nikon insist it is not a d7000 replacement when we know it is. i believe the d7000, d5100,3100 will end this year .will now buy used d700 .d800 to many pixels had it had 24 would have brought one d600 is a total no no