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 – Filter-free imaging sensor

While Nikon’s D5200 and D3200 also use a 24.1-million-pixel sensor, the absence of an anti-aliasing filter in the D7100 should mean that images from this camera will be sharper. I was intrigued to see just how much of a difference the removal of the filter makes, so I have recorded the same scene using the D7100 and D3200 to find out. Each camera is set to the same exposure settings and uses the same 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens.

When the two like-for-like images are viewed at 100%, there is a difference in fine detail. The D7100 is able to reproduce that little bit extra, with edges showing greater contrast and clarity. Display the images at 50% size and it is more difficult to tell them apart. So, those who are looking to use a camera to its full potential, such as landscape photographers making prints of A2 or larger, are better served by the D7100. However, for anyone who rarely views prints larger than A3 and who shoots general day-to-day images, the D7100’s extra resolving power probably won’t be required.

Image: Detail is so sharp in images from the D7100 that it is largely unnecessary to apply sharpening post-capture, unlike those from the D3200

  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