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...
Nikon D7100 review – LCD, viewfinder and video
Enthusiast photographers are likely to use the optical viewfinder most frequently to compose images. In the D7100, the viewfinder displays 100% of the frame, so one can be sure of what is going to appear in the final image. It also features an impressive 0.94x magnification, which means the display is not only bright, but also large for clear viewing. The only real difference between the D7100 and the D7000 is that the digital overlay providing shooting information is brighter and clearer. In short, the viewfinder is excellent.
Naturally, the D7100 also has a rear LCD, with a wonderfully large, 3.2in fixed display. Unlike the screen on the D800, which is also a 3.2in unit, the display on the D7100 uses a white pixel for every red, green and blue pixel, which increases its resolution to 1.229 million dots. White pixels are also used in Sony’s WhiteMagic rear-screen displays, and the improvement to the screen’s contrast is notable. An articulated screen would be useful in certain shooting situations, such as for tricky ground levels or overhead angles, but currently the D5100 and D5200 are the only models in Nikon’s line-up to have such a screen.
A switch on the camera’s rear activates live view so that scenes can be composed using the rear screen. Live view is particularly useful for manual focusing, because focus magnification can be employed for closer viewing to ensure the subject is pin-sharp. The mirror can also be locked up when in live view, and when combined with the self-timer mode it can provide the most stable set-up for still capture without the use of a cable release. When using the viewfinder, one must choose between self-timer and mirror-lock drive modes.
On the top-plate is a button for recording movie files. The camera offers full HD 1080p at 30fps, 25fps and 24fps. In the 1.3x crop mode, the frame rate can be upped to 60fps, and one can benefit from the 1.3x focal length multiplier as in stills capture. There is a port on the camera’s side for an external microphone, and audio levels can be monitored in-camera.