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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£1,099.00

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Nikon D7100 review – White balance and colour

Image: Auto white balance has a magenta colour cast, because it has compensated for the dominant green tones in this scene. Using the cloudy white balance preset produces a warm tone

As I have come to expect from a Nikon DSLR, the colour rendition using the standard colour mode is natural rather than punchy and dynamic. Of course, the vivid colour setting can be employed for anyone wanting these tones. Monochrome shooters will be pleased with the filter effects available, suited as they are for scenes such as dramatic landscapes (red filter) or portraits with great tonal depth (green filter). Colour filter effects, such as skylight, red intensifier or warm filter, can be applied to images post-capture.

As seen in the D7000, there are two AWB modes: the standard one that works to neutralise any colour cast; and one that preserves the colour of warm lighting. The latter is ideal for capturing warmth in a scene, and is particularly useful for sunsets or under tungsten light. The standard AWB mode can, like any other, record unwanted colour casts when a dominant colour tricks its metering to compensate for the tone – a green landscape can, for example, take on a magenta cast.

Taking a custom white balance reading has unfortunately always been a little tricky with a Nikon DSLR. For the most part the same can be said for the D7100, apart from the new spot white balance feature in live view. This is much more intuitive and speedy than the usual Nikon method.

  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