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 – Autofocus

Like Nikon’s professional-level D800 and D4, the D7100 uses a 51-point AF system, which means it is a capable performer when shooting high-speed action. Fifteen of the central AF points are the more sensitive cross-type. In fact, in the 1.3x crop mode, all 51 points cover virtually the entire frame. Nikon claims that some of the AF points are sensitive down to f/8, which means they are just as responsive with a lens closed down to this aperture setting or with a 2x teleconverter mounted to an f/4 lens. I used the camera with the FX-format AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens (105-300mm equivalent), which becomes a 210-600mm optic with a 2x converter, and the camera’s AF points proved to be just as effective.

AF modes are selected via the focus mode selector, which is located next to the lens mount and also features the AF/MF switch. Focus can be switched between single, nine-point, 21-point, 51-point and 3D tracking. In each mode, single, continuous or auto AF can be used, the latter of which automatically switches between single and continuous, depending on the subject, making it perfectly suitable for everyday use. Even in low-light conditions, the AF system of the D7100 is, once again, perfectly capable. Nikon states it can focus down to -2EV (moonlight), and although AF is not as responsive under such conditions, it is possible to get sharp focus while failure to focus at all is unusual.

  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