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5

Nikon D7100


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£1,099.00

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 – The competition

As Nikon’s high-end APS-C model, the D7100’s direct competition is the Sony Alpha 77, the Pentax K-5 IIs and the long-standing Canon EOS 7D. There is competition within Nikon’s own product line, too, from the D7000 and D5200.

Image: Pentax K-5 IIs

The Alpha 77, D5200 and D7100 are all 24-million-pixel models, which is a class-leading resolution for an APS-C-format sensor. The D7100 is the first model with this resolution without an anti-aliasing filter. The Pentax K-5 IIs also has this filter removed, but has a 16.3-million-pixel resolution.

Image: Sony Alpha 77

The Alpha 77, K-5 IIs and D7100 are all very well built, encased in weather-sealed, magnesium-alloy bodies. The AF system of the D7100 is the most sophisticated, while the Alpha 77 has the advantage of a fully articulated LCD screen and faster frame rates.

  • 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

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