Nikon D7100 review

April 13, 2013

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Nikon D7100

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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 – Our verdict

Given the build quality and feature set of the Nikon D7100, I would be surprised if the much-rumoured D400 will ever materialise to replace the D300S. Instead, it looks as though the D7100 may do the job of fully replacing both the D7000 and D300S. The D7100 impresses greatly on paper, with a 24.1-million-pixel sensor and no anti-aliasing filter, 51-point AF system and 3.2in LCD screen.

In the hand, it is clear the camera is built to a very high standard. It’s a responsive machine, with quick start-up and an AF system that is more than able to keep up with fast-moving subjects and provide sharp results. The high-speed burst shooting is more limiting, but when the JPEG image size is set to medium the burst can last up to 100 frames.

As for the images, the D7100 is class-leading within certain situations. Shoot raw format in good light using ISO 100 or 200 and resolved detail is excellent – the best we’ve seen from an APS-C-sized sensor. At ISO 800 and higher, I am less enamoured with the picture quality, although it is still very good. Overall, the D7100 does not disappoint, suiting a variety of photographic work.

Nikon D7100 – Key features

Drive-mode dial
The key drive modes are accessed here and include single, continuous high and low, quiet, mirror up and self-timer. The wheel is locked with a catch and can be a little fiddly to release and turn with one hand.

Built-in flash
The built-in pop-up flash has a GN of 12m @ ISO 100, and can be used as a wireless commander for external flash units.

While D7000 users will need to buy a new grip should they want a grip for the D7100, the cameras use the same EN-EL15 battery. The CIPA measured shot life is down from 1,050 to 950 shots, although this is still very respectable.

Under three rubber doors are connections for an external microphone, headphone jack, mini USB, HDMI and a port for a GPS unit.

Dual SD card slots
Like the D7000, the D7100 has two SD memory card slots, with the option to dedicate each card to record either raw, JPEG or movie files.

i menu
The i button brings up the same display as the info button, but this option acts as a quick menu for the user to make changes to functions such as crop mode and the customisation of some buttons. This leaves the info button somewhat surplus to requirements.

  • 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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