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Nikon D7100 review

April 13, 2013

Overall Rating:

5

Nikon D7100


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Price as Reviewed:

£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...

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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.

  • 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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