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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 – Dynamic range

Image: HDR mode adds welcome punch to colours and tones, but a tripod is necessary. This image was taken with a shutter speed of 1/125sec and initially appears sharp, but when reviewed at 100% details is slightly soft

Given the history of Nikon’s recent DSLRs, I expect the D7100‘s dynamic range to be in the region of 14EV in studio tests, which is very good. In real-world images, there is that little extra detail in an overcast sky, where otherwise there would be a white mass in an image from a camera with a lesser dynamic range.

Active D-Lighting adjusts the levels to brighten and darken shadow and highlight areas respectively. This processing makes detail in these areas more obvious straight out of the camera. On the whole, the auto setting works well, providing a subtle and welcome lift to the tones in a scene.

The highest setting brightens shadow areas too much for my liking, and can result in a flat-looking image with HDR-like tones. Active D-Lighting can be turned off altogether, but leaving it in its auto mode is fine.

There is a dedicated HDR mode available in JPEG capture only, which is a genuinely useful tool where the ambient light is dull. It gives the scene a pleasant lift to the colour saturation and tonal detail in particular.

Nikon states that two exposures are captured at the same time, but looking at the results when using this setting I would strongly recommend the use of a tripod, because there is a blurred edge where detail would otherwise have been crisp. Needing a tripod limits the mode’s effectiveness for day-to-day shooting, where one would not want to lug a tripod around.

  • 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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