Nikon D7100 Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 9
      • Features
      • 9
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 9
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Expandability
      • 9
      • Total Score:
      • 9.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great image quality
    • Excellent build quality
    • Simple to learn if you're an experienced Nikon user
    • Very lightweight when used with primes
    • Dual SD card ports mean that you can shoot for quite a long time
    • Fast autofocusing when the specific point is selected
    • Interesting crop mode
  • Cons

    • Slower focusing performance when all of the points are selected (auto)
    • No aperture control in video mode
    • Focusing points don't go to edges

Quick Take

The Nikon D7100 is no joke! It has a 24.1MP APS-C sensor, 3.2-inch LCD, weather sealing, dual card slots and produces great image quality.

The D7100 is in many ways Nikon\’s way of showing that APS-C DSLRs still have a place in the world despite how much the ILC market has grown. The camera boasts  24.1MP sensor, 51 point autofocus system, that can autofocus down to f8, 7fps shooting, a 3.2 inch 1,229K dot LCD, ISO 100-6400 natively, dual SD card storage, and weather sealing.

\"51495\"Being the flagship camera of the DX format series, this camera isn\’t meant for the newbie photog. It is laden with buttons and dials all over that native Nikonians will find pleasing. Nikon has had years of experience creating award winning DSLRs. When it comes to the APS-C format, it started with the D300–which won the hearts of many photojournalists due to to super clean high ISO settings. That was the year a magazine declared that ISO 1600 is the new 400; effectively meaning that we can now shoot at higher ISO settings without any fear. Today, we\’re far beyond those days–and it\’s quite amazing to see what APS-C sized sensors are capable of doing.

There isn\’t much that the experts at DigitalCameraReview can say is wrong with the D7100 except for a couple of minor quibbles. But in the end, this may just be the best darned ASP-C DSLR that we\’ve seen in a while. The fast fps shooting abilities will appeal to birding shooters, the dad photographing their kid\’s basketball game (and this is probably the perfect camera for it, and for the weekend landscaper. The sensor performance is top notch and that images yielded from the camera are super crisp due to the lack of a Low Pass filter.

As far as autofocusing performance goes, everyone will be happy with just how fast the D7100 can keep up with whatever subject matter you choose to photograph. Granted, it will suffer in low light, but it will still be overall quite good.

While we don\’t really recommend this camera for video capture, the quality overall can be very good but you\’ll want to use a cinema prime to take the most advantage of what\’s capable of this camera.

In the end, Canon, Sony and Pentax will have to create quite a killer camera to combat this new flagship from Nikon–and Nikon\’s large selection of lenses won\’t make it easier.

Check out DigitalCameraReview for a full review of the Nikon D7100, including performance and specs.


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