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Nikon D7100 review



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User Score


  • Excellent LCD screen
  • Reliable and accurate auto white balance
  • Handles well


  • Locking buttons are fiddly
  • Slow processing times
  • Burst mode only so-so

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Key Features: 23.5 x 15.6mm CMOS sensor, 24.61MP effective resolution; 1080p full HD video at 30fps; ISO 100 - 25600; 3.2in, 1229k-dot LCD screen; Up to 6fps burst mode

Manufacturer: Nikon

What is the Nikon D7100?

The Nikon D7100 is an update of the now three-year old Nikon D7000. Although the D7000 arrived at a time when many weren’t expecting it, as Nikon had the enthusiast DSLR market relatively well catered for with the D90 and D300/D300S, it proved incredibly popular with its match of features and form.

Nikon is looking to repeat the trick again with the Nikon D7100. Nikon has once again grouped together a host of features found across its DSLR stable and combined them with revisions, including the updated sensor, added video features and new auto-focus (AF) module among others.

Nikon D7100 - Design

On first impressions, Nikon has chosen to maintain the enthusiast DSLR template adopted in the D7000. The Nikon D7100 feels solid, with a blend of magnesium alloy and polycarbonate creating a hardy yet lightweight shell. While it might not be as sturdy as say, the Nikon D800, the body more than matches the D7100’s enthusiast billing.

New additions and modifications to the Nikon D7100 include a new ‘i’ button on the rear of the camera, along with the relocation of the video record button to the model’s top plate. The top plate itself is essentially the very same as that found on the Nikon D600, bar the microphones on the camera’s top plate. The mode dial and the drive mode dials have the same locking button mechanism as the D600 – it’s a useful way to stop them being accidentally rotated, but they’re a pain to use.

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That small bug bear aside, however, the Nikon D7100 handles excellently.

Nikon D7100 - Features

At the core of the Nikon D7100 sits a DX-format sensor with a resolution of 24.1MP, much like the Nikon D5200, although it’s important to point out that the two sensors are not the same. The sensor found here sees Nikon omit the anti-aliasing filter with a view towards better detail retention, although there can be issues with false colour patterning as a result of the aforementioned absence.

The sensor itself has exactly the same ISO sensitivity range as that found on the Nikon D7100, running from ISO 100-6400 and extendable to ISO 25,600. The sensor also supports full HD video capture at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at up to 30fps, or up to 60fps if you’re prepared to shoot at standard HD resolution of 720p. A pair of on-board microphones adds stereo sound support, and there’s a mic socket to fit an external one, too.

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The camera applies a 1.5x crop factor to any attached lens – for example, a 50mm prime will turn in to a 75mm when attached. There’s also a 1.3x crop factor mode at a reduced 15.4MP (vs. 24.1MP native) for improved performance with attached lenses – with this mode active, said 50mm lens would behave like a 98mm optic, should you so wish.

Other new features include a new auto focus module, which has 51 AF points with 15 cross-type AF points – a boost from 39 and nine found in the D7000 – that promises to bring a better level of performance to the enthusiast. The Nikon D7100 also has the Expeed 3 imaging engine, the same as in the Nikon D4, which means it takes an impressive six frames per second.

There are a few completely new features that debut on the Nikon D7100, too. One of these is Spot White Balance, which lets you set the camera’s white balance for the whole scene from picking just one area of the scene. Another is the redesigned LCD screen that Nikon’s has been rolling out across its cameras of late, which the lacks the air gap found on previous models and promises clearer images.

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April 18, 2013, 10:54 pm

I can't believe the D7000 is 3 years old :| I've only just recently been considering upgrading to one to replace my ageing D70s!

I'm hoping this will push retailers to offer the D7000 at better prices so I can snap one up!

Nils Kaiser

April 22, 2013, 11:25 am

image quality is 9,5/10 for this price range! with a fast 95MB/s card the processing times are great...for this price you can´t found any better camera at the moment... i dont understand why reviews always comparing DX cameras with FX cameras for the double or triple price! buy the D7100! best DX camera at the moment my personally review 9/10

Nils Kaiser

April 22, 2013, 12:47 pm

turn the D7100′s RAW quality down to 12-bit and true (lossy) compressed,
you get a good 9 frames in before the camera slows down. Then, jump to
1.3x (total 2x) crop mode, and you get a good solid 10-11 frames (at 7
FPS!) before the buffer fills.

For most photographers, this is going to be absolutely more than enough.
Only the most serious sports shooters are going to miss the larger
buffers offered in the flagship sports cameras.

Even then, if you really need an unlimited buffer, just switch the D7100
to Large JPG with the JPG compression set to “Size Priority”, …and
happily blaze away with an unlimited buffer...set when you shoot JPEG the file siize to M 16 megapixel...


November 22, 2013, 3:18 pm

Wonderful observation. .it really doesn't make sense

Enrique Berrocal Alonso

September 22, 2014, 8:47 pm

I was reading a lot of blogs about if its good to upgrade from the d7000 to d7100, there are several opinions and some even says that is almost the same just with a bigger size picture,etc. I decided at the end to switch to the D7100 and its an amazing camera, this new toshiba sensor with 24 megas compared with the d7000 sony sensor definitely is an upgrade, I totally recommend the upgrade because is worth it, my review 10/10

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