The Nikon D7100 is the company’s newest APS-C DSLR to have a 24MP sensor. It joins the D3200 and D5200 models, all of which were released in 2012. The D7100 is aimed at photography enthusiasts. The D7100 is up against a formidable challenge, since it is the much awaited successor to the extremely successful D7000, which has been on the market for two and a half years. In our in-depth assessment, we discovered that its predecessor had extremely high image quality, class-leading noise performance, and superb handling all packed into a body that was firmly constructed.
Nikon D7100 Price in USA
On paper, the D7100 looks to be a fairly big advance compared to its predecessor, which suggests that Nikon has taken this problem seriously. The D7100 is the first digital single-lens reflex camera produced by Nikon to lack an optical low-pass filter (OLPF), a decision that competitor Pentax made with its K-5 IIs. In principle, eliminating the OLPF entirely ought to result in a greater resolution than the filtered 24MP sensors that are present in the D5200 and the D3200 are able to generate. In this regard, we saw Nikon test the waters with the 36-megapixel D800E, in which the effect of the OLPF was ‘cancelled out.’ We have a hunch, based on the results of our testing with that camera, that in order to fully realize the benefits of omitting the OLPF will require some really good lenses to be used in conjunction with the optimal apertures. When taking still photographs of items that have fine patterning detail, there is a larger chance for artifacts that are caused by moiré. This is the one drawback.
Other improvements made by the D7100 over its predecessor, the D7000, include an improved autofocus (AF) system with 51 AF points (15 of which are cross-type) and the ability to focus in light as dim as -2EV. These improvements are part of the D7100’s greatly improved AF system. The back LCD of the D7100 has been upgraded to 3.2 inches and 1.2 million dots, making it somewhat bigger than that of the D7100. When compared to the RGB panels featured on earlier Nikons, the screen with the extra white dots may either be operated at a lower power level or be visibly brighter. This allows for enhanced brightness or efficiency, depending on what the user requires. Owners of more than one Speedlight may also take use of Nikon’s wireless remote operation, which is referred to as “Advanced Wireless illumination.” This feature allows owners to control up to three distinct groups of flash units wirelessly. In addition, the built-in flash of the camera may be utilized in Commander mode to activate remote flashes, just as the built-in flash of the D7000.
Video shooters receive some enhancements as well. Recording in 30p and 25p in addition to 24p (instead of simply 24p) is possible with the D7100, which also features built-in stereo mics. 50/60i movie recording is possible when utilizing the optional 1.3X crop mode on the D7100. This mode yields an effective focal length increase of 2X (a 50mm lens produces the crop of a 100mm), hence the effective focal length is increased to 200mm. This crop mode also enables the shooting of 15-megapixel still images at 7 frames per second, as opposed to the normal frame rate of 6.
The D7100 is compatible with Nikon’s WU-1a Wi-Fi device, which can be attached to the accessory terminal of the camera and enables photographs to be wirelessly transferred to a smartphone or tablet computer in order to be uploaded to social networking sites. The gadget also enables remote operation of the camera from your smartphone, complete with live view, which may be an enjoyable way to set up self-portraits or group photographs.
The well-implemented Auto ISO software that was originally seen on the D800 and then subsequently seen on the D5200 has been passed down to the D7100 from its predecessor, the D7000, in what may seem like a little but highly useful addition. This enables the camera to select the minimum shutter speed automatically based on the focal length of the lens that is currently being used. Additionally, the user has a choice of five settings that may be modified manually and either lean toward faster or slower shutter speeds. This addresses one of our primary concerns with older models of Nikon DSLRs and, as a result, makes Auto ISO a function that is plainly much more suited for usage with zoom lenses.
Nikon D7100 Specifications
|MSRP||Body only: $1199.95/£1099.99/€1179, With 18-105mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens : $1,599/£1,299/€1399|
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||6000 x 3368, 4800 x 3200, 4800 x 2696, 4494 x 3000, 4496 x 2528, 3600 x 2400, 3600 x 2024, 2992 x 2000, 2992 x 1680, 2400 x 1600, 2400 x 1344|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|ISO||ISO 100 – 6400, Lo-1 (ISO 50), Hi-1 (ISO 12,800), Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||50|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||25600|
|White balance presets||12|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|File format||JPEGNEF (RAW)NEF (RAW) + JPEG|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View|
|Number of focus points||51|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD monitor|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Exposure modes||Aperture-Priority (A)Manual (M)Programmed auto with flexible program (P)Shutter-Priority (S)|
|Scene modes||Autumn ColorsBeach / SnowBlossomCandlelightChildClose-upDusk / DawnFoodLandscapeNightLandscapeNight PortraitParty / IndoorPet PortraitPortraitSportsSunset|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain|
|Flash X sync speed||1/250 sec|
|Drive modes||Single-frame [S] modeContinuous low-speed [CL]Continuous high-speed [CH]Quiet Shutter ReleaseSelf-timer modeMirror-up [Mup] mode|
|Continuous drive||6.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 seconds)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 24 fps)|
|Videography notes||1080i60, 1080p25 in NTSC countries, 1080i50, 1080p24 in PAL countries|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini Type C)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional, wired MC-DC2 or wireless WR-1 and WR-R10 )|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Water and dust resistant)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||950|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||765 g (1.69 lb / 26.98 oz)|
|Dimensions||136 x 107 x 76 mm (5.35 x 4.21 x 2.99″)|
The D7100 is a well-built enthusiast DSLR that delivers great image quality, simple access to shooting parameters, and a high degree of customization choices. It also has a wide variety of shooting modes to choose from. The video output is a little underwhelming, and a JPEG mode is the only option for sports photographers due to the camera’s extremely limited picture buffer.
- Dual SD card slots.
- Fast, 51-point autofocus system.
- Large pentaprism viewfinder.
- Maintains the image's detail even at very high ISO levels.
- Excellent control arrangement.
- The frame rate is set at 6 fps.
- 1.3x crop mode available.
- Very quick get-up-and-go time.
- Vertical grip add-on offered.
- The design of the sensor does not include an optical low-pass filter.
- A flash sync speed of 1/250 of a second
- Sharp LCD in the back.
- Raw mode only allows for a limited number of burst shots.
- On the heavier side of things.
- Image noise starting at ISO 3200 and going higher.
- No PC Sync socket.
- GPS functionality is not built in.