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Nikon D7100 review

Nikon gets a little more serious

Although it doesn't have the bomb-proof air of the Nikon D4, the Nikon D7100 feels very nicely put together and has a solid build. Its weatherproof seals also mean that it can be used in a wide range of conditions and you don't need to head home if the heavens open. It survived a fair amount of spray and drizzle during our testing period.

Softly textured coatings on the front and rear grips provide decent purchase so that the camera feels comfortable in your hand, even when carried for long periods between shots.

Weighing 675g/1.49lbs, the Nikon D7100 is a little lighter than the Nikon D7000 (690g/1.52lbs), but most users will find that they need to use it two-handed, with the left hand supporting the lens and reaching for the controls on the left of the camera (as it's held).

Nikon D7100 review

While lock buttons are useful for preventing dials from being knocked out of position they can make using those controls a little more fiddly. Initially this seems to be the case with the Nikon D7100's mode dial, but it doesn't take long to get used to pressing down the central button while rotating the dial to the correct mode.

It's a similar story with the drive mode dial, but if you press the lock down with your left thumb you'll find your forefinger has enough purchase on the dial's ridged front surface to rotate it easily.

Another change in comparison with the Nikon D7000 (but like the Nikon D600) is that the Live View switch is near the bottom of the back of the camera and there are two settings; one for stills and the other for video Live View mode. Pressing the Lv button at the centre of the switch activates the Live View feed.

Nikon D7100 review

This change to the button layout has meant that the video activation button has had to be relocated and, as with Nikon's other recent DSLRs, it is near the shutter release button.

Nikon has also introduced a new 'I' button at the bottom-left of the back of the Nikon D7100. Pressing this gives you quick access to some key features such as the 1.3x Crop mode, Picture Control mode and HDR mode. It's a useful addition that complements the healthy collection of direct controls.

Although there are a few fairly minor changes to the control layout of the Nikon D7100 in comparison with the Nikon D7000, they don't take long to get used to and upgraders will soon find themselves reaching automatically for the correct controls. The menu system will also be very familiar.

Nikon D7100 review

The Nikon D7000 introduced the AF mode button and focus mode selector switch combination that is now used in Nikon's enthusiast- and professional-level cameras, and this has continued with the Nikon D7100.

These controls sit within convenient reach of the left thumb while looking through the viewfinder, and when used in conjunction with the front and rear dials they enable the camera to be switched between the various AF modes and manual focus mode without taking the camera away from the eye.

The lettering inside the viewfinder also makes it very clear which autofocus mode is selected - not all manufacturers manage to achieve this.

Nikon D7100 review

Since it's a DSLR, the Nikon D7100 has an optical viewfinder. This is a nice, bright pentaprism device that shows approximately 100% of the image frame, so you can compose with confidence that there won't be any 'extras' appearing around the edges of the image.

Despite the clarity of the viewfinder, where possible we would opt to use the magnified Live View image on the 3.2-inch, 1,229,000 dot LCD when focusing manually.

This provides a very detailed view even in quite bright light that makes it easy to assess critical focus, so it is especially useful when shooting still life or macro subjects when depth of field is very restricted. It would be even more useful if the screen was articulated like the Nikon D5200's, though.

Nikon D7100 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution24.1 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Brand NameNikon
DurabilityDust Resistant
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, Continuous Shooting Mode, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, MOV
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)674.7 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Maximum Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution24.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL15
Memory Card SupportedEye-Fi Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height106.7 mm
Width134.6 mm
Depth76.2 mm
Autofocus Points51
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsPCM
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD7100
Product NameD7100 Digital SLR Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA360AE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Give your photographic passions an adrenaline injection with the exceptionally powerful D7100.

Surprisingly light and compact for a feature-packed and durable body, it delivers superior DX performance to take your photography to the next level. By not employing an optical low pass filter (OLPF), the D7100 makes the most of its 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor to sharply capture even the finest textures in crisp high resolution. Its 51-point autofocus (AF) system offers you rapid and ultra accurate image capture at professional level. Weather and dust resistant, with magnesium alloy top and rear covers, this high-spec D-SLR shoots continuously at 6 fps, gives an extra telephoto effect with innovative 1.3x crop function and has ISO sensitivity of 100-6400, bringing superb results in poorly-lit environments or fast-moving action.

Shoot with viewfinder or Live View, apply special effects in real time for stills or Full HD movies, and send images wirelessly* to your smart device for sharing on social media - the D7100 puts exceptional control in your hands, wherever you go, whatever you do.

Battery Life950 Shot
Package Contents
  • D7100 Digital SLR Camera
  • Software CD ROM
  • Eyepiece Cup DK-23
  • Battery Charger MH-25
  • Body Cap BF-1B
  • Hot Shoe Cover BS-1
  • Battery EN-EL15
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • Strap AN-DC1
Display Resolution1228800 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker