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Nikon D7100 review

Nikon gets a little more serious

Our Verdict

Nikon has produced an attractive offering for enthusiast photographers that centres around the thing that these users value the most - detail. The Nikon D7100 produces sharp, detail-rich images and noise is well controlled up to ISO 6400.

For

  • High-pixel count
  • No low-pass filter
  • Weather-sealed
  • Dual SD card slots

Against

  • No Wi-Fi built-in
  • Screen not touch-sensitive
  • Fixed screen
  • JPEG only HDR mode

All things considered, Nikon has produced an attractive offering for enthusiast photographers that centres around the thing that these users value the most - detail. The Nikon D7100 produces sharp, detail-rich images straight from the camera and noise is well controlled up to ISO 6400.

However, as usual we wouldn't recommend straying beyond this value and into the expansion range.

We liked

Those who like to dabble in sports photography will also not be disappointed, provided you are happy to time your shots carefully and don't press the shutter release too early. The autofocus system is extremely capable and it gets the subject sharp even in quite low light. Thanks to the 1.3x crop, photographers can also get a little closer to their subject in-camera.

Image colours are typically Nikon-like, with the Standard Picture Control setting producing pleasantly vibrant images in most situations.

We disliked

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We usually recommend that you keep an eye on the histogram view when shooting to ensure images are correctly exposed, and this is sound advice with the Nikon D7100, since the Matrix metering system is prone to underexposing in some situations. But at least it protects the highlights.

Although Nikon has given the D7100 a pretty extensive feature set, it would've been nice if the company had pushed things a bit further and perhaps included Wi-Fi technology in-camera to enable remote control via a smart phone or tablet. At £649.99/US$642.96, the WR-1 wireless remote introduced at the same time is far too expensive for most users.

It would also have been good to have seen a touch-sensitive screen -preferably articulated like the Nikon D5200's - that is designed to complement rather than replace the physical controls.

Final verdict

So there are a few extra things we would have liked to have seen here. On balance, though, we think that the Nikon D7100 is a very nice camera that's enjoyable and rewarding to use.

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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, X-sync, Front Curtain Sync
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