Is it worth buying Nikon D7100 in 2018? What can be said about its image quality and which lenses should you get for it?
You’ll find all the answers in this Nikon D7100 review.
Let me start off by saying that Nikon D7100 is an excellent mid-level SLR camera, which is perfect for those who care about quality, speed, and the ability to shoot under adverse weather conditions.
Despite the fact that it was declared by the manufacturer as an average solution, this DSLR inherited a lot of great features from older models.
In general, this camera was very successful given:
its highest quality of the image (especially with good lenses and at low ISO),
convenience and fast control,
as well as an impressive set of characteristics.
Only a relatively little image buffer can limit in the serious professional application of D7100.
If you have basic photography skills, the set of settings available on this SLR can’t but make you smile. As for the technical aspects of it, the camera outshines most of its competitors, including from its own line.
Note: It is a great choice for an enthusiast photographer who is familiar with the theory and practice of photography.
Without doubt, in the skillful hands, the Nikon D7100 can become an awesome working tool for creating masterpieces.
Nikon D7100 (Video Review)
Let’s start with a video-review for those who’d like to see this DSLR from all angles.
What you might like about this camera:
ergonomics aspect is at its best
excellent for landscape photography
good color rendition
the sensor is 24.71 Mp
absense of low-pass frequency filter (means higher image detail)
What you might not like about this camera:
noise makes itself felt at a modest ISO value of 400-1000
small size of the buffer (which might be an issue for professionals or hybrid shooters)
Nikon D7100: A Few General Points
D7100 is one of the coolest camera out of the crops. Most people may never take advantage of certain features, but for an advanced enthusiast, it’s exactly what’s needed.
In many ways it’s similar to its predecessor D7000, which was and remains a great camera. If you already have a D7000, then upgrading to D7100 doesn’t really make sense.
In any case, do upgrade if you feel your current camera restricts you.
So, what can we say about this DSLR?
First of all, D7100 has a 24 megapixel resolution sensor, which sets quite high demands on lenses. In terms of its physical parameters, it’s a bit heavier and bigger than Nikon D5300 (review).
However, it’s not the 24 MP sensor that stood out but the fact that Nikon engineers decided to remove the low-pass frequency filter in front of the sensor.
Basically, it adds sharpness to the image, with a risk of moiré on some periodic textures.
However, a moiré pattern is more hypothetical because in real life you are unlikely to encounter this effect.
An experiment without a filter was first carried out on Nikon D800E. The manufacturers realized that no one was experiencing any special problems and the sensor without the filter went to the masses in the form of D7100.
Another thing worth mentioning is the speed.
Despite its impressive resolution, this camera works extremely fast: its burst rate is 6 frames per second, which already allows you toshoot sports related events.
What About Its Autofocusing System?
The autofocus system has also been slightly modified. Now there are more focus points, which in theory should improve the focus accuracy on fast moving children.
In reality, you can’t really tell the difference since there were no problems with autofocus in D7000.
The autofocus zone occupies a significant area of the frame, and the autofocus itself works instantly. The mirrorless cameras look like sleepy snails in comparison with the D7100.
It’s also worth mentioning that just like in the previous model, the autofocus control is very convenient.
The switch modes AF-A, AF-S, AF-C make it easy to switch from a dynamic scene to a static one.
In any case, work on portraits with further processing on the computer to add a bit of drama/romanticism.
Auto ISO now takes into account the focal length of the lens, which is very good. (Though, the presence of the stabilizer is for some reason ignored.)
In the auto-select settings for the minimum threshold, you can make a correction from -2 to +2 steps. That is, if by default on 105mm the Auto ISO considers the switching threshold 1/160s to be normal, then with the correction -1, it will be 1/80sec.
Normally, you can shoot on D7100 up to ISO 6400. At this value you start to see the noise but not to a point that it bothers you significantly.
A Few Other Features to Mention
1) You will like that there are 2 SD memory cards.
It will be useful if you have not decided yet whether you want to shoot in JPEG or RAW, because the camera can use different formats on different cards.
For all regular people who shoot in JPEG, the second card can be adapted either as a backup card, recording in parallel, or simply to increase the available buffer volume by recording sequentially.
Memory cards are very convenient to take out.
2) Presence of user modes U1 and U2, which together with the usual, is like having three cameras in one.
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