Also perfect for those who care about quality, speed, and the ability to shoot under adverse weather conditions.
Reasons why you’ll love it:
this is a camera you can grow into,
able to autofocus with old Nikon lenses,
great AF system and ergonomics,
… just to name a few.
If you have basic photography skills, the set of features of this body 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.
It is a great choice for photographers who are familiar with the theory and practice of photography. No doubt, in the skillful hands the D7100 can become an awesome working tool for creating masterpieces.
Here is what to expect in this review besides a number of specs and features:
a video review,
a few photo samples to judge this DSLR for yourself,
how to set up Nikon D7100, and,
what are our lens recommendations based on your photography genre.
I will also do a quick comparison between this and the other models.
Let’s get started.
Nikon D7100 Review 2019 (Video)
Let’s start with an in-depth video-review (17+ mins long).
Camera type: Mid-size SLR camera
Camera weight: 780 g
How many pixels: 16 MP
Sensor size: APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)
ISO: Auto, 100-6400 (25600 with boost)
Articulated LCD: Fixed
Environmentally sealed: Yes (Weather and dust resistant)
What you might like about it:
has a screw drive motor (means autofocus with older Nikon lenses)
ergonomics = 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 it:
noise makes itself felt at a modest ISO value of 400-1000
small image buffer (which might be an issue for professionals or hybrid shooters)
Why Are D7x00 Series a Great Choice?
A quick overview of this series lineup:
D7000 (2010) : very cheap
D7100 (2013) : crosses the mark $500 mark, rather small buffer
D7200 (2015) : a bit more expensive, but also bigger buffer
D7500 (2017) : the most expensive, an official EISA Award Winner 2017-2018.
A lot of people, myself included, often recommend starting with D3x00 or D5x00 series if you’re a beginner photographer.
If you can spend more than $500 on your first DSLR and are looking for the best value, here are the reasons why you should consider D7x000 bodies.
1) You can grow into them.
Basically, some people grow out of their D3400 or D5300 after a few months. D7x00 series give you more room for growth, if you don’t plan on becoming a professional right now.
3) Overall better than their D5x00 and D3x00 counterparts.
more AF points and frames per second,
better autofocus system,
bigger buffer, and,
more dedicated dials and buttons on the body itself.
If we compare the cameras, D7x00 bodies are a bit better in everything.
A Few General Points about Nikon D7100
You may be wondering:
“What’s the big deal with Nikon D7100, especially in 2019?”
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.
Many experienced photographers will agree that D7100 is one of the coolest camera out of the crops.
And despite the fact that it was declared (by the manufacturer) as an average solution, this camera inherited a lot of great features from older models.
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.
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?
“What about this Nikon’s autofocusing?”
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 Worth Mentioning
Here are a few camera features that I feel are worth mentioning here :
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.