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 2021?”
In general, it 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, the DSLR 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 body. 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 DSLR works very 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 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.
The best budget telephoto lens for sports, action and wildlife photography. (The photo below was taken with this lens.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does D7100 shoot 4k?
Shooting in 4k has a lot of good points. This is probably the reason why a lot of people prefer buying cameras with this feature.
In 4k mode, you get to have more flexibility of closing in on a subject. You can also use this to create pan-zoom effect in your stills. And there’s a whole lot more other great things about it.
So, is Nikon D7100 capable of shooting 4k??
Unfortunately, it can’t. The highest video resolution it has is 1920 x 1080p. But this is more than enough even for professional photographers. It will give you great quality videos and even stills.
Q: Does this camera have WiFi?
This camera doesn’t have built in WiFi connectivity. However, there is a way that makes it function like it has one.
With the help of a WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, your Nikon DSLR will now have this connectivity feature. This accessory is optional, so if you think there’s no need for it (but I guess you will want this, for sure) then you can simply not get one.
But tell you what:
WiFi is a feature that’s very useful for faster file transfers. There’s no need to physically connect your gear to a computer. In fact, with this feature you can directly receive photos from your DSLR to your phone.
Q: How do I transfer photos from D7100 to my phone?
There are several ways on how you can transfer photos from this cam to your phone, and I’ll discuss each briefly.
Via WIFI (Fastest way)
As mentioned earlier, if you have wireless mobile adapter for the D7100, then transferring files will be easy peasy. But first, you need to download an app called Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility.
The next thing you need to do is insert the WU-1A adapter to the port on your camera and turn it on. Once it is on, open your phone’s WIFI and connect to Nikon. Once connected, open the app previously installed and from there you can transfer photos to your phone easily.
Using OTG + transfer cables
This is another good alternative if you don’t want to purchase a wireless adapter. Instead, you will only need an OTG to transfer your files easily.
What you should do is to connect the OTG to the device’s port and connect your phone’s transfer cable to the other end of the USB on-the-go cord. After this, you will be able to see the photos on your phone and decide whether you want to move it or just copy it. And it works for both Android and iPhones.
The traditional way (slowest)
If you can’t use the first two methods, then you might want to resort to this traditional file transfer.
Here, you need to take your memory card and insert it in your laptop. You could also use USB cord to transfer files from gear to computer, whichever you prefer. When you are done copying files, get your phone’s transfer cable and connect it to the PC then copy what you got earlier. It’s a bit of a hassle but works still fine if you really don’t have any other means of transferring photos to your mobile.
Nikon D7100 for 2021:
A Great DSLR for Enthusiast Photographers
Without a doubt:
Nikon D7100 is an excellent crop sensor DSLR for all occasions with great ergonomics and excellent image quality.
Nikon D7100 is great in terms of price-quality ratio, especially suitable for those who already had worked with cameras at least from a low-price range.
Its main feature is the absence of a low-frequency filter, which traditionally serves to suppress the moiré effect by forcibly reducing the detail of the image.
Since this filter is removed from this model, nothing gets in the way of obtaining maximum image detail.
Getting Nikon D7100 in 2021 will be a great investment, especially if you’re on a budget.
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