Nikon D7100

Released March, 2013
New: D7200 (Mar, 2015)
  • 24 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
In the bulk of the real world video we've shot, color moiré has been largely nonexistent.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
9.2 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D7100

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D7100
9.8
EOS 70D
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D7100
8.6
EOS 70D
10.0
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D7100
9.0
EOS 70D
9.6
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D7100
9.2
EOS 70D
9.5
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com and 5 more

9.2

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D7100
9.2
EOS 70D
9.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D7100

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

D7100
1,256 ISO
Nikon D750
2,956 ISO
Nikon D610
2,925 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

D7100
3,000 LPH
D7000
2,000 LPH
Nikon D700
2,200 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D7100
251 ms
EOS 70D
75 ms
Nikon D700
197 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D7100
54 ms
D5300
80 ms
Nikon D90
67 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D7100
300 ms
EOS 70D
700 ms
D5300
500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D7100
6 fps
Nikon D90
4.5 fps
Nikon D700
5 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D7100


8.5
And the D7100 one-ups its Nikon stablemates with an RGBW rear LCD which offers more efficient operation and gives the option for greater brightness than an RGB panel, making the screen much more usable in direct sunlight.

9.0
The Nikon D7100 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.

7.8
The D7100 is a great camera for still photography, but doesn't feel like a must-have upgrade unless you've got a significant investment in good Nikon-mount lenses and need speed and durability on a budget - right now.

8.0
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.

Overall

8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Nikon D7100 is capable of resolving up to around 28 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)
The downside to these modes is that images are only recorded as JPEGs and there's no option to have a 'clean' raw file.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)
The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 25 seconds, aperture of f/8 at ISO 100.
by Photography Blog (Mar, 2013)

Lens

Naturally you can shoot at smaller apertures than this and use automatic focusing, since it is only the maximum aperture that is the issue.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)
At the top and bottom are right-hand-operated programmable buttons; on the left side, in addition to the lens release, are the switch and button for selecting focus mode and options, bracketing button (five frames up to two stops or three frames up to three stops), and button for popping up the flash and setting flash exposure compensation/options..
by c|net (Apr, 2013)
The Nikon D7100 is priced at £1,099.99 / US$1,199.95 / AU$1,558 body-only or £1,299.99 / US$1,599.95 / AU$1,849 with an 18-105mm VR kit lens, making it considerably more expensive than the new Canon EOS 700D.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)

Focus

For single-shot photography in bright light, the D7100 is about on par with the D5200, but earns its price premium for low-light autofocus and continuous shooting.
by c|net (Apr, 2013)
On the plus-side, the autofocus system is fast and accurate, getting the subject sharp in next to no time in most situations and successfully tracking moving objects.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)
Nikon made improvements to the contrast (Live View) autofocus to ameliorate that annoying pulsing that appears when focused on a stationary subject during movie shooting, and now it looks rock-steady.
by c|net (Apr, 2013)

Autofocus

Despite some high-profile changes in the Nikon D7100, such as a new sensor, updated AF system, and better build quality, this long-overdue update to the Nikon D7000 doesn't stand out from the crowd as much as it should for the money.
by c|net (Apr, 2013)
You could also put a 2x teleconverter on a lens like the very good AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4G ED VR and the D7100 could still use its center focus point at the F8 equivalent maximum aperture this combo would produce.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
Like the Nikon D7000, the Nikon D7100 has a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor that provides data to the Scene Recognitions system that guides the metering, white balance and autofocusing systems.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2013)

Video

I'm sure Nikon has a good reason for it, but it's a really big hole in the camera's feature set if you care about video.
by c|net (Apr, 2013)
While the camera's video specs are impressive, its video output is a bit softer than we'd like.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)
But looking at the video clips, it seems that minimizing moiré has come at the cost of image sharpness.
by DPReview (Apr, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 15.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 51
Cross type focus points 15
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 136 x 107 x 76 mm
Thickness 76 mm
Weight 675 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3.2"
Resolution 1,229 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.94x
Viewfinder size 0.61x

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps
Battery life 950 photos
Continuous shooting 6 fps
Focus lag 251 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms
Startup delay 300 ms
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