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Nikon D7100 review
Ilse Jurriën : October 1st 2013 - 11:30 CET
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NikonNikon D7100 SLR camera review : The Nikon D7100 is a digital SLR camera with a DX-format image sensor. It is Nikon’s most advanced SLR camera without a Full Frame sensor. Some characteristics of the D7100 are a durable water and dust resistant body made of magnesium alloy, a 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, a powerful Expeed 3 image processor, an autofocus system with a mere 51 focal points, and 15 cross sensors, and an ISO range of 100-6400, that is extendable to ISO 25,600. We took the Nikon D7100 on a trip with us for an extensive practical test. We used the D7100 in combination with the versatile AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

Nikon D7100 review

Nikon D7100 review
The Nikon D7100 is an advanced digital SLR camera with a fairly light and compact body. The Nikon D7100 is at the top of the DX camera assortment. The camera is the follow up to the already three year older D7000, which will still remain available. Few changes have been made to the body and button structure. If we only look at the specifications, the D7100 does indeed have much more to offer than the D7000. The D7100’s technical specifications are generally similar to the bigger brother, the D600. The biggest difference between these two cameras is that the D600 has a Full Frame sensor. The D7100’s sensor is significantly smaller, the smaller pixels mean that there is more noise. In contrast, the D7100 has a faster AF-system, which is a great advantage for sports photography.

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Nikon D7100 camera features
It is remarkable that the Nikon D7100 does not have an antialiasing filter. Such a filter decreases the change in moiré patterns and false colors, but this also decreases sharpness. In practice, the lack of optical low pass filter appears to be an advantage in terms of image sharpness, as even the smallest details are very sharp. Then the question remains whether or not the moiré patterns are significantly present. We have not found this to be a particular hindrance, not even in high contrast images. As far as we are concerned, Nikon made a daring, yet good choice! The autofocus system has improved in all areas in the D7100. With a mere 51 focal points, the camera can literally focus on every detail. Especially when you see the clear viewfinder with 100% image coverage, the D7100 is able to follow subjects at lightning speed. In Live-view mode, the AF-system is considerably slower, but the D7100 is still ahead of the competition. The Nikon D7100 can take burst shots at a speed of 6 fps, and Full HD video recordings are also possible.

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Shooting with the Nikon D7100
You can select the familiar P, S, A, and M modes by turning the dial on top of the camera. You can also choose ´Auto´, ´Scene´ and ´Effects´ that way. Additionally, there are two U, or rather User programs present in order to adjust the settings as desired. New to the D7100 is the Effects mode. When you shoot in live-view, you can select from seven creative filters: miniature, selective color, silhouette, high key, low-key, night vision, and color sketch. The filters are also applicable afterwards via the Retouch menu. There are also 16 scene modes available, including close up, sports, night, and landscape. The camera can shoot in JPEG as well as in NEF (RAW) and thanks to the double memory card slot, you can also choose to save the JPEG images on one memory card and RAW files on the other one. You could also set the second card slot as overflow or as backup.

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Image quality of the Nikon D7100
The Nikon D7100’s image quality is very good. The camera captures a lot of detail; even with high contrast or shadows, the results are impressive. We are very satisfied with the sharpness and the lighting is generally good, even in dim light the D7100 performs amazingly well. Some may experience the outdoor shots as overexposed, but I personally find the D7100’s results quite charming. The camera does a good job with color and contrast, despite the lack of antialiasing filter; I do not see any false coloring. The color representation is very natural. In automatic mode, the white balance delivers a bit exaggerated results, but you can adjust that manually if you wish. When you use higher ISO values, noise does increase considerably, partly due to the relatively small sensor (compared with a Full Frame camera). Up to ISO 800, noise is almost not a problem, but at ISO 1600 and 3200, noise becomes more visible, but these settings are still useable. The addition of HDR mode is absolutely valuable.

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Nikon D7100 lenses
When shooting the test shots, we used the F-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. This is the most versatile DX lens that is currently available, with a very high zoom ratio of 16.7x. The all-round lens has a Silent Wave Motor and Nikon’s advanced vibration reduction system, so that you can shoot sharp images manually, even when using the (super) tele-zoom. You can also operate the lens manually. In practice, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm performs well. Despite its large format and weight, it is an ideal lens for travel. With such a large zoom range, you only have to take one lens with you. This lens comes with quite the price tag; the lens is currently available for around € 800. A cheaper alternative is the standard kit lens with a zoom range of 18-105mm. The Nikon D7100 kit has a retail price of around € 1,100. For the D7100 body only, you currently pay about € 920.

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Nikon D7100 review conclusion
The serious amateur photographer and the semi-professional photographer will surely be pleased with the arrival of the D7100. The camera is a valuable successor to the D7000 and not only has a robust water and dust resistant body, the D7100 shoots high resolution images, has a very accurate and fast autofocus system, and takes a series of shots at a speed of 6 bps. It is wonderful to shoot with the Nikon D7100, partly thanks to the user-friendly operation. Everyone that has used a Nikon SLR camera before will find the D7100 very familiar. The camera takes sharp images with realistic colors and nice contrast. Compared with the D600, the D7100 does score a bit lower when it comes to the high ISO values. In exchange, the D7100 has a considerably faster AF system, which will attract many photographers. This is not only advantageous for sports photography, but also for daily shots of children, for example, for which an accurate and fast autofocus make all the difference. In our opinion, the Nikon D7100 is a truly recommendable!

Nikon D7100 review rating
• User friendliness : 90
• Features : 90
• Image quality : 95
• Design : 90
• Price : 85
• Rating : 90 out of 100

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Nikon D7100 test photos
The following Nikon D7100 test photos were shot in JPEG format with a full production camera. The photos were taken during the annual tractor pulling event in Meerkerk, the Netherlands. We shot the test photos in combination with the versatile AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR zoom lens. The test photos are shown in compressed format. You can download the original Nikon D7100 photo via the link under the photo.

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