Classed as a prosumer DSLR camera, the Nikon D7100 is named "one of the most complete enthusiast DSLRs." It is an upgrade to the highly reviewed and still available D7000 model, boasting an improved autofocus system with 51 points of focus. The images the D7100 produces are of excellent quality, even toward the upper end of its ISO sensitivities.
Well laid out controls. Physically, the D7100 is a large camera that may take some getting used to, especially if you have small hands, but all controls are conveniently placed. The arrangement of its buttons and dials mirrors what's found on the Nikon D7000 on which it is based. Pressing the info button displays all of the camera's main settings on the large LCD screen, and a high degree of customization is available that is easily reached by pressing the "i" button at the bottom left of the LCD screen. The Nikon D7100 is an advanced, even professional-worthy, camera, but there are options for those who are still learning about photography. These include modes such as Auto, Shutter Priority and Program, as well as 19 Scene modes.
Outstanding performer. Testers at several review sites say the Nikon D7100 produces images of outstanding quality, particularly at ISO 100 to 1,600. Noise is a problem at the fastest settings of ISO 12,800 and 25,600, but images are still OK for small prints and publishing to the web. With the absence of anti-aliasing filters, images are especially crisp. The D7100 captures images at an impressive 24.1 megapixels and video at full 1080p HD. The autofocus module has 51 autofocus points, including 15 cross-type points, nearly the most of any DSLR camera. However, continuous shooting and low-light performance are just average. The battery will last for an impressive 980 shots from a single charge.
Fully weather-sealed. Externally, the Nikon D7100 is very similar to the D7000, with a solid build and a magnesium frame. The D7100 boasts a fully weather-sealed body that is moisture- and dust-resistant.
Innovative autofocus. With the D7100, Nikon's omission of the anti-aliasing filter results in crisper and more detailed images. The cutting-edge autofocus system has a magnificent 51 points to focus on, but reviews say it's too slow to keep up with fast-moving objects. The D7100 doesn't have built-in GPS and wireless networking, but these are available with the purchase of adapters. Nikon bodies offer no form of in-camera image stabilization, unlike similar models from Sony, Pentax and Olympus. However, there are seven different Creative Effects that you can use with both still photos and video.
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The Nikon D7100 wins a Gold Award at DPReview.com as an upgrade to the Nikon D7000, which, the reviewers writes, is a tough act to follow. Combining the superb handling and ergonomics of the D7100 with changes found in the highest-end Nikon DSLR cameras, the D7100 gives the full-frame Nikon models a run for their money, Amadou Diallo states.
Review: Nikon D7100 In-depth Review, Amadou Diallo, April 2013
Mark Goldstein praises the Nikon D7100 as a DSLR camera in its own right and not as an upgraded Nikon D7000. He calls it "the best DX-format DSLR to date" and likes its rugged, fully weather-resistant body. One downside is that the D7100 doesn't have an articulated LCD screen.
Review: Nikon D7100 Review, Mark Goldstein, March 25, 2013
3. What Digital Camera
Scoring almost full marks for design and features at WhatDigitalCamera.com, the Nikon 7100 wins a Gold Award here as a prosumer DSLR camera. Its 51-point autofocus system significantly outguns those of its rivals and its 24.1 megapixel resolution makes for crisp, sharp images.
Review: Nikon D7100 Review, Matt Golowczynski, March 22, 2013
Calling the Nikon D7100 "a very well thought out and put together DSLR," Paul Nuttall especially likes the LCD screen and viewfinder. This is a camera for enthusiast photographers and, although the burst speed (6 fps) can be limiting, Nuttall details a work-around for it.
Review: Nikon D7100 Review, Paul Nuttall, April 23, 2013
Josh Fate likes the Nikon D7100 for its 24.1-megapixel imaging sensor and image processor, which give "possibly the best image quality for any camera in its class." This and more is bundled together into an "incredibly easy to use" DSLR camera.
Review: Nikon D7100 dSLR Review, Josh Fate, May 31, 2013
The Nikon D7100 receives a rating of Excellent at PCMag.com, with praise for its convenient control layout, very fast startup and LCD panel. Like other reviewers, Jim Fisher complains that the burst speed in RAW mode is too slow.
Review: Nikon D7100, Jim Fisher, June 26, 2013
More than 300 reviewers at Amazon.com generally love their Nikon D7100 DSLR cameras and award it an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Some of the lower ratings complain of malfunctions with the camera and not enough upgrades over the Nikon D7000.
Review: Nikon D7100 24.1 MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2014