Nikon D7100 Review

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I preordered the Nikon D7100 the day it was announced. It seemed like a perfect replacement for my trusty D300s and a worthy backup for my D3s and D700 bodies. The features that made me take this leap of faith were the 51-point auto focus system, the added reach of the new 16-megapixel 1.3x crop mode, and the new 24-megapixel DX-format sensor. The D7100’s price and the new remote control options made it look like a great camera for sporting events, too. With Nikon’s new WR-1 transceiver it’s possible to use several D7100s and control all functions remotely – and the price makes using several of them a real possibility. The question is – does the D7100 perform well enough for professional sports photography; and is it a worthy upgrade to the D300s?

Nikon D7100 DSLR - Front & Back Views

 Review Intro |  Camera Experience |  Image Quality |  Conclusion

Price: $1199 (body only)

Nikon D7100 Camera Pros

  • 24-megapixel sensor with no anti-aliasing filter
  • Same 51-point auto focus system as Nikon’s D4 flagship DSLR
  • New 1.3x crop mode for increased reach and faster burst
  • Light, compact body
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Menus and controls similar to other Nikon DSLRs
  • Weather-sealed construction
  • Super clear and accurate 3.2-inch 1.2-million-dot RGBW LCD display
  • Quiet shutter
  • Pop-up flash

Nikon D7100 Cons

  • 24-megapixel resolution requires more memory, more storage, and more processing time
  • Feels plasticky compared to D300s and D3s
  • Can only shoot bursts of 3 or 4 RAW images before buffer is filled
  • Inconsistent auto focus performance – especially in low light
  • No CompactFlash card slot
  • Not compatible with D300s accessories that have 10-pin connectors

Nikon D7100 Key Features & Specs:

  • 24.1-megapixel DX-format (APS-C) CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 3 image processing
  • 51-point AF system with 15 cross-type sensors
  • 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor with Scene Recognition System
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 6400, expandable to ISO 25,600 (Hi-2)
  • New 1.3x Crop Mode
  • 6 FPS high-speed burst at full resolution (7 FPS in 1.3x Crop Mode)
  • 3.2-inch 1.2-million-dot RGBW LCD display
  • New, “i” button provides quick access to key functions in Live View
  • 1080p full HD video with built-in stereo microphone and headphone jack
  • Full HD video at 60i in 1.3x Crop Mode
  • Uncompressed HDMI output video
  • Full time auto focus in video mode
  • Dual SD card slots – UHS-1 and SDXC compatibility
  • New viewfinder with 100% coverage and new OLED info display
  • Shutter assembly rated for 150k actuations
  • Magnesium alloy top and back plates
  • Weatherproofing equivalent to the D300s

 Review Intro |  Camera Experience |  Image Quality |  Conclusion

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