Nikon D7100 review

Superseded by the D7200 but still on sale, the Nikon D7100 now looks a good value buy

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Although it doesn't have the bomb-proof air of pro Nikons like the Nikon D4s, the Nikon D7100, like the D7200, feels very nicely put together and has a solid build. Its weatherproof seals also mean that it can be used in a wide range of conditions and you don't need to head home if the heavens open. It survived a fair amount of spray and drizzle during our testing period.

Softly textured coatings on the front and rear grips provide decent purchase so that the camera feels comfortable in your hand, even when carried for long periods between shots.

Weighing 675g/1.49lbs, the Nikon D7100 is not especially heavy, but most users will find that they need to use it two-handed, with the left hand supporting the lens and reaching for the controls on the left of the camera (as it's held).

Nikon D7100 review
The D7100 and D7200 share the same part alloy, part plastic construction – but they do feel solid and well-made.

While the lock buttons are useful for preventing dials from being knocked out of position they can make using those controls a little more fiddly. Initially this seems to be the case with the Nikon D7100's mode dial, but it doesn't take long to get used to pressing down the central button while rotating the dial to the correct mode.

It's a similar story with the drive mode dial, but if you press the lock down with your left thumb you'll find your forefinger has enough purchase on the dial's ridged front surface to rotate it easily.

The Live View switch is near the bottom of the back of the camera and there are two settings; one for stills and the other for video Live View mode. Pressing the Lv button at the centre of the switch activates the Live View feed.

Nikon D7100 review
The D7100 can be bought body-only, but the most likely kit lens option is the Nikon 18-105mm lens or the more expensive 18-140mm option.

This change to the button layout has meant that the video activation button has had to be relocated and, as with Nikon's other recent DSLRs, it is near the shutter release button.

Nikon has introduced an 'I' button at the bottom-left of the back of the Nikon D7100. Pressing this gives you quick access to some key features such as the 1.3x Crop mode, Picture Control mode and HDR mode. It's a useful addition that complements the healthy collection of direct controls.

Nikon D7100 review
This switch near the lens mount swaps between auto and manual focus. You press the center button and turn the command dial to change the focus mode.

The Nikon D7100 and D7200 both use this AF mode button and focus mode selector switch combination found in Nikon's enthusiast- and professional-level cameras.

These controls sit within convenient reach of the left thumb while looking through the viewfinder, and when used in conjunction with the front and rear dials they enable the camera to be switched between the various AF modes and manual focus mode without taking the camera away from the eye.

The lettering inside the viewfinder also makes it very clear which autofocus mode is selected – not all manufacturers manage to achieve this.

Nikon D7100 review

Since it's a DSLR, the Nikon D7100 has an optical viewfinder. This is a nice, bright pentaprism device that shows approximately 100% of the image frame, so you can compose with confidence that there won't be any 'extras' appearing around the edges of the image.

Despite the clarity of the viewfinder, where possible we would opt to use the magnified Live View image on the 3.2-inch, 1,229,000 dot LCD when focusing manually.

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. It would be even more useful if the screen was articulated like the cheaper Nikon D5200's, though.

There's no real change in the D7200's viewing system, except that the rear screen now offers adjustable color balance.

Nikon D7100 review
The viewfinder and displays are largely unchanged between the D7100 and D7200.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution24.1 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedEye-Fi Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Brand NameNikon
DurabilityDust Resistant
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, Continuous Shooting Mode, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, MOV
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)674.7 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height106.7 mm
Width134.6 mm
Depth76.2 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD7100
Product NameD7100 Digital SLR Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA360AE
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Give your photographic passions an adrenaline injection with the exceptionally powerful D7100.

Surprisingly light and compact for a feature-packed and durable body, it delivers superior DX performance to take your photography to the next level. By not employing an optical low pass filter (OLPF), the D7100 makes the most of its 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor to sharply capture even the finest textures in crisp high resolution. Its 51-point autofocus (AF) system offers you rapid and ultra accurate image capture at professional level. Weather and dust resistant, with magnesium alloy top and rear covers, this high-spec D-SLR shoots continuously at 6 fps, gives an extra telephoto effect with innovative 1.3x crop function and has ISO sensitivity of 100-6400, bringing superb results in poorly-lit environments or fast-moving action.

Shoot with viewfinder or Live View, apply special effects in real time for stills or Full HD movies, and send images wirelessly* to your smart device for sharing on social media - the D7100 puts exceptional control in your hands, wherever you go, whatever you do.

Package Contents
  • D7100 Digital SLR Camera
  • Software CD ROM
  • Eyepiece Cup DK-23
  • Battery Charger MH-25
  • Body Cap BF-1B
  • Hot Shoe Cover BS-1
  • Battery EN-EL15
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • Strap AN-DC1
Limited Warranty1 Year