Nikon D7100 review

Superseded by the D7200 but still on sale, the Nikon D7100 now looks a good value buy

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As usual we ran the D7100 through our suite of lab tests, checking its resolution, dynamic range and signal to noise ratio. But we've now collated the lab results from its chief rivals so that you can see how its performance compares with cameras which have come along since:

Nikon D7200: It's the D7100's replacement, but how much difference is there in the outright picture quality?

Canon 760D: Canon's latest enthusiast DSLR has a brand new sensor which matches the D7100's resolution, though it does have a regular anti-aliasing filter.

Pentax K-S2: Pentax may not be one of the biggest names in the DSLR market these days, but it's still in the game and the K-S2 is a decent, modern DSLR with lots to offer.

Nikon D7100 review

We use a standard ISO imaging test chart to check camera resolution (above). This shows the camera's resolution in line widths/picture height, the standard measurement used today. We shoot this chart across a wide ISO range and analyse both JPEG and raw images to arrive at the final figures.

Nikon D7100 resolution charts

Nikon D7100 lab tests

JPEG resolution analysis: The D7100 produces very similar levels of resolution to the Canon 760D and Pentax K-S2, a very good performance for a camera launched in 2013. Nikon seems to have found something a little extra for the D7200, though, because although the sensor resolution is the same, the JPEG images it produces are visibly sharper.

Nikon D7100 lab tests

Raw (converted to TIFF) resolution analysis: This pattern is broadly repeated with raw files, although here the results from the D7100 lag a little behind the rest. But while the differences may be apparent in the charts, they would be difficult to spot in real life comparisons.

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