Nikon D7100 review

Nikon gets a little more serious

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Nikon D7100 with the Nikon D5200, Nikon D7000, Nikon D600, Canon EOS 7D and Pentax K-5 II.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Nikon D7100 review

These results show that JPEG images from the Nikon D7100 show among some of the weakest signal to noise ratios of the cameras here, falling behind the Nikon D5200, Nikon D7000 and Nikon D600 throughout the sensitivity range. The D7100's JPEGs show a greater SNR than those from the Canon EOS 7D and Pentax K-5 II at ISO 100-800, but fall behind the Canon at higher ISOs, and alternate with the Pentax for last place from ISO 1600 to the top of the sensitivity range.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Nikon D7100 review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon D7100 are weaker than those in its JPEG images, with weaker ratios than all the cameras at ISO 100-800. The D7100's TIFF images always show less signal to noise ratio than those from the Nikon D5200, Nikon D7000 and Nikon D600, but they beat those from the Canon EOS 7D at ISO 1600, before falling behind again for the rest of the range. At the top of the range, the D7100 has a greater SNR than the Pentax K-5 II.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon D7100 review

The Nikon D7100's JPEG results for dynamic range are more impressive than those for signal to noise ratio, at least at lower sensitivities, with the camera producing the greatest range at ISO 100 and remaining in the top three performers up to ISO 400, alongside the Nikon D5200 and Nikon D600. At ISO 800 it falls behind older brother the Nikon D7000, before steadily falling to produce a weaker range than the Pentax K-5 II at ISO 3200 and 6400, and a slightly weaker performance than the Canon EOS 7D at ISO 12800.

Raw dynamic range

Nikon D7100 review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon D7100 aren't as strong at lower sensitivities as its JPEG images, coming in third strongest at ISO 100 and 200, again behind the Nikon D5200 and Nikon D600. In the mid range the D7100's TIFF performance drops below the Nikon D7000 and Pentax K-5 II, the latter of which is much stronger in this test. At ISO 1600 and above the D7100 overtakes the D7000, at ISO 3200-6400 it also overtakes the D5200, then at ISO12800 and above it beats the Pentax. The D7100's TIFF images beat the Canon EOS 7D's for dynamic range at every sensitivity setting.

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