Nikon D7100 review

Superseded by the D7200 but still on sale, the Nikon D7100 now looks a good value buy

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All things considered, the D7100 is still an attractive offering for enthusiast photographers that centres around the thing that these users value the most – detail. It produces sharp, detail-rich images straight from the camera and noise is well controlled up to ISO 6400.

However, if detail is your main interest, then the D7200 is better still. The D7100 is as good as its chief rival cameras in the mid-range enthusiasts market, but the D7200 is just that little bit better.

We liked

Those who like to dabble in sports photography will also not be disappointed by the D7100, provided you are happy to time your shots carefully and don't press the shutter release too early. The autofocus system is extremely capable and it gets the subject sharp even in quite low light. Thanks to the 1.3x crop, photographers can also get a little closer to their subject in-camera.

Image colours are typically Nikon-like, with the Standard Picture Control setting producing pleasantly vibrant images in most situations. If you do shoot JPEG images, though, you may find the new Flat and Clarity options in the D7200's Picture Control 2.0 system a useful advantage.

We disliked

We usually recommend that you keep an eye on the histogram view when shooting to ensure images are correctly exposed, and this is sound advice with the Nikon D7100, since the Matrix metering system is prone to underexposing in some situations. But at least it protects the highlights.

Although Nikon has given the D7100 a pretty extensive feature set, it would've been nice if the company had pushed things a bit further and perhaps included Wi-Fi technology in-camera to enable remote control via a smart phone or tablet. You can add this, however, with Nikon's inexpensive WU-1a adaptor.

If you're going to do that, though, you might just as well save the extra outlay and put it towards the D7200 instead, because this has both Wi-Fi and NFC built in.

Final verdict

There are a few extra things we would have liked to have seen in the D7100, but its performance as a conventional stills camera is still really competitive. If you're interested only in regular stills photography, the cost-saving over the newer D7200 is undeniably tempting.

But if you're interested in action photography, movies or wireless control and transfer, the D7200 is really the one to go for. For action fans the extra buffer capacity will be crucial, and videographers benefit from some useful new features. And while the WU-1a wireless adaptor works perfectly well with the D7100, it's much simpler to have it built in with the 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