Nikon D7100 Review – 2020 Guide

Nikon can easily be counted as one of the greatest names in the world of photo imaging technology, digital imaging, and precision optics. It is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and was founded in 1917. Although it was founded a long time ago, it has created a reputation that still stands to this day.

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Nikon D7100 24.1 MP DX-Format

  • With this camera, you can share files wirelessly
  • It is capable of shooting 6 fps for up to 100 shots continuously
  • The camera is equipped with a 24.1-megapixel DX-format image sensor
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The reason why we are talking about Nikon is that we are reviewing one of its cameras that has received a lot of buzz recently, and that camera is the Nikon D7100.

Since Nikon has packed this camera with all sorts of features, we have a lot to talk about, so let’s get right to it! 

Nikon D7100 24.1 MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR (Body Only)

PROS

  • Sturdy build
  • Easy handling
  • Auto focus feature
  • Great performance overall

CONS

  • Soft video output
  • Slower auto focus

Main Features

First of all, let’s take a look at the main features of this camera. We have picked out the top three features and divided them into sub-points so that each one can be discussed properly and is easier to understand. 

24.1-Megapixel DX-Format Image Sensor

This sensor is specially designed for the Nikon D7100. It allows the camera to capture the sharpest images possible. All this is thanks to the fact the sensor does not use an optical low pass filter (OLPF). The OPLF is also referred to as an anti-aliasing filter. Its main function is to block high-frequency image information, as well as the effects of false colors caused by it. Cameras without this filter are able to capture images with increased sharpness. Moreover, a camera like the Nikon D7100 has a high-resolution sensor and, therefore, does not need an OPLF to reduce the effect of false colors. 

Shoots 6 Frames Per Second

If you shoot videos often or are interested in shooting moving objects, then this feature of the Nikon D7100 will certainly catch your interest. The camera is able to shoot at a speed of six frames per second for up to 100 continuous shots. This is more than enough to capture any rapid movement. A good example where this feature can be utilized is a sports event or even in wildlife photography. 

Share Files Wirelessly

This is one feature we just had to mention. By adding the option of wirelessly sharing files, Nikon has made the entire processing of moving files around extremely easy. Since it is easier to transfer the files, the SD card can have free space when needed. This really makes the camera convenient to use as you do not have to worry about wasting time to empty your SD card. 

Pros

Next up are some of the upsides of this camera. This section will detail all the good things about it. There are quite a few, so let’s take a look at what they are and how they make using the camera more enjoyable. 

Sturdy Build

Not many can come close to the standard of Nikon’s quality, and this camera is proof. It is built with some of the highest-quality materials available in the market. The outside is mainly made from magnesium alloy and polycarbonate. That is why it is so sturdy. It is also resistant to dust and moisture, so it can be used in non-normal weather conditions. The camera itself is a smart-looking device and is designed with ease of use in mind. Everything, including the controls of the camera, has been well-thought-out, and the camera is quite user-friendly. 

Easy Handling

Handling the camera is no difficult task either. It fits well in the hand and is made in such a manner that it makes gripping the camera more comfortable and convenient. The weight of the camera is not too much either. That is another reason why it is so easy to handle. In fact, you can travel easily with this camera. 

Great Performance Overall

The camera provides a great overall performance. The sharpness of the images taken by the D7100 is more or less uniform. It captures all the colors beautifully and picks up all the little details. The images come out crisp and clear and are not grainy. The pictures taken with this camera do not have other issues either. For example, there is very little to no color aberration, flaring, and ghosting. The image sensor makes sure the colors are translated accurately from the subject into the picture and that no other distortions ruin the picture.

Auto Focus Feature

Autofocus is a very important feature to have. Luckily, this camera has a great autofocus feature. It works like a charm and makes sure the images are clear and crisp. The best part about this autofocus feature is that it does not make a lot of noise, unlike other cameras that usually sound like a motor is running. All in all, it is a good addition and makes using the camera a lot more convenient, especially for beginners. 

Cons

Nothing is complete without some flaws, so now it is time to look at a couple of downsides of this camera. Although these may not be counted as major flaws, it is still important to keep them in mind when deciding on a camera. 

Slower Auto Focus

While the autofocus works brilliantly for taking photographs, it lags a bit, especially in live view and video modes. The reason we have listed this as a con is that it may affect the users who buy this camera specifically for video shooting purposes. If the autofocus takes longer to work, the effects of it will definitely be seen in the video, so it is important to remember that. 

Soft Video Output

When we say soft video output, this by no means implies that the video resolution is completely low. Basically, there is a noticeable difference between the resolution of the photograph, which is sharper and the resolution of the video, which is softer. Again, if you want to primarily shoot videos, this may be a con for you. However, it is important to note that the camera still captures videos in HD quality and even has different modes for shooting videos. 

What is the Nikon D7100 Best For?

The Nikon D7100 is a very versatile lens. It can be used in many different ways, especially when paired with lenses. Let’s take a brief look at what it is best used for. 

Macro Photography

Macro photography is basically extreme close-up photography. It is quite detail-oriented and often includes close-up shots of inanimate objects, as well as living organisms such as insects. The reason this camera is good for macro photography is because of its high-resolution sensor and autofocus feature. It allows the camera to capture all the important details with perfect sharpness and clarity. 

Low Light Photography

As the name suggests, low-light photography is done in situations where there is very little light. Usually, it is very difficult to get a good picture of such conditions. However, the Nikon D7100 is able to perform really well in this type of environment, hence, it is a good choice for those who often perform low-light photography. 

Event Photography

Yet another thing this camera is well suited for is event photography. It can come in handy at many different events, such as sports where there is a lot of movement. It is perfect for capturing the players and their actions. It is also a good camera for performances and weddings, so each and every moment can be recorded in high resolution. 

What Do I Need To Know Before Buying?

Before we end this little review, it is important to know a few details. These pointers will help provide more information on the Nikon D7100. It will also help you when making an important decision about purchasing this camera. 

Lenses

Getting a lens for this camera will only enhance the experience of using it. However, choosing which lens is very important. There are a wide variety of lenses to choose from. For example, prime, zoom, wide-angle, travel lenses, etc. Each lens has its own specifications, and you should keep your photography style in mind when you opt for one. If you cannot decide, it is safest to opt for a general-purpose lens. 

WU-1a Adapter

This adapter is used for file transfer. However, it does not come included with the camera. Even though the camera has the option to transfer files wirelessly, you will need the adapter to transfer data to the compatible devices. 

Accessories

Apart from the wireless adapter, there are a few more accessories Nikon has designed for this camera. These are a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a multi-power battery pack, and a stereo microphone. Each of these accessories has been designed for the Nikon D7100. 

Bottom Line

With this, our review for the Nikon D7100 comes to a close. The camera is definitely a great one to have. It has a lot of great features that make it a fan favorite. The things we enjoy most about it are its speed and precision. It captures sharp images with extensive details, and that is what we look for in a good camera. It is also a great tool for video shooting and even has different video modes. If you decide to invest in this camera, it would be best to consider buying a lens (or two) along with it, as it will really enhance your experience with the camera.

People Also Ask

This little section is dedicated to frequently asked questions about the Nikon D7100. We have answered some of the most popular questions to rid you of any confusion you may have regarding the camera. 

Is the Nikon D7100 a Good Beginner Camera?

While there are no restrictions for who can cannot use this camera, the D7100 can sometimes be a little overwhelming for beginners. The reason is its many different settings that are bound to confuse many beginners. 

Is Nikon D7100 Good for Video?

Yes. The Nikon D7100 shoots videos in HD-quality, and it even has a variety of different video modes for you to discover. 

What's the Difference Between a Nikon D7100 and D7200?

The greatest difference between the two cameras is their ISO capabilities. The Nikon D7100 shoots ISOs up to 6,400 while the D7200 can shoot ISOs up to 25,600.

When Was the Nikon D7100 Released?

This camera was released in February 2013 and was set to replace the Nikon D7000.

Is the Nikon D7000 an F-Mount?

Yes, this camera accommodates a large number of Nikkor lenses through the basic Nikon F-lens mount.