Nikon D7100

Overview

The Nikon D7100 is the most recent, top of the line DX camera that Nikon offers. It is the top of the line DX camera over the also wonderful Nikon D5200 and Nikon D3200 respectively.

The most significant introduction to the D7100 is Nikon’s inclusion of an entirely new sensor made by Toshiba (the D7000 used a Sony made sensor). The Toshiba offers a major advance and doesn’t need the typical anti-aliasing filter that most digital cameras use. This means much sharper images without the usual aliasing/moire issues that this filter used to deal with. The design of the sensor simply doesn’t need it. The D7100′s Toshiba is a 24mp sensor giving you even more image detail and sharpness and sings with the excellent Nikkor lenses, particularly if you are making large images that show off lots of detail. The D7100 carries over many of the same features that made the D7000 the top of the line DX with some new things that make it even better.

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What’s New – D7100 vs D7000

As previously mentioned, the D7100 is built around a new sensor from Toshiba. So this is really an entirely new camera in that sense, though the features and controls largely evolve from the D7000, with a few nice additions. The new sensor is particularly interesting as we will be looking at image quality, ISO performance etc. This camera delivers.

The first feature that really stands out on the D7100 is the addition of an OLED screen on the back of the camera. This is the first time Nikon have added an OLED screen to a DSLR – all of the previous Nikon offerings have used LCD. The OLED is amazingly clear and brilliant making reviewing images and any in-camera editing a better experience. It looks fabulous and though it doesn’t have any impact on the quality of images you might take, it adds to the experience and luxury of using the camera. Its a nice addition for sure.

The second major upgrade on the D7100 is the addition of more auto-focus points. The D7100 features 51 over the D7000′s 39. If you rely heavily on Nikon’s auto-focus features (if you shoot lots of moving subjects, sports, etc) this is a nice addition, certainly making this the king of the DX DSLRs.

We will explore the video capabilities later in this review, but Nikon added a built-in stereo microphone to the D7100 and a headphone jack. If you are into DSLR video these are both welcome additions. Also greatly useful is the new “spot” white balance mode on the live view. This is extremely nice to have if your shooting a lot of video with a DSLR.

Another addition is a secondary 1.3 crop mode. This mode is further reduced from the DX sensor, so compared to a full frame sensor this gives you a 2.0 crop factor – its basically having the ability to shoot micro 4:3 with the D7100. I’m not sure why this is useful to anyone unless you’re used to and like to shoot in that format and image aspect ratio. If using the 1.3 crop mode, you will get a faster frame rate for burst shooting of 7fps.

The D7100 is slightly lighter than the D7000. Of course this is a moot point if you’re using a heavy lens, but this is a big selling point to me for Nikon DSLR’s. The fact that they are lighter weight makes them easy to hang on your shoulder when you’re out for long periods of time and have to haul a camera around. Very nice.

Battery Life

The battery life is excellent, but is rated slightly lower than the D7000 battery life. This is a little surprising considering one of the benefits of an OLED display is lower power consumption, so I don’t know why this is. Its not a big deal, but worth noting just the same. Its only about 10% so you probably won’t notice it if you’re upgrading from a D7000.

Unboxing

A few notes after charging the battery and powering up for the first time. You’re greeted with usual the welcome screen prompting you to set the date/time/timezone etc. Once the camera is set up the default configuration has image review turned off as well as the stupid beeping focus lock sound. Finally!!! This is a very nice touch as these are the first 2 things I change in the settings. Nikon has targeted this camera to photographers who actually know what they are doing. The only change I had to make immediately was to turn off the auto-focus assist beam. I understand why its there and it is useful, but its also annoying to subjects, and my style of photography is dependent on me being stealth and staying out of the way. Other than that this camera is ready to go right out of the box!

Nikon D7100 - Front

Ergonomics and Handling

The Nikon D7100 is very well built and feels very comfortable in the hand. This is very much in keeping with Nikon’s in general. The Magnesium Alloy body feels solid, but remains light weight for very comfortable use – particularly if you wear your camera all day.

I do have a small complaint about the viewfinder. DX cameras by nature feature smaller viewfinders. Not the end of the world, but it makes me rely heavily on the AF points to make sure I’m in focus. My eyes simply can’t see enough detail. Over the years, DX viewfinders have gotten better and the D7100 is no exception. But my complaint is that the viewfinder is a little dim. Again, not the end of the world, and still usable. But I really wish camera manufacturers would make this a priority of improvement. Just about any old 35mm slr has a very useful viewfinder that I can both see and focus with – I wish DSLR’s would catch up to that. (Note: After a week with this camera I don’t notice it being dim anymore, not a big deal).

The buttons and controls on the D7100 are very well placed and the camera feels very natural to use.

Nikon D7100 - Top

The top of the camera features stacked dials on the left. The top dial is the shooting mode selector (M, A, S, P as well as “creative modes” for non photographers) and the bottom dial selects the drive modes (single, continuous, self-timer, etc). Both dials have lock release buttons. The right side is the power/shutter release button, video record, exposure compensation and metering mode buttons.

Underneath your thumb/index finger are the usual Nikon dial selector and sub-selectors. These quickly change settings for things like shutter speed, aperture, iso, bracketing, white balance, etc.

The front of the camera features ergonomically placed buttons for Depth of Field preview, FN, flash pop-up, bracketing, auto-focus and the lens mount release. As usual for Nikon – these buttons are logically placed right under your fingers for quick changes and adjustment.

Nikon D7100 - back

The back of the camera features the viewfinder, diopter, AE-L/AF-L button, view screen and all associated control buttons. You also have the video/still mode selector and live view button.

Preferences can be different depending on the photographer, but for me this has always been one of Nikon’s strong points. Everything is where it needs to be and its a joy to use. Kind of like driving an expensive, high performance sports car, but it takes pictures and is considerably less expensive.

Interface and Features

Nikon has made some nice significant and subtle changes over the years to the camera’s function interface. Its extremely intuitive and familiar, particularly if you’re used to shooting on a Nikon. The menu’s on the D7100 are extremely logical and easy to use. This is important when you need to make a quick change while shooting. You can access all of the settings quickly and easily.

The main menu tabs are “playback”, “shooting”, “custom settings”, “utility”, “retouch”, and “recently changed”. The menus are all accessed with via the multi-selector thumb dial. I like this layout because its quick to find things and change settings. Honestly (and this applies to any modern, DSLR) there are more options here than you probably will ever use, but things are easy to find when you need them. This is important and I feel this is one of the things that makes Nikon such a great choice for field photography when you need to work really quickly. Being able to work fast results in a better experience as a photographer and thus yields better images.

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Low Light ISO Performance

This was the selling point for me on this camera. I do a lot of natural light shooting, often in low-light conditions. The ISO performance on this camera is stunning compared to what was available only a few years ago. 6400 is very clean and usable and still retains decent contrast and low noise. Obviously you’ll still want to use the lowest ISO you need, but when you’re in bad light you’ll still get the shot and it looks outstanding.

One of my favorite features of Nikons is the “Auto ISO Sensitivity” feature in the “shooting” menu. When you turn this on, the Nikon D7100 gives you the ability to set the maximum ISO and the slowest shutter setting you want to use. When you go back to shooting, the camera will give you the best ISO setting based on these 2 parameters working in concert with the lowest ISO selected. So for example, I’m set to shoot aperture priority. I select the aperture and the D7100 will select the lowest ISO without going under the shutter speed I assigned. This is EXTREMELY useful.

Bracketing is also easy to deal with. I bracket quite a bit when shooting in low light. The Nikon 3D matrix metering is outstanding, but it wants to brighten up the whole scene based on its advanced computer modeling. Often in low light, I want to retain the darker mood so I’ll set the camera to bracket 2 images with one being a stop or so lower than the calculated exposure. This way if it over exposes, I’ll have a secondary image to choose. Bracketing is a breeze to set up. Hold down the bracketing button on the front of the camera and the primary dial sets the number of bracket shots and the secondary dial sets the amount of stops you want to bracket. This is extremely useful for difficult lighting situations. Using bracketing technique ensures that you’ll get the perfect exposure.

In photography everything is a tradeoff and it seems that sensor design is no different. At higher ISO’s the D7100 does a wonderful job, but you do start to loose detail. I am being really critical because this is only an issue if you blow it up to the pixel level. At 6400 you get a good image, but small details start to go grainy. I kind of wish that the sensor was designed to a lower megapixel rating to compensate for this. I don’t think its a deal breaker and here’s why. Typically a photographer wants higher ISO’s because you’re shooting hand-held in low light. You’re likely shooting street style types of shots, people, etc. These are not the kind of shots that the loss of detail I’m pointing out will make any difference with. If you’re not shooting hand-held, you can use a tripod and select a lower ISO.

Lens Compatibility

The D7100 has an internal focus motor – this means you can use any Nikor AF lens on the D7100. This is cool, but not as cool as the fact that you can dial in the settings and get full Matrix metering with any older Nikon AI manual focus lens as well. This excludes the funky fish-eye models and non-AI lenses, but it does mean that I can use my all time favorite Nikon lens – the 105mm 2.5 portrait lens… with full matrix metering!

Also very nice is the camera’s setting for automatic lens correction. This is huge for a DX camera. What this does is correct the image for various distortions produced by the physics of the lens. In the past this is why I’ve favored full-frame cameras. I grew up shooting 35mm and got used to how geometric distortions worked according to focal length. This is why you often hear of 85mm or 105mm lenses as “portrait” lenses. When shooting faces, these focal lengths produce the least amount of distortion so faces tend to be the most pleasing at these lengths. With DX cameras there is a crop factor, so you throw on that 105mm lens and it acts more like a 168mm lens and you’ll need to stand further away from your subject. Worse are wide angles. Because of the crop factor, wide angle lenses tend to venture into fish-eye territory which work, but are very distorted.

You can now use the auto correction to compensate for these. For me – this solves the problem of the DX sensor. This might be the most significant feature on the entire camera. Its literally a game changer. This might sound like a subtle detail, but it is a gigantic difference for photographers who know what they are doing. To enable this, press the menu button, go to “shooting menu” and select “Auto Distortion Control” to enable.

Auto Focus

Nikon is known for its superior auto-focusing capabilities and the D7100 falls right in line with what you’d expect. There is an internal auto focus motor which increases the compatibility with auto focus lenses as previously described. Its also very fast and accurate.

As good as the auto-focus is on Nikon’s in general, I still prefer to use selective auto-focus for my style of photography. Nikon’s are set up for predicting the focus for you and it takes adjusting a few settings to dial this back so I can just select what point I want in focus. The really nice thing on the D7100 is that there are 2 user memory settings (U1 and U2). This makes it nice to “recall” a specific way you have your camera set up. I set up U1 for manual video work and U2 for predictive auto-focus stills. This way I can bounce back and forth between the two.

Multiple Exposure Mode

Now this is actually pretty interesting. At first I thought this was a bit of a gimmick, but I actually like it. You can set the D7100 to “multiexposure” mode and select the number of exposures. This allows you to recompose and shoot again as if you were making multi-exposures back in the film days. Of course you can do this with a great deal of control in Photoshop, but I actually like the camera to process it. Its very cool and does an interesting job – behaves very closely to the way film used to back in the old days.

Video on the Nikon D7100

Okay – there’s good and bad news here.

First the good news:

The D7100 shoots wonderful video. The video looks really nice at high ISO settings which is great for low light. Get the right lens on here and the video looks really beautiful with shallow depth of field. You get a pretty clean image up to just under 3200. At 3200 you start to see some noise, still usable though. I haven’t noticed any moire or aliasing problems and the “jello” or rolling shutter effect is minimal. Its there, but its way better than most DSLR’s I’ve worked with. Considering the cost of this camera – its worth it if you want to make DSLR video – its stunning.

And now the bad news:

Nikon released this camera with some major firmware bugs. These should be fixable, but its slightly annoying. The biggest is the live view problems. There’s two live views – one for still and one for video. Both are buggy. In video live view you can’t adjust the aperture (unless you’re using a lens with a aperture ring). This means you have to turn off live view – set and turn it back on. In still mode its worse – it shows the adjustment being made to aperture, but doesn’t actually adjust it. Then your image is a different exposure when you take it.

Now personally I couldn’t care less about still live view – I never use it. But video is essential and this makes the camera cumbersome to use. Hopefully this will get fixed in a release fairly soon.

The video looks great, but is throttled when recorded to the card. You can get a clean signal out of the HDMI port. I’ve done some tests recording RAW video to my Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle and it looked great. This is nice if you have the demands of using lower compression, but its a pain to work with RAW video. Either way it can be done if you like.

All in all this is a usable DSLR for video and gives good results. Its just not the easiest to work with. Lots of fiddling around. Hopefully this will get fixed.

Conclusion

This is a very serious camera – especially when you consider the price point of about $1200 for body alone. The amount of stuff that Nikon has packed into this camera is amazing. If you need a serious camera on a shoestring budget – I personally wouldn’t look at anything else right now – this is your new camera. Really I think you’re going to be hard pressed to find the same feature set at a lower price point. It really is impressive. Even with my problems on the video workflow – it still works and is very good.

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51 thoughts on “Nikon D7100

  1. Robert Stermer

    Thanks for the very helpful review. I’ve been reading D7100 reviews on a daily basis, trying to decide whether to upgrade my D7000, and your review is one of the best I’ve seen. Although I shoot many different subjects, my main interest is bird photography, so good ISO performance is a critical factor, as shooting at dawn and dusk is significantly limited with the D7000, which is really good only to ISO 1600, with occasional forays to ISO 2500 with significantly more noise. So, your assessment of high ISO performance was very helpful. Another potentially significant upgrade from the bird photographer’s perspective is the 1.3 crop mode. I was wondering whether you’ve tried it yet, and if so, how you easy and useful you found it to be?

    • Thanks Robert. Its a fantastic camera and certainly worth the upgrade. However I’m not sure the 1.3 crop mode is going to do much for you as you’re describing. There’s not a difference in the viewfinder other than, well, cropping.

      However the other reasons to upgrade I think are worth it. Good luck!

      • Ted, the 1.3 crop increases FPS from 6 to 7. Hence, it helps with photographing birds.

      • Hi Ted. Thanks for the review. I need to point out something you may not be aware of though.

        The rear monitor of the camera has the following specs (from Nikon’s site):

        Monitor Size
        3.2 in. diagonal
        Monitor Resolution
        1,228,800 Dots
        Monitor Type
        Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
        Monitor Angle of View
        170-degree wide-viewing angle

  2. Ted, thank for your website, I was turned onto it a few months ago. Watching your videos on composition made me feel like I was back in college, taking photography courses with my Canon AE-1 slung over my shoulder. My D90 was stolen last summer and I’ve been looking for a replacement. I bought my D7100 a week ago. I love this camera, the files are incredible. The sharpness and color make me smile.
    Thanks for your review, it stands out from the others.

  3. As to the lower battery life…I’m surprised you’ve not run into this. Check out a change in law — in think in 2012 — in Japan. Batteries had to be de-rated slightly for some sort of safety reason. It was in the news quite a bit with Nikon cameras that came out last year. I paid no attention at the time. Funny thing is, the battery with the D7000 is THE SAME, and yet rated at slightly longer life. One wonders whether the battery changed, or if it was the spec sheets.

    Incidentally, the D7100, with battery pack, and with the new Nikkor 80-400mm VR lens, has VERY short battery life. Using either rechargeable AA batteries OR the stock battery, in the battery pack, both the pack battery(s) and the onboard battery can easily be exhausted in one outing. Last Sunday I shot just under 900 images, VR switched on, and ran out of juice. Just saying.

    • Thanks Terry – I didn’t know about the battery redesign – that makes sense. The camera is probably actually more efficient in that case. VR lenses will always drain power. Even having said that – 900 shots on one charge isn’t bad, but I still see your point. The good thing is batteries are relatively inexpensive so I just carry an extra – no big deal.

  4. I really enjoyed your review. Since I bought the D7100, I have really been impressed by the sharpness of the images I’ve taken. As a small point of clarification, the high resolution display is still a LCD; the OLED is only used in the viewfinder.

    • Thanks Blaise – I got a little mixed up on that. Glad your liking your D7100! Its growing on me even more since I did this review. Seriously amazing camera.

  5. Thanks so much for the review. I am a photo enthusiast that purchased this camera after using a D90 for many years. There is a lot for me to learn. While reading this post, I enabled Auto Distoration.

    Your statement “(M, A, S, P as well as “creative modes” for non photographers)” made me smile. Aren’t we all photographers to some degree – even those that choose to use those “creative modes”. :-)

    Thanks again for the post – I am definitely bookmarking your site.

  6. While overall I enjoyed the review, there is a glaring specification error regarding the camera’s rear screen. The OLED screen on this camera is only the one displaying shooting data in the viewfinder. The main screen is still an LCD, albeit a very nice, high resolution one.

  7. Thanks so much for this review! Very well done. I came across your website via Google – my D7100 just arrived this evening and I’m studying up. Your feature run-down was just what I was looking for. Looking forward to taking the camera out tomorrow for a test spin.

    Thanks again!
    Carl

  8. Enjoyed your video of the D7100 very informative, being that the d7000 has such a great buy now , I almost purchased it but then the d7100 came out and even more confused , the price isn’t really the issue I had planned on budget of around 1200-1400 , I’ve been taking pics all my life but now seriously want to shoot professionally. What my question is do you think this is the idea camera to begin with being that it does have a few more features then the d7000? I shoot mothers-to-be, children babies graduation natural light , beach , nature , landscapes and helping with a friend in weddings which I hope to get into later on . Thinking this may be a good choice ? would you recommend a 35mm f1.8 lens also i hear so many good things about that lens . For a novice like myself Id like to begin with a few lenses and build up as I get better along the way . Do you recommend any ? thanks again for the tutorial on the d7100 .

    Jackie

    • Hi Jackie –

      I’d highly recommend the D7100 for what you’re talking about. The 35 1.8 is a great lens too – I use these both all the time!

  9. Hi, i’m considering D7100 and D300s. My current camera is D200 and it’s getting old, its performance in lowlight is very poor. I shoot mainly fashion and products. Can you give me an advise which camera should i upgrade, D300s or D7100 (in my country – Czech Republic, their prices are similar). Thanks

  10. Hello, is the d7100 with a 18-105 lens likely to bring out good pictures from a wedding I am supposed to be photographing? or would I be best to get a 35mm f1.8 lens?

    I have never had a SLR before so this will be new to me.

    Thanks for the great review – the best i’ve read so far!

  11. I love my D7100, but the downside is the buffer. You get 6-7 FPS, but the buffer limits that past 1-2 seconds, in RAW. This severely cripples this camera for fast action sports photography.

    Note that if you turn on distortion control, you lose more buffer-clearing speed.

    Buy the fastest SD card you can, to improve this as much as possible. There are some that are 95 MB/sec. Shooting 1.3 crop helps a lot also. Obviously JPEG shooting is much faster, but limits your quality/flexibility.

  12. Ted-
    Just a note on the problems with aperture control in LiveView; unfortunately, direct realtime aperture control in Liveview is only available on the D800 and D4, because only these cameras have the necessary mechanicals. Nikon aperture stopdown is usually performed by a lever connection, which is mechanically connected to the shutter/mirror actuator (overridden by the MLU button, but not technically separate). Thus, you have to go into and out of LiveView, flipping the mirror up, to actually change aperture. The D800 and D4 added a dedicated aperture stopdown motor to enable not only direct control but the microstepping of the aperture desired by videographers. If this were a Canon, with totally electrical control of lens functions, it would be a simple matter of a firmware update. Not so on Nikons. I think of (and love) Nikon as a superb stills camera – but if I were really serious about video, I’d be looking at a Sony or Canon – or more likely a Red or BlackMagic.

  13. Love the review, the reason I finally upgrade from my D80 to D7100. Wish I could buy the D600 but quality problems did scare me! Would you please talk about back focus button, how can we set it up and how it works, if you may. I am aware of its use but how does it do the job specially on D7100?
    Oh Hopefully Nikon will listen to you and fix those problems with Live View on the video side! Thanks

  14. I updated from a D90 about a month ago. I love this camera and still have a lot to learn. At the moment I have been having fun with the multi exposure feature. I have the 50 f1.4 and 35 1.8. Do you think I should keep both? I was going to sell the 35 with my D90.
    Really appreciated this review. Thanks.

  15. touhami altouhami

    Thank you for sharing your review. I just have my new Nikon d7100 and I find it quite great though I still have to learn a lot. , I’m stlill new to this interesting hobby. I love to photograph landscape and portraits, what lens should I use. What do you think of Tamron lenses as an alternative lenses? Thank you.

  16. Best regards from Colombia and thank you for posting such as interesting review. After over 4 years “married” with canon (7D) I just got my new Nikon D7100 camera. Eventhough I’m happy with it, I’m not that impressed as I thought I was going to be. So I will like to ask you a few questions hopping I can improve my photos quality. I do aerial photography, I don’t use any tripods or anything to hold the camera, just my hands as if I was looking out the window of a really high building.
    The settings I had on my canon 7D with 28-135mm was 1/1250 and 200 iso, shutter and servo priority. Same settings i’m trying with Nikon using the 18-105mm lens, but not the same results, not even close! Canon images were sharp and full of colors, nikon is giving me blurry and plain photos… please give me any tips or settings before I end up getting rid of nikon for ever! I will appreciate it very much! Don.

    • Hi Donald
      The Nikon D7100 is a 24 mpx and required you use very high quality lenses, not the kit lens 18-105. Also the fact the sensor has that high density pixels count, required that you use a min speed for hand holding of 1/(2 X focal lens) so with a 100 mm lens the min speed has to be min. 1/200 sec. Sure VR helps but if your subject is moving like in sport photography the min speed is 1/1000 sec. It is also recommended to disengaged VR for speed above 1/500 sec (Thom Hogan). I had the same problems with my D7000 up to the time I had a series of pics taken with a sturdy tripod, that opened my eyes. To help you, you can use the “Auto Iso mode” and set your base iso and the max iso that you accept plus the min speed you want and the camera will set the iso automatically so the speed be above that setting. Please read your manual on auto iso settings. To improve the color saturation in the setting menu you can set the colors to “Vivid” in the shooting menu “Set picture Control”. You can even tweak the settings of any of choices (Landscape, Vivid, Monochrome,Portrait, Neutral, Standard).

  17. Ted,

    This was a wonderful review. I currently have a D5100 and would like to upgrade. I take a lot of bird pictures with the Nikkor 70-300mm G series lens. My question to you is, will I see a better quality of picture when I zoom in on the picture when I monitor on my computer. Thanks again for a wonderful review.

  18. thanks Ted, a very useful information about D 7100..now its final for me to get a new Nikon D7100..again thank you, i’m sure lot of people will be happy and pleased with your reviews and more power to you……

  19. Hello Ted, I recently upgraded to this camera from a D50. I would like to know how to use selective auto-focus without going into manual. Can you maybe explain this, possibly in a new video over autofocus? I’d appreciate it greatly.

  20. Hi Ted, Thank you so much for your detailed overview on Nikon’s D7100. I have had my eye on this camera for a couple of months now. My only hesitation in making the investment was if this would bw the best camera for me as I shoot mostly concerts; indoor, outdoor, & often low light. What do you think? Also, not to be critical, but typos, incorrect grammar,etc. just pop out at me whenever I am reading. That being said, you may want to correct a couple of words in your “and now the bad news” section of your overview. In the sentence “Then you’re image…”, that should be “Then your image…” and “but its a paint…”, should read “but it’s a pain…”. Again, I am not being critical, I am sure you want your overview to be professional in every aspect. Oh goodness…hope I’ve not made any errors in this message to you! lol Happy shooting!

  21. Thanks Ted for a lovely review. I felt you should do some comparison with of D7100 with the Canon EOS 70D as well. They claim it has a good video. Well another one with the higher end D600 as well. But a very detailed review. Can you put some video tests too. I came across a link while comparing it with the D600. It is very interesting –> http://www.squidoo.com/nikon-d7100-vs-d600-personal-review

  22. Hi Ted,
    Nice job on the D7100 review. I’m looking for an answer to being a little short for bird photography. Currently using a 200-400 and I have a 1.4 converter but I’m not thrilled with
    the results at the longer end. Two questions if you please sir.
    1. Do you think that the 200-400 F4 and the D7100 would be a good fit for bird photography?
    2. I noticed the when the D7100 reaches it’s buffer, very quickly, it stops releasing the shutter instead of just slowing down. With an extreme pro card or equivalent will that behavior change or is that just the way it is?
    I’m used to pro series cameras and completely stopping a string of action shots is really not an option for me.
    Thank you very much for your attention, dave

  23. Hi Ted,

    Quick question for you. I own a D7100 myself and I’ve been quite happy with it. The other day, i came across a discussion topic about “shadow banding” issues with the Toshiba sensor when taking very long-exposures over 1+ minute at base ISO 100. The claims are that for dramatic light conditions, the D7100 has a handicap and that the D7000 does a much better job in that respect. Figured you might have heard about this issue before and could shed some light?

    Thanks!

    Alex

  24. This is the most comprehensive review I have come across. Simply great. I have just updated to the d7100 a week ago and I am refining certain things to get the best out of my new camera and this video you posed + comments really help. Just one thing if I may, regarding the focusing system on a particular matter. If one had to shoot night time concerts, say a rock concert, what would the ideal focus option be, ie AF-C or AF-S, and which cluster would you use, the single square, 9,21,51 or 3D. Thx and keep up the good work.

  25. Great article
    i own a d7000 and i project to upgrade to the d7100
    faster, better definition… i hope they will release soon a new firmware to correct some initial bugs
    thanks again for your review !

  26. Fantastic review. I am off to Tibet end of August. I am totally confused should I buy NIKON D7000 OR NIKON D7100. Lens more or less I have finalized TOKINA 116 F2.8.- should I purchase TOKINA dx the latest DXII.
    SARADINDU BOSE ( KOLKATA INDIA)

  27. Hi Ted,

    killer review

    How does the pentax K 5 ii stack up i cant seem to get my hands on one but the idea of sensor stabilization, horizon correction, sensor shift for sticky times.
    i shoot a lot of hdr so the one shot bracketing and the 14.1 EV of DR look Great on paper even the pixel at pitch at 4.7 is very close to the ideal of 5. the obvious trade offs are the MP count, Shadow…which the d7100 is very good at

  28. Coming from a D7000, for me the D7100 is a bit disappointing so far.

    It might be a nice camera for photographers who shoot green herons and landscapes the whole day, but for the more serious photographer it does have some issues.

    The 24mp Toshiba sensor in combination with the D7100 is very difficult to handle in more complex situations, and will not deliver the same quality as the 16mp Sony from the D7000.
    Serious iTTL hotshoe flash problem (many misfires)
    Strange disappearance of the lens distortion correction symbol on the top display (it does show up on the back screen)
    Some strange dark pictures with no exif data at all ?!?

    So it depends what kind of pictures you are going to take if this is the right choice.

    Robert

  29. Hi Ted,

    Already I have nikon D60 ( 18-55 f 3.5-5.6) and i am going to upgrade my camera and decided to work serious portrait photography. would you help me to choice a right camera. now i have uncertain to choose Nikon D7100 or canon 7D . some of my friends belive that canon deliver beter result on contrast,Color and sharpness. but as i am nikon fan i am confused to select the right thing.
    please help me to select a right camera for portrait and some times lanscape photography.
    and what about Lens? are the Sigma 50-150 f2.8 and Tameron 17-55 f2.8 good selection for me ?
    Thanks in Advance.

  30. Dear,

    would you please help me to select the right camera for doing the serious portrait photography. now i have nikon D60 (18-55) and i am going to upgrade my camera. i am confused to selct Nikon D7100 or Canon7D.
    and are the Tameron 17-50 f2.8 and sigma 50-150 f2.8 would be a good selection as lens.
    Thanka in advance.

  31. Hi,

    is this still active? At first I wanted to thank you for the deep review of this camera. It is very informative.
    But actually I need help to decide which camera I should buy. On the one side I am an absolute newcomer but don’t want to regret my buy after a half year when I realize that I need some more hard buttons ar AF points.

    Struggling between the D5200 and – guess what – the D7100. The 5200 is cheaper and has a flip screen which can be handy on ground level. But I held it in my hands last week. And it is so ridiculous small. Thought to brake it while holding. And I have to mention that my hands are not that big. I think that die 7100 is also nicer for my hands.

    But is it worth it? I don’t want to buy too cheap and not too expensive.

    Maybe someone has a helpful comment for me. Would be nice.

    Thanks in advance and all the best
    Robert

  32. Hi Ted,
    Excellent review of the NIkon D7100. Was very helpful as I was in the market for a low light performer in this particular price range!
    Again, excellent review.
    David

  33. I am puzzled by the statement:
    “Worse are wide angles. Because of the crop factor, wide angle lenses tend to venture into fish-eye territory which work, but are very distorted”

    If anything, wide angle lenses become not-so-wide on a camera with a DX size sensor. For example a 24mm lens effectively becomes a 36mm lens.