Nikon D7100 DSLR – A Camera Providing Excellent Images (Part 1)

6/4/2013 8:44:45 AM

Nikon D7100 is a long-awaited upgrade to the D7000, although it doesn’t replace the D7000. The Nikon D7100 is a new DSLR camera with a 24.1-megapixel APS-C DX-format image sensor and no optical low-pass filter (OLPF or AA Filter) – this should produce sharp detailed images and the camera offers 6fps continuous shooting, 51 autofocus points, and other improvements to make it the best DX camera nowadays.

Nikon D7100 DSLR camera

Nikon D7100 DSLR camera

Key features

The new 24.1 megapixel sensor allows for high speed shooting at 6 frames per second at full resolution, with a quicker 7fps continuous shooting mode at 1.3x crop, giving 15.4 megapixel images. The camera is proud to have dual SD card slots that compatible with UHS-104, and on the back is a 3.2-inch screen with 1,299K dots, featuring a 1000:1 contrast ratio.


The camera body features Magnesium alloy

The camera body features Magnesium alloy

The D7100 features an updated “i” button allows quick access to settings on the rear screen of the camera, and the white balance spot has been introduced so that WB can be set quickly without the need of a grey card. The camera body features magnesium alloy and is weather coated to the same standard as the Nikon D800. A virtual electronic horizon is available for portrait or landscape view, and the shutter mechanism has also been tested for 150,000 cycles.

Key features

·         24.1 megapixel DX format CMOS sensor

·         APS without OLPF (Optical low-pass Filter)

·         EXPEED 3 image processor

·         ISO sensitivity of 100-6400, extendable to 25600

·         AF system: 51 focus points, 15 cross-type, up to f/8, -2EV

·         Continuous shooting at 6 fps, 7 fps with 1.3 crop function

·         2,016 pixel RGB metering sensor with Scene Recognition

·         Full HD movie: 1080p up to 60i/50i  and 30p/25p/24p, Stereo mics built into body

·         Microphone / Headphone sockets

·         High performance viewfinder: with approximately 100% frame coverage and 0.94 magnification

·         3.2 inch 1229k-dot RGBW screen

·         Durable body with magnesium alloy covers: sealed for dust, weather and drop resistance

·         Dual SD memory card slots

·         Improved “i” button and Spot White Balance for quick precise white balance setting in Live View

·         Active D-Lighting (ADL): retains details in highlights and shadows for well-balanced images

·         High Dynamic range (HDR): combines 2 shots within a single shutter release to create detailed images of high contrast scenes

·         Effects Mode: allows selected effects to be applied to both stills and movies in Live View


The top of Nikon D7100

The top of Nikon D7100


The improved “i” button on the back of the camera allows for quick accessing to controls of the rear screen. There is also a new mode dial with lock, as well as drive mode dial surrounding this, and a lock button needs to be pressed before the dial can be changed.

D7100 feels very comfortable to hold, and surprisingly compact for a top of the range APS-C sensor weather sealed Digital SLR. It has a redesigned front and rear rubberized hand grip, and this seems quite pleasant to hold, allowing the thumb more to grip onto on the back. There are ample buttons in the back, top and front to give direct access to a number of settings and there is also a front and rear control dial to quickly set or adjust the aperture and shutter speed in manual shooting modes. The body of the camera weighs 690g, a slight increase compared to the D7000.

The ample buttons in the back, top and front

The ample buttons in the back, top and front


These seem to be familiar to those who has used Nikon menu systems before, with options spread over six main menus, each of them has color code, starting with playback, shooting, custom settings, setup, retouch and recent settings. The custom menu (below, on the left) gives all of the advanced settings and they are color coded into sections as well. The right image below shows the display when you press the “i” button to adjust the settings. A video walkthrough of the menus can be found on our YouTube channel.

Custom settings (left) and “i” button pressed (right)

Custom settings (left) and “i” button pressed (right)

Battery life

The D7100 uses the EN-EL15 1900mAh battery, as used in other cameras of Nikon, including Nikon D7000, D800, D800E and Nikon 1V1. Battery life is rated at 950 shots, which is 100 less than the Nikon D7000’s rating of 1050 shots.

The D7100 uses the EN-EL15 1900mAh battery

The D7100 uses the EN-EL15 1900mAh battery


We took a number of shots to check out the camera’s responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Nikon D7100’s responsiveness

·         Shutter Response: 0.05

·         Wide – Focus / Shutter Response: 0.2

·         Full zoom – Focus / Shutter Response: 0.2

·         Switch on Time to taking a photo: 0.3

·         Shot to Shot without Flash: 0.25

·         Shot to Shot with Flash: 0.8

·         Continuous Shooting – JPEG (shots before slow down): 6fps (99 shots), 7fps (99 shots) crop

·         Continuous Shooting – Flash: N/A

·         Continuous Shooting – RAW: 5fps (6 shots), 6fps (8 shots) crop

Sony RX100’s responsiveness

·         Shutter Response: 0.0

·         Wide – Focus / Shutter Response: 0.3

·         Full zoom – Focus / Shutter Response: 0.3

·         Switch on Time to taking a photo: 2.2

·         Shot to Shot without Flash: 0.9

·         Shot to Shot with Flash: 2.1

·         Continuous Shooting – JPEG (shots before slow down): 7fps ( speed priority mode, 15 shots)

·         Continuous Shooting – Flash: 1.6s

·         Continuous Shooting – RAW: 4fps (13 shots)

Tested using 16GB Extreme Pro 95MB/s U:1 card. Switching from JPEG to RAW slows the shooting speed from 6fps to 5fps, using the crop (1.3x15.4mp) mode, JPEG shooting speed increases to 7fps, and RAW to 6fps. Focus, shutter response, switch on time and shot to shot time are all excellent.

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