Professional features for a 'prosumer' price.
The D7100 is *almost* perfect for my needs. Burst mode is, well... meh. I shoot RAW almost 100% of the time and the buffer/processing times are a little sluggish, but for the price, I really can't complain. If you're a 'spray-n-pray' photographer that needs high FPS, especially one who shoots RAW, you may want to consider stepping up to a FX-body. For 99% of serious amateurs and semi-pro's, though, the D7100 will work wonders. I'm also not too thrilled with the locking mechanisms for both the mode and drive mode dials, but I'll get over that, too. Neither of my complaints necessitate giving this camera 4 stars instead of 5, though.
The construction feels firm and sturdy and not 'plasic-y', which gives me the confidence that I can take it out for a long day of shooting in places where it's bound to get bumped, and not fret over it. An extra level of confidence is added knowing that Nikon sealed the body from moisture and dust the same way they did for some of their higher end full-frame cameras.
The AF system is extremely responsive and quick, especially with quality glass adorning it. IQ is fantastic, though I'm struggling to see how much difference not having an OLPF really makes to an image when using good lenses. I haven't done any side-by-side tests with it yet, so the difference may be more apparent when I do. Still, regardless of the difference it makes, I have not been disappointed with the quality of images I've taken so far.
The D7100 definitely stands out in low light situations with the new AF system. It is a crop sensor, obviously, so don't expect miracles once the ISO really starts shooting through the roof, but I've found some images still usable at ISO 6400 even without post-processing. That, in itself, is pretty impressive considering the sensor.
There are more than enough reviews online if you want a real in-depth review on the D7100, I'm only listing a few features that have stood out to me. There are many, many more features available, and plenty of which I haven't even sampled yet, so I'll refrain from reviewing something I haven't personally tested. All in all, the D7100 offers photographers, from the beginner to the most advanced, a LOT of features for the price with very few cons, in my opinion.
Get one. Shoot it. You'll probably love it!
May 4, 2014
This is my second d7100 & I love them both..Have been with Nikon since 1980 & still have two F3 s ,lenses & Motor drive. I have had good service with al my Nikons & never had a problem with any of them. For my money Nikon is the best !
April 4, 2014
I upgraded from a Nikon D3000 which was a great camera in its own right. The D7100 has a solid feel to it. Buttons are nicely arranged to get to common features easily. I like that the movie button is position closer to the shutter switch instead on the back of the camera. There are plenty of options to get creative with your composition. I'll enjoy taking this out to shoot as often as I can.
The lens makes a big difference with the quality of the pictures this camera is capable of producing. The user buttons are a great idea. I've used them many times to keep track of my favorite setup while I experiment with other settings. It gives me the freedom to return to settings that I'm comfortable with.
Great job, Nikon, for making a great camera and for rekindling my passion for photography.
April 3, 2014
THIS CAMARA NIKON 7100 IS MY SECOND AND I M VERY HAPPY WITH THIS LAST I HAVE VERY NICE PICTURES I RECOMMEND TO FUTURE BUYERS
March 30, 2014
definitely a step up from 7000, makes buying a 610 a difficult choice
I started with a D80 7 years ago. Previously I had ProSumer versions of Canons and earlier than that I shot film with Minolta's. After 4 years with the D80 I went with a D7000 which was a great improvement but not quite the jump I was hoping for. Noise and sharpness were my two issues. I spent a lot of money buying good glass, mostly FX lenses (28-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8) which should shine on a DX format camera. I was all ready to jump to the 610 (bypassing the problematic 600) but I found that the sweet spot of my lenses wasn't so sweet any more and I really missed the extended reach I got on a DX frame. Sure I could fake it but why go FX then? I test drove a 7100 and was shocked at the sharpness and the noise handling. The AF modes as well as the 59 point system is just amazing on focus clarity.
So far I have not had to clean my sensor - something I had to do regularly with the D80 and D7K. Today I run a Tokina 11-16 2.8DX, Sigma 17-50 2.8 OSM, Nikon 28-70 2.8 and then the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR and this setup provides a phenomenal range. I purchased an aftermarket grip, previously always went with Nikon, and have been reasonably happy. One minor complaint is the 7100 requires its own special USB cable otherwise the 7100 is better in every way.
March 25, 2014