Nikon carries on with the legacy of D7000 with D7100 with lots of upgrades
I got a chance to sample this camera at a demo. The first looks and handling was superb. The camera body feels top class with sturdy yet soft design. Shutter speeds for shooting in continuous mode is consistent with D7000.
Video shooting with 1080p 60i is simply amazing. With a tripod/ base support, the video is sharp, flows well and doesn't feel as if shot with a still camera.
The most interesting aspects of D7100 which I realized were - 51 point focus using manual settings and the bigger display screen. This 3.2 " LCD display comes in handy while shooting videos although doesn't make a difference while shooting pictures thru view finder. 1.5 x crop factor is a handy feature, but I wasn't able to utilize that in the indoors with the time I had with the camera.
Overall, the handling and picture quality has not changed much when compared to that of D7000, except for the resolution. You end up paying for additional upgrades such as Wireless sharing, 24.3 MP over D7000.
On the negatives, personally, I couldn't explore enough to point at them. However, it will take some time for the chinks in D7100 to surface as people start using it and this is all I could assess and understand with the limited time I had with the demo model.
Essentially, D7100 for me is an offspring version of D7000 with upgrades. Hope this camera performs as good as its predecessor - which I love and possess.
March 15, 2013
Almost great but...
Finally received it yesterday. I upgraded from the D300. I'm still getting used to the smaller body in my hand. It will likely be handy when I travel but it's difficult to change the focus points with one eye in the viewfinder. I love all the extra pixels and great quality of the pictures as well as the overall technological advances, although I could have done without the auto modes and the various scenes which might be helpful for the beginners. My GREAT, great disapointment is that the diopter adjustment only goes from -2 to +1m whereas my previous D70, D200, and D300 could be adjusted from -3 to +1m. This means that I can't see a sharp focus. I know that Nikon sells corrective lenses but, besides the price, you cannot use the rubber eyepiece with them. I have absolutely no idea why Nikon could not leave well enough alone. This being said, the D7100 is a great camera for the price.
March 26, 2013
Elevação do nível fotográfico
Eu fotografo esportes radicais e vinha da arcaica D50 (quebrou o galho por bastante tempo), como sabemos, equipamentos fotográficos são caros, e por isso gastei muito tempo em pesquisas sobre a qualidade final dos produtos, famoso custo x beneficio e por pesquisar demais tive a sorte do lançamento da D7100 acontecer antes da troca do meu equipamento. Por se tratar de uma câmera nova, tive sim um pouco de pé atras em adquiri-la, mas por usar e confiar nos produtos Nikon, me decidir a comprar a D7100 e não me arrependo em nenhum centavo. A precisão do sistema de foco, a velocidade nos disparos e a alta fidelidade nas imagens capturadas me dão a certeza de que essa câmera é sim a melhor escolha dentre as de formato DX. Já tinha manuseado outras boas câmeras DX, mas nenhuma me mostrou tantas qualidades e recursos quanto a essa câmera que descrevo aqui. Se você deseja elevar suas fotos a outro nível, dentro de um menor orçamento, com certeza essa é a melhor opção.
October 17, 2013
As fotos são ótimas, qualidade superior que a D7000, Rápida, ISO muito bom.
Mais em 20 dias de uso deu problema, ela não leu mais a lente, informando leitura de abertura sempre em F--, não foca mais no automático, e no manual quando tira a fotografia a imagem é preta, pareçe um problema elétrico.
July 2, 2013
One major flaw (in my opinion)
Let me start with the weak points because this is what you need to be aware of.
I bought this camera two months ago as an upgrade from the D60 that I had for 4 years
which has served me very well especially for low light photography. I never had to worry
about setting the ISO and pictures were great even with the high1 setting that the
camera sometimes chose. I expected even better pictures with my new D7100, however
for me pictures taken at ISOs higher than 2500 are unacceptable, even at 2000 are not
A major problem that I noticed was the existence of horizontal lines all across the
screen with the use of my telephoto lens (55-200). The lines are visible regardless of
the lighting and the higher the zoom, the more visible they are. If I am not mistaken,
they start showing above 100. At 200, the picture is unacceptable (see attached images). I asked around to verify that it is not a problem specific to my camera and it seems like a common issue. I
contacted Nikon support, but to my surprise they did not seem to know about it.
A second major issue for me is the Raw file size. You can select between 12 bit and 14
bit. I select 12 and the file size is 22 MB... This is way too large. My old Windows Vista
computer couldn't handle the files, I had to upgrade it, not to mention the disk space.
- The main mode dial now has a lock button that you have to push to switch from mode
to mode. I can't tell you how annoying that is and you can never really get over it
especially that i use it often and my previous camera didn't have it.
- another issue is the position of the video record button. Again very poorly positioned.
- I was very happy that my new camera has the live view feature that I thought would be
great for taking pictures at festivals where the people in front of me are tall and I have to
raise the camera up. Well, live view takes very long to focus and very long to take the
picture after the shutter button is pressed.
- When using bracketing, if by mistake you don't use all photos selected in the set, the
next shot could come under or over exposed. Ex: if you choose a 5 photo set, make
sure you take all 5.
- it tends to under expose sometimes.
What I love about this camera:
- It has a sharp image. I did not have any problems due to the lack of the low pass filter.
- Very high resolution screen.
- Ability to take HDR photos in camera. Although the feature is buried in the menus, you
can assign it to the preview or Fn buttons. However one annoying thing is that if you are
in raw mode, you have to switch to JPG first and then select your HDR configuration.
- I appreciate the high speed that did not exist in my previous D60.
- You can take the picture at 1.3x, however I don't recommend it. If I am not mistaken, it
seems the frame dimensions are not the same in DX like in 1.3DX.
- it has built in interval timer in case you are interested in time lapse photography. I have
yet to try it.
- video quality is great (but not the sound#.
- most of the time I have my focus point in the middle, but last time I was taking pictures
at a fashion show and the 51 focus points came in handy. I always thought 3 was more
than enough. Having said this, I find using the different focus modes is a too
- Exposure bracketing is a great feature to have if you love HDR. I found the sequence it
takes the pictures odd at first because it takes the normal picture at which the camera is
set and then takes the others, but then I realized it is better that way because you can
find the base picture more easily if you need to use it on its own.
- I read somewhere that the position of the aperture and the shutter speeds are
reversed in this camera #one in the front and the other in the back), but luckily that can
be swapped from the menu.
- The camera has a few other capabilities that are of no interest to me.
Make sure you buy a fast card, otherwise With the file size you will be disappointed. I
got two 32Gb cards and configured them for overflow, but I never filled one in on one
day. I take a lot of pictures when I go on vacation.
Overall, it could have been a great camera, but it is not. I would not recommend it just
for the vertical lines problem and the poor performance in low light.
Another note on the attachments. The attached images are not the worst problems I have had. I have other pictures that look worse, but I can't post them because they have people. I haven't tried printing them out to see how they would look, but being able to see those lines on the iPad doesn't make me happy.
September 2, 2013
Nice camera but critical controls not positioned to my liking.
Why I purchased a Nikon 7100: I was intrigued by the many new features it offered like the 24.1 megapixels, the 51 point focusing and some other extras my D80 doesn't have. Plus it is a video camera.
What I like about the 7100: I liked the fast and quieter shutter. The camera seemed lighter then my D80. It seems to focus my Nikon 80-400 VR lens faster. The picture quality is superb. Having two card slots is nice.
What I do not like about the 7100: The AF button was moved making it harder to change quickly, the shutter control button was moved to the ring on the left making it harder or switch and change quickly. Both of those buttons on a D80 can be used with one hand and one finger. The 7100 requires two hands (in my opinion). The ISO on the shooting menu was on the second page. It seems to me that the ISO is changed a lot and should accessed easily. On the D80 the ISO and light balance settings are one above the other on the first page of the shooting menu. These are used much in the program mode. For me these four changes made it harder to use this camera. Also, the manual was hard to follow as well as the on board menu as there are too many bells and whistles for my taste.
Also, I should have checked further into this camera as a video. Strictly video cameras have image stabalization built into the camera. Nikon cameras do not which means you have to use a tripod. I was told though by a professional videographer that these type SLR cameras provide better imgaging thus better video. I wanted to handhold the camera though. Also on the 7100 the viewfinder does not swivel like the 5200.
Note to those reading this review: If you are new to this camera or Nikon you may like it as you will learn its controls easier then I was comfortable with. The price is good as you get a plethora of options.
Perhaps over time I might like it as well but I truly think those four controls are used the most and should be placed for easy and quick access.
Final: I am returning the 7100 I purchased because I am not comfortable with it. As I have been a Nikon buyer for over 30 years and all my lenses are Nikon I will continue to purchase Nikon products. Hope I can find one now or later with the most critical controls easily accessible. If not my D80 has much life left to it and if I do need video I will purchase a dedicated video camera.
May 19, 2013
I do believe this is a great camera but for a DSLR that is suppose to be an upgrade from the D7000 i do not notice to much of a difference if there was more differences and greater quailty in comparable from the previous model i would give this a higher rating
May 21, 2013
Decepcionado de esta Cámara
I had 2 Nikon d5100 and D5200. I thougt that i upgrade my camera to d7100. Im very disappointed, the camera is slow in menu, shutter burst is slow, at last in internal memory have to take 5 fps, but i can only 2; restart the camera and i can take 5 fps but a while slow to 2 fps, restart camera and come back to 5fps.
Both, Nikon d5200 and d5100 i could take 800 Photos in a single charge, bu in d7100 only 600.
Nikon service in Mexico is worst, never take a call, dont have email. I hace only 20 days with the camera and service support said me that no change.
Is the last time that i buy a Nikon Camera, when return to Service i will sale my lenses and cameras for another brand.
August 27, 2013
Inconsistencies with AF and writing to SD card, crop mode is more of a gimmick than anything
After owning 2 of these camera bodies I must say I am highly disappointed. I shoot posed and action sports photography, thus my shutter counts on both cameras are over 20k. The following issues are observed on these cameras and not on any other Nikon DSLR body I own (I own 4 D7000's, 1 D300s, and 2 D80's).
AF when in AFS-C mode using a single focus point can occasionally just stop focusing - leaving you with a viewfinder stuck with both focus arrows visible > <. The camera will not resume focusing - NOR WILL THE CAMERA EVEN TAKE A PICTURE (even in shutter priority)- until the shutter button is released (which defeats the purpose of AFS-C).
From what I have seen using only 8 and 16 GB Sandisk Extreme SDHC cards, about 1 in 8000 images will be corrupted when written to the card. That's just how it is. Even when trying to review the image in the camera just after taking the image the camera will just say 'card read error'. It's not the card, it's the camera. None of my D7000's have EVER written a corrupted image... EVER. My shutter counts on my D7000's are approx. 126,000, 62,000, 75,000, and 81,000. NEVER a corrupted image. But it happens on this camera body.
Lastly, and most troubling, is the newly acquired issue of images just not being written to the sd card. I took action photos at a tournament just this weekend (father's day weekend) and was in CH mode and fired off 8 images of a kid batting/swinging. NONE of the images were written to my sd card. None of them. No "sd card error" or anything. It just simply didn't write the images.
Crop mode is disorienting as when looking through the viewfinder there is a box outline as to where the image boundary is. I've found that the outline isn't that accurate either. It's really more of a gimmick and isn't needed.
In conclusion, if you are the type of person to spend $1200 on a camera and seldom use it (100-500 shutter releases), you will likely never notice any issue. If you are a pro/semi pro that THOROUGHLY uses your camera (10,000+ shutter releases), expect issues or just get a different camera (the D600 comes to mind).
June 16, 2013