1. Nikon D7100 Review (Introduction)
So Nikon has finally released its latest beast to the market, the highly anticipated Nikon D7100. This new DSLR slots right into Nikons upper mid range of cameras and is largely focused toward enthusiasts and up and coming photographers.
With it being released at the end of March 2013, it has been almost 2 and a half years since its predecessor the D7000 came out. On top of that it doesn’t actually replace the D7000 but instead slots between that and the D600.
Nikon has mentioned that this is the absolute best in terms of what the DX can offer but you should note that this is NOT a replacement for for D300s!
Keep in mind that the spec of the D7100 is well beyond that of the D300s, however the D7000 series is still aimed at the enthusiasts out there rather than the semi pros.
Truth be told, it doesn’t look like Nikon will be coming out with a D400 and this seems to be backed up with the products that Nikon has been releasing as of late. For those that are looking for a new semi pro model then you’re going to have to start looking for one with a full frame sensor.
But as we can see from all the cameras that Nikon has been releasing as of late the line between all the various models seems to be blurring quite a bit. The cameras aimed for enthusiasts are very near to what you would expect to be aimed at a semi pro user.
The brand new Nikon D7100 packs quite a punch and comes with 100% viewfinder coverage, 6fps continuous shooting, twin SD card slots, 2016 pixel metering sensor, it also increases the resolution by a whopping 50% to 24.1 megapixels, the AF system has gone from 39 to 51 points, it also has 1080p at 30 and 25 fps and on top of all that it also offers 1.3 crop mode.
Of course if that wasn’t enough the D7100 also comes with full weather sealing, and it also comes with the low pass filter so you can capture even sharper images. Previously this feature was exclusive to the D800e.
As with the predecessors of the Nikon D7100 you can expect that this camera comes with the Expeed 3 processing engine.
This processing engine along with the 24.1 megapixel sensor means that you will be getting a sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 which of course can be expanded to the equivalent of ISO 25600 if need be.
While the Nikon D7100 has the same pixel count and processing engines as the D3200 and the D5200… you will be getting something extra, and that is the ability to actually shoot at a faster frame rate of 6fps.
This is way better than both the D5200 and the D3200, so this is a great camera for those that love to capture action.
On top of that you also have another added feature and that is the 1.3x crop mode.
The best thing about this feature is that you are going to be able to get that much more tighter on the subject you are photographing without having to crop the image prior to capture. It also allows you to boost the continuous shooting rate to 7fps.
Those of you that love to capture all things sport and wildlife related will be happy to know that Nikon has taken care of your needs by including a 51 point multi cam 3500DX AF module which of course has 15 cross type AF point in the center of the frame.
But don’t worry, because if you think that the 51 AF points are way too much for you then you do have the option to reduce that to 11 in the single AF mode.
As you may have seen with Nikons other high end DSLR cameras… when in continuous AF mode the D7100 can be set to track the subject using 51, 21 or even 9 AF points after you’ve selected the starting AF point.
You also have the option of 3D tracking when you’re in continuous AF mode… which means the camera will look at the color of the subject and try to follow it around the frame.
But those of you that just want to keep things simple have the option to have the camera select the AF point for you in both single and continuous AF mode.
The Nikon D7100 is the 5th DSLR camera in Nikons range to offer an AF mode that is sensitive down to f/8.
What this means is that the D7100 will keep on focusing the camera lens automatically with a telephoto lens and teleconverter combination… this results in an effective maximum aperture as little as f/8.
Of course you can snap smaller apertures than this and use the automatic focusing as its just the maximum aperture that’s the problem.
Just like the D7000, the Nikon D7100 comes with a 2016 pixel RGB sensor that gives data to the scene recognitions system that ultimately guides the metering, white balance and autofocusing systems.
With the D7100 you also have the ability to take complete control of the color of your images with the picture control modes, and you can also change up the sharpening, contrast, saturation, brightness and hue of all the various color modes.
In terms of the effects modes, you are pretty much going to be getting the exact same that came with the D7000. So the usual night vision, color sketch, miniature effect, selective color, silhouette, and high & low key.
The only thing I have against these different modes is the fact that they can only be used to produce JPEGS… there isn’t an option to get the raw files.
The bonus is that the LCD screen actually displays the impact of the different effects in live view mode, and you will barely if ever notice any effect on the refresh rate.
You can also use these effects when you are capturing video. When it comes to video the Nikon D7100 has the ability to capture Full HD video and you will find that there are ports on the camera where you can plugin in external microphones and even headphones so that you can ultimately get better sound recording.
You have the ability to shoot video in DX mode at 24, 25 and 30p, but when the crop mode is at 1.3x you are also going to be able to record footage at 50i and 60i… which will of course allow you to capture a lot smoother video and even slow motion video. This is just the intro to the Nikon D7100 review, click the arrow down below to continue.