(AF-S 18-105mm f/3.5-f/5.6 VR ED Kit Lens and Nikkor 50mm 1.8D II lens)
Three years earlier, Nikon released its D7000 model, and the D7100 is an update to that. When D7000 arrived in the market, people weren’t expecting D7100, because Nikon already had captured DSLR market with its D90 and D300/D300S. D7000 was a success and was incredibly popular with its great features and form. Nikon is trying to repeat the same magic again with its Nikon D7100 this time, by grouping together a host of features which are found in DSLR cameras and combining them with revisions. It also includes the updated sensor, all new auto focus module and it has also added the video features. Let us take a deeper look at Nikon D7100 and find out what’s new in it.
At the core of Nikon D7100 lies a DX format sensor with a resolution of 24.1 megapixels, which is much like the Nikon D5200. However, both the sensors are not the same. The sensor we see here doesn’t have the anti-aliasing filter in a way for better detail retention, but there can be issues with false colour patterning due to lack of anti-aliasing filter. The ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 6400 and is extendable to ISO 25,600. It also supports full HD video recording at a resolution of 1920x1080, at 30fps and also at 60fps if you decide to shoot just an HD video of 720p. This camera applies the 1.5x crop factor to any lens which is attached to it. Hence, if you use a 50mm, it shall be transformed into a 75mm when attached. Also, there is a 1.3x crop factor mode, at a reduced 15.4 megapixels, for improved performance with attached lenses. So, in this mode, a 50mm lens would act like a 98 mm one.
Nikon has chosen to maintain the same meritorious DSLR template which was seen in the D7000. The build of Nikon D7100 gives a solid feel. The build is blended with magnesium alloy and polycarbonate, which means that it is a hard shell, and lightweight as well. The design might not be as sturdy as the Nikon D800, but the body of D7100 matches its enthusiastic billing. The camera weighs 675 gm or 1.49 lbs which is less in weight. There are two microphones on board which adds stereo sound support, and there is also a mic socket, so you can also fit an external one.
Most of the users will find that they will need to use it with both hands, with left hand supporting the lens and for reaching the controls on the left side. Besides all the normal controls, the Live View switch is near the bottom of the back, and on pressing it, the Live View feed is activated. The video capture button is relocated to near the shutter release button. There is a new ‘i’ button at the bottom left of the back. It gives quick access to key features like 1.3x Crop mode, Picture Control mode, and HDR mode.
The D7100 is very well thought out and put together DSLR, and its new screen is a major plus point. With 51 AF points, and 6 or 7 fps continuous shooting rate, the D7100 seems like a great choice for wildlife and sports enthusiasts, but when a class 10 SD card is inserted, it has a relatively low burst depth. While shooting DX format images, we were able to click only 12 to 15 good quality JPEG images, and the frame dipped below 6 fps maximum. It takes only two seconds to fire off JPEG shots, so the timing of the essence. The autofocus system is quite fast and accurate.
As one would expect Nikon’s DSLR, D7100 takes great photos. The camera produces accurate and lifelike colours. Exposures are quite good too. You can easily cope up with almost all types of shooting situations with aplomb, and if it seems to struggle, the Active D-Lightning manages the shadows. The presence of a high resolution sensor and the lack of anti-aliasing filter mean that Nikon has presented an impressive level of detail with D7100. In the technical testing, it was revealed that at ISO 100, the level of detail resolved is almost on a par with the full frame Sony Cyber-Shot RX1.
But unfortunately, when it comes to image noise, the story is not at all the same. It could be affected due to a lot of factors. In most of the scenes, gritty textures can be seen at settings as low as ISO 400. It can be managed as the camera robs the scenes of fine detail.
The Nikon D7100 uses the same One EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery and MH-25 Battery Charger as the D7000, but it is rated for 10% fewer shots per charge, i.e. 950 shots against D7000’s 1050 shots. If you want to increase the number of shots in a single battery cycle, you can always use an external flash. The built-in flash is wonderful, but using an external one will save you some battery, and also offers you longer range when needed.
For connectivity, there is no WiFi in the camera.
The Nikon D7100 is an incredibly well-rounded DSLR, which is equipped with one of the most complete and high performing DSL features we have seen till date. The lack of anti-aliasing filter gives a pleasing crispness to images. But as every camera has pros along with cons, this camera also has some pros and cons. Despite all the wonderful features, there are also some faults in the Nikon D7100. The high saturation of pixels on the sensor gives noisy images at lower ISO settings. Also, the burst mode is quite a disappointment in D7100.WHAT WE LIKED