- Resolution: 24.1 MP
- Sensor size: 23.5 x 15.6 mm
- Screen size: 3.2 inches
- Sensor type: CMOS
- Type: DSLR
- Built-in Flash: Yes
- Red Eye Reduction: Yes
- Battery Type: Li-ion
- LCD Info Display: TFT
- Lens Kit: 16 - 85 mm
Nikon has bought out various DSLR cameras with mind boggling features and the best performance and handling capabilities with their entry and mid budget DSLR’s. Most people have seen a great deal of zeal and passion with photography and a shift from point and shoot cameras to DSLR’s is but a necessity. The Nikon D 7000 was a legendary piece of fine craftsmanship with a lot to look forward to, and now the company has launched a new camera named D 7100 that joins the D 3200 and D 5200 models with an all new APSC-C sensor with a combination of good imaging quality, class-leading noise performance and great handling in a solidly-built body. Sounds like a deal right? Read on to know more about this camera.
The D 7100 features a 24.1 1MP CMOS sensor that does not include an optical low-pass filter (OLPF) like most other Nikon DSLR’s, this is the first time Nikon has done away with the filter altogether and this omission of the OLPF altogether should result in a higher resolution than the filtered 24MP sensors found in the D5200 and D3200 can produce. This camera is definitely a significant upgrade from the D7000 and borrows top end features from the Nikon D4, 51 AF points (15 cross-type) and the stated ability to focus in light as low as -2EV. The camera also supports WI-Fi (WU-1a Wi-Fi module) and dedicated software that allows remote control of the camera from your smart phone, complete with live view, which can be a fun way of setting up self-portraits or group shots. The DX-Format sensor is quite good and has ISO sensitivity ranging from 100 to 6400 that can be extended up to 25600. The sensor also supports full HD video capture at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at up to 30fps, or up to 60fps if you’re prepared to shoot at standard HD resolution of 720p. A pair of on-board microphones adds stereo sound support, along with a mic socket for external support.
There is a new feature on this camera (1.5x crop factor) that allows extended crop factor to any attached lens. If you connect a 50 mm prime lens, will give you the results of a 75 mm lens. The camera also has a 1.3 x crop factor mode for improved performance with attached lenses. The Nikon D7100 also has the Expeed 3 imaging engine, the same as in the Nikon D4, which means it takes an impressive six frames per second. Apart from this, Nikon has added a few additional features to this camera such as Spot White Balance, which lets you set the camera’s white balance for the whole scene from picking just one area of the scene as well as a redesigned LCD screen that lacks the air gap found on previous models and promises clearer images.
This feature friendly Nikon is sure one pretty good deal.
Design, Display and Handling:
The D 7100 measures 136 x 107 x 76 mm and weighs 765 grams and looks similar to its predecessor, with practically identical size and weight. The D 7100 has a movie button on the top-plate and the additions of a fifth button along the left side of the camera, the key controls are almost identical, and fall in basically the same places. Most of the interesting bits of the upgrade are hidden away inside the D7100's magnesium-alloy and polycarbonate shell that offers moisture and dust resistance. The D7100 has a 3.2-inch 1.2M dot rear LCD (640 x 480 X RGBW) that features an RGBW display Penta prism with 100% coverage and 0.94X magnification. As far as the design elements go, the camera’s viewfinder offers 100% coverage and is framed with a rectangular eyecup, like the D600 and D300S. You will find a diopter adjustment wheel placed on the upper-right side of the camera, there is another new addition in the viewfinder, the new OLED display is sharper and provides greater shooting and exposure information. This camera has a built-in flash and a guide number of 12 meters at ISO 100 and it also acts like a wireless 'commander' for up to two groups of Nikon Speed light flashguns. There is also a bright LED autofocus illuminator that the camera will automatically activate when the light is too low to focus. This camera has a Quiet shutter mode that would temporarily disable the AF illuminator and a beep sound is created for confirmation.
Nikon has added the PSAM exposure mode dial that lets you access the exposure modes. The drive mode dial is located at the base of this where the continuous and quiet release mode, self timer and mirror lock-up keys are located. There are a few ports such as stereo microphone, headphones, plus USB 2.0 and HDMI connectivity accessible ports. There is also anaccessory port that can be used for Nikon options like wireless remote controllers, a GPS and Wi-Fi mobile adapter. This camera features a dual slot for SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. If two cards are installed, it is possible to set the secondary card as overflow storage or backup, users can save JPEG files on one card and raw files on the other card.
The D7100 uses the Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 battery that shoots around 950 shots in a single charge according to CIPA ratings.
This camera has a few exposure modes that include Aperture-Priority (A) Manual (M) Programmed auto with flexible program (P) and Shutter-Priority (S) and it has various scene modes that motivate you into clicking amazing pictures, these modes are; Autumn Colors, Beach / Snow, Blossom, Candlelight, Child, Close-up, Dusk / Dawn, Food, Landscape, Night, Landscape, Night Portrait, Party / Indoor, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Sports and lastly Sunset mode.
The D 7100 has a few exciting features for video shooters as well, this camera offers 30p and 25p as well as 24p recording and built-in stereo microphones. This camera also allows 50 / 60i movie recording and the crop mode built in this camera allows for 15 MP stills capture at 7 frames per second (rather than the usual 6 fps).
Nikon 16-85 mm VR Lens:
The D 7100 can be clubbed with this excellent lens from Nikon, although you might not feel a great deal of difference between the 18-55 mm basic lens, this lens has a slightly wider wide end and has less distortion with a great VR technology. If you get a great deal on this lens, you can surely opt for this.
The D 7100 has an Excellent build quality and very good ergonomics and handling along with Outstanding low ISO performance in both JPEG and Raw files, it inherits a fast and accurate AF system from the Nikon D4 and has Weather-sealing along with an excellent viewfinder that offers 100 % coverage. There are Dual SD card slots and this is definitely a good thing. However, this camera too suffers from a few glitches and niggles, the camera does not have -time aperture adjustment preview in live view and there is no aperture control in the video mode. Also, when users shoot in live view, the rear screen goes black until all the data gets recorded on the card. This is undoubtedly a great camera to have and it provides some of the contemporary features that Nikon has not added to its previous DSLR’s.
Nikon D7100 Rivals:
Canon EOS 7D