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Nikon D7100 DSLR Hands-On Preview

Nikon D7100 DSLR Hands-On Preview - We go hands on with the new Nikon D7100 - the new Digital SLR features a new 24.1 megapixel sensor and no AA filter for high image quality.

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Category : Digital SLRs
Product : Nikon D7100
Price : £808
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Features
Handling
Specification

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The Nikon D7100 is the long awaited update to the D7000, although Nikon pointed out that the D7100 doesn't replace the D7000, it simply sits next to it. The Nikon D7100 has a new 24.1 megapixel APS-C DX sized sensor without the optical low pass filter - this should enabled sharp detailed images, and the camera offers 6fps continuous shooting, making it the best DX camera to date, according to Nikon.

Nikon D7100 Features

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A new 24.1 megapixel DX sensor enables high speed shooting at 6fps shooting at full resolution, the D7100 offers a quicker 7fps continuous shooting mode at 1.3x crop giving 15.4 megapixel images. The camera sports dual SD card slots that are UHS-I 104 compatible, and on the back is a new 3.2 inch screen with 1,229k dots, featuring a 1000:1 contrast ratio. Virtual electronic horizon is available for shooting in portrait or landscape view.

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The camera features an updated 'i' button that gives quick access to settings on the back screen of the camera, and spot white balance has been introduced so that WB can be quickly set without the need of a grey card. The camera body features magnesium alloy and is weather sealed to the same standard as the Nikon D800. The shutter mechanism has also been tested for 150,000 cycles.

Key Features

  • 24.1-megapixel DX format CMOS sensor
  • APS-C with no OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter)
  • EXPEED 3 image processor
  • ISO sensitivity of 100-6400, extendable to 25600
  • AF system: 51 focus points, 15 cross-type, up to f/8, -2EV
  • 6 fps continuous shooting, 7 fps with 1.3x crop function
  • 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor with Scene Recognition
  • Full HD Movie: 1080p up to 60i/50i and 30p/25p/24p, Stereo mics built into body
  • Microphone / Headphone sockets
  • High performance viewfinder: with approximately 100% frame coverage and 0.94x magnification
  • 3.2inch 1229k-dot RGBW screen
  • Compact body weighing just 690g
  • Durable body with magnesium alloy covers: sealed for dust, weather and drop resistance
  • Dual SD memory card slots
  • Improved ‘i’ button and Spot White Balance for quick and precise white balance setting in Live View
  • Active D-Lighting (ADL): retains details in highlights and shadows for well-balanced images
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR): combines two shots within a single shutter release to create detailed images of high contrast scenes
  • Effects Mode: allows selected effects to be applied to both stills and movies in Live View
The Nikon Digital SLR line-up now looks like this, and you can see where the D7100 fits:

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Nikon D7100 Handling

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Handling - The improved 'i' button on the back gives quick access to controls on the rear screen of the camera. There is also a new mode dial with lock, as well as drive mode dial surrounding this, also with a locking button that needs to be pressed before the dial can be changed.

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Pv, Fn buttons. Flash, Bracket, buttons, Lens release and Focus.
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Mode dial. Top LCD and exposure controls.

The Nikon D7100 feels comfortable to hold, and surprisingly compact for a top of the range APS-C sensor weather sealed Digital SLR. It is said to have a redesigned front and rear rubberised hand grip, and these feel good in the hand. There are ample buttons on the rear, top and front to give direct access to a number of settings, and there is a front and rear control dial to quickly set or adjust aperture and shutter speeds in manual shooting modes.

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Menus - These should be familiar to anyone who has used Nikon menu systems before, with options spread over six main menus, each one colour coded, starting with playback, shooting, custom settings, setup, retouch and recent settings (not shown). The final image below shows the rear screen when you press the i button to adjust settings. A video walkthough of the menus can be found on our YouTube channel.

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Playback Shooting Custom Menus
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Setup Retouch i settings

Battery and performance- The D7100 uses the EN-EL15 1900mAh battery, as used in a number of other Nikon cameras, including the Nikon D7000, D800, D800E and Nikon 1 V1. Nikon has measured the shutter response as 0.052 seconds, and we will be testing this when we have the camera in for review.

Nikon D7100 Hands-On Photos of Equipment



Value For Money - The Nikon D7100 is introduced with an RRP of £1099, which is the same introduction RRP price of the D7000 when it was announced in 2010, or alternatively £1299 with the Nikkor 18-105mm VR lens. We will be conducting our full review of the D7100 as soon as the camera is available.

Nikon has published a number of sample photos on the Nikon website.

Nikon D7100 Specifications

ManufacturerNikon
Lens
Effective Magnification1.5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels24.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6000
Pixels (H)4000
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in
Screen resolution1229k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning
  • Face Detection
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting6fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS30/25/24p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion EN-EL15
CIPA Rating950
Box Contents
Box ContentsEN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-25 Quick Charger, UC-E6 USB Cable, AN-DC1 Strap, DK-5 Eyepiece Cap, DK-23 Rubber Eyecup, BF-1B Body Cap, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap, NikonView NX2 CD ROM
Dimensions
Weight675g
Width135.5mm
Height106.5mm
Depth76mm

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peterjones e2
12 4.0k 1 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2013 9:24AM
how wonderful

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timbo 12 591 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2013 1:36PM
Interesting that Nikon now don't consider the DX format worthy of a professional level body.
ChrisV 7 811 26 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2013 4:40PM

Quote: Interesting that Nikon now don't consider the DX format worthy of a professional level body.

It's supposedly the same build quality/sealing as the D300s and D800. All that has happened is that with the D600, Nikon has introduced what it descries as an 'enthusiast level' FX format camera. It really wouldn't make sense to have a DX format hypothetically sitting above that. I don't however think the D300s was ever pitched as a Pro-level Nikon, good as it was in its time.
DouglasMorley 4 16 1 Canada
23 Feb 2013 12:57AM
I find it all quite dizzying. My D7000, which I spent lots of time weighing up before purchasing, has barely 2000 shutter activations and I'm still getting used to it. Now we have yet another new Nikon. Given that the D7000 has 150,000 activations, at least before it wears out, I've a long way to go with a camera that I find more than adequate. I'll not be bothering with this D7100 at all because it'll be replaced itself several times over before my D7000 gives up the ghost.

Good luck to 'online dealer's delights' and upgraders who'll be reaching into their pockets for this one.
...great, now I have 3 for my wishlist...7100, Pentax K5 II or OM D E-M5 ...not easy, but I prefer OM D, cause itś light-weight Smile
Leif 9 722
23 Feb 2013 10:04AM

Quote: Interesting that Nikon now don't consider the DX format worthy of a professional level body.

It's supposedly the same build quality/sealing as the D300s and D800. All that has happened is that with the D600, Nikon has introduced what it descries as an 'enthusiast level' FX format camera. It really wouldn't make sense to have a DX format hypothetically sitting above that. I don't however think the D300s was ever pitched as a Pro-level Nikon, good as it was in its time.

A lot of pros and serious amateurs bought the D300s due to the pro build and features. For wildlife it was ideal, albeit rather long in the tooth these days. Is the D7100 as sturdy as a D300s? I would say not due to the plastic front and base, but you'd have to perform destructive testing to find out. And I suppose the pro market users will let us know what they think.
Andy_Cundell 3 1.1k 5 England
23 Feb 2013 10:39AM
So, now I have to decide between a D7100 and a D600!!!

I think This says a lot!!
Tobytoes 2 3 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 1:45PM
ChrisV - Your comment about Nikon D300s, as I have one I would dispute its not a pro camera, suggest you take a look at Malcolm Cook's portfolio on the Leicester Photographic club site.
He came with his prints last night to my club TWPC, he uses a D100 and a D300 the quality speaks for itself when you see his work.
Bryan
Scottelly 2 35 United States
1 Mar 2013 5:16AM
I'm sorry, but while this is an upgrade from a D3100, it is not the camera for me. The Sony A77 eats it for dinner. Unless the image quality of this 24 megapixel camera is somehow much better than the image quality of THAT 24 megapixel camera, it just doesn't make much sense to me. Of course, a Nikon enthusiast with a bunch of Nikon lenses will be much more pleased with this thing. The fact that it shoots at only half the speed of the Sony is one of my biggest problems with this "new" camera from Nikon though. And the Sony A77 has been on the market for a year now. This thing is WAY too little and way too late. Sony will be upgrading much sooner than Nikon now, and it already is a better camera in almost every way . . . speed, built-in GPS, better video quality, better viewfinder (size and brightness), a fold-out screen, etc. All I could say about this camera is that it's so cheap . . . except that I don't think it will be. I bet it will be the same price or maybe even more expensive than the Sony A77.
ChrisV 7 811 26 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 5:43PM

Quote: ChrisV - Your comment about Nikon D300s, as I have one I would dispute its not a pro camera, suggest you take a look at Malcolm Cook's portfolio on the Leicester Photographic club site.
He came with his prints last night to my club TWPC, he uses a D100 and a D300 the quality speaks for itself when you see his work.
Bryan

I used to own a D300 myself and did paid work with it. I think you're getting hung up on terms - all I was saying is that according to Nikon's rating that [and this] aren't 'Pro-level' cameras. Frankly it makes very little difference in practical terms does it? Some customers who 'know a little' may be impressed if you're shooting with a big expensive camera, but it's actually fairly low on the hierarchy of elements that will produce a great shot. A good tool is a useful help to a skilled worker - a complex one can be useless in the hands of a novice.
5 Mar 2013 7:20PM
It seems nikon are now copying a lot of features from the Pentax cameras....K5, K511S and K30!
20 Nov 2013 5:44AM
Folks, I have a D3S, D300s and just purchased the D7100. Why, because of my inventory of Nikon lens to start with. With respect to shooting a variety of images both DX and FX thee bodies perform excellent. Don't know about the Sony A77 and it's performance?..
I take them all on my travels and my shots are excellent when shooting JPEG & RAW, given those images I see in the major photo mags. OH, I used to have an extensive Minolta system before switching over to Nikon 35mm series and upgrading to current digital series.
Dr.AlbertB

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