Nikon D7100 was two-and-a-half year younger than its predecessor-D7000. Although the D7100 is announced as a photography enthusiast-targeted camera, the facts is this powerful camera has blurred the boundaries of semi-pro line. It would rather be a offspring of the D300s than D7000. The D7100 features a 24.1MP APS-C sensor, 51 point AF system, 6fps continuous shooting, dual SD slots. The combination fo magnesium alloy and polycarbonate also gives D7100 a weatherproof body.
At a casual glance, the D7100 may be almost identical the same as D7000, but actually the D7100 has a 15g lighter than D7000. While holding the D7100, you will find its chubby body can be comfortably fit your hands. Physically, the D7100’ s control will be familiar for the D7000 ore D800 users, they can find most of the controls right at the place they had expect. The D7100 offers a 100% coverage viewfinder, inside the viewfinder you will see a new display for shooting and exposure information. The pop-up flash can be released using the button on the left side in the front, and the D7100 also support for external flash units. The LCD screen has been a upgrade from the RGB to the RGBW, which add a fourth white dot to the screen’s RGB array. The new screen provides additional contrast and brightness, also improves the performance under a highlight, and most importantly the RGBW screen can be more power saving than the RGB screen. This time Nikon has upgrade the AF system from 39 point to 51point, which cover 60% of the image area, and along with the 1.3* crop mode, the AF system can be accurately when shooting the remote objects without a clumsy lens. As the D7100 provides the same continuous shooting rate with D7000, as it has increased 50% more pixel per frame, the first factor to consider is the buffer capability. At the 1*3 crop mode, the D7100 can shoot at 7 fps while yielding a 15MP file. The D7100 now is capable to record uncompressed video over the HDMI port. The benefits of shooting uncompressed video are it can give the movie shooters more latitude in the post-production. But the uncompressed video can only be sent to an external recorder, and you are prevented from recording it right into your SD cards. Sadly, when you want to record the video into the SD card, the HDMI output drops to 720p.
The D7100’s standard ISO sensitivity span of 100-6400, not very outstanding in the current DSLR camera market, but the image quality of D7100 is very impressive. At a high ISO the D7100 does a good job, the images stay clean from ISO 100 to 800, while at ISO 6400 some stains start to show up. So in the night shooting, some ISO setting control are needed.
Nikon D7100 has hit the mid-level of the DSLR’s price level, although it is almost twice pricier than the newest entry-level D3300. The D7100 offers a weatherproof body, and a professional DSLR image quality. So compared with a profession DSLR, the D7100 still a good choice for the enthusiasts and a profession photographer.
Most of the customers found the D7100 to be a powerful camera with excellent autofocus and metering system, it also plays well in capture the moving objects, and the 1*3 crop mode is good perform in shooting a remote targets. But the cons are still existed, some users are expecting the camera to be a whole magnesium alloy covered, which can make the shell more solid in hand.
|Auto Focus Points||51||Sensor Size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Maximun Shutter Speed||1/8000||Shooting Speed||6fps|
|Maximum ISO||25600||Viewfinder Coverage||100|
|Shoots per battery||950||Build in Flash||Yes|
|Build in WIFI||No||Video Recording||Yes|
|Articulated LCD Screen||No||Live view mode||Yes|
|Memory Card Slot||2||Microphone||Yes|
|GPS Tagging Capability||Yes||Environmentally sealed||Yes|
|Weight||765 g||Dimensions||136 mm x 107mm x 76 mm|
|Date First Available||2013-02-01||Country Code||JP|
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