The D7100 is a wonderful new camera from the house of Nikon and is placed higher than the D5200 and the D3200 models as well. The most striking new feature of the D7100 is the new Toshiba-made 24 megapixel sensor. This is an extremely advanced sensor and comes without the AA filter, which enables you to capture sharper and clearer images. The D7100 has a lot of the features of its predecessor, the D7000, but the upgrades are worth mentioning.
How is the D7100 different from the D7000?
Like mentioned above, the D7100 uses a Toshiba sensor, unlike the D7000 that has a Sony sensor. This literally makes all the difference between the two models. It has improved image quality and a great ISO performance.
There is a new OLED screen in the D7100, situated at the back. The D7100 is the only Nikon camera to have an OLED screen as all the other models have an LCD display. The display is brilliant and makes it easier for you to view and edit the images. This display obviously does not have an effect on the quality of the images, but it makes the entire experience of using the camera a more enjoyable one.
Then, we have an increased AF. While the D7000 only had 39 points of AF, the D7100 has 51 AF points. So for people who shoot sporting events regularly, the D7100 would prove to be a good buy.
The D7100 has an inbuilt stereo mike and an external head phone jack, both of which come in handy when recording videos. These features weren’t found in the D7000.
Finally, the D7100 is a little lighter than its predecessor. This however can be negated if you attach heavy lenses, but overall the weight difference is quite a pleasant change.
The D7100 has a great battery life, but it isn’t quite as great as the battery life of the D7000. And since the D7100 uses an OLED screen, it is a bit puzzling as to why this is the case, as the OLED display consumes much less power. However, the difference is just about 10% and surely wouldn’t be a problem.
Structure and handling:
The body of the D7100 is robust and well suited for rough, outdoor shoots. The body is made of Magnesium alloy and that makes it very strong. The camera is light weighted and so easy to carry around, even on all day shoots.
The viewfinder however is a little problematic. The viewfinder is small and you may have to depend on the autofocus points to ensure the target is properly focused. The view finder isn’t bright enough. Apart from this, one really can’t complain as the buttons of the Nikon D7100 are placed smartly making them easy to find and use.
At the top left corner of the camera, a number of dials can be found. With the help of the dial on the top, you can select the shooting mode. The bottom dial is for the drive modes (single, continuous, self-timer, etc). On the top right, the power and the shutter release buttons are found. Here the video record, exposure compensation and metering mode buttons are also placed.
Towards the front of the D7100, you can find buttons to adjust the Depth of Field preview, FN, flash pop-up, bracketing, AF and the lens mount release. And keeping with the Nikon tradition, the buttons are placed in logical places so that the user can make changes without wasting any time.
The viewfinder, diopter, AE-L/AF-L button, view screen and all related keys of control are placed at the back of the camera. Here, the video/still mode selector and live view key can also be found.
Interface of the Nikon D7100
The interfaces of almost all Nikon cameras are logical and very simple to use. If changes are required, they can be made quite easily. The case is quite similar with the D7100 as well.
Playback, Shooting, Custom Settings, Utility, Retouch, and Recently Changed are the primary menu tabs. You can access all of this from the thumb dial. This makes the process of finding and selecting very smooth and fast. You may not require all the functions and options, but if you need, you will find them in a flash. This makes it excellent for outdoor shoots where you need to work at a quick pace.
The Nikon D7100 is one of the best cameras in regard to low light ISO performance. At 6400, you get brilliant low light images and the noise is kept under control as well. So even if you need to shoot in very less light, you will end up with some fantastic shots.
The Auto ISO Sensitivity feature is also worth mentioning and with the help of this, the camera will automatically select the best possible ISO for you, depending on the amount of light available. The bracketing feature of the D7100 is also very powerful and can be set up without any problems whatsoever.
Since the Nikon D7100 has an inbuilt AF motor, you can attach any Nikon lens to it. This helps in saving a lot of money, as you do not have to buy new lenses for your new camera.
The D7100 has the optical stabilization feature where the gyroscopic sensors are used to spot camera vibrations. Once this is spotted, the lens shifts as a result and thereby the optical path is adjusted. With the help of this feature, any movement that is spotted is rectified before the shot is captured.
The D7100 is a brilliant camera with regards to AF. It has 51 points of AF which is very good and ensures clear shots even when shooting fast moving objects. Then, the camera also has an inbuilt AF motor and that makes it easier for you to adjust the external lenses and get focused images.
Multiple Exposure Mode
This is a great new addition in the D7100. Like in the olden days, films were used to get multi exposure shots, today the same can be achieved with the D7100. Of course you can get a multi exposure image with the help of Photoshop, but being able to do that on a camera is truly impressive.
The camera can capture full HD images and with the awesome ISO feature of the camera, great videos are made even in low light conditions. Continuous AF is also available while recording videos. Then, the recording happens at 60 x 1080 FP on a D7100. And like mentioned above, with the inbuilt stereo mike and the head phone jack, sound recording along with the video is much better and gives you a great, comprehensive video recording experience overall.
The Nikon D7100 is a brilliant DSLR and with so many new and innovative features, the camera is a sure shot winner. And when you get this brilliant model for a price of $1200, you cannot really settle for anything else because no other camera with such features is available at so low a price. The camera is for serious photographers and helps in capture great still images as well as videos. Go for this camera if you want to upgrade from your D7000 or just want to buy a power packed DSLR.