The Nikon D7100 digital SLR is an enthusiast oriented camera that features a new 24MP APS-C DX format CMOS sensor, and serves as an update to the popular Nikon D7000 introduced in 2010.
The Nikon D7100 digital SLR is now in stores, and we recently had the opportunity to test out the D7100 with the standard Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6G IF ED VR zoom kit lens.
To see how well the Nikon D7100 performs, check out the full size Nikon D7100 sample images in the gallery below.
Nikon D7100 Sample Images
Nikon D7100 Digital SLR Camera Overview
The Nikon D7100 sets itself apart from the other models in the Nikon DX format DSLR lineup (and most of the competition), by omitting an optical low pass filter in front of the sensor.
Employing this design strategy allows the Nikon D7100 digital SLR to render higher resolution 24MP images than is technically possible with the 24MP traditional type sensors built-in to cameras like the current mid level Nikon D5200 and entry level D3200 digital SLR’s.
Additional improvements to the Nikon D7100 include an enhanced Auto Focus system that provides for greater AF accuracy by featuring wider 51 AF point coverage compared to 39 point AF coverage with the Nikon D7000.
The Nikon D7100 offers the ability to record 1080p full HD video at 30 fps compared to the D7000 at 24 frames per second. The Nikon D7100 also features a built-in stereo microphone for recording sound with movies, and offers a 1.3X crop mode, producing an effective 2x focal length.
The Nikon D7100 is compatible with the optional Nikon WU-1a Wi-Fi unit, a small device that attaches to the top of the camera and allows images to be transmitted wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet for uploading to social networks. The device can also be used as a remote control with Live View on a smart phone or tablet.
Nikon D7100 Digital SLR Camera Major Features:
24MP Advanced Sensor Design: Nikon specially designed the D7100’s 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor without using an optical low pass filter (OLPF), with the intent of delivering even sharper image quality.
Full 1080p HD Video with Stereo Sound and Manual Controls: with full-time autofocus and manual exposure control during video recording, a built-in stereo mic and an external stereo mic jack, headphone and HDMI jacks, the Nikon D7100 is a versatile video recording tool. Record in several high-definition formats: 1080p at 60i/50i/30/25/24 fps or 720p at up to 60p for ultra-smooth slow-motion sequences. Dual SD card slots give you more recording time, and an all new 60i function enables smooth playback on HDTVs or external monitors.
Broad ISO Range: Native ISO range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400 (boost up to 24,800 ISO H2)
Fast Response: Up to 6 frames per second continuous shooting for up to 100 shots
Enhanced AF System: Building on the acclaimed autofocus system from the D300s, the Nikon D7100 uses 51 focus points, including 15 cross-type sensors for detecting both vertical and horizontal contrast variations, to achieve fast, precise focus. The central cross-type sensor works all the way down to f/8, a huge advantage when using compatible teleconverters.
High End Design: durable magnesium alloy body with moisture and dust resistance protects the camera’s internal parts from the elements. A new 3.2-inch ultra-high-resolution 1,229K-dot LCD monitor provides crisp image playback, menu adjustments and Live View shooting, and a new viewfinder with a low-power consumption electro-luminescent (EL) data display provides approx. 100% frame coverage.
Advanced Metering: 2016-pixel RGB sensor evaluates every scene, taking into account brightness, contrast, subject distance and colour, for spot-on auto operations like Face-Priority and full-time autofocus during video capture.
Optional Wireless Sharing and Camera Control: Connect the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and instantly transfer shots to a compatible smartphone or tablet, then upload them to the web, send by email or text—share them however you like. With Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Utility installed on your smartphone or tablet (available for both Android and iOS), you can also remotely control the D7100. Use your phone or tablet as a Live View monitor to take shots without having the camera in your hands.
Built-in Pop-Up Speedlight Flash: the Nikon D7100 incorporates a built-in pop-up flash great for fill flash applications. The built-in flash can also act as a Commander unit that allows for automatic wireless control of one or several optional compatible Nikon external Speedlight flash units, providing for the option of simpler more versatile and creative flash photography.
Nikon D7100 24MP APS-C DSLR Press Release:
Melville, NY (February 20, 2013) – Nikon Inc. today announced the D7100, the HD-SLR that ushers in a new era of DX-format image quality and functionality for the experienced shooter and photo enthusiast. The lightweight Nikon D7100 has an impressive array of intuitive features and controls bolstered by rapid performance and a robust feature set that includes a new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, Nikon’s 51-point AF system and wireless connectivity.
“Solidifying Nikon’s ongoing commitment to the DX-format D-SLR customer, the innovative D7100 provides new ways for photographers to capture their creative vision with incredible detail and precision, whether through still images or HD videos,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “The D7100 blends the best creative features with advanced-level functionality to give the enthusiast exactly what they want and that’s a great shooting experience before, during and after capture, from shooting to sharing.”
Engineered for Exceptional Image Quality
At the core of the Nikon D7100 is a new 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, designed to render the truest, most detail-rich images possible and brilliant HD video. The innovative sensor design delivers the ultimate in image quality by defying convention; because of the high resolution and advanced technologies, the optical low pass filter (OLPF) is no longer used. Using NIKKOR lenses, the resulting images explode with more clarity and detail to take full advantage of the 24.1-megapixel resolution achieved with D7100’s DX-format CMOS sensor.
Driven by Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 3 image processing engine, the D7100 realizes a focus on image quality that extends beyond staggering sharpness to outstanding images with a wide dynamic range in a variety of lighting conditions. A wide ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to Hi-2 of 25,600) allows for more versatile shooting to capture challenging conditions such as nature at twilight or even sports under less-than-ideal lighting. Even at higher ISOs, noise is minimized for both still images as well as when recording HD video.
Performance and Features Geared for the Advanced User
The Nikon D7100 is designed for the experienced shooter ready to take their photography to the next level, who demands a camera that conveys reliability and performance, and who is eager to embrace the next photographic challenge. These features include:
New 51-Point AF System – The D7100 features Nikon’s professionally proven and lightning-fast 51-point AF system, with a new Multi-CAM 3500DX AF module. Additionally, the AF system and exposure are augmented with Nikon’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II 2,016 pixel RGB sensor and Scene Recognition System, which recognizes the scene prior to shooting in order to adjust AF, AE, AWB and other parameters. The results of this system are accurate and even exposures, sharp details and vivid color, frame after frame. For additional precision, 15 of the 51 AF points are cross-type, and the center point is functional at f/8, giving DX photographers an additional telephoto advantage when using a teleconverter.
Rapid Response and Operation – To help ensure the decisive shot is not missed, the D7100 can shoot at up to six frames per second (fps) at full resolution and up to seven fps when using the new 1.3x crop mode at slightly reduced resolution. Overall operation and image processing is swift, while startup and shutter lag is nearly imperceptible with a release time lag of 0.052s* (CIPA). Image data is also written to dual SD card slots, which accept the latest high-speed UHS-1 and SDXC cards.
1.3x Crop Mode – Sports photographers take note: Building upon the telephoto benefits of the DX-format, the D7100 has the unique ability to shoot in a 1.3x DX crop mode for both stills and HD video. While in this innovative mode, shooters will gain an extra telephoto boost (2X), and a boost in burst speed to seven fps, with 15.4- megapixel resolution. Additionally, while in this mode, the 51-point AF array covers more of the frame, allowing improved subject acquisition and tracking performance through the viewfinder.
New High Resolution LCD – The new, wide and bright LCD screen is 3.2-inches and features a super high resolution of 1,229K dots. Now photographers can easily compose and check critical focus for HD video.
New Viewfinder – Nikon has implemented a bright and high-contrast new OLED data display within the optical viewfinder that makes it easier to read and see shooting data. When composing through the viewfinder, users see 100% frame coverage, essential for proper framing.
Spot White Balance – A new feature for Nikon cameras, Spot White Balance allows for quick and precise white balance adjustment while shooting in live view. By selecting a desired point on the screen, users can set a custom white balance from a distance, even while using a super-telephoto lens. This is helpful for shooting video or when shooting under unfamiliar lighting when no gray card is available.
Durable Construction – Built to perform in a wide variety of conditions, the D7100 is built to the same moisture and dust resistance specifications of the venerable Nikon D300S. For durability, the top and rear covers are constructed of magnesium alloy, while internally, the shutter has been tested to withstand 150,000 cycles. Despite its robust construction, the camera remains lightweight, weighing in at approximately 1.5 pounds (body).
Enhanced Interface – To make it easier for users to quickly access frequently used functions, the “i” button has been added to the enthusiast-oriented control layout on the camera.
Sharing and Remote Shooting Simplified
Photographers know that moment when the shutter clicks and they have created something stunning which deserves to be shared. No matter where that moment occurs, whether in an urban landscape or isolated forest, they can now share their images wirelessly by an attached WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.
With this optional adapter the user has the ability to share images to a supported smartphone or tablet, shoot remotely from their device, and transfer photos from up to 49 feet away. The Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility application is available free of charge on Google Play™ for Android™ devices or from the App Store™. When using the application, photographers can wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a mobile device and even remotely control the camera.
Capture Exceptional HD Video
For those looking to create multimedia content, the Nikon D7100 has a wide variety of innovative features for capturing HD video at various frame rates. With a press of the dedicated video record button, video can be recorded at 1080/30p, or at 60i/50i (in 1.3x Crop Mode) for optimal playback on many HDTV’s when connected via HDMI.
The D7100 also provides the ability to record stereo sound through the internal microphone, or attach an optional external microphone such as Nikon’s ME-1, through the dedicated microphone terminal. To reference audio, the camera also features a headphone terminal. Users can also get creative using Nikon’s Creative Effects in real time. This feature lets users take advantage of modes like Selective Color or Color Sketch to create truly customized movies.
Full Control, Creatively
In addition to full manual controls, the Nikon D7100 features a variety of intelligent modes to create effects and special features so that users can unleash their creativity. Nikon’s Picture Controls can be applied to photo and video to change the color, tone and saturation of an image for creative control. When capturing still images, the same Creative Effects modes and filters available in video are also at the disposal of the user. By combining consecutive frames, the D7100 also has a high dynamic range (HDR) function to let users capture photos with a vast tonal range.
NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility
For 80 years, the NIKKOR legacy has been providing world renowned optics for photographers. The D7100 is compatible with Nikon’s dedicated DX-format lenses and more than 50 FX-format lenses. NIKKOR lenses offer the ultimate in sharpness and clarity in photos and HD video. For added versatility, the camera features a built-in flash, or can act as a commander in Nikon’s popular Creative Lighting System (CLS).
Nikon WR-1 Transceiver
In addition to the D7100, Nikon also announced the WR-1 Transceiver for Nikon D-SLR cameras. This device uses 2.4 GHz radio frequency for maximum range when communicating with the camera, extending the range and functionality for remote shooting applications.
The communication range between WR-1 units is approximately 394 feet, and 15 channels are available. Users also have the ability to remotely control a camera (with a WR-1 used as a receiver) attached by operation of another WR-1 (used as a transmitter), and also perform simultaneous or synchronized release of shutters on several cameras using the WR-14. Furthermore, there are a wide variety of options for remote shooting, which include dividing remote cameras into groups and controlling each group separately and interval timer photography. Remote shooting by combining the WR-1 with WR-R10/WRT10 wireless remotes is also possible.
Nikon D7100 SLR Camera Specifications
|Image Sensor||23.5mm x 15.6mm (DX Format)|
35mm equivalent focal length 1.5x
|Effective Resolution||Approx. 24.1 megapixels|
|Still Image File Format and Size||DX-format|
(L) 6,000 x 4,000
1.3X Crop Mode:
(L) 4,800 x 3,200 (13.5 MP)
Photographs In Movie Live View (16:9):
(L) 6,000 x 3,368 (20.2 MP)
Photographs Taken In Movie Live View Using The 1.3X Crop (16:9):
(L) 4,800 x 2,696 (12.9 MP)
|Image Processing||EXPEED 3|
|File Formats||• NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed or compressed|
• JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available
• NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
|Dust-Reduction||Image sensor cleaning|
Image Dust Off reference data (optional software required)
|Viewfinder Type||Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder|
Frame Coverage: Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Magnification: Approx. 0.94x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint: 19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment: -2 to +1 m-1
Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
|Memory Card Type||SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards|
Two SD memory card slots. Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using NEF+JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards
• Aperture-Priority (A)
• Autumn Colors
|LCD Monitor||3.2-in., approx. 1229k-dot (VGA; 640 x 480 x 4 = 1,228,800 dots), TFT monitor with approx. 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage and brightness adjustment|
|Movie Recording Options||File format:|
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
HD 1,920×1,080 / 60i
|Live View Function||• Photography Live View Mode|
• Movie Live View Mode
Live View Lens servo:
Live View AF-area mode:
Live View Autofocus:
Live View Scene Auto Selector Auto mode:
|Movie Recording Length||20 minutes at highest quality|
29 minutes 59 seconds at normal quality
|Movie Audio||• Built-in microphone, stereo|
• External stereo microphone (optional)
• Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
|Focusing System||Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection|
|AF Points||Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points|
AF-area modes: 9, 21 or 51 point Dynamic-area AF
3D-tracking (51 points)
|AF Working Range||-2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)|
|Focus Modes||Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)|
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
|AF Lock||Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button|
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
|AF Assist Beam||Yes dedicated bulb|
|Depth of Field Preview||Pressing depth-of-field preview button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (other modes)|
|Autofocus Fine Tune||Yes|
|Drive Modes||S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter release), (self-timer), MUP (mirror up); interval timer photography supported|
|Continuous Shooting||6 frames per second|
1.3X Crop Mode
|Metering Type||TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor|
|Metering Modes||Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm circle in center of frame|
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Spot: Meters 3.5mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
|Metering Range||0 to 20 EV (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)|
2 to 20 EV (Spot metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens at 20°C/68°F)
|Exposure Compensation||±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV|
|Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB)||2 to 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV|
|Mirror Lock Up||Yes|
|ISO Range||ISO 100 – 6400|
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
|Active D-Lighting Bracketing||2-3 frames|
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 frames using preset values for all frames
|Shutter Speed||1/8000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV|
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Fluorescent (7 types)
|White Balance Bracketing||2 to 5 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3|
|Built-in Flash Type||Auto Pop-Up, Guide Number: Approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20∞C/68∞F)|
|TTL Hotshoe||Yes supports dedicated Nikon Speedlight external flash|
|Flash Control||TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2016-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off; Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported|
|Flash Sync||X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)|
|Flash Exposure Compensation||-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV|
|Flash Exposure Bracketing||2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2 or 3 EV|
|Nikon Creative Lighting System||Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with: SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes or SU-800 as commander; built-in flash can serve as master flash in commander mode|
Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
|Picture Control||Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls|
|Lens Compatibility||Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses, AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (and modes only); IX-NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used|
The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the center focus point with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster)
|In-Camera Image Editing||Color Balance|
NEF (RAW) Processing
|Custom Functions||50 Custom Settings and My Menu option|
|Image Comment||Add a comment or User copyright information (can be set in camera)|
|GPS Compatibility||GP-1 GPS unit|
GP-1A GPS unit
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
|Interface||Accessory Terminal: Remote Cord: MC-DC2 (available separately); GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)|
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Stereo Microphone Input
WR-1 and WR-R10 wireless remote controller (available separately)
|Wi-Fi Functionality||Eye-Fi Compatible|
WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
UT-1 Communication Unit + WT-5A Wireless Transmitter
|Supplied Accessories|| EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery|
MH-25 Quick Charger
UC-E6 USB Cable
DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
DK-23 Rubber Eyecup
BF-1B Body Cap
BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
NikonView NX2 CD ROM
|Battery||1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15|
Battery Life:Approx. 950 shots
|Optional Vertical Release Battery Grip||Optional MB-D15 Multi-Power Battery Pack using one or two EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries or six AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium batteries|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||5.3 in. (135.5 mm) x 4.2 in. (106.5 mm) x 3.0 in. (76 mm)|
|Weight||Approx. 675g with battery and memory card|