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Hands-On Review: the Nikon D7100

The Nikon D7100 is a serious contender in the market of DSLR cameras that contain APS-C-sized sensors. With a resolution of 24.1MP and a burst rate of 6 frames per second, the D7100 is a successful follow-up to the popular D7000. The focus system now has 51 points and 15 cross-type sensors, just like the high-end, full-frame cameras from Nikon.

Kelby Media reviewer Larry Becker praises the Nikon D7100 for its sharp image quality, thanks in part to the removal of the optical low-pass filter. In his experience, this did not result in increased moire. The camera is also capable of capturing five images in a bracketed set, rather than the previous three for cameras at this level. For video recording, the Nikon D7100 is capable of the usual 1080p at 30 fps for high-quality HD video capture, and it features both a mic jack and a headphone jack for monitoring audio. 

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I love my new Nikon D7100. I have switched from Canon and it is a great improvement. I highly recommend it. I researched and compared several mid size and full frame cameras before purchasing. Going on a trip next week, can't wait to use it again :)

Involves both the D800/e and the D7100. Considering upgrading a D90 to either a D7100 (DX) or a D800/800e (FX) and new lenses. After following the excellent discussion of D800 vs D800e, decided the increased sharpness of the D800e was probably not worth the post processing hassle for moiré and false color from the missing anti-aliasing filter. Now it is a decision of the D800(FX) changeover stay with D7100(DX) when I realized the D7100 has the anti-aliasing filter removed as well. Doesn't this mean the D7100 has the same post processing concerns as the D800e?


I have the Nikon D7100 camera. Is the Nikon 16-85mm lens compatible with this camera? I purchased a D7100 photo book which mentioned this as a great lens, but when I researched this on Amazon, they listed this lens as not being compatible with the D7100. Am really confused now whether to purchase it or not. Can anyone who has used this lens with this camera please tell me your experiences with it.

Thank you!

Hi, I am an advanced amateur photographer about to upgrade from my old D70 and am looking at both the D7100 and the D800. My budget is somewhat limited and want to get the biggest bang for my buck. I take a lot of wide angle landscapes which leans me toward the D800 with it's FX format but I also take a lot of wildlife and telephoto images as well that might lean me toward the D7100 and DX format. The D7100 seems to have all the features and capabilities I like, just not sure about staying with the DX format. I will be using both a 24-70mm f2.8 and a 70-200mm f2.8 lenses. I am also very critical on the detail and sharpness of my photos. Do you have any suggestions as to which camera might work best for me?

Hi, I was just curious. When I watched the video it was explained that aperature is not able to change while shooting. I'm just wondering if there is a designated button to control that or if that will have to be accessed in another way?

When you are recording video on the Nikon D7100, there is no way to change the aperture. You may adjust the exposure by adjusting the shutter speed or ISO, however, aperture is inaccessible during this time.

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