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NikonD7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 869 reviews)

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    (716)

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    (135)

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    (7)

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    (7)

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    (4)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (709)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (630)
  • Large clear LCD (577)
  • Fast shutter speed (510)
  • Easy to use (503)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (39)
  • Short battery life (39)
  • Lag / shutter delay (15)
  • Poor in low light (12)
  • Poor image quality (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (607)
  • Travel (504)
  • Family photos (500)
  • Wildlife (451)
  • Low light (421)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (394), Semi-pro photographer (225), Pro photographer (77), Casual photographer (55), Photography student (28)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (726), Yes (34)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

D7000 on steroids, best all rounder ever

In short, the D7100 is the best all-rounder dSLR Nikon has ever made. Some FX Nikons may have one or other superior feature, but as a collective of capabilities (if you're taking a...Read complete review

In short, the D7100 is the best all-rounder dSLR Nikon has ever made. Some FX Nikons may have one or other superior feature, but as a collective of capabilities (if you're taking a single camera to the unknown), the D7100 is unmatched. The D7000 is no slouch either, and should be seriously considered if on a budget.I've been a Pentax user in the 70s, Canon from the late 80s to the 2000s, and went to Nikon a few years ago. Up to now, my favorite dSLR was a D7000 that I absolutely loved for being sort of a "digital F6": lightweight, compact, and incredibly fast for a consumer body. The only cons that came to mind regarding the D7000 were the lack of 30fps at 1080p and, more importantly, the limited memory buffer (more on that latter).Upgraded to a D800 but, to my surprise, it didn't fit my needs. I don't print larger than 75x50cm, and I don't crop much - therefore, I absolutely have no need for giganormous 36 megapixel pictures that bring even the most powerful computers to their knees. Also, the D800 is considerably slower than the D7000 for almost everything, notoriously when shooting energetic children. I did like the huge FX viewfinder, and the low noise at high ISOs - but then again, I use live view's zoom feature when doing critical focusing work (rendering the large viewfinder superfluous) and I have some fast lenses (1.4, 1.8, 2.8) that allow me to shoot dimly lighted theater plays at pretty low ISOs on the D7000. Sold the D800 to a studio photographer (where it rightfully replaced a Hasselblad!), and went back to the market for a new camera.I briefly considered the D4. Off course my first con was it's stratospherical price, but the disappointment started when I saw that it "only" has about the same dynamic range and color precision of the DX D7000. The lack of a built in flash (great for quickies and as a CLS commander) was also a con. The mix with the memory cards, including a format that no one uses was the final nail to the D4's coffin in my book, regardless of it's unmatched speed (or buffer limit).Then I borrowed a friend's D600. At first it seemed like the perfect camera (a FX D7000!) - only, it was not. Even slower than the D800, with some limitations that even my ancient F4 could beat (only 1/4000, only 1/200 flash sync). But the worst was the AF system: the same DX system of the D7000 in a FX frame - that means all 39 AF points are cramped in the middle of the viewfinder, leaving 3/4 of the frame without any AF points! With that in mind, I found that all Nikon FXs bodies had at least one serious flaw that I couldn't live with. Then came the D7100…The D7100 is a D7000 on steroids – which is a great thing, since I loved mine. I don't really need 24 megapixels, but the lack of an antialiasing filter indeed does show: it's pictures are considerably sharper at large sizes, and I've yet to see any Moiré. The D7100 is as fast as my benchmark D7000, and is actually slightly faster in the new cropped mode. 30fps at 1080p and a headphone monitor jack are movie pluses (don't see much use for the built in stereo mic, though: if quality is needed, must go for an external one, anyway; but the new position of the built in mic, on the top, is much better the front mono mic of the D7000). OLED display in the viewfinder is a first to me, very visible indeed. But the biggest advance to me is the new AF system: it's simply the best in the current Nikon line. The 51 AF sensor points cover most of the screen (actually ALL OF IT when in cropped mode), is capable to focus even in REALLY dark situations (EV -2!) -rendering the AF assistant light obsolete-, and works great with F/8 lenses (or with teleconverters).The only cons I could find in the D7100 so far (1300 pictures in 12 days of use) were the limited buffer, and the lack of built in GPS and Wi-Fi (not common at the time of the D7000's release, but several competitors offer them in 2013). The latter can be added as external accessories (I own both, and wrote specific reviews about them), but the non-upgradeable buffer's memory is so inexpensive today that I guess the limit is on purpose: if the D7100 had a large memory buffer, there would definitively be fewer professional sports shooters going for the ancient (yet 50% more expensive) D300s or the 5 times more expensive D4.I would like to finish with a reminder that I still find the D7000 a better VALUE. B&H is selling factory refurbished ones for [*] of the price of a brand new D7100, and it's [*] the same camera. You can invest the money you saved on a couple of F/1.8 lenses (35mm AF-S and 50mm AF-D), and still have change for a second EN-EL15 battery.With that said, my conclusions are: the D7100 is the best Nikon dSLR at this moment, with great value and outstanding performance. But if money matters, the D7000 is still the best bang for the buck.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice Camera Bad Quality Control

First of all, This camera is great! except for the bad quality control! It is easy to use and has all the convenient features. However, Nikon really has the quality issues for...Read complete review

First of all, This camera is great! except for the bad quality control! It is easy to use and has all the convenient features. However, Nikon really has the quality issues for recently product. I have D600 send back for cleaning the oil spot problem. Then I brought the first D7100, right out of the box, after about 50 shots there is a single oil spot showed on the image. Then I returned it and ordered the 2nd one. I think the first one is the bad luck since most of people don't have that issue. However, the 2nd one is even worse, after 10 test shooting, I found there are about 3 huge oil spots on the picture already. Tried 2 different lens, No change. Nikon really need seriously solve this issue! Except the oil problem, D7100 is an great camera. If you want to get one now, consider this issue first.

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5.0

Amazing!

By Full of Mischief

from Eugene, OR

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    I upgraded my older Nikon DSLR and have been eagerly learning what all the bells and whistles are on the new camera. The photos taken so far are far superior to the older ones.

    Pros: Image quality, fairly easy to learn, dual memory cards.

    Cons: Heavier than expected

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    • Yes

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    4.0

    Perhaps not state of the art, but great value!

    By Mainline Mike

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      Upgrading from a D80 (so it's been a while), I was looking around at what Nikon had out there. While more recent releases have more bells & whistles, the D7100 had everything I needed at a fantastic price. Also, unlike many other vendors of the D7100 at this price point, according to B&H's FAQ section, this is a genuine Nikon USA product, not gray market.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Fantastic middle ground between beginner and pro

      By Avi D

      from Tampa, Florida

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        I started doing photography when I was 16 almost eight years ago shooting with a simple point and shoot, jumped around between a couple Nikon coolpix then went to a Nikon D90 and shot with that for around 4 years and finally decided I not only need more megapixels but an overall better Camera to take my photography to the next level. The D7100 has allowed me to not only take better photos but to create amazing pieces to exhibit both in my home as well as online to be sold. I love being able to print 20/30 pieces and not lose a drop of the clarity and resolution.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Why Did I Wait So Long?

        By David

        from Sutton,Massachusetts

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          Finally made the move from the Nikon D3200 (a very good beginner's camera)to the D7100. A world of difference in capability!A bit complicated at first but after a while became easier to use.Images are much sharper.Nothing negative to report!!

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          5.0

          Love it!

          By Pete

          from Boston

          Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          Feels solid when hold it. Works great with all my lenses. Very pleased with my choice. Got way more out of this camera than I thought I would.

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          5.0

          Incredible Value!

          By JT

          from Chicago

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            Possibly the best digital camera for the money from Nikon. I bought this as a "back-up", but find myself using it constantly because it has everything I need, and video as well!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excited about this camera

            By amature wanna be

            from Cincinnati, OH

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                I bought this as an upgrade from my original Nikon.
                There is a lot to learn in order to take full advantage of this camera, but it is worth the effort.
                I have used this D7100 body with a variety of lenses and always get clear, sharp images.
                The camera's build/solidness, settings/control, response, and images have all contributed to an increased enthusiasm in my photography.

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                • No

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                4.0

                I would buy this product again and agai

                By no se que contestar.

                from Monterrey,NL. Mexico

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                Toma de fotografias y es la primera vez que la utilizo grabando un video en HD y quede muy satisfecho.

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                5.0

                Camera Love

                By Calpurnius

                from Herrin, IL, USA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                  Absolutely love my Nikon D7100. I use it for a wide variety of semi-pro shooting. It has incredible features for the price.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Solid in many ways

                  By WanaBeNatGeoPhotog

                  from Florida Panhandle

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality

                  Cons

                  • Loud Mirror
                  • Noisy At High ISO

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                  Replaced D5200 with this and am very pleased with image quality and range of settings. The loud mirror 'slap' scares away the animals at close range. Love the solid feel and performance thus far.

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                  5.0

                  I would buy a million!!!

                  By Edwards photos

                  from North sioux city sd

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                    I use this camera for school and work and I love it. It is easy to use and very durable!!! I am hands down in love with it! Lots of amazingly good features!!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Classic

                    By James G.

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO
                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                    This is my second D7100 I have owned. It is such a solid camera for what I use it for. My primary usage is for newborns, portraits, and maternity sessions. It really is a professional grade camera in as much as you can get out of an APS-C sensor. I would not however use this camera for weddings or low light situations. This is the only area that I reserve my full frame cameras for. This is the only area that I feel really lacks. But everything else this camera will not do you wrong

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                    4.0

                    Was my favourite camera until it died...

                    By NickArt

                    from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality

                    Cons

                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Street Photography
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                    This was my first digital camera (used it side by side with the FM2), took it throughout Europe on my first solo trip, shot from landscapes to portraits and from birds to stars. The best about this camera is the super fast focussing, it sometimes missed focus in dim light. It sometimes didn't meter well at all (blew the highlights by about 3 stops) and then went back to normal. It's relatively heavy but as I said I carried it on my shoulder from day to night through 11 countries and never felt it heavy. The weather sealing is great! I was caught many times under HEAVY rain, and it didn't suffer at all (nor did the 35/50 1.8G lenses). The battery life is great! it usually lasted me a week before I had to charge it again, and the charging time was about an hour and a half and back to the streets.
                    Now to the bad part... I had several problems with mine, mostly with the metering system (service didn't fix the issues), the focus points are quite crumbled in the centre so it was not very useful for portraits, it had oil spots on the mirror and sometimes on the sensor, it sometimes did not focus or hunted for focus, for shooting wildlife the buffer is just mediocre because sometimes it'd fill at the 6th image and then slowed down or with bursts of 4 it also clogged up anyway. And the biggest issue which left me without camera... I was taking pictures in Calton Hill, Scotland, and I fell really badly on my back, I fell on a stone and the camera on the grass as if nothing, but when I took it of the ground I noticed the pop-up flash open (it's really flimsy and never used it, wish it didn't had it) and the front part of the body (that's not magnesium alloy btw) was cracked all along from the top down to the base, a thin crack but it was there. Amazed, because it have had it's shakes and stuff (I don't abuse my gear but I have to use it outdoors) but falling from no more than 80cm to the ground managed to break it... It worked after that though (for a few more shots, luckily I was leaving Scotland that day and I had already taken all the pictures I wanted), but when I took it to the repair centre, they told me it could not be fixed and that the warranty wouldn't cover it either. I kind of expected a semi-professional DSLR with magnesium alloy body to be fully metal, not just the back-side, I would've bought a D3300 if I wanted plastic.
                    Overall I do recommend this camera, now that it is cheaper is a great deal, would not waste more with the new D7200 though, this camera with normal use will last many years and will allow you to take great pictures (but don't take it to Calton Hill).

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                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By Kevin

                    from Utah

                    Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                    We love our new Camara. Excellent features, well made

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                    5.0

                    Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera

                    By David

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                      This is my backup camera after I broke my D300. It's a great machine.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Still learning

                      By rgminnesota

                      from Mankato, MN

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Image Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                        Purchased this after years with a D5000. Taking some time to locate and learn to adjust all of the settings. So far, so good! Not sure I'm a fan of not having the option to leave the display on the back of the camera on full time. Got pretty used to the large screen. Adjusting to working with the smaller screen near the shutter release button.

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                        5.0

                        Amazing customer service

                        By Vqd3185

                        from Ohio

                        Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                        Had to return first one for extreme overexposure issue. Turn around for replacement was 7 days from me to them and back to me. Love the camera. Upgrade from D5100. Kept waiting for the D300s replacement. Had to give this a shot with the price drop during the holidays. So glad I did. Amazing. D500 out in march but don't think I will be needing that any time soon. B&H best place to buy from.

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                        3.0

                        Good but not spectacular

                        By Gearhead

                        from New England

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Quality
                        • High ISO Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                          I am a Sony APSC user who wants to move into full frame (looking at D750 or Sony A7 models ). This D7100 was a very good price and a good opportunity to get acquainted with Nikons before making a larger ( full frame) commitment. Initial impression upon delivery was: Large and heavy with many adjustments. Large & heavy not a good thing for me for carry round reasons for an APSC but would be forgiven for a full frame. It appears to be very SOLIDLY BUILT. The plethora of control knobs & buttons are good...but my initial impression is that the Sony system leads me to the settings quicker. I'd prefer to use one hand to make setting changes...not two. I can see I will have to set up the C1 C2 etc buttons for more efficient use. JPEG Image quality is approximately equal to the Sony, RAW will be next up to compare. I am committed to getting some good glass and finding out more about it's capabilities. It's a good camera but I miss the GPS, tilt LCD, Data display in the view finder , always on Live View of the Sony. By the same token, I value the D7100's optical viewfinder clarity and Nikons system strengths and lens availability. Good Nikon lenses are not inexpensive, however. All in all, the D7100 is still an awesome machine.

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                          4.0

                          Wonderful!

                          By Penny

                          from Richmond,CA

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                            We bought this camera for our son who started photography classes last year. He loves it! It's a great weight for a teenager. He takes a lot of video and action shots and he can't say enough positive things about it.

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                            • Yes

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                            1.0

                            The Bear

                            By Bear

                            from Florida

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Poor Image Quality
                            • Poor In Low Light

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                            I've been a Nikon user for over 30 years. This is the worst Nikon I've owned. The noise is awful and exposures inconsistent. I'm an outdoor nature photographer (serious amateur) that shoots a lot of wildlife with longer lenses.

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