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NikonD7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 876 reviews)

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    (136)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (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 (632)
  • Large clear LCD (579)
  • Fast shutter speed (511)
  • 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 (608)
  • Travel (505)
  • Family photos (501)
  • Wildlife (452)
  • Low light (421)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (394), Semi-pro photographer (225), Pro photographer (78), Casual photographer (56), Photography student (28)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (728), 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

Best features for the money

By TX shooter

from New Braunfels, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I was considering going to a full frame camera, but the images coming out of this camera are fantastic and the images I need do not require the upgrade. The full frame chassis is nice, after setting up my custom menu and spending half an hour of shooting at night. I was able to make setting changes in the dark without having to turn on a light. D7200 and D500 have better video capabilities, higher ISO capabilities, and shoot faster sure, but I shoot photographs one at time in manual and I don't spray and pray. If I wanted to shoot video, I'd buy a camcorder. The money saved goes towards lenses and other gear.

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4.0

Grest value

By Artis

from Chicago

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

BIG upgrade from my D3100; worth every penny.

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5.0

Awesome DSLR camera

By PD NYC

from NYC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I just upgraded to the D7100 from an older Nikon DSLR. I couldn't be more pleased. The camera has all the features an enthusiast would want, takes fantastic photos in the "auto" and "scene" modes, and the video quality has been surprisingly good. I use it with a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens. For photos, I've used it with and without vibration reduction. In low light VR has been incredibly helpful. For video, VR is very useful too.

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5.0

D7100 con motor

By Roberto

from Chile

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

While take very little time using the D7100 with its engine, so far the expectacular, very fast and effective meeting, their approach is very fast and with all focus points is very difficult to make a picture out of focus, thank you very much for allowing me to make this acquisition.

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5.0

Nikon D7100

By Itzik

from Calabasas

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Like the camera. Lots of cool features. Reading the owners manual is important

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5.0

Nikon Wuality

By Salior

from Long Island

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    I had decided to move up from my Nikon 5200 and spoke with the staff at B&H, I wasn't disappointed with their advice or my selection. Using the Air Show as mat first experience might not of been the smartest idea I was satisfied with the cameras performance and the results of the day's shooting. I strongly would recommend speaking to the B&H experts for straight forward and clear advice...

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    5.0

    My Second Nikon D7100

    By Len Holland

    from Birmingham, AL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accepts all my pro lenses
    • Excellent Bargain over the D7200 or D500
    • Excellent image quality
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Files can still use Nikon Capture NX2
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small body size, excellent image quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      My second D7100. The first I hauled around the country shooting corporate and nature/landscape.
      I felt it was time to retire it. I considered a new D7200 and a new D500. The 7200 isn't any better imagewise and the D500 has less megapixels. I shoot primarily from a tripod and don't need the speed. I saw no reason to pay more for the 7200 to have the same quality. An overriding reason for the 7100 is that I can still use Nikon Capture NX2 with the Nik control points. There's a work around, but I chose to not fool with it at this time. Will shoot with the 7100 until the 7300 is out. Great camera and a GREAT BUY now. LH

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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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          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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                        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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