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NikonD7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 748 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (609)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (550)
  • Large clear LCD (509)
  • Fast shutter speed (453)
  • High ISO performance (439)

Cons

  • Short battery life (36)
  • Noisy at high ISO (35)
  • Lag / shutter delay (14)
  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Poor image quality (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (526)
  • Family photos (444)
  • Travel (439)
  • Wildlife (387)
  • Low light (376)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (336), Semi-pro photographer (201), Pro photographer (67), Casual photographer (47), Photography student (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (629), Yes (30)

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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4.0

D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only) by Nikon

By Ram

from Raymond, NH

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay

Best Uses

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

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Exact the camera I am looking for.

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  • No

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4.0

Easy transition from beginner level

By shock995

from Bloomsburg, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

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 have been doing photography as a side hobby for a few years now and started with a Nikon D5000. Needless to say, it was time for an upgrade. I purchased the D7100 to transition to a camera closer to pro level, but still affordable. I couldn't be happier. It was an easy transition from the beginner level camera I was used to but offered many features that allowed me a more professional result. I love ease of using the manual settings and the new auto focus on this camera is fast and accurate.

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    4.0

    2nd time is a charm

    By causal photographer

    from North Dakota

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Covers Wide Needs
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Not Rugged

    Best Uses

    • Good Variety
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    Upgrade from my d5200, first body was defective, the second works just as I expected... great photos and lots of options.

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    5.0

    Nikon D7100

    By Barry54

    from NJ

    Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    Excellent replacement for my D90

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    5.0

    Highly Recommended Camera!!

    By Neil

    from Colusa, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Very Small Buffer In Raw

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    I have only had this camera for two weeks. I am just returning to photography after 25 years and this has been a fantastic camera so far. I love the quality of images. I was looking at both the Canon 70D and the Nikon D7100. I chose the 7100 based on image quality and I am glad I did. I added the 18-140mm lens and will probably add a 70-300 in the near future.

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    5.0

    D7100 Camera Body

    By Lee

    from Santee, California

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      Even though I've only had the D7100 for a couple of weeks I'm very happy with it's performance. It is replacing my D7000 so there is no steep learning curve.

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      5.0

      Fast and Quiet

      By Thonkus

      from Port Tobacco, MD

      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
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        Exceptional deal. Was had for a great price and even without any discount would be well worth every penny. Crisp, clear and accurate. Used primarily with the Sigma 50-150mm 2.8 and the Nikon 35mm 1.8 prime. The image clarity and sharpness is amazing.
        High marks all around.

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By Bk

        from Md

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          Main use is landscape and wildlife photography

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          • No

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          5.0

          An upgrade

          By Scott

          from Arizona

          Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          Retiring my D 70. This will complement my D90 very nicely

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          5.0

          Incredible Sensor Performance

          By Digityall

          from USA

          Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          Upgraded from D90 to D7100. Wow what a difference! Images captured in raw and processed with CaptureNX2 are noticeably more impressive in detail, color balance, and lighting. AF is faster, quiet mode shutter is very nice, the LCD display is wonderful, controls layout is very intuitive. Overall, I am finding a new passion for photography.

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          5.0

          I'm happy with it

          By sharpie

          from cape cod

          Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          I like taking sports photos and the 6400 iso is helpful

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          4.0

          Great Camera

          By Poppy

          from Greenville, SC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            Short of having low light capability of full frame.
            Love the user settings for an old man, it saves time.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Amazing upgrade

            By Bill A

            from Tavares, Florida

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • 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
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              Upgrading from the original D70 and I'm amazed at the improvements that have been made to the entry level pro digital camera.

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              5.0

              Love this camera!!

              By Heidi

              from California

              Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              Great camera and such a great price. Fast, free shipping and no tax can't be beat! The camera is brand new and in perfect working order. Love it! Will definitely by from BH again!

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              5.0

              Best DX I've ever used.

              By G

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                Got the D7100 a few months ago after using a D90 for about 4.5 years.Handling – feels similar to the D90, a tiny bit bigger. Fits well for medium sized hands. All buttons are positioned well. Took some time to get acquainted with the reversed "zoom in" and "zoom out" button, but a small issue. Pv button can also be user defined and there are 2 types of activation – button press and button press + reverse dial. Very nice customization level and saves tons of time in menus.The mode dial is very convenient and easy to use. A nice step forward from Nikon on that. The U1 and U2 modes are useful if you have specific modes of photographing that are a hassle to configure. Note that not all options are saved in the user modes, like picture controls.Menus – pretty much build the same as older Nikons with the relevant new additions. Quite easy for anyone coming from a previous modern Nikon system. The menus are quite extensive yet rather clear. The "?" button helps a lot as well as the manual.Focus mechanism – S is the old single mode, and continuous + 3D tracking is nice when it's relevant – moving object with clear monotonous background. The continuous mode combined with the dynamic area is excellent and extremely accurate and fast. Very useful for object tracking (kid on a bike or a swing). Generally the AF works well in any condition – very fast, very accurate. I had no problems at all focusing on a single tiny light bulb on a tree at night from a distance of over 15 feet. I had a few rare cases where the camera hunted a bit and wouldn't focus on low contrast points in problematic lighting , but a quick change of position or just re-focus solved it immediately.When focusing and recomposing – use single mode otherwise your focus may be lost.Any other photography type – use continuous with dynamic points or 3D when relevant.Haven't used Auto mode ever in any camera and I can't say I see the point for it. Changing modes and areas is very easy using the button on the AF/MF lever + the dials. A very useful combination and a great improvement.Watch when swithing between S and C so that you don't land on A and realize late that the camera chose to focus on things that you didn't…The focus points let you use a very large area of the OVF to focus on any rogue subject. I haven't witnessed any worse performance by using the outer focus points.ISO – photographed my company event indoors using the 35 1.8 at ISO 8000 and 10000. OOTC these appear grainy with some noise but totally usable, good colors, good dynamic range, good tones. Photographing raw and converting will improve the end result. For day to day usage, ISO 4000, 5000 and up to 6400 are well within the camera's "looks good enough to print" zone. IQ – D90 IQ is excellent. This one is even a bit better, especially situations where you stretch the dynamic range. 24MP is a lot and will let you crop quite a bit. Be warned that magnifying excessively on your back screen will give you the false impression that your camera is not sharp. That is not true unless you have a very rare defected piece. I don't think that any camera can keep a 100% sharp display at the max level of back-screen magnification. Transfer your photos to any device with a serious screen (22" and up), open your photo at 1:1 (even half that ratio is probably fine) and check your photo for sharpness and focus.Buffer – there is the reviewed issue with the small buffer in raw. I never had a need to shoot more that 2 or 3 shots consecutively. Even when photographing erratic subjects like animals, birds or kids I usually don't "spray and pray". Can't say this issue ever caused me any problems, but that's my style of photographing, not everyone else's.In general, it's a remarkable camera, with great usability, build, IQ, high ISO performance, OVF, AF system and what not. D90 going to D7100 is a very noticeable upgrade. However, it's worth to remember that in this level of technology the upgrades are costly and not as significant as going from a P&S or a D40 to the D7100. Personally, the only 2 things I missed in my D90 were better high ISO capabilities and better AF (specifically for moving object in bad lighting). Both of them were met! A couple of days ago my wife just snapped a photo of my daughter and me throwing snowballs in the back yard. 6400 ISO, no flash, horrible lighting (after sunset, dim yellow light in the back yard, white led from the opposite wall), spot of focus and a sharp, beautiful photograph with great colors and contrast. What else do you need?

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                5.0

                Great camera

                By Rbikamera

                from Fall River ma

                Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                Amazing what is in this camera. Instruction booklet is a must read

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                5.0

                Great camera

                By The Shooter

                from Dallal, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Can't Put It Down
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great All Around Camera
                • High ISO Performance
                • No Problems So Far

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                What do I us this camera for you ask? Basically I just use this product to take pictures. I'm just an average photographer. On the serious side, I really like this camera. I have not had it long enough to use it to it's full potential, but I'm sure that will come in time. As one well known photographer says, " Keep on Shooting ". Yes I would recommend this camera and the GREAT service that I received from B&H to anyone that is interested in photography. Paul

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                5.0

                Love it!!

                By leolady

                from Ashton, MD

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                A great upgrade from the D7000. Love the new features, except for the knob you have to push down to change the program settings, which gets a little irritating. Have not tried using the video features yet.

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                4.0

                Excellent camera

                By VG

                from Denver, Co

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                  Use to take photos of Antelope Canyon, AZ. I have taken very good quality pictures. I am impressed with faster auto focus.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing Camera!

                  By JDA-Wildlife

                  from Long Island, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                    I just purchased the D7100 (an upgrade from D80) and I'm unbelievably happy with it! The body is very well made (fit, weight etc.) and all the buttons/dials are in the right places. The shutter release is lightning fast and it's amazing how fast it can focus even in dark conditions. The (2) "User" settings on the dial are very helpful when conditions and subjects change. The rear LCD screen is perfect size and displys colors and sharpness very acrutely. Very little noise even at ISO 1600.

                    I wish I had purchase it sooner!

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