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NikonD7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 922 reviews)

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    (139)

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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

Who needs an overpriced FX?

By Rene

from Orange County, CA

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

This camera teamed with a high quality ultra-wide zoom is great for landscapes and street work. Buy this body and a Tamron 10-24 G2. You will not be disappointed, and you'll save a ton of money.

 
5.0

My Soul Camera!

By Brian

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I jumped from a D90 and D5200 to the D7100. The value of the product for the price is a STEAL! It pays to read the enclosed manual and experiment! Everything said by others regarding this camera including the described functions are spot on. Simply, one amazing camera. I hope to get many years out of this camera. It feels great in my hands and does so much. It's like having the space shuttle in your hands. And I would definitely do business with B&H again. Total satisfaction with their service.

 
5.0

Highly recommend wish I had purchased sooner!

By Leslie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I love this camera! I almost went with the D7200 but with the minor differences, I saved the extra cash to spend on glass. I mostly these days do family, casual and outdoor shooting and it works like a charm. I went over to Canon for a short while but having shot Nikon for 35+ years prior found I missed the familiarity. Will soon be ordering another lens for the trip back to the military installation where my husband and I met 37 years ago! Would definitely recommend this camera to anyone. The only thing I would change is to have two bodies so to avoid as many lens changes! Especially heading to the Texas heat and dust!

 
5.0

I recommend this camera for all users.

By Leroy

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I upgraded from a D3200 and have not regretted it. Everything I wanted in a camera used for casual wildlife and scenery pictures by a non-professional.

 
5.0

Nice upgrade from the D80

By CaptainSerious

from Mid-Michigan

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

10 years ago, I bought the D80 as my hobby camera... but it was time to move onward and upward, and the D7100 has loads of options at a great price, and i got to keep all my lenses (so I actually shoot with both now).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Still a terrific camera!

By James

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I purchased the Nikon D7100 as an upgrade to my D5100 camera which I had used for the last four years.  I had originally hoped to buy the newer D7200 but finances were limited and I opted for the 7100 instead of a similarly priced D5500 which is newer but has a more limited set of features.  I have been very pleased with my new D7100.  The D5100 was a reliable camera that produced many terrific images but the D7100 is a major step up in so many ways.  The improved 51-point autofocus system alone was worth the investment - it is a marvel that consistently captures and maintains focus and produces ultra-sharp images with a good lens attached.  High ISO performance is very good with this camera, and I'm easily able to go to ISO 2500 and beyond in available light situations without fear of excessive noise and washed-out colors that my earlier digital cameras would produce.  I photograph transportation subjects and the D7100's low-light performance has given me much more flexibility in challenging lighting conditions than I had previously.  I‘ve also found the AF Fine Tuning feature to be very helpful in maximizing the sharpness of my lenses.
Make no mistake, the Nikon D7100 and its newer sister model the D7200 are powerful cameras and time will be needed to master their many features, but the effort is well worth it for the serious amateur photographer.  I'm enjoying myself tremendously and find myself challenged to do even more with this wonderful camera.

 
5.0

Nikon D7100 DSLR

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Excellent capabilities for a reasonable price. The 1.3 crop feature is especially useful.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great camera; issues for users of old Lightroom versions

By Steve

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I just took a few test shots so far and am very pleased.

I'm upgrading from a D200 and all my six lenses work with the new body. The auto-ISO feature is a big add. Images appear to be much sharper.

The only problem was I use an old version of Lightroom which doesn't support RAW files from the D7100.

I found on conversion program on-line that will convert the RAW images to DNG format which Lightroom can handle.

It's an extra (and slow) step in my file-handling which is a pain in the butt.

Since I typically shoot 1,000 images/day when I'm traveling the extra time can really add up.

I'm going to try to be more aggressive in purging my memory cards each night to minimize the number of images that I input into Lightroom.

 
5.0

I love my new camera!!!

By Images By Chelsea Mollak

from Omaha, NE

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I bought the D7100 after shooting for 5 years with the D90. The 7100 was the perfect step up camera for me! Love the ease and the new updated features! B&H shipped it quick - got it 2 days earlier than quoted!

 
5.0

Great buy!

By Richard

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

This camera is a step up from my D-90. It has similar functions and controls but more of them including a 24 MPixel sensor and a very quiet shutter. It is easy to learn how to operate it because of its family relationship to the D-90. And, I can use all my D-90 lenses.

 
5.0

Great but!

By Rob

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Serious amateur. Love the features. Easy to use. Will learn a lot more.

 
5.0

Great camera, great price.

By Todd

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Takes a great photo. No complaints. Video mode is great aswell.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great deal on an older model

By Chef Jeff

from Swannanoa, NC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

The Nikon D7100, and I also own a D7200, is great DX DSLR. It's is ruggedly built, has plenty of manual controls, yet also can be set to Programed Auto and get great photos. The new lower price made it an easy choice for a second body allowing me to not to have to change lenses as often.

 
5.0

Perfect product. We are very happy.

By Coremeister

from Oakland, New Jersey

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

No complaints. All is good.

 
5.0

Upgraded

By Laptrout

from Undisclosed

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Went from a 3200 to the 7100 it's really nice with tons of settings.
Love it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best money can buy

By Adam

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

If you just getting into photography or looking for a secondary camera you cant beat the price that the D7100 is at now. For the price, lens selection, and features packed into this camera its a great way to get an intermediate camera at an entry level price. Its ability to take both DX and FX lenses is a huge plus and allows you to spend your money on glass and if you upgrade to a full frame camera later you already have the glass to go with it.

 
4.0

Muy buena cámara, sólida, pequeños problemas con el autofoco

By Martín

from Uruguay

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Muy buena cámara, sólida, pequeños problemas con el autofoco, todo lo demás son buenas prestaciones. Recomendable

 
5.0

D7100

By Jerry

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Great camera

 
5.0

Excellent upgrade from D7000.

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Upgraded from D7000 to get 24MPEL (from 16MPEL), very happy with D7100. Almost all controls are the same, making transition easy. Used primarily for real estate work. Kept D7000 for backup. Uses same lenses, batteries, memory cards. Had to get new L-plate (RRS), but that's OK, worth it. Gladly recommend to others.

 
5.0

I would indeed buy this product again.

By Richard

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Bought this camera primary for wildlife. My 80-400 is now a 120-600, f5.6. 24 MP Very sharp images. Much sharper than using a 1.4 converter on a full frame camera or cropping a full frame image. And one does not lose any contrast using a DX body.

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