Nikon D7100

Com­pared to the lat­est en­try-level and mid-range cam­eras, Nikon’s top-end DX model looks in need of a re­vamp

NPhoto - - Test Team -

DX-FOR­MAT SLR Nikon D7100 £770, $950 (body only) www.nikon.com

Un­like the an­ti­quated Nikon D300s, the D7100 isn’t a fully pro­fes­sional cam­era but, in han­dling terms, it’s the next best thing. It cer­tainly suits so­phis­ti­cated pho­tog­ra­phers, with a more ad­vanced lay­out of con­trols than any other cam­era in the group. High­lights in­clude a large sec­ondary info LCD on the top panel, dual com­mand di­als front and back (in­stead of just one at the rear), slick aut­o­fo­cus con­trol for both AF mode and point-se­lec­tion, and more be­sides.

Set­tings and cus­tom func­tions are also par­tic­u­larly widerang­ing. For ex­am­ple, where you can switch on an Ex­po­sure De­lay mode in the D5200 and D5300, here you can also set the amount of de­lay to one, two or three seconds. Sim­i­larly, as well as choos­ing be­tween 12-bit and 14-bit colour depth for RAW files, you can also se­lect ei­ther reg­u­lar or loss­less com­pres­sion.

Ac­tion shoot­ing cre­den­tials in­clude a class-lead­ing 51-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem and six frames per sec­ond drive rate, plus AF com­pat­i­bil­ity for f/8 lenses. This is use­ful when us­ing, for ex­am­ple, an f/4 tele­photo lens with a 2.0x tele­con­verter.

Per­for­mance

In most ways, the D7100 lives up to its as­pi­ra­tions of be­ing an enthusiast’s cam­era. How­ever, like on the D3200, which also uses an EXPEED 3 im­age pro­ces­sor, we’ve no­ticed some in­con­sis­tency in me­ter­ing in bright day­light. Also, we’ve found that the aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem doesn’t per­form as ac­cu­rately or as con­sis­tently as we’d like.

Aut­o­fo­cus can be ques­tion­able, and it some­times over­ex­poses in bright light

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