Nikon D7100 Key facts

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Im­age sen­sor

Older than the sen­sors in Nikon’s lat­est cam­eras, this one has a 24.1-megapixel res­o­lu­tion, as on the D5200. Also, like the D3200’s and D5200’s, the pro­ces­sor is older – EXPEED 3 rather than the EXPEED 4 chip fea­tured in the D3300 and D5300.

Aut­o­fo­cus

The Multi-Cam 3500DX aut­o­fo­cus mod­ule boasts 51 AF points, of which 15 are cross-type. The D7100 is the only cam­era in the group that can aut­o­fo­cus with lens/tele­con­veter com­bi­na­tions with a max­i­mum aper­ture of f/8 (with­out switch­ing to Live View).

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

The fastest in the group, the D7100 has a max­i­mum burst rate of six frames per sec­ond, but it’s ham­strung by its fairly small buf­fer. De­pend­ing on colour bit-depth and com­pres­sion set­tings, there’s only space for six to nine images in con­tin­u­ous RAW qual­ity shoot­ing.

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

The me­ter­ing sen­sor matches those of the D5200 and D5300, be­ing a 3D Colour Ma­trix II sys­tem with 2016 pix­els. It’s fairly ac­cu­rate and con­sis­tent in most con­di­tions but, as on the D3200, can stray to­wards overly bright ex­po­sures when shoot­ing scenes un­der di­rect sun­light.

Con­struc­tion

Both poly­car­bon­ate and mag­ne­sium al­loy are used in the con­struc­tion of the D7100’s body shell, and it has a good level of weather-seal­ing. It’s a lit­tle big­ger and heav­ier than other cam­eras in the group, but feels bet­ter bal­anced when shoot­ing with large lenses at­tached.

Need to know

The D7100 is un­de­ni­ably the most so­phis­ti­cated DX-for­mat cam­era in Nikon’s cur­rent line-up, and has the best lay­out of con­trols to suit ad­vanced pho­tog­ra­phers. How­ever, for sheer im­age qual­ity, it strug­gles to hold its own against newer cam­eras.

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