Nikon D7100 Key facts
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.