Nikon D7100: Conclusion

April 9, 2013 by Chris Gampat Reads (87,952)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Expandability
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 9.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Nikon D7100

There isn’t much that we can say is wrong with the D7100 except for a couple of minor quibbles. But in the end, this may just be the best darned ASP-C DSLR that we’ve seen in a while. The fast fps shooting abilities will appeal to birding shooters, the dad photographing their kid’s basketball game (and this is probably the perfect camera for it, and for the weekend landscaper. The sensor performance is top notch and that images yielded from the camera are super crisp due to the lack of a Low Pass filter.

As far as autofocusing performance goes, everyone will be happy with just how fast the D7100 can keep up with whatever subject matter you choose to photograph. Granted, it will suffer in low light, but it will still be overall quite good.

While we don’t really recommend this camera for video capture, the quality overall can be very good but you’ll want to use a cinema prime to take the most advantage of what’s capable of this camera.

In the end, Canon, Sony and Pentax will have to create quite a killer camera to combat this new flagship from Nikon–and Nikon’s large selection of lenses won’t make it easier.

Pros and Cons


  • Great image quality
  • Excellent build quality
  • Simple to learn if you’re an experienced Nikon user
  • Very lightweight when used with primes
  • Dual SD card ports mean that you can shoot for quite a long time
  • Fast autofocusing when the specific point is selected
  • Interesting crop mode


  • Slower focusing performance when all of the points are selected (auto)
  • No aperture control in video mode
  • Focusing points don’t go to edges
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