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conclusion:We like it

85 April 29th 2013 11:27 am

It's been over two years since Nikon's popular enthusiast-oriented D7000 came out, and they've finally released an upgrade in the form of the D7100. Improvements include a new sensor, and updates to the AF system, while CNET says the design "has the same look and feel as the D7000, with a nice grip and solid build quality." TrustedReviews agrees, saying the D7100 "feels solid, with a blend of magnesium alloy and polycarbonate creating a hardy yet lightweight shell." And how about that improved autofocus system? TechRadar found it "fast and accurate," and Digital Photography Review calls it a "fast, responsive camera in most operational aspects." show more

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Critic reviews

8.7
15 reviews
  • Image quality
    9.1
  • Video quality
    8.0
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.6
  • Durability
    8.8
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.5
  • Ease of use
    6.9

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9.8
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9.0
Digital Photography Review Apr 26, 2013

The D7100 is a well-built enthusiast DSLR that offers impressive image quality and easy access to shooting parameters along with a high degree of customization options. Video output is a bit disappointing and a very small image buffer limits sports shooters to JPEG-only mode.

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9.0
PC Mag Jun 26, 2013

If you're in the market for a serious D-SLR, but don't want to go full-frame, the Nikon D7100 is the way to go; it's our Editors' Choice camera in its category.

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8.0
CNET Apr 25, 2013

The D7100 is a great camera for still photography, but doesn't feel like a must-have upgrade unless you've got a significant investment in good Nikon-mount lenses and need speed and durability on a budget -- right now.

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9.0
Reviewed.com Cameras Apr 11, 2013

Ultimately the Nikon D7100 is a powerhouse camera, accessible to general consumers and legitimate to professionals. Streamlined yet detailed controls make it a joy to shoot with, and resulting photographs are gorgeous.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Mar 21, 2013

We'd like to see is yet more sensor improvements and a more capable buffer for burst shooting in the future ... those two points hold back the camera from perfection, alongside one or two other niggles, but - and as we've listed at length - what this DSLR does do right it does oh so well.

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10
Digital Versus Apr 2, 2013

The Nikon D7100 raises the bar on both style and performance, and will no doubt satisfy demanding enthusiasts and pro photographers. This new SLR is a success but Nikon shouldn't rest on its laurels, as there's still room for improvement in connectivity and video functionality.

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9.0
DigitalCameraReview Apr 9, 2013

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.

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8.0
TechRadar Mar 25, 2013

So there are a few extra things we would have liked to have seen here. On balance, though, we think that the Nikon D7100 is a very nice camera that's enjoyable and rewarding to use.

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8.0
T3 Mar 25, 2013

The traditional looking 24.1 megapixel 'DX format' flagship D7100 offers up some pro-like specifications with a handling experience somewhere between consumer model and one costing three or four times the price.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Apr 18, 2013

There’s no denying that the D7100 is a fantastic enthusiast DSLR that is sure to gain a host of admirers. But doesn't quite do enough earn a unreserved Recommendation.

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8.0
Camera Labs Apr 15, 2013

Seen in isolation, these refinements may look like small beer, but they add up to an evolutionary upgrade that makes perfect sense for shooters looking for the most robust and capable DSLR they can buy without committing to the size, weight and expense of a full-frame body.

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9.0
ePHOTOzine Apr 2, 2013

The Nikon D7100 is an impressive update to the D7000, providing a higher resolution 24 megapixel APS-C sensor, but not only that, it also provides the ability to take the sharpest possible images thanks to the lack of optical low pass filter (OLPF).

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9.0
The Phoblographer Apr 16, 2013

It’s an excellent camera for capturing sports that can then be turned into the device you use to record a timelapse of the sun going down to then become a camera for reportage. Indeed, the D7100 is an overall tough camera to beat and it can fill just so many niches that we’re not sure that...

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9.0
Photography Blog Mar 25, 2013

In summary the new Nikon D7100 further improves on the already excellent D7000 in several key ways and many minor ones, all adding up to make this the best DX-format DSLR to date.

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First Looks

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Pocket-Lint Feb 21, 2013

There's a lot of tech on offer here and, assuming the filter-free system delivers the goods, this sounds like the enthusiast DSLR to beat for 2013.

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CNET Asia Feb 21, 2013

Given its features, the D7100 is likely to appeal to shutterbugs upgrading from entry-level dSLRs and budget-conscious videographers. We think that ultimately, the D7100's price will be a key factor in determining if it is a worthwhile purchase.

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Popular Photography May 28, 2013

The D7100 is a very powerful imaging tool. We’d expect Canon to update its competing 60D before long. But as it stands, the D7100 offers an extra stop of sensitivity, faster bursts, and more resolving power—for a few hundred dollars more, right now.

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Ubergizmo Apr 6, 2013

I have little doubt that this particular model will represent a very potent option to Canon cameras within the same price range.

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TechRadar Feb 21, 2013

On balance, however, we think the D7100 will find favour with the Nikon faithful, and it should win the manufacturer a few new fans.

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Camera Labs Feb 15, 2013

The D7100 has an improved grip and a new texture for the mode dial, which in turn now also features a lock button to prevent it from turning unintentionally. Like the D7000 before it, the top and rear plates are made from magnesium alloy, but in a welcome improvement, the body is now weather-sealed.

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Expert Reviews Mar 4, 2013

Those extra points are then spread more evenly across the frame, giving far better coverage. We're not sure all those points will ebenefit everyone, but if you're keen to shoot fast-moving subjects then they will certainly provide superior object tracking within the frame.

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The Phoblographer Mar 18, 2013

As a former Nikon owner and a current Canon, Fujifilm and Olympus fanboy, I feel that this camera may soon be on the envy list of everyone. Nikon seems to have truly done it again.

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jason24cf jason24cf

Lets set the record straight when it comes to the D5200/D5300 vs the D7100. The D5200 is a great entry level camera that takes great pictures. But if you are truly serious about becoming a better photographer then you best go with the D7100. The D5200 is VERY limited. Here are a few reasons why...

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