Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera roundup (2013)
24MP APS-C CMOS Sensor | 7fps Continuous Shooting | Dual SD Card Slots
What we like:
- Cutting-edge 24MP sensor
- Sophisticated autofocus system
- 100% viewfinder
What we don't:
- Large and heavy next to MILC rivals
- Disappointing video quality
- Slow live view focus
The D7100 is Nikon's latest high-end APS-C DSLR, featuring solid build quality and a twin-dial control system. It's built around a 24MP sensor (without an anti-aliasing filter) and a sophisticated 51-point AF system. For less money, the D5300 loses wireless flash control, one of the control dials and the autofocus motor for focusing older lenses. Next up in the lineup is the similarly featured, but full frame D610.
"Probably the most capable APS-C DSLR on the market"
The D7100's image quality is pretty much the benchmark for contemporary APS-C cameras, with good color response, the clever Active D-Lighting system and well-balanced noise reduction making the camera's JPEG output very usable. Meanwhile its Raw output is highly detailed and offers class-leading dynamic range - giving lots of flexibility when it comes to processing.
The D7100 has a fairly conventional two-dial user interface, making it quick to change major exposure parameters, and direct-access buttons for most other functions (White Balance, ISO, etc). It also features a comfortable grip and large viewfinder, making it a pleasant camera to spend time shooting with. It also has microphone and headphone jacks for video shooters.
The D7100 is probably the most capable APS-C DSLR on the market, combining a sophisticated feature set for both stills and movie shooting (albeit at 30fps).