hands-on review of the D7100

Started Mar 15, 2013 | Discussions thread
mosswings
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In reply to anotherMike, Mar 18, 2013

anotherMike wrote:

Yea, you nailed that last comment. When I was shooting my first test shots with the D7100, that was exactly what I thought - how far cameras have come and how there are no excuses if the pictures aren't turning out. If someone can't get an unbelievable image out of a D7100 (or D600 or D800/E) at most reasonable ISOs at even pretty serious print sizes, it ain't the cameras fault, it's the guy (or gal) in the mirror who is the problem. That's gonna cause some folks issues because it's far easier to blame the tool than to admit one must go back and improve ones craft.

As a note, I also don't get where this "D7100 is noisy" set of posts is coming from. At low ISO, I've got no problems with it, and I'm one who thought the D300 sensor wasn't much due to the low ISO grit it had, so I'm sensitive to low ISO grunge. (Also one reason I distinctly don't like the Canon 7D at all).

I don't expect a 24mp DX machine to be a high ISO superstar like a D3s or something; that's not its role in my book.

-m

I just came back from an excursion to our local camera pusher who, knowing his addicts-er-customers lets them wander about outside the store snapping away.  I did a series outside and inside and looked at them on VNX2 when I got home.  One of the shots I took inside at ISO 1600 of a camera bag and product tag was rather staggering in how sharp it was and how easily it sharpened up without halos and other artifacts coming in.  And this was with a 16-85, a good but not stellar lens.  I have tried and failed to find banding in the nearly light-trap black shadows of the outdoor scenes I shot; this was with +2 stops EC and full D-lighting applied.  ISO 100-200 was pulling details out of the gloom with only random noise observed; the higher ISOs steadily plunged those details into random noise, as one might expect.

The camera feels exceptionally good in hand whereas the D7000 did not.  And the shutter is surprisingly quiet.

3D tracking is great for focus and recompose, but it's only somewhat better than the D90 in thinking speed.  It's quite easy to fool it when tracking a subject across a varied background.

More controlled tests should be run, yes, but I'm initially in agreement with you - the D7100 is not noisy, just slightly different at its limits than the D7000 is.  And it impresses me in a way that the D5200 just doesn't.

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