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Movie mode

Nikon has outfitted the D7100 with many of the video specs seen in its recent enthusiast DSLRs, including 1080p30 output, uncompressed output over HDMI and stereo microphone and headphone sockets, as well as manual audio controls. Like the D5200, the D7100 also offers the ability to record 1080i60 video, but to access this option you'll have to first set the camera to its 1.3x crop mode.

Video quality options

The D7100 can shoot 1080p movies at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second at bitrates of up to 24Mbps. Video footage is compressed using B-frame data compression of the H.264/MPEG-4 video codec, which tries to optimize the capture of motion with an eye towards maintaining manageable file sizes.

Sizes • Frame size/frame rate
1920 × 1080 60i*
1920 × 1080 50i*
1920 × 1080 30p
1920 × 1080 25p
1920 × 1080 24p
1280 x 720 60p
1280 x 720 50p
*Available only in 1.3x crop mode, captured from 60/50 frame-per-second sensor readout
Audio Monoaural internal mic, Linear PCM
Format MOV
File compression H.264/MPEG-4 (Advanced Video Coding)
Recordable time 29 min. 59 sec.

Video over HDMI

Like all of its recently released higher-end siblings, the D7100 offers the ability to record uncompressed video over its HDMI port. For video professionals, the benefits of shooting uncompressed video are analogous to the benefits of shooting in high bit-depth Raw mode for stills - greater latitude in post-production with regard to color grading. Whether using HDMI-enabled output to record the highest possible quality footage or to simply use an external monitor as viewfinder, this is a feature that is becoming more common, with rival Canon having announced this capability for its EOS 5D Mark III DSLR via a forthcoming firmware update.

Uncompressed video can only be sent to an external recorder that's connected to the D7100's HDMI port. Uncompressed footage is enormous, so it makes sense that you're prevented from recording it straight to your SD card. Unfortunately though, you cannot record 1080p video to the SD card as a 'safety' backup while recording to the external HDMI device simultaneously. Whenever video is recorded to the card, the HDMI output drops to 720p. We'd like to see the option to record full HD alongside the uncompressed footage.

If you've read the video page of our Nikon D600 review you'll be relieved to hear that, unlike on the original firmware version of that camera (since updated) we've not encountered on the D7100, any issue with the camera outputting a less than 1920 x 1080 image area via its HDMI feed.

The D7100 includes both a headphone port for audio monitoring and a 3.5mm stereo mic input. There are 20 adjustment levels available for audio recording. An Auto option is enabled by default.
Uncompressed HD video footage can be sent out of the camera, straight to an external drive via the built-in HDMI port, shown here sitting directly above the USB 2.0 port and to the right of headphone socket

Handling in Video mode

A dedicated movie record button sits within easy reach just behind the shutter button. A single live view button serves triggers either video or stills mode via a lever selector surrounding it. To prevent accidental operation, the movie record button is disabled when live view is turned off and/or the selector lever is set to still images.

As with the D600 and D5200, it's not possible to change the aperture in movie mode. In the A and M modes the camera honors the current aperture setting when you engage movie live view, in effect giving full-time depth of field preview, but you can't subsequently change it. Instead you have to exit live view, change the aperture and re-engage. This is actually an improvement over DX-format Nikons such as the D7000 that allow you to change the aperture setting in live view, but don't apply it if you start recording (so movies are recorded at the aperture that was initially set on entering live view, regardless of what's displayed on the screen). At least the D7100 no longer gives you the false impression that you have this ability in movie mode.

In the Program, Aperture and Shutter-priority shooting modes, the only method of exposure control is via exposure compensation adjustments of +/- 3EV, with the camera always using Auto ISO. In Manual mode you can adjust both shutter speed and ISO sensitivity, but Auto ISO isn't available.

As we explained on the live view page of this review, exposure compensation in manual mode is used to change the metered target exposure, meaning that to match the onscreen preview in the recorded movie, you'll need to adjust your exposure settings to the camera's metered target.

Contrast-detect AF is the only option available when shooting videos. It is not only slower than the camera's 'normal' phase-detection mode but lags significantly behind the contrast-detect AF performance of most mirrorless models we've seen. While you'd expect a performance dip as a result of having to use a contrast-detect AF system in movie mode, be aware that the lens' AF hunting is prominent both visually and audibly in movie mode, as we demonstrate in a video sample below. As such, we only recommend using AF when filming static subjects. Even then, you're much better served by acquiring focus before pressing the movie record button.

Video quality

The image quality of the D7100's video displays a bit more softness than we'd like. It's by no means objectionable for the needs of most stills-oriented owners who want to capture the occasional video. Colors are rendered in a natural-looking manner with auto exposure and white balance settings producing pleasing output in a variety of lighting scenarios.

In real world use, we have found color moiré and artifacts in some scenes containing brickwork and moving bodies of water can be rendered as distracting shimmering objects. Yet in the majority of clips we shot, moiré was far from prominent, essentially you had to be looking for it, unlike the much more dramatic examples we found in our Canon EOS 6D review. Yet it appears that this minimal presence of moiré comes at the expense of image sharpness.

At its auto settings the microphone does a nice job of giving prominence to sounds originating in front of, rather than behind, the camera. Wind noise and ambient sounds emanating from behind the camera, while audible, rarely became distracting except in the windiest of conditions.

1.3x crop mode

In its 1.3x crop mode, the D7100 unfortunately delivers output that is noticeably softer than the same footage shot in the standard DX mode. Below we've provided 1920 x 1080 still images and in the full size crops you can see blurry output from the 1.3x crop mode that is analogous with upsampling. In further tests we were indeed able to see a loss of resolution when compared against the same scene shot in DX mode.

DX mode 1.3x crop mode
100% crop 100% crop

This will be less of an issue for those who are shooting casual footage and displaying their clips at less than full resolution. For those with more discerning tastes, however, we wouldn't suggest using the 1.3x crop mode as a 'built-in' focal length multiplier, as you will get better results from swapping out the lens or, of course zooming in optically.

Video Samples

The video samples below, hosted on YouTube were all shot using the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens with the camera mounted on a tripod.

Video 1

This video sample demonstrates the image quality of video shot at 1080p30. The lens was set to manual focus and the camera was panned while mounted on a tripod. Viewed at full size, you can see that the video is rather soft. The results are certainly not outside the realm of what we've seen from some DSLR output, but by no means are they as crisp as what we saw with the Nikon D600, for example.

While you can see some color moiré in the distant brick building towards the end of the pan, the artifacts are minimal and are only visible on the section of the building that is furthest away from the camera. In the bulk of the real world video we've shot, color moiré has been largely nonexistent. But looking at the video clips, it seems that minimizing moiré has come at the cost of image sharpness.

1920x1080 30p, MOV, 41 sec, 116 MB Click here to download original file

Video 2

This video clip shows the AF performance of the D7100 when shifting focus from a near object to infinity You can see focus hunt, as the contrast-detect AF system racks in and out before achieving focus lock. Noticeably audible in the clip is the sound of the kit lens' motor while it makes focus adjustments.

1920x1080 30p, MOV, 18 sec, 53 MB Click here to download original file

Videos 3 and 4

In the two clips below you can see a comparison of the field of view differences on the D7100 when shooting in both standard DX (APS-C) and the 1.3x crop modes. The clips were both recorded with the camera on a tripod at the same posit on and panned across the scene. As you'd expect, the additional 1.3x crop yields larger scene elements after the sensor output is resampled to 1920 x 1080. Recording video with the 1.3x crop also allows you to capture 1080 60i (versus 1080 30p) footage.

Towards the end of the pan, look closely at the surface of the lake and you can see artifacts that produce a decidedly unnatural looking 'shimmering' effect. With the D7100 we've seen this rather consistently in footage of bodies of water displaying even the slightest bit of movement.

1920x1080 30p, MOV, 42 sec, 117 MB Click here to download original file
1920x1080 60i, MOV, 51 sec, 139 MB Click here to download original file

Video 5

In this clip of a moving streetcar, you can see that the D7100's sensor readout is swift enough to avoid a rolling shutter effect.

1920x1080 30p, MOV, 14 sec, 39 MB Click here to download original file

Video 6

This video sample demonstrates 1080 60i performance in bright daylight with focus manually set on the model wooden boat.

1920x1080 60i, MOV, 37 sec, 107 MB Click here to download original file
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I want to buy the D7100 as a second body to use near my D800E. It will be interesting to use the best lenses mounted on a DX camera. The DX sensor "uses" only the center part(the best part) of the lens which are built for the FX format.

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Nice camera by all parameters.
There is no concurrent with all d7100 parameters together.


I currently own a D80. I am hoping to upgrade.
My friend is selling is D800, gently used, or should I be considering the D7100 which would be new and less money than this used camera?
I enjoy landscape photography and Macro work.


I have a D40X and am thinking of upgrading to a D7100. Will my current lenses be compatible with a D7100. I have 2 lenses that came with the original camera, a Nikon Micro and a Sigma 18-200. Thanks


Absolutely they will!


Does anyone know if in the two user mode i can have user 1 for DX mode and then user 2 in 1.3X mode?
Or am i being silly and it explains it all?
Thanks for your time


That is one setting that cannot be saved in U1 or U2.

Michael Flagg

On The D7100 review specification page, I see the available ISO settings as:

ISO 100 – 6400, Lo-1 (ISO 50), Hi-1 (ISO 12,800), Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)

On my D7100 purchased Nov 2013 I see ISO 100-6400, Hi-1 & Hi-2, but I do not see Lo-1(ISO 50).

How do l get Lo-1(ISO 50}?


I am interested to get at new D7100 (my current is a D90). any thing should I look for before getting it?


A bigger card!


Is the D7100 stabilized in the body like the D7000?

Landrum Kelly

No Nikon bodies are stabilized. All stabilization for both Nikon and Canon occurs, if at all, in the lenses--with the designation "VR" for Nikon and "IS" for Canon. Sony's bodies are stabilized in general--but this does not include the NEX series of Sony cameras.

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I'm in the process of choosing a second camera body .I already have to Nikon D5100. Have been reviewing the Nikon D5300 and the Nikon D7100. The processor in the D5300 is slightly faster. These two cameras are very similar. I like landscape, wildlife and macro photography.I have a 3oomm f4 prime lens which I love using. Can anyone out there shed a bit more light on helping me decide which one to buy ? many thanks.


Imaging results will be very similar between the D5300 and D7100. The main difference is handling: the 7100 has a larger viewfinder and more direct control, and is bigger. The 5300 has the flippy screen and more menu-driven interface. It really depends on which of these things matter most to you.

Landrum Kelly

Be careful that the lenses you have will autofocus on the 3000 or 5000 series bodies. The G series will. I do not think that the D series lenses will autofocus on the D3000 or D5000 series.

A Ahearn

Although I own a 7100, I think you might be better with the less expensive 5300 and use the money towards good quality lenses. Every few years you are likely to trade up your camera body anyways.
Ignoring that I wish the 7100 had the fully articulated LCD. I never have much luck using liveview without my little Hoodman viewer. And to get really sharp landscape photos I try and use the liveview. I chose the 7100 because I came from a 7000 so the 7100 was an easy choice for me. Don't misunderstand me I really like the 7100 and chose it over going with a D610 because the FX lenses I have are fantastic on the DX body.
You don't mention it but if you care about video the 5300 is supposed to have better quality.
Hope this helps.


Unless I'm hallucinating, there seems to be a noticeable difference between the 5300 and the 7100 in terms of high ISO noise in RAW images, with the D7100 being cleaner. I did not expect to see this, and I'm seriously considering the 7100 based on it.


Too late to edit, but I realized that the high ISO noise difference in these older tests is nowhere near as obvious as is the "new" studio scene comparison, and that's against the D5200 here, not the D5300. Interesting.


I am currently using the new Nikkor 18/300 lens and I find it extremely good for general photography. I use it for nature, flower photography and shooting action such as Polo games. The lens focuses well for me in all situations. Highly recommend it.


Can anyone recommend the best lens for the nikon D7100.
I am comparing the nikon to the canon EOS 70D...does anyone have any input?


What do you want to do?
I have a couple of lenses for my D7100, my cousin recommended a Sigma 17-70mm Macro lens which is great for every day shooting, no real need to swap it (this one)

Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens - Nikon Fit (DX)

And I finally have a good little prime 50mm (FX) which is a bargain for the price, forget the 1.4 and go for the 1.8.

Nikon 50mm f1.8 G AF-S Lens

I also have the 105mm Nikon Macro (FX) 2.8 which isnt cheap but is very good, luckily i purchased it off a friend who had not used it very often as he was upgrading his kit to a D4 and newer lenses.

I think with the top 2 you wont go far wrong for most of your photography but its down to what you enjoy taking photo's of.


My recommendations include:
Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 - Great for people photography and a bit of product photography

Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G: Amazing zoom lens which might be handy while travelling (Considering you might upgrade to a full frame Nikon in future) You can also go for Sigma's version of 70-300 f/4-5.6 Motorized for Nikon.

Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 (optional): If you're a wide angle buff like me, this becomes a must have. you can also consider Sigma 10-24 f/4 - 5.6

Oh! I have a Nikon D3200, looking for upgrading to either D7100 or a D610. Let me know how is D7100 :)

Cheers and Happy clicking

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I bought a Nikon D7100 in the summer of 2013. I bought this camera and Nikkor lenses to take with me to Africa. On my very first safari the camera malfunctioned (the focus was not working, manual or auto). And so I shipped it back to Nikon for repair. I got it back in December! And was still having focus issues. So I called, I wrote to Nikon, I tried everything only to be told to send it back in again for repairs. I received it back again in July. I came back to the US for my sisters wedding with my camera. I took it to Peace Camera in Raleigh NC, a licensed Nikon retailer. They looked at it and told me it appeared the focus issue had been fixed, however, the mount for the lenses was too tight and could cause issues with glass and mirrors and so I should send my camera in AGAIN for repairs. I would seriously consider a different camera manufacturer, one with better customer service and support.


How does the D7100 have anything to do with the lens focusing in manual mode? You sent the camera body back in again for focus issues in December? Now the mount is too tight? You should elaborate more on your trials and your timeline provided because your story being told has way too many holes for me to take seriously. I agree Nikon Customer Service is suspect but that's a common issue and widely known, talking to their reps is an experience but what you describe sounds suspect in rating the D7100 and sounds like the lens....


I am new here and looking because I have had focusing issues with my Nikon D7100 since day 1. I thought it was me, as it was a big step up from my D40x. I read books, watched You-tube videos etc. I spoke to a friend who had the same issue and she purchased this a as a backup camera. She ended up returning hers for credit at Nikon. I am at a loss. I am sending my back today after speaking to the Nikon representative for repair. At 400 ISO my photos are very noisy. My D7100 changes focus randomly. If I set it at AFS and go to take a photo I may miss the photo as it won't focus then I check and it reset itself to AFC or AFA.It also changes the settings randomly on how many focus points I want to use. I just keep reading positive reviews on the camera and think what is going on with mine? My little D40x took such crisp photos. I hope the problem is fixed and I think you can't understand that this is happening unless it happens to you.

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Help taking the next step

Hello guys.

Do you find that exposure problem in live view annoying?


I think that you will find that most people don't use live view (and SHOULDN"T use live view) to take photos. Using live view while taking photos really slows the camera down with focusing, taking the picture, and displaying the picture after. The viewfinder has an exposure indicator within it. When you look through the viewfinder, it tells you if the shot will be (according to the meter on whatever you happen to be exposing off of) will be exposed properly or not.

I'm not being a smart A%$ but if you are using live view to take photos on a regular basis, chances are you shouldn't be buying a DSLR, especially one of this quality / price. A point and shoot is probably where you want to be looking.

And if you plan on mostly taking videos with a DSLR, then get a Canon 70D, not the D7100. Or better yet, a $300 camcorder for videos.

Basically what I'm saying is that I don't notice it ever, because I'm never in live view.

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I use liveview a lot with a D800 when using a 135mm manual focus lens and tripod. It's 'OK' (takes some practice and zooming in and Ihave to use a Hoodman to view).
The D800 is known to have a comparatively poor screen and the new D810 is upgraded to the same screen as the D7100 I think and so should be far better.

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I got a question. Im thinking about buying this camera for Landscape Photography and im having trouble choosing lenses. Is the Nikon 18-200mm VR II compatible with the D7100 and is it good for landscape photography?


Hi Lennzy,

I just purchased this Camera d7100, been using the Nikon D300 for almost a year. Love the new 7100=) I shoot with the Nikon 18-200mm VR II lens and it seems fine! Sharp photos Great colors still. I also use a 10-20 Sigma Lens on this camera All work Great. Nothing wrong with that lens I use it almost 90% of the time. You can Also rent some glass to try out too! Have fun!

Buzz Lightyear

If you read reviews of the Nikon 18-200, you'll see it described as having:

◾Pronounced distortion across much of the range
◾Extremely soft at 135mm
◾Rather average close-up performance
◾Zoom creep

Although in the normal to short telephoto range, you might get decent images, but you would not be getting full benefit of the high quality resolution capabilities of the D7100. If you can live with a bit less telephoto reach, the 16-85 lens would be a better match for a "walking around"/landscape lens. If your budget could afford it, adding the excellent Nikon 70-200mm VR (I or II) will blow your mind at the image quality available.

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My wife has the D7100 and was using the Nikon 18-200mm lens. previously she had a D90 and the 18-200 lens was fine, but with the D7100 she wasn't so happy.
She now has a Sigma 24-105mm ART lens (I know it's full frame) and the combination of that lens and the D7100 is superb.
I'd imagine the Nikon 24-120mm F/4 is also excellent with the D7100 but haven't tried it.


Why would it not be compatible? My Nikkor 1963 50mm f1.4 is compatible with my D300 and my D7100, do you mean a good match? Lens choice is highly subjective period, all you will get is opinion regarding ones personal taste and as if that's fact to everyone ... it's not. Zooms are the worst at this; you may like 18mm and the guy 30mm and the next 200mm all 3 of you will have subjective opinions on that matter alone. I suggest you search image results ... they don't include personal preferences and broad analysis involving a lens and are very specific. I want to hear some bs just ask anyone a question about the gear they are using and you'll get plenty. The proof in the pudding is in the results the camera delivers not from the mouth of the user.

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A Ahearn

The 18-200 is a good all purpose lens. If you are really limiting to Landscape I would suggest either the Sigma 17-50 or the Tokina 11-16 both are 2.8 and shot at 5 or higher provide excellent picture quality on my 7100.


HELP!!! My normal camera is a D5000 which I shoot very quick powersports with, I decided to upgrage, bought the D5300. Used same settings as my 5000 and almost all photos were out of focus! I'm hearing the 5300 may have a focus problem, so here's my question...the D7100...Is this good for fast sports? I'm talking auto racing, jet ski races, boat races, motorcycles?

Even when I took photos of my dogs, they weren't as crisp and clear as I think they should be.

I'm a little lost and could use all the input I could get. I refuse to go to a Canon so i'm hoping I can get an upgrade for Nikon.


if it's anything like the D7000, you'll have to use the AF Fine Tune to get your lens to focus correctly and probably use centre focus rather than Auto ?

Chuck Lantz

I've gotten great results with my D7100 shooting motorcycle and auto races. The only slight drawback is the buffer size if you do a lot of burst shooting in RAW only or RAW + jpg. In Fine jpg only, you can fire away in bursts with no problem. I'll be shooting an Indy car test session tomorrow with it, and I'll post again when I see the results. So far, the D7100 is doing an outstanding job. I've seen very few negative reviews on the camera, and lots of very positive reviews, many calling it the best DX camera, ever.

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Glen from Bedford

I know this review has been out there for some time now but I don't see any evidence of "banding" in the samples provided above when increasing the exposure or increasing the brightness in LR. That really puzzles me, because I can create the "banding" issue in almost every one of my D7100 images when increasing the exposure or increasing the brightness. Don't get me wrong, it's not my attention to find fault w/the D7100 but I have a lot of good pics where the "banding" is evident w/out pushing the exposure. And like others, it's now really bugging me to the point where I feel the D7100 is a faulty piece of equipment... much like the D600 was. My D7000 produces no such issues when the exposure or brightness is increased. I read where the sample images of the D7100 at The Imaging Resource do not display banding either. So here's the question... did DPReview and the The Imaging Resource get D7100s w/an improved sensor over production models or are many D7100 faulty and need service.


I use Topaz for the light banding. There may be other solutions, but that one works for me.


Which Topaz program are you using to get rid on the banding? Denoise?


I'm confused. In this review, the 100% coverage viewfinder is mentioned as a prod, but in the K-3 review it is not mentioned. In this review, "6 fps burst rate (7 fps in 1.3x crop mode) is mentioned as a pro". The K-3 review says "Good buffer depth and continuous shooting rate" for a pro. It's over 8 fps. There are other disparities of this type as well.


Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category:

K-3 = Semi-professional Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
D300s = Semi-professional Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
EOS 7D = Semi-professional Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR

D7100 = Mid Range Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
EOS 70D = Mid Range Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
K-50 = Mid Range Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR

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The Pentax K-3 as Semi- Pro? Hum....

Awes Khan

i am using nikon d7100 with 18-105 lens
and it is having noise problem in low light
when lights are low for the camera and we use to increase ISO it gives noise problem and grains is shown on the picture
can this problem be solved by settings
because i feel this is a focus problem or may be lens problem


D5200 and D7100 typically set ISO as high as 3200 in low light, especially on AUTO. check your NR settings and auto ISO settings.

bull detector

18-105 is not a good lens and does not really show the real Quality of this camera

bull detector

With Canon not admitting that the 70d has Auto focus problems I started to look at the D7100 and found that after a while it gets oil and spots problems on the sensor? Apparently when I starts it keeps on coming back? I really just want a good and reliable camera

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I usually clean the sensor after long shoots.


To be perfect for class the D7100 needs three things:
* Tiltable touch screen (ala D5300, EOS 70D, EM1, XT1, et al)
* Onboard WiFi
* Onboard GPS
Will we see D7200 at Photokina 2014? Got fingers crossed...


and USB 3.0!


Fluffy junk that I'd rather not have if it means they can pack more high end features to take better pictures. The 70D has all those "cool features" and has worse low light performance, isn't as crisp, and has lower Dynamic range... So your "perfect for the class" list should be on the Canon 70D review saying

"To be perfect for the class, the 70D needs three things
*Better low light performance
*Crisper pictures, (Lets get rid of the filter)
*Better Dynamic Range"


I had focus problems on my D7000 for 2 years. Sometimes perfect, often not, The auto focus fine tune adjustments would disappear whenever the camera shut down. It was finally replaced a month ago under warranty with a D7100. What a difference. The sharpness is already well covered here so I'll comment on dynamic range. I shot an event recently and didn't compensate for back-light on some quick shots of the participants. Those color photos looked like silhouettes on white. When I processed them in LR5 though, they actually turned out fine. Even though shot at ISO800 the images had enough range and contained enough data to generate good skin tone and eyes and even fine peach fuzz on arms and cheeks turned out. I could not have saved those from the D7000 even in RAW, because it clipped too hard at both ends ...highlights and shadows. It would also have 'hunted' focus in that situation. So to me the D7100 is excellent and shows what 2 years of technological improvements can do.

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I owned a D7000 and 2 shutter blades broke off while i was shooting my 6 year olds basketball game. So it's time for a new camera.

Will a D7100 be a significant upgrade? I was thinking about getting a D7100 or a used Nikon D3 for speed. I primarly shoot indoor basketball but now my 4 year old daughter is starting soccer so i'll be shooting some out door sports as well. Can anyone help with suggestions?


I have had great luck with my D7000, nonetheless, I upgraded to a D7100 6 months ago. This is a D7000, but very refined. Focusing, metering, the whole package is much more refined than the D7K.

I primarily shoot my kids sports events and I capture in raw and not jpg. I have a fast SD card and I set the color depth to 12bit, that gives me good enough burst when I need it without overrunning the buffer. I don't like to do burst much anyhow, so the shallow buffer hasn't been an issue for me. The D7100 is a stellar camera to capture children's sports.

One more thing, I always shoot indoor sports with either my 35mm F/1.8 or 50mm F/1.8 prime lens. Open aperture to F/2.8, -1 exposure compensation, manual exposure with the shutter set to 400/sec, auto ISO (unless there is a strong backlight, then it's fixed ISO), and I'm golden. These girls don't move so fast that 1/400 sec can't easily handle.

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Good luck

Timothy G

I have owned a D7100 for about a year now and recently I have noticed that the lens does not seem to move after it has lock in place on the mount. Ever after I hear the lens locking by the sound of the 'click' there is still some 'play'.

Has anyone noticed this happen? Is this okay or should I have my camera checked at a service center?


HI Timothy

I just bought D7100 and I Need to ask you about shooting with ISO 1600 and higher.
The pictures are very grainy images, especially the grey and the black areas.
Is it normal? I sent it to the LAB and they told me that is nothing wrong and this is the quality of pictures with this ISO even when using noise reduction normal or high


Yes, at that high of an iso there will be a lot of visible noise, always try to use the lowest iso you can.

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Awes Khan

i m also suffering from same problem
it is an expensive camera should not give this kind of problem
its a major drawback of this model

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Please get the book Nikon D7100 for idiots it breaks down all our problems so we can understand real easy. And please read it before useing.
It helped me so much before I threw my camera over the fence.


I am ready to buy Nikon d7100. Just one question, I have old D200 and sets of lenses. Are those lenses compatible with D7100?

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completely problem

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Take your lens to cosco and try it on a display it should work mine do.


Actions speak louder than words..... Just ordered a second body :)
Sigma 18-35 F1.8 on one body and the Sigma 50-150 F2.8 on the other !
Also ordered the 18-140 as a walkabout for when I am not in the mood for carrying a lot of weight :)
Still waiting for the D400 though... grrrrrr Please wake up NIKON !!!!!!!


I just don't see any reason for a D400. If you want and need pro-level features, you don't need to be spinning your wheels on APS-C. Nikon isn't really doing much in the way of DX glass anyway.

Why no go ahead and move up to FX and invest in FX glass? I would imagine that as a percentage people wanting more than entry level, those satisfied with the D7100 make up the most. Those of us Who want or need that next step above the D7100 have long since migrated to FX.


Birders and Macro photographers are probably at least 2 groups that would like a pro dx. Speed , deep buffer and a rugged body for the elements. To get equivalent FOV glass you need to be wealthy or take out a 2nd mortgage to afford them. I have dx and fx and they each have their purpose.


Birders and macro shooters should understand that a smaller sensor just makes a smaller crop of a larger image, whatever that image is. No enlargement occurs. The bird is the same size on a crop sensor as on FX. There's just less space around him. The crop sensor just could maybe help you put more pixels on the target. I'd rather have all the advantages of FX, then crop after the fact, if I need to do so.


But that is exactly the advantage of DX. They use much more pixels for the same FOV, which lets you print larger prints - so there is a zoom factor as long as the pixel density on DX is higher than that on FX.


There's another BIG advantage to DX. The focusing points cover/spread into the 1/3 area of the viewfinder. Why not a D610? The 39pt versus 51pt IS very noticeable.

It also doesn't have the pro (D200/D300S/D700/D3/D4) body layout. The D300S I came from toasted the D610 in low light focusing. I had a D800 for a little while, but it was too valuable (expensive) to take everywhere.

I ended up with the D7100. It wasn't my first choice, but for the money (refurbished) I couldn't be happier with it.

Bud Robertson

Just upgraded to the D7100 from the D7000. I'm finding it a very capable camera, so far. Could someone tell me if there is somewhere to increase the sharpness in camera? I was sure the D7000 had that option somewhere.

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There is; it's in the Picture Controls settings.


I do allot of landscape photography with a D300 (I'm on my second one) and find that increasing sharpening in the camera at more than #3 gives a bad effect . Sharpening later with software is a vast improvement. Check out both ways yourself and see the results at 100 percent.

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sophi loren

i am too much pleased and happy with my nikon D7100. For me the upgradation of D7000 to D7100 worth my bucks.
My bro wrote also a great review about nikon D7100 here is the review

thanks everyone :)


My D7100, bought last May, is fantastic. Together with the 16-85, it is incredible. The dynamic range compared with my D300 is a major upgrade. Photos of a play with spotlights and much dark areas, were wonderful in edited RAW. Used exposure with center weighted aimed at bright area. Unedited, the dark was very dark, but in PS the shadows opened up perfectly. This increased dynamic range is clearly a remarkable advance. This is also shown on page 14 of the review. The 16-85 lens is extremely sharp. In case you didn't get it, I'm very happy with this setup.

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I do not look at the 7100 as this reviewer does, be it a large upgrade. I would not have kept this camera in the 7000s series, certainly not 7100. Many similarities but the changes there are, are so significant, I personally would not have a 7000 and then say I upgraded to the 7100 because they made the 7100 better. Not talking about on the high end or low end of Camera's it is not an upgrade, it is a new way the line is going and I would have labeled it D8000 if you know what I mean, to show the serious differences.

IMO but what do I know. I bought my First Digital Camera when Kodak came out with the DC40, Owned DC50, by then some point and shoots, owned 20 of those, at least. I understand, You can tell me I am off base, I will take it in fun


Nice camera but 5xxxx series costs less and produces nice files too. One terrible discover after I got d7100... continuos shooting in raw mode stops after only 5/6 shots... this is terrible. it is a very great handicap! you can't do raw smaller files too...

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It had been a very long decision between Nikon D7100 and D610; I finally bought D7100 for most of my photography work. Using Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC the D7100 provides mind blowing IQ. However, as I often do large size gallery prints I therefore shoot mostly in RAW and post process my image in DXO Optics Pro 9 which provides me the best result for my prints. Consequently, I sold my D800 as I am very pleased with D7100 and the results I get after post processing in DXO Optics Pro 9.

Tal Shachar

very nice video explanation, but you should put some indoor videos in the video sample movies. Outdoor videos I can see that they are very good quality, but for wedding photographers we want to see whats the video quality in low light conditions.

beside that for Nikon, I think it's really silly to make Interlaced video recording option because it's low quality. Interlaced compared to Progressive is like Optical zoom compared to digital zoom.

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Very nice review you got there...


Very happy with my D7100, Look at the detail in the focus zone and that's without a tripod.


I've had my D7100 for four months now and I'm liking more the more I use it. Really impressive image quality particularly compared to the D90.


Can you please tell me why the image is that soft? it is soft to the degree of being considered out of focus. Just look at the Queen and compare its level of sharpness and detail to that from E-M5. I am not just talking about out of camera JPEGs. This deficiency applies to raw files as well.
I know that E-M5 is an excellent camera but, theoretically, D7100 must totally beat E-M5 taking larger sensor, higher resolution and removal of AA filter into account.

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I had the same impression looking at the watch...

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Will my lenses for the Nikon 1 j3 series work on this camera as well? Thanks

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