Expert Review of Nikon D7100 DSLR VR kit 18-105mm Black
Nikon D7100 AF-S 18-105mm VR Kit Lens, this may be the answer by Nikon to Canon’s excelling products in the higher end DSLR ranges, now that we know that Canon and Nikon rise above all in terms of style and substance (With the exception of Sony when it comes to style) which has led the fierce battle in the two for the Numero Uno spot in camera industry. Getting back to topic, Nikon D7100 is the latest upper middle range DSLR which is aimed directly at budding and aspiring photographers. Two and a half years after the release of Nikon D7000, its predecessor, our reviewed camera was announced only to fill up the gap between Nikon D600 and Nikon D7000. Though there have been speculations that Nikon D7000 may be shut down of production soon with the launch of Nikon D7100, Nikon has made it clear than Nikon D7000 is here to stay. In the company’s very own claims, the device is the best product that DX can offer, importantly our predictions that this is the long awaited successor to semi-pro D300s have failed us. To be judgementally fair with Nikon D7100, the specifications offered by it are far beyond the range of Nikon D300s, but still, given the current trend, it is safe to say that it is simply an enthusiast camera not a semi-pro one. With this, it is almost highly unlikely that there will ever be a Nikon D400 and the message from Nikon is loud and clear “You want a DSLR, better get one with a full-frame sensor or go home empty handed.”
But as expected time and again from Nikon, it keeps pushing the limit of upper-middle range bodies of devices and simply thinning the line bordering the semi-pro devices. Nikon D7100 now inherits a 100% viewfinder coverage, 6 frames per second of continuous shooting, a 2016 pixel metering sensor and the twin SD card slots previously owned by its predecessor, the resolution of the device is increased dramatically by 50% to 24.1 Megapixels and boosts the overall AF system from 39 right to 51 points, this adds 1080p at 30 and 25 frames per second and introduces in the device a 1.3x crop mode which results only in an overall field reduction at around 2x at the resolution of 15.4 Megapixels. Still better, Nikon D7100 comes with a sports full weather- sealing and is now only the company’s second DSLR, after D800e i.e. which eliminates all the effects of the optical low pass filter so as to produce potentially sharper images. Nikon D800e does this by cancelling out the field, but in our camera, the filter is simply removed altogether. In this review, Nikon D7100 has been compared to many devices which remain good options and it has been pointed out as to why Nikon D7100 is better or worse than those devices. One such device is Nikon D5200, Nikon D5200 quite certainly lacks the husky design and build quality of Nikon D7100 and many of its critical features too, features that define Nikon D7100, but crucially, it shares the same 24 MP resolution as although while retaining the optical low pass filter.
Design and Build Quality
Exact dimensions of Nikon D7100 are 136mm x 107mm x 76 mm and weighs approximately three quarters of a kilogram. This only makes the device 4 mm at the wider end, 2 mm at the taller end and round about the same thickness as its predecessor, and surprisingly 15 grams lighter. The body styling is almost identical at it will take at genius to spot the difference between two brothers in the first glance. But then you pick up both of the devices, and in your hand Nikon D7100 definitely feels more comfortable with a grip that is most definitely bigger and contoured. Now, practically speaking, both the devices feel pretty much the same in your hand. Most obvious physical difference that you will notice are on the top plate around which the Mode dial has exactly the same central locking system as fancied by Nikon D600. Also, there is a slight change through the drive mode dial of the camera which only drops the remote shooting position of the camera. Now, a glance at the viewfinder head of the camera and new stereo mics are embedded right in front of the hotshoe of the device and almost exactly at the top of the grip where there is a new and enhanced direct movie recording button which working fine with the Live View button summing up to the shutter release and the on/off collar switch, exposure compensation buttons and the metering mode. As on Nikon D7000, there is a control dial positioned right on Nikon D7100 before the shutter release and in front of the grip of the camera.
Focus and Face Detection
Nikon D7100, very impressively has been able to upgrade to 51 point phase detect AF system which works on 15 cross type points. It makes use of the same Multi-CAM 3500DX sensor of the earlier Nikon D300s built with centre cross type sensors that work all the way down to f/8, this will be welcomed by all who use tele-converters and found themselves limited to manual focus only previously. Three blocks, this is the way the focus points were arranged earlier, this extends closer to either side of the frame and occupies around middle two-thirds of the device vertically. All of the 51 points have been made available in 1.3x crop mode where you can almost virtually touch the frame edges and hence provide for a much broader coverage which is highly useful for subjects which are mobile.
Lens and Image Stabilization
There is an F-mount on Nikon D7100 which can embed in its array almost all of the Nikkor lenses, the DX-format sensor of the device only reduces the field of view by 1.5 times. Nikon D7100 is available in one of the two types:
· A body only product
· In a kit mounted with 18-105mm f3.5-5.6 VR zoom lens, which will be our point of discussion in this section.
With 1.5x field reduction, the lens has a full-frame 35mm equivalent focal length of just about 27-157mm. This is a versatile kit lens and provides a very decent balance between cost, quality and versatility of lens and is accompanied by a reversible lens hood and case. There is a switch to toggle the image stabilisation of this lens just around below the auto/manual focus switch right about on the lens barrel.
Screen and Menus
The screen of Nikon D7100 is quite big, bigger than the usual big, which is a 3 inch screen, the screen on Nikon D7100 is a net 3.2 inches big diagonally with Nikon D7000 accounting for 3 inch screen with round about 1,229k dot pixels, this also allows brighter image and despite the increase in resolution over 920k dots from its predecessor, the resolution hasn’t quite changed. Nikon is in the footsteps of Sony here and has added a fourth white dot to RGB array of the screen, which provides for additional contrast and brightness. So yes, the resolution is still 640 x 480, the change being the fourth dot per pixel resulting in RGBW.
Nikon D7100 derives all of its power from the same EN-EL15 battery, the battery that once shone on Nikon D7000 and is more than capable of getting through 950 shots from it as per CIPA’s standard conditions. This is round about a 10% reduction from Nikon D7000, but this is essentially the same as any other mid-range DSLR. And if this is still not good enough for you, MB-D15 battery pack is more than capable of doubling this capacity.
Nikon D7100 has excellent video quality up in its grasps, and can shoot excellent Full HD 1080p videos, the only difference for better being that rather than just being limited to 24p there are options now available for 25p and 30p. There is also an option which allows you to shoot HD 720p video at 24, 25 and 30 frames per second quality settings on Nikon D7000 and this has been interestingly replaced by 50 and 60 frames per second modes. Well, these modes finally bring it in line with those modes which have been for years offered by Canon. In a nice kind of movie, Nikon D7100 also offers a new 1080i mode which gives amazing details by using a central crop of its sensor area so as to provide for an additional 1.3x zoom with no loss of resolution whatsoever.
Nikon D7100 sports a 24 Megapixel DX format sensor, same as Nikon D3200 and Nikon D5200, but there are atleast two key differences in the sensor. First is that there is a faster data readout in our sensor which allows the same 6 frames per second on Nikon D7000 despite of having almost 50% more pixels per frame, most importantly though, there is no optical low pass filter to manage your moiré.
1. No low-pass filter
3. Highly detailed pixel count
1. JPEG only HDR mode
2. No Wi -Fi built-in
3. Not a touchscreen camera