Digital Photography Review (DPR), one of the web’s most trusted resources for all things digital photography, has just completed its in-depth review of the Nikon D7100. When Nikon announced the D7100, it was not exactly what many people expected as it was more of a Nikon D300s than the D7000. Needless to say, people were quick to clamor for the camera. Now, the first review by a world-renowned authority has been published.
So, how does the D7100 do? Answer: very well.
Overall, the staff at DPR loved the D7100 for the simple reason that it represents a clear challenge to even Nikon’s full-frame semi-pro cameras: the D600 and D800, which cost $900 and $1800 more, respectively. In the final word, DPR staff even states that, unless one absolutely needs a FX sensor, the D7100 may be all the camera one could ever need.
In terms of image quality, according to DPR, the D7100 can still deliver at the high ISOs that made the D7000 so popular, but with 50% more resolution, which is no small feat. However, people looking for the absolute best in high ISO performance, a FX camera will perform better. However, for the 98% of us who don’t print at mural size or crop heavily, there’s no real difference in image quality. Another item of note: according to DPR, the kit 18-105VR lens will be a limiting factor with the D7100’s 24Mp sensor, meaning that one should save for some top-grade glass, too.
As for other things to like about the D7100, they read like a laundry list: Nikon;s top-grade 51 point AF grid, excellent build quality, D800-grade weather sealing, crop mode, dual memory slots, an improved LCD screen, a 100% viewfinder, auto ISO being linked to lens focal length, an overall excellent video mode, and a 6fps burst rate.
As for complaints? Well, there’s only one undeniable one: a small buffer, which could be a bummer for those who like to shoot fast action. As for others, they’re more nit picks (and mostly about live view and video mode) than anything else.
Overall conclusion? Praise of the highest level. .
Want to buy a D7100 in the Cleveland area? Well, there’s Cleveland-based Dodd Camera, with its downtown superstore. In addition, there are many smaller Cleveland metro area chain stores in the Cuyahoga County area, too. Dodd is an authorized Nikon dealers. As for pricing and availability, the D7100 body sells for $1200.
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