Nikon D7100 review: The best APS-C DSLR for shooters wanting to get more serious about their photography?


posted Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM EST

As the Nikon's new flagship APS-C DSLR, the Nikon D7100 occupies a sweet spot in the company's lineup. The D7100 provides a ton of advanced photographic capabilities at a reasonably affordable price point. And it's a perfect model for photographers who are becoming more serious about their craft and want to step up from their consumer-oriented DSLRs.

Compared to its predecessor -- the much beloved D7000 -- the D7100 offers a big jump in image resolution to 24 megapixels and delivers even more fine pixel-level details by removing the optical low pass filter. Overall, the Nikon D7100 produces fantastic images that are more detailed and impressive than those of its predecessor, and even rivals the output of a full-frame DSLR such as Nikon's D600 at lower ISOs. Add in a new 51-point autofocus system, full 1080p HD video recording with full-time AF, and a nifty 1.3x crop mode, and the D7100 is one serious -- but fun and easy-to use -- photographic tool.

The Nikon D7100 takes the well-respected D7000 and makes it even better, but how much better? Enough to warrant D7000 owners to rush to make the upgrade?

Read our in-depth Nikon D7100 review to find out. You'll find a detailed overview of the DSLR's rich feature set, a rundown of how it performed in IR's lab testing, an in-the-field shooter's report with a rich gallery of photos, and a thorough analysis of its image quality versus other top competitors.