Nikon’s D7100 vs D7000



Hello again everyone!  Thank you for stopping by.  Today is about my thoughts from real world experience of shooting in the field.  No studio set up with charts and stuff.  Nothing wrong with doing reviews that at all.   Before I ever make a purchase I will check out reviews and test done by various websites and then make an informed decision on whether to buy or not.

I have recently been using the Nikon D7100 and rather than comparing it to the D800 (because the D800 beats it hands down and the D7100 wasn’t meant to compete against it anyway) I want to compare it to it’s predecessor.  Looking at the two pictures above, it would be hard to distinguish which camera shot which picture.  That’s because we are not “pixel peeping”.  If we were (zooming into the frame at 100%) then you would notice that there is a little more noise in the D7100 picture.  I can accept this if it were shot at ISO of 1000 or higher because the D7100 does have a larger pixel count BUT the D7100 was at ISO 320 (as was the picture from the D7000) and exposure at around 1/160th of a second.

Before you decide to automatically put the D7100 at the bottom of your wish list now please take into consideration that the D7100 I’m using might be a bad copy (though I have read others complaining about the same thing and these complaints could be from the first run of the cameras).  This problem of this unusual amount of noise that I have experienced with this copy of the D7100 tends to show itself within the shadowy areas of the image.  The only issue I had with the D7000 was that it tended to meter lighting about a half a stop to one stop above what your in camera meter is telling you.  This was never that big of a deal for me.  I either took a couple shots as the camera was reading the exposure and another shot under exposed by half a stop.  In those really tricky situations I would do a three shot bracket shot.

On paper the D7100 offers a lot more bank for the buck BUT that bang means nothing if I end up having to do a lot of post work to try and get the best out of the image (which is why I, and you should too, shoot in RAW all the time).  With todays technology in sensor designs you would expect the issue of image noise to be well controlled by now.  Yet many camera manufactures are still trying to squeeze in as many megapixels onto an image sensor as they can no matter the sacrifice.  The D800 is one of the exceptions to this when you are using a tripod.

So for me, if I were to base my thoughts on this D7100 copy, I would say do not “up grade” from the D7000.  Even the D300 and D300s out performs the D7100 when it comes to image quality (in the area of image noise at low ISOs).  With that being said…IF you were to have gotten a good copy (and maybe the newer batches of the camera have this problem fixed) then this camera is absolutely worth moving to.  If you do decide to give it a try then I suggest that you hang on to your old camera still (besides, I personally love carrying around two camera bodies with two different size lens…never miss a shot that way).

Anyway.  Just remember that this is only my opinion from my own personal use of one copy of this camera and if Nikon is willing to provide me with it’s newest copy then I’ll make an updated post but until then be cautious with this camera.  It might be better to stay with your current D7000 as this camera really does a wonderful job as you can see from the very top picture.  I’m really thinking about going back to it (the D7000) myself but I want to test a couple other things out with this camera and I’ll let you know how that turns out!

For more pictures and in depth reviews and test of this camera all you have to do is Google it!


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