Nikon D7100 preview updated with studio scene and real world samples


We’ve just received a reviewable Nikon D7100, and have been lucky enough to get access to pre-release raw support from Adobe, which has allowed us to add Nikon’s newest 24MP DSLR to our studio comparison database. Our testing is ongoing as we work towards completing a full D7100 review, but we hope that you find the samples useful for the purposes of comparison against the D7100’s competitors. As always, you can select any camera from our database to compare against. Click here to go straight to page 1 of our updated hands-on preview. 

Samples Gallery

There are 36 images in the review samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don’t abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. Because our review images are now hosted on the ‘galleries’ section of, you can enjoy all of the new galleries functionality when browsing these samples. The links on this page will go straight to a slideshow.

We’ve also taken advantage of our first opportunity to shoot ‘real world’ images with the D7100 and its 18-105 kit lens. We’ve shot portrait, landscape and city scenes at base ISO all the way up to the camera’s highest sensitivities to see how the camera performs outside our studio. 

Nikon D7100 Preview Samples – published March 25th 2013



Oh, God, here comes everybody making excuses already for the IQ.

This looks like a great camera, and I shoot m43. The reason to buy a DSLR is not IQ, but performance.

Remember film? Absolutely no difference in “sensors”, but people still paid more for cameras that performed. That’s what’s going on here. You can stop already with the breathless analysis of what you found or didn’t find pixel-peeping.


Moizes 2, It seems like you should show some respect to the people who put time and effort in this website day in day out for, “the readers”.


DPR, please change the name of the ‘Comment’ section the the ‘Customer complaint’ section.

moizes 2

Dear DP! Don’t you have a pristine lens to show a new camera ability, but this peice of garbage? It is a real world, absolutely real, wake up, please! Just take a 50/1.8G, make the images, than show. What a disrespect to readers!


Seems lens are not exactly up to game.. Considering its probably only AA-less 24 mpix APS-C I think its most demanding sensor currently available?

That moiré on water is one reason why AA isnt that bad idea..


What moiré on the water? Do you mean the normal pattern that ripples make? (If you are looking at reduced-sized images, you can create moiré from just about any regular pattern. There is no moiré in the full-sized images. There are, however, indications that Adobe hasn’t quite got the new demosaicking down pat; thin one- or two-pixel diagonal lines are jaggier than they should be. No, that’s not an artifact of a missing AA filter, but some leftover compensation for a filter that is expected but isn’t present.)


Looking good D7100! Detail preservation looks good at 6400 iso and the lack of AA filter seems to help comparing with the 5200


Seems like DP would’ve been better off waiting to post the RAW conversions. The pre-release raw support isn’t doing the D7100 any favors. There are a lot of jaggies.


That could be due to no AA filter with the D7100 sensor.

Cy Cheze

Any plans to employ a 500 exposure time-lapse test to corroborate if the debris and oil from the shutter wheel foul the sensor? Based on the D600, it appears important to know if the 500th or 1,000th shot will be as clean as the first. Having experience with several cameras suspect of internal sensor contamination, the results might be very helpful. The problem is not unique to Nikon.

Manfred Bachmann

Testshots with a Kit zoom?? Why not put an 50/1,4 or any other good lens on it? For me this shots shows nothing, because this lens is simply outresolved!


This actually make sense since this is the lens packaged with this body – for the buyer this kit – they would want to see these samples – but I do agreed that a better lens would be nice for folks with better lenses – perhaps DPR would do in the future?

Amadou Diallo

I’d argue that the fact that the sensor highlights flaws in the kit lens is useful for potential buyers to know.
Three shots in the gallery actually are shot with the 85/1.8 (fixing a bug right now in the lens EXIF display that’s preventing it from appearing). We do plan to shoot some comparisons for the review with the 50/1.4, but we can’t ignore the kit zoom.


Using different lenses is a good idea, but that would take a lot of time, and I don’t think DPR has a large enough staff to make that reasonable.
Right now, it seems like we have lens reviews to judge lenses, and studio samples to get an idea of how much can be resolved. Perhaps a good compromise would be to shoot half the pictures with the kit, and the other half with a designated high quality lens, like a fixed 50mm?


This is remarkable: I have a D300S with the same lens here: 18-105mm and never liked it. However on the 24MP sensor with no AA-filter it looks like a totally different lens now. Kudos to Nikon for improving the APS-C sensor parallel to the D800E features.

Manfred Bachmann

Amadou i know what you mean, but i have testshots with the 50/1,4 and it´s really night and day! The D7100 can not show her strength(resolution) with the Kitlens, the difference is simply amazing if you put a good prime on it!

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