button for quick and direct access to various functions, whether during optical viewfinder or live view shooting, or playback [NEW]
The newly employed button, which allows direct access to menu settings, is located on the back of the body. By just pressing this button, you can change settings and modes during optical viewfinder or live view shooting without pressing the menu button. During playback, pressing this button prompts the retouch menu to appear on the monitor, allowing you to edit images immediately after shooting.
Coaxially located mode dial and release mode dial with dial lock release to prevent misoperation
The mode dial and release mode dial are coaxially located to improve operability, making quick mode switch possible. The mode dial, as well as the release mode dial, is equipped with a lock function to prevent misoperation. As you can release the lock by pressing down the lock release button and rotate the dial, this enables smooth switching between modes.
Quiet shutter-release mode
The quiet shutter-release mode is created for moments when you want to shoot with less mirror movement sound. The mirror-down sound itself is quieter in this mode than in single frame mode. In addition, the mirror does not click back into place while the shutter-release button is fully pressed; but it does when the button goes back to the half-pressed position. This allows you to delay the timing of the click and muffle the sound by covering the camera with cloth, for example. Simply select "Q" on the release mode dial to use this mode. It's ideal for occasions such as a ceremonies, school plays or when taking pictures of wildlife, insects, or a sleeping child.
Select live view photography or movie live view with the live view selector
The D7100 offers two live view options: live view photography and movie live view, each providing display and operation optimized for stills or movies. This can be switched smoothly using the live view selector with the coaxially located live view button. Live view photography is dedicated to still image shooting with the same aspect ratio as the viewfinder. The contrast-detect AF speed is equivalent to that of the D4 and D800 series. During live view shooting, you can magnify images up to approx. 19x to achieve the exact focus. Metering is adjusted to match the live view display, producing photographs with exposure close to what is seen in the monitor. Independent control of the mirror delivers smooth shooting with the mirror in the up position in live view. For movie live view, the D7100 incorporates dedicated exposure controls that enable smooth exposure transitions even if the brightness of the scene varies drastically. The setting information display is switched to either that for still images or movies according to the selected live view. You can shoot still images in 16:9 aspect ratio by pressing the shutter-release button during movie live view or movie recording (Movie recording will end and the footage recorded up to that point will be saved).
Contrast-detect AF for precise focusing
The D7100's contrast-detect AF achieves a faster focusing speed than that of the D300S/D7000. It enables faster and more precise focusing during live view and movie recording. Selectable lens servo options are single-servo AF (AF-S), suitable for shooting stationary subjects, and full-time-servo AF (AF-F), recommended for capturing moving subjects. With four selectable AF-area modes, you can choose the best option for your subjects and the situation. As contrast-detect AF allows focusing on any point within the frame, it increases your freedom of composition.
- Face-priority AF
Select this when you want to focus on people's faces, such as in commemorative photos. Up to 35 faces can be detected. When multiple faces are detected, the camera focuses on the closest subject. You can also choose to focus on a different subject by using the multi selector.
- Wide-area AF
Choose this for hand-held shots of subjects such as landscapes. The focus point can be moved to the desired position in the frame by using the multi selector.
- Normal-area AF
Effective for precise pinpoint focusing on a selected area using a tripod, such as in a landscape photo and close-up shots. The focus point can be moved to the desired position in the frame by using the multi selector.
- Subject-tracking AF
Convenient for continuous focusing on a moving subject. Position the focus point over your subject and then press "OK." The camera starts tracking the subject and the focus point moves as it follows the subject.
Flicker reduction function
This function reduces flicker effects and vertical lines that may occur on a screen under artificial lighting such as fluorescent or mercury lamps during live view or video recording. The auto mode in the flicker reduction menu can automatically identify the flicker frequency to ensure appropriate exposure control resulting in less flicker. Manual selection of 50 Hz and 60 Hz is also available when needed.
Wide variety of playback options
Taking full advantage of the 8-cm/3.2-in. LCD monitor, the D7100 offers a variety of playback display options. The number of images displayed at one time can be selected from 1, 4, 9 and 72. The calendar playback arranges images by the date on which the image was taken. Other features include displaying histograms of a magnified area of an image and playback zoom of a face, which is useful for checking the focus. In full-frame playback, you can select to display shooting data, RGB histogram, highlights or an overview of this information. You can also display an image only, to check composition and details of the subjects on a large monitor.
Press button to directly access the retouch menu, which allows in-camera image editing with simple operation
The D7100 comes equipped with a retouch menu that allows you to edit images via simple operation of the camera only. As you can directly jump to the menu by pressing the button, located on the back, during playback, this comes in handy when you wish to edit, such as trim, an image as soon as possible. A wide variety of options are available, including Selective color, Straighten, Distortion control, Color sketch and Miniature effect.
Retouch menu options incorporated in the D7100:
D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter effects, Color balance, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Resize, Quick retouch, Straighten, Distortion control, Fisheye, Color outline, Color sketch*, Perspective control, Miniature effect*, Selective color*, Edit movie
- * It is possible to set the camera to apply these retouches before shooting using Special Effects (stills/movies).
Interface cover enhances dust-prevention, weather-resistance
The interface cover for the external microphone connector/USB connector, HDMI connector and headphone connector/accessory terminal is divided into three for improved dust-prevention and weather-resistance.
Comfortable operation supported by the superior GUI
The D7100 employs a GUI that enables you to quickly recognize and confirm necessary information. It further supports smooth operation of the camera, as it employs a font optimized for displaying numbers and adds new indicators such as exposure compensation and the selected ISO setting value (when the auto ISO sensitivity control is on).