This was my first DSLR camera. Even though it wasn’t a cheap, priced just above $1.000, I preferred a camera that I wouldn’t feel lacked essential features as I explored which way my photography journey would take me. Other photographers that I met started out with very cheap cameras but soon felt they needed to upgrade to a more advanced DSLR. After two or three cameras they ended at the top of the enthusiast range, where you find the D7100/D7200. You might as well begin with a camera that you are satisfied with for at least the first three years.
Cheaper models have fewer buttons at the back and fewer dial controls, So on those models, you have to enter the menu system to change settings. Annoying when you find the perfect shot, but got the wrong camera settings. Many forget to check for ease of use when looking for a camera. But the D7200 have many controls at the back and dual dial at the top, which lets you access the all the most used features without going to the menu. You get 24 megapixels CMOS. The build quality feels very solid, and way beyond the plastic feel of cheaper models, plus the body is weather sealed.
The D7200, which is an upgrade to the D7100, has three times the buffer size plus the latest EXPEED 4 processor. The D7200’s AF-system is also improved compared to the D7100.
I have been very satisfied with the D7100, and I feel it is the best crop factor (DX) camera around. That is until the D7200 came out!
Check the price of the Nikon D7200 DX-format DSLR at Amazon.com
Below is a few sample images taken with the Nikon D7100:
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