Nikon D7100 Body
Earlier we talked about the difference between a full frame and cropped sensor, with Nikon you easily tell the difference. A full frame Nikon camera has the FX denomination, where the cropped sensory has DX. The Nikon D7100 features a cropped sensor, magnifying lens length by 1.5x.
On the right side of the DSLR you will find the SD card slot, which allows for up to two SD cards to be inserted at the same time. This could be a controversial features, as SD card sizes are becoming larger in size. There is a recent review written on The SSD Review, where we looked at the Lexar Professional 600x 256GB SD card. With card sizes coming in this large, the concept of dual card slots may be a feature that is on it’s way out. On the flip side, for a budget friendly option, having a couple lower capacities cards in the D7100 may not hurt your wallet as much. You can use the second card as overflow storage, or you can save your RAW images to one card and jpegs to another.
The Nikon D7100 has a rotatable dial on the top left side that allows for you to switch between the different shooting modes, manual user settings, and auto adjustment. Below this dial is the drive mode dial, which allows the user to switch between continuous shooting, mirror-up, quiet release and self-timer modes.
Just beside the lens, Nikon has included a switch that allows for you to jump back and forth between auto-focus and manual focus shooting.
Just above the hot shoe, where one could attach additional flash, there is the stereo microphones for video recording.
On the left side of the Nikon D7100 you can find the input/output ports. You can connect a stereo microphone and headphones, HDMI and USB 2.0 devices. There is also a port that lets you connect accessories such as GPS and Wi-Fi mobile adapter.
You can purchase the Wi-Fi mobile adapter for roughly $55, and use it to transfer photos from your camera to your smartphone or tablet. You can download the app for your Apple or Android mobile device. On the bottom of the DSLR, you can find the battery compartment, which houses the lithium ion battery that Nikon has listed to take 920 shots on a single charge. You can also find on the bottom of the DSLR, the standard tripod/monopod mount.