I have been shooting Nikon for about 10 years. First a D40x then a D300. On a lark, I bought a Nikon factory refurbished D7100 from an on line authorized Nikon dealer. So far, I think the D7100 is in another class. The pictures seem sharper, have better exposure, color and contrast and all without any fiddling of the settings. To get close to the same output in the D300, I have to adjust many of its settings. I am really happy with this camera so far, and it will take me a month of Sundays to go through all the menus and settings and learn its operations. That being said, straight out of the box, it is magnificent.