Nikon have today (last night?) announced the Nikon D7100 which is an interesting upgrade of the popular D7000. There are a number of new features such as a 24MP DX sensor with no optical low pass filter which Nikon thinks won’t have moire issues when Nikon Glass is used. You can read more about it on Nikon UK’s website here.
The camera will cost around £1300 and should be available in March.
Features (from Nikon UK’s website):
- 24.1-megapixel DX format CMOS sensor, with no OLPF: for extreme image sharpness on even the finest details.
- EXPEED 3 image processor: for high speed operation, vibrant colour reproduction and enhanced noise reduction.
- ISO sensitivity of 100-6400, extendable to 25600: for exceptional low light performance.
- Professional-level AF system: utilising 51 focus points, 15 of which are cross-type, for rapid and precise autofocus.
- 6 fps continuous shooting: to ensure you always capture that fast action shot.
- 1.3x crop function, expanding the possibilities of DX format: with extra telephoto effect, faster speed (up to 7 fps) and extra wide AF coverage.
- 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor with Scene Recognition: highly accurate metering for exact exposures; optimising auto exposure (AE), autofocus (AF) and auto white balance (AWB) for supreme accuracy.
- Full HD D-Movie: 1080p up to 60i/50i and 30p/25p/24p, for smooth movie recording.
- High performance viewfinder: with approximately 100% frame coverage and 0.94x magnification.
- High-intensity LCD monitor: offers an 8cm/3.2in 1229k-dot wide-angle view.
- Conveniently portable: powerful features packed into a compact body weighing just 675g.
- Durable body with magnesium alloy covers: sealed for dust, weather and drop resistance.
- Dual SD memory card slots: allow overflow and backup recording or set to record RAW and J-PEG individually.
- Accessible usability functions: improved ‘i’ button and Spot White Balance for quick and precise white balance setting in Live View.
- Active D-Lighting (ADL): retains details in highlights and shadows for well-balanced images.
- High Dynamic Range (HDR): combines two shots within a single shutter release to create detailed images of high contrast scenes.
- Effects Mode: allows selected effects to be applied to
- Wireless connectivity*: compatible with WU-1a Mobile Adapter.
- NIKKOR lenses: with acclaimed NIKKOR lenses you can take full advantage of the camera’s 24.1 megapixels and 1.3x crop mode to create exceptional images and enjoy the portability of DX lenses.
- Remote operation: take control of your wireless shooting with the WR-R10 wireless transceiver and the WR-T10 wireless transmitter, or advance by controlling your camera settings with the WR-1.
* Compatible with iOS™ and Android™ smart devices. This feature requires use of a dedicated Wireless Mobile Utility application that can be downloaded for free from Google Play™ and the Apple App Store™. Android, Google, Google Play, YouTube, and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.
DPReview have as usual posted their first thoughts preview which you can read here.
Jared Polin for “Fro Knows Photo” has posted a youtube video with his views and thoughts too.
It is interesting that Nikon have released the D7000 and then its update the D7100 since the release of the D300s which is still Nikon’s top DX model. This camera is getting very old now and its 12MP sensor is outclassed by every other Nikon body in Nikon’s range. Whilst the D7100 is a good upgrade and gains some of the D300’s weather sealing and magnesium body it is not a replacement. So is the D7100 now the top DX model and the D300s will just dissappear? We’ll just have to see, but I don’t think so as long as there is no front remote release (round) cable connection and no rear “AF” only button.
Stop Press: WEX have just tweeted that they will be selling the camera for £1099 body only , here is the link.