Nikon D7100 Officially Unveiled

Nikon D7100

Nikon has taken the wraps off of its new D7100 DSLR, which is equipped with a 24.1MP APS-C sensor. The camera is priced at $1199 for the body only and $1599 in a kit that includes the 18-105mm DX VR lens.

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The D7100 looks to be a replacement for both the D7000 and the D300s. Among other features, the D7100 includes weather sealing on par with that offered on the D800 and D300s. Additional “pro” features included a magnesium alloy body and a 150,000 cycle rated shutter.

Nikon D7100 Key Features

  • 24.1MP DX format sensor
  • No Optical Low Pass Filter
  • 6 fps frame rate (7 fps in 1.3x crop mode)
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 25,600)
  • 51 AF points (15 cross-type points)
  • Center cross-type point AF at f/8
  • Full HD video 1080 at 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p
  • 24Mbps max quality
  • 20 min. max record time at highest quality
  • 720p HD video at 60p/50p
  • EXPEED 3 processor
  • 3.2″ 1,229k-dot res LCD
  • 100% viewfinder coverage w/ 0.94x magnification
  • Nikon WU-1a wireless mobile adapter compatibility
  • 150,000 shutter cycle rating
  • Dual SDXC card slots (UHS-I compatible)
  • MB-D15 battery grip available
  • Built-in HDR
  • Headphone output
  • Uncompressed HDMI output

The D7100 takes a step up from the D7000 in a number of areas – moving from 16.2MP to 24.1MP and stepping up from 39 AF points to 51 AF points. Most notably, the D7100 takes a big cue from the Nikon D800E with the absence of an Optical Low Pass Filter.

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Additionally, the D7100 is equipped with a new, optional 1.3x DX crop, which increases the angle of view by approximately 1.3x that of the standard DX-format angle of view. As a result, this effectively increases the overall crop factor to about a 2x crop factor. This feature will work both in still image capture and HD video capture.

Another new feature is a Spot White Balance option that allows you to measure white balance based on a specific portion of the frame. This should help eliminate the use of gray cards or other white balance tools in reference images for many users.

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In many ways, the Nikon D7100 looks like a DX version of the D800E. Based on the feature set alone, I suspect this will be very popular camera.

Nikon D7100 - D300s - D600 Comparison

The Nikon D7100 should be available in March 2013 at $1199 for the body only, or $1599 with the 18-105mm DX VR kit lens. It is already available for pre-order at the links below.

Nikon D7100 (body only): B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Nikon D7100 w/ 18-105mm DX VR lens: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

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Comments

  1. Rune Reader says

    With only 6fps and a pathetically small buffer (6/7 shots RAW lossless compressed!!!!!!!!!)there is no way that is a D300s replacement. The D7000 wasn’t and nor is this.

  2. Mike says

    This is the camera I would have upgraded to from my D300. However, when the D600 came out, I jumped on it since I already had started to collect a few FX lens. However, to my dismay shortly after purchasing the D600 body at the introduction price, Nikon reduced the price slightly and threw in a very nice 16-35 mm lens (a $600 value). So, be careful about pre-ordering or purchasing the D7100 after it becomes available. I love my D600; but was really upset by such a sudden price reduction shortly after it was introduced. It’s hard to understand Nikon’s pricing strategy these days and easy to get burned by it.

  3. Mike says

    I’m sorry meant to say the D600 was bundled with the 24-85mm lens and sold for less than the introductory price.

  4. Tim says

    This model won’t be a replacement for the D300s for sport shooters. FPS is too slow and the buffer just won’t do. I also am not fond of the reduced physical size. Still hoping for a D400.

  5. Dr.Albert says

    I certainly would not jump on obtaining this body. Nikon games again…
    My D300s provides me with excellent functionality. I would like to see a corparative analysis done between the 7100 and the D300s function by function, as well as test images, before I make my decision. I also have the D3s and love it…
    Is this another Nikon tweeking??? and price rip-off…..