Nikon D7100 Officially Unveiled

by on February 21, 2013

in Nikon

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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{ 6 comments }

1 Dan February 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm

There is a nice preview of this camera that goes into some of the details you won’t find on the spec sheet. Interesting stuff. It looks like a great camera and I can’t believe they priced it so low. Look out Canon.
http://www.learningcameras.com/reviews/4-dslrs/113-nikon-d7100-first-impressions-preview

2 Rune Reader February 22, 2013 at 4:37 am

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.

3 Mike February 22, 2013 at 8:55 am

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.

4 Mike February 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

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

5 Tim February 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

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.

6 Dr.Albert February 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm

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…..

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