Nikon D7100 DSLR Announcement

Nikon has just announced the Nikon D7100, an update to the existing Nikon D7000 camera that was released back in September of 2010. After more than two years of waiting, many DX shooters are quite anxious to see what features Nikon added to the already excellent DSLR. Many Nikon fans and existing D300/D300s owners are also probably wondering if they will soon see an update to the high-end DX line in the form of a D400 that has remained nothing more than another rumor. With today’s Nikon D7100 announcement, we can mark the death of the high-end DX line – read below on the reasons why I think we might never see a D400.

Nikon D7100

When Nikon announced the Nikon D7000 back in 2010, it left many photographers wondering if the camera was supposed to be an update to the D90 or the high-end D300s. The conclusion was that the D7000 landed somewhere in between the D90 and the D300s, creating a new line of DSLRs from Nikon. Three years down the road, neither the 5 year old D90, nor the 4 year old D300s had been updated, with both cameras getting officially discontinued in 2011 and 2012, respectively. That left many Nikon D300/D300s owners in limbo – they felt like the D7000 was a downgrade from their cameras and many simply did not want to move up to FX for various reasons. As Nikon announced the D800 and the D600, it left them even more confused. Neither the D800 nor the D600 were suitable for sports, fast action and wildlife photography, due to either slow fps speed (D800) or inferior autofocus system (D600). The patience has been growing thin, to say the least. And now Nikon is announcing the D7100, which it seems like merges the high-end D300/D300s with the D7000 in a brand new camera body. Take a look at the features of the upcoming Nikon D7100:

Main Features

  1. Image Sensor: High Resolution 24.1 MP DX-format CMOS sensor without an OLPF (AA) filter
  2. ISO Range: 100 – 6400, boost to 12,800, 25,600
  3. Metering Sensor: 2,016-pixel RGB (3D Color Matrix) sensor
  4. FPS: High Speed 6 frames per second continuous shooting up to 100 shots, 7 fps in 1.3x crop mode
  5. Processor: EXPEED 3 and 14-bit A/D Conversion
  6. Mirror: New Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage and low-power consumption OLED display element for high contrast data readout
  7. Memory: Twin SD Card Slots with SD, SDHC, SDXC memory card compatibility
  8. Movie: Full 1080p HD recording at 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p or 720p up to 60p with Full Time Autofocus
  9. ISO: ISO range from 100 to 6400 expandable to 25,600 (Hi2)
  10. AF System: Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX with 51 point AF System and 15 cross-type sensors. Center sensor capable of handling f/8 lenses
  11. Body Type and Shutter: Compact but durable magnesium-alloy body, superior weather/moisture and dust seals and a 150,000 cycle-rated shutter system providing reliable operation
  12. LCD: 3.2 Inch, 1,229K-dot LCD Monitor
  13. Built-in Wireless: No, compatible with WU-1a wireless adapter
  14. US Price: $1199 body only, $1599.95 with Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens

With a high-resolution 24 MP sensor, the same autofocus system from the D800, high quality magnesium alloy body with weather sealing, EXPEED 3 processor and 6 FPS continuous shooting speed, there is simply no room for a higher-end DX body. Update: the Nikon D7100 can go up to 7 fps in 1.3x crop mode. Battery grip will not increase fps.

Official Nikon D7100 Images:
Nikon D7100 Front Nikon D7100 Back

Nikon D7100 Top Nikon D7100 Side

Official Announcement:

Superior subject acquisition performance and sharp rendering
Advanced basic performance from features such as an AF system with 51 focus points, all in a compact, lightweight body

Tokyo – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the advanced, high-performance DX-format D7100 digital SLR camera. The D7100 is a compact, lightweight camera (W x H x D: approx. 135.5 x 106.5 x 76 mm; weight: approx. 675 g) that offers superior portability. It is loaded with features that enable excellent subject acquisition and rendering performance capable of reproducing the finest details.

The high density of 51-point AF system accurately acquires the intended subject for superior subject acquisition and tracking performance. Cross-type sensors have been adopted for the 15 most frequently used focus points at the center of the frame. In addition, the center focus point (cross-type) is fully functional with lenses with a maximum aperture of f/8. This means faster, more precise autofocusing with a variety of conditions. The D7100 is also equipped with a new crop image area, 1.3x DX crop, which increases the angle of view by approximately 1.3x that of the standard DX-format angle of view. This effectively increases lens focal length to an equivalent angle of view of approximately 2x, making distant subjects larger. In addition, the 51 focus points cover the entire image area when 1.3x DX crop is enabled for quick and certain acquisition of subjects moving randomly through the frame with high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 7 fps (when 1.3x DX crop is enabled; up to 6 fps when standard DX format is enabled. Both maximum frame rates possible only when image quality is set to JPEG/12-bit NEF (RAW). Measured according to CIPA guidelines).

The D7100 is also equipped with a DX-format CMOS sensor, an effective pixel count of 24.1-million pixels, the high-performance EXPEED 3 image-processing engine, and does not have an optical low-pass filter. These features enable excellent rendering with high resolution. The incredible potential of the high pixel count, high-definition D7100 can be maximized by the use of NIKKOR lenses, which offer superior rendering performance made possible with Nikon’s own optical technologies.

The D7100 also offers a number of new functions that improve operation and support more natural and efficient shooting, including Spot White Balance, a white balance Preset Manual option that allows users to choose a specific subject from which white balance is measured with shooting in live view. Additionally, the D7100 features an RGBW array that enables more effective accumulation of light, as well as a large, 3.2-inch high-resolution TFT LCD monitor with wide viewing angle, and an button that enables direct access to frequently used functions.

D7100 primary features

  • Support for lenses with a maximum aperture of f/8 and an AF system comprised of the high-density 51 focus points offering faster AF initiation
    The 51 focus-point AF system built into the D7100 utilizes the new Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor module with 51 focus points covering a broad range of the frame for more certain acquisition of the intended subject. Cross-type sensors have been adopted for more certain acquisition and tracking of rapidly moving subjects. In addition, the camera is able to focus automatically with extreme accuracy, even in lighting measuring just −2 EV (ISO 100, 20°C), roughly equivalent to moonlight. What’s more, the center focus point (cross-type) supports autofocusing with lenses with a maximum aperture of f/8. This allows users to enjoy ultra high-speed AF shooting with a compact and lightweight system when a telephoto NIKKOR lens with a maximum aperture of f/4 and a teleconverter (2x) are used.
  • 51 focus points covering the entire frame bring distant subjects closer. 1.3x DX crop for high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 7 fps
    The DX format effectively increases the shooting angle of view to an equivalent of approximately 1.5x the actual focal length of the lens. The new 1.3x DX crop image area increases this effect by an additional 1.3x for a total effective increase in angle of view to approximately 2x lens focal length, making distant subjects appear closer. What’s more, when 1.3x DX crop is enabled, the AF system’s 51 focus points cover the entire frame, and high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 7 fps is possible for quick and certain capture of the intended subject.
  • A new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor, an effective pixel count of 24.1-million pixels, no optical low-pass filter, and the EXPEED 3 image-processing engine optimized for high-performance digital-SLR cameras
    The D7100 is equipped with a new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor, an effective pixel count of 24.1-million pixels and no optical low-pass filter. It supports a broad range of standard ISO sensitivities, from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, as well as further expansion to an equivalent of ISO 25600 (Hi 2) for capture of sharp, clear images for which noise is effectively suppressed throughout the entire range of sensitivities. In addition, when used with NIKKOR lenses loaded with Nikon’s advanced optical technologies, the D7100′s high pixel count achieves sharp, well-defined rendering with a sense of depth. The EXPEED 3 high-performance image-processing engine maximizes the potential of the high pixel count for faithful reproduction of scenes.
  • A compact and lightweight Nikon DX-format camera that is strong despite its light weight, and extremely portable
    Despite its advanced basic performance and being loaded with a number of new functions, the D7100 is a compact, lightweight camera measuring approximately 135.5 mm wide, 106.5 mm high and 76 mm deep, and weighing just 675 g. As an entire system, the Nikon DX format, which includes DX-format lenses, offers excellent portability. The magnesium alloy adopted for the top and rear covers of the D7100 ensures great strength, and sealing of individual components ensures a high level of water and dust resistance. These aspects make the D7100 the perfect camera for a broad range of uses, from casual capture of everyday scenes to full-scale photography.
  • Increased usability and improved operation
    A new button enables quick access to frequently used camera functions
    A new button, positioned to the bottom left of the camera’s monitor, enables simple access to frequently used functions with viewfinder and live view photography, movie recording, and playback. Pressing the button displays the options screen for the desired setting, allowing immediate access to setting options for normal shooting, live view photography, and the retouch menu in playback mode.

    1. A new Spot White Balance option for measuring white balance using a specified portion of the frame
      With live view photography, preset manual white balance data can be easily acquired based on a portion of the scene selected by the user. Spot White Balance eliminates the need to prepare a reference object, such as a gray card, and allows for preset white balance measurement without changing lenses when a super-telephoto lens is used.
      This new option is most convenient with outdoor shooting, and sports and landscape photography.
    2. A high-performance optical viewfinder utilizing a glass pentaprism and offering frame coverage of approximately 100%
      The optical viewfinder built into the D7100 offers frame coverage of approximately 100% for extremely precise framing of images, and magnification of approximately 0.94x that makes all elements in the viewfinder display easy to see. Adoption of a very bright, high-contrast, low power consumption OLED display element ensures excellent visibility even in low temperatures.
    3. OLED display element
      Adoption of a very bright, high-contrast, low power consumption OLED display element ensures faster viewfinder display ((information display below image area) with excellent visibility even in low temperatures.
    4. 3.2-inch, 1229 k-dot TFT LCD monitor with wide viewing angle utilizing a new RGBW array
      The D7100 is equipped with a large, high-definition TFT LCD monitor with wide viewing angle for which an RGBW array that increases brightness has been adopted. This increases visibility with viewing in bright surroundings.
  • Support for 1920 x 1080/60i and 1920 x 1080/30p movie recording
    The combination of NIKKOR lenses, an imaging unit that does not include an optical low-pass filter, and the EXPEED 3 image-processing engine enables sharp, high-resolution imaging expression with movie recording as well. The Multi-area mode Full-HD D-Movie function supports movie recording using not only the standard DX-movie image area, but also the new 1.3x DX crop image area. The 1.3x DX crop option brings distant subjects closer with movie recording. In addition, the stereo microphone built into the pentaprism enables recording of high-quality stereo sound. The D7100 also supports recording of stereo sound via connection of the optional ME-1 stereo microphone.
  • Support for the new WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller(available separately)
    The D7100 supports the WR-1, a highly functional transceiver that enables verification and adjustment of settings, as well as control over remote shooting. The WR-1 uses radio waves and supports 15 channels for communication over a maximum range of 120 m between multiple WR-1s. Not only can one WR-1 be configured as a transmitter and a second as a receiver to control operation of one remote camera, but multiple WR-1s can be configured as receivers for remote control over multiple cameras. A number of remote shooting options are available, including simultaneous release and synchronized release, as well as interval timer shooting and division of multiple cameras into groups for separate control over each group. Remote control is also possible using the WR-R10/WR-T10 combination.

Other D7100 Features

  1. Release time lag of approximately 0.052 s, high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 7 fps
  2. Extremely durable shutter that has passed testing for 150,000 cycles
  3. Built-in flash equipped with a commander function
  4. Double slots for SD memory cards
  5. New Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D15 (available separately)

You can download the Nikon D7100 Brochure in PDF format right here.


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Comments

  1. 1
    ) Stefan

    I make sense since D7000 came out. I owned it and the only thing I missed over D300/300s was the smaller buffer.
    Merging the two bodies makes sens to me. But the 7D MII is coming as well…
    Nikon should put 60p in 1080 though.
    Otherwise – no complains. Looks like a great camera!

    • Stefan, I do not have any info on the buffer yet, but it is all coming later tonight :) If the buffer is small, it will be a huge bummer for sports and wildlife folks. As for 60p, agreed, not like EXPEED 3 can’t handle it.

      • 69
        ) Red

        Well Nasim I do have some info on the buffer and it is not better then D7000 when shooting RAW. Either Nikon wants sports and wildlife photographers to shell out an obscene amount of money for D4 or they will release something else.
        But however you look at it there are some huge issues at Nikon today. Lack of decent wide DX primes and other DX lenses leads me to believe that they just want to suck out more money from their buyer and force them to FF.

  2. 2
    ) Alvaro

    Thanks for this update Nasim!
    I’ve been a proud owner of a D7000 since Dec 2010 and have pretty much enjoyed my camera.
    Seems that this upgrade will be pretty good, makes me wanna sell my D7k in order to get the upgrade (I also own a D5K).

    • Alvaro, this will be a worthy upgrade over the D7000 – the AF system alone is a big step up.

  3. 3
    ) Stefan

    Another thing – NIkon should get back with the numbers…. This mix of 4 digits and 3 digits only confuses.
    They should have:
    1 digit for the pro flagships like D4
    2 digits for pro level FX – like D800
    3 digits for low level FX or Pro level DX
    4 digits for the rest of the DX.
    Now which one is which?

    • Stefan, now it is actually easier:
      1 Digit – flagship DSLRs
      3 Digits – FX DSLRs
      4 Digits – DX DSLRs

      • 13
        ) Stefan

        yes, if there is no D300 replacement, that’s fine.
        If I was Nikon I would choose different naming strategy though.
        Models starting with the “crop mode” – FX, DX, CX, etc.
        Then they can use whatever amount of numbers they want – even 3-4 for each.
        Like:
        FX1, FX10, FX100
        DX1, DX10, DX100, etc.
        CX1, CX10, CX100…
        This way they would avoid adding 100 (7100), 200(5200) to the thousands and so on.

        • I agree, Nikon really screwed up with the naming convention…

  4. … laughing … just bought the D7000 2 weeks ago … still got fingers crossed that the D400 appears on the horizon. Nazim, thanks for the heads up on this, though … will keep watching as the comments roll in … will be interesting to see what everyone else is thinking …

    • Lois, you probably got the D7000 at a killer price and the price of the D7100 won’t come down to that level anytime soon. If you do not care for the price, you still have two more weeks to return and get the D7100 instead.

      I am 99% sure that we won’t see a D400. Like I said in the article, there is just no room for it. They can’t increase megapixels with the current sensor technology, so we know it won’t happen. Autofocus will not be improved beyond 51 AF points on a DX camera. If we see a superior AF system, it will be on FX first. Tougher/bigger camera body? No need. Better RGB sensor? No need. What else is left? Really, nothing.

      So this is it, this is the D400 replacement and the D7000 upgrade, merged into one product.

      • I’m sure you’re right, and yes I did get the killer price. My D300 is still at Nikon, being fixed at a killer price as well, lol … but there ya go. Had the D7000 out on a shoot for a new client today and just got all the pics into the computer … it did a doozie of a job for me!!!! So, I’m happy!!!

        • Great to hear Lous, that’s all that matters :)

      • 36
        ) Jay

        Comments like “never will” and “what else is left”, reminds me of the guy that once said that the automobile would never replace the tried and true horse for travel!

  5. 10
    ) Robert

    I own the D7000 and D800 and have always found the D7000 to be a great Dx camera. I was considering the DX upgrade for speed but this camera will not be that much faster than the D800 in crop mode with the grip. Nikon may be trying not to scavenge their D4 sales with a high-end, fast FPS camera that the true D300 replacement would be. I’m sure this wil be a great camera though, and I’m a little surprised it isn’t going to be somewhat more expensive.

    • Robert, yes, that’s what I have been trying to say all along with Nikon’s high-end cameras – they just do not want any of their cameras to compete with each other.

      1) Nikon D4 – flagship wildlife/sports camera
      2) Nikon D800 – flagship landscape/studio/portrait camera
      3) Nikon D600 – budget FX camera
      4) Nikon D7100 – high-end DX camera
      5) Nikon D5200 – upper entry-level DX camera
      6) Nikon D3200 – entry-level DX camera

      I doubt we will ever see a D4x either. I think the next high megapixel FX model will be a Nikon D810.

    • 23
      ) Stefan

      24Mpx on DX is not a joke, Robert
      Equals to 54Mpx on FX.
      As D7000 was 16MPX aI would put 20-21Mpx sensor on the DX flagship to allow it to have faster fps and of course more buffer.
      What’s good if you have 8-10fps, but can only take 5-6 pictures in a row?
      D4 is a real killer there.

  6. 11
    ) Mike

    What am I missing here? Why is this camera not better than the D300s. What would the d400 have besides maybe faster fps.

    • Exactly my point. Aside from FPS, a D400 could not offer anything more, which is why we won’t see it :)

      • 19
        ) Mike

        Oh I see. Yes I agree with that. I actually prefer it this way because I may actually buy it at that price. A $1600 – $1800 D400 would not sell anywhere near the number of cameras the D7100 will.

        I personally own the d5100 and the d600. I will probably sell the 5100 now and get this camera for sports and wildlife. Especially with the pro autofocus system!

        Thanks for the great site and timely announcement and comparisons.

      • 54
        ) Marcel

        I am seriously missing AF-ON button!
        But have to admit this camera looks good. But my preference is D4 only. I need higher frame rate.
        16MPx is just enough.

  7. Interesting development….100 continuous frames means a lot for those birds in flight moments.

    • Keep in mind, that’s with JPEG images only. 24 MP RAW files won’t last long…

  8. The main surprise I have in the above specs is the expected price. In looking at Nikons’ website, it currently shows the D7000 for a price of $1,350.00 (which seems high to me), especially as the D7000 is currently listed for sale at Adorama at $1,196.95 minus an instant rebate of $300.00. Perhaps the $1,350.00 price showing on Nikons’ site will be the price of the D7100?

    The main disappointment is the FPS speed. However, as I have no intentions to go back to DX from FX, not a camera I would buy anyway.

  9. 21
    ) Paul

    I would be interested to see if the autofocus improves. I have a D7000. The autofocus has never worked very well, particularly in lower light. My old D70s focused faster and more reliably. I have had to find workarounds and use manual focus frequently

  10. 22
    ) Hoeras

    This will be the same 24MP sensor as used in the NEX-7?

    The D7000 had the same sensor as NEX-5.

  11. 24
    ) John

    I wonder if they’ll keep the low end exposure dial where you twist to pick your PASM (and stupid auto which just collects dust) or move to the higher end with just the buttons on top to pick WB, ISO, etc. Personally I’d like to see the higher end, but I guess I’ll know pretty soon!

  12. 25
    ) Robert

    This is interesting and I agree with you Nasim, there will be no D400. Soon as I see fps I’ll know if I’m in or not.
    Should we assume pre-order will be available after announcement?
    Hopefully it doesn’t turn into the cluster the D4/D800 was as I’d like to have mine by June this time, if I go for it.

  13. 26
    ) Patricio

    Any ideas on what the cost might be on d7100.

  14. 27
    ) Adnan Khan

    It’s afternoon in Japan now and still no news on the international site …
    I think they will announce it on Friday and go to sleep for 2 days :)
    I don’t understand all this mixing up …a bit of that from a bit of that… one step forward 2 steps back .
    Only reason for me to keep D7000 over D600 is higher FPS otherwise D600 is much better.
    Now they are offering D800′s AF but with high MP if it’s slower than D7000 or same then better to get a full frame already proven D600.
    All I want is a 6 – 8MP camera with 8-9 FPS and ISO 6400 as clean as ISO 400 with F11 focusing :) in 3K to 3.5 K price :)

    Thank you for heads up Nasim :)
    cheers!

  15. 28
    ) Adnan Khan

    Oh they just did! right now!

  16. 30
    ) Richard

    A $1,200 price point makes sense based both on the competition and the recent valuation of the Yen. That still leaves an open price point that, historically, Nikon have filled. Unless this camera has 5 to 7 frame bracketing, in camera HDR and the ergonomics as well as dedicated controls of the D300s I will say that there is room for a D 400 and a demand for it.

    Although I like my D 7k, it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of both ergonomics and overall feel compared to the D 300 s. Also, the 6 FPS needs to be in RAW, not JPEG. A single ASIC chip suggests to me that this is not a “Pro” camera though it may be an otherwise very nice one.

    • 32
      ) Robert

      I’m inclined to agree on the price point – it is “low”.
      Brochure I just read lists 5 frame bracketing, an improvement over D7000 but I’d still like to see 7 or 9 and it does have in camera HDR.

      Certainly the AF, metering and several other items are improvements over the D7k, I just don’t get the feeling that it’s the D400 I was looking for.

  17. since i do it for a hobby with no income..im perfectly happy with my D7000…i’d rather buy some new lenses….or save for a fullframe body!

    • Good thinking! Glass always comes first!

  18. 33
    ) Theresa

    I am a beginner in the digital age. I have had my Nikon D40X for about 5 years but have only been really using it this past year. Will the lens (telephoto and macro) that I have for my D40x fit the 7100? I can’t
    afford to buy new lenses.

    • 35
      ) Adnan Khan

      Yes ,every Nikon lens DX or FX has the same mount :)

  19. 34
    ) Adnan Khan

    OK , 1.3x crop in already 1.5x sensor with RAW support … bye bye 800mm 5.6 FL :)
    Focusing system better than D7000 and D600
    Metering and AF ability same as D600
    Sensor history tells us D5000 = D90 ,D5100 = D7000 ,now D5200 = D7100 maybe …
    FPS is same as D7000
    Definitely better than D7000 , for action better than D600 in some ways :)
    same battery of D7000 and D800 and I’ll be getting the body only as usual … hmm ..now let’s for the moment of truth …image quality :)

    • 38
      ) Richard

      Assuming the IQ is good with the 2x crop factor, this could potentially be a good wildlife camera. A 300mm f2.8 with one or the other of the TCs would be nice indeed. The FPS might be a tad slow for that, but the high ISO performance will need to be several stops better than the D7k to fully utilize such a rig (to keep the shutter speed up).

      Good as this sounds, I still would like to see a D400.

      I guess we will see the official press release in a few hours.

      Cheers

      • 40
        ) Adnan Khan

        Yes Richard I’d like to see a D400 too ,but where to put it now ?
        They have to make a new sensor in smaller MP.
        A tougher pro level body is no problem with D4′s battery.
        a 24 MP sensor is not going to give high frame rate ,they might have to put a 14 to 16 MP with a powerful motor or D4′s shutter at 9FPS.
        Then who is going to buy D4 :))
        I think a more expensive D400 can happen or Nikon might have decided to merge it as D7100 in a less costly package for more customers :)
        But ,yes after using D300s or D700 most of us get used to heavy built cameras :)
        Who knows …they might announce something this fall :)

        cheers!

  20. 37
    ) jason

    This is going to be the cats pyjamas! I think I would rather have this over the D600 (if I didn’t already have the D800). Moment of truth will be the high ISO performance. Should be another good seller for Nikon & it appears as though they’ve listened to the consumer on this one. Hooray!

  21. 39
    ) Adnan Khan

    Well ,it’s going to be same as of D5200 which is quite impressive :)
    around 1600 ISO above average quality in a smaller sensor is reasonably OK.
    very good second body For D800 for faster and longer reach.

  22. 41
    ) Chris weller

    Epic fail. This looked like my new Wildlife Camera. Everything looked good until I saw the buffer capacity – 6 lousy shots in 14 bit raw- 7 in 12 bit. It gets as high as 14 shots in 12 bit compressed in 1.3 crop mode, but i would really only consider downgrading my image to 12 bit uncompressed, which is 12 shot buffer capacity.

    This is actually worse than my D7000. It gets 10-11 in 14 bit raw. Manual says 15, but it’s impossible to duplicate. Anyway I don’t see why they couldn’t deliver the same buffer as the D600 at least. I can get 27 shots out of it in 12 bit raw with the 95 mb/s card. Which is 5 seconds worth of shots at 5.5 fps. Getting 1-2 seconds is not enough for a camera like this. It’s the achillies heel of this camera.

    The buffer was always my single biggest issue with the d7000. Memory is so cheap, it baffles me why they wouldn’t triple the size and get a semi-serious wildlife and sports camera here.

    • 43
      ) Chris weller

      Actually D600 is 22 shots in 12 bit uncompressed and 27 in 12 bit compressed.

      d600 – 16 shots in lossless compressed 14 bit – Highest quality
      D7000 – 6 shots same mode

      Both are pushing 24 mp files at almost identical frame rates. Actually at 14 bit the D7100 is slightly slower at 5 fps max vs 5.5. Both using SD cards and expeed 3 processor. Straight stupid that they couldn’t at least put the same buffer in the D7100, which is still barely enough for a top of the line DX camera that they are expecting to replace a D7000 and a D300s. How much could that have possibly cost them?

    • 44
      ) Adnan Khan

      They made D4 for that Chris :)
      who is going to need it if D7100 had 20 shots :)
      it is much better than D7000 as being a second body.
      Florian Schulz was given 2 D600 prototype bodies and in his other video he was shooting with D300s along with D3s in a tiny hideout ,actual pros love the crop factor for longer reach and nearly all of them do shoot with high end DX but their main camera is always the flagship action shooter like D3s or D4.
      There will be never a “dream” camera for all of us ;)
      I’m definitely going for this one over D600 as a second body and will be replacing D7000 and keep upgrading as these are electronics first :)

      cheers!

      • 46
        ) Chris weller

        I see your point, and I think that’s probably what Nikon was thinking, but I disagree.

        I don’t believe someone who was thinking about buying a D4 for $6k would opt to buy this D7100 instead. Two different markets entirely. I actually have D4 as well and I use it all low light indoor shooting and sports. I generally use my D7000 for my wildlife, which is mostly birds where reach and pixel density slightly outweigh the better af higher fps of my D4. There is no other Nikon camera that even comes close to the D4′s sports ability, especially night sports. For indoor low light shots, I never need a flash and can shoot at 51000 iso and the images look like my 6400 iso images from my d7000, maybe even better.

        I think D4 owners would gladly buy d7100 to use when then need 1.5 or the new 2.0 crop factor for high pixel density wildlife or sports shooting. The 51 point edge to edge focus point thing is killer too. 5-7 fps is somewhat acceptable, I don’t usually need high iso’s for wildlife (I always do for night sports) but I definiftely want more than 5-14 shot buffers. It’s far to little for any kind of action photography sports or wildlife. Its incredbly frustrating to miss the decisive moment at a sporting event or with some wildlife movement. The action is too unpredictable. You don’t know if that running back is going to run for 2 yards or 20 or the bird is going to land here or there..

        Anyway, just my 2 cents. I do agree that somewhere, somehow Nikoon determined that putting a larger buffer would in some way cannibalize the sales of other camera’s. I can only imagine that means the D4 market. I just don’t think it’s true. Giving me a 20 or 25 frame buffer on a DX camera would simply make me want to buy a D7100 in addition to my D4, not instead of it. It would also keep me more committed to the Nikon brand and entice me to by additional lenses.

        • 51
          ) Adnan Khan

          Chris , D4 has 1.2 and 1.5 DX modes, why are you not using them for better AF and IQ ?
          With D7100′s 1.3 crop the hit ratio will highly increase compared to D7000 :) this will equalize the less but highly accurate shots with more but less in focus shots :)
          but that’s my opinion and I find this feature more attractive to my needs as I’m less action shooter and more into landscapes :)

          cheers!

          • 76
            ) Chris Weller

            The whole point of using DX is for the reach and pixel density – 24 mp is equal to 54 FX – Putting my 16 mp FX into DX mode defeats the purpose.

            I do like the idea of having the entire field of view covered by the AF sensors in the 1.3x crop though. I would use that mode a lot, especially if I get an fps bump. Again, it all comes back to that horribly inadequate buffer

  23. 42
    ) A.Jayamohan

    I bought D7000 4 months back. Amazing performace and Value for money :) But seeing these features of Nikon D7100 I am really addicted to this camera. when I can get one from sales outlets?

  24. 45
    ) ricochet

    I don’t believe this camera is a D400 killer. I’m hoping Nikon is building a camera that will meet or beat the specs of the rumored 7DMKII. The d7100 isn’t it.

    • 49
      ) Chris weller

      I agree. Thom Hogan’s post agrees as well. I see Nasim’s point, about not being able to provide much in the way of meaningful improvements to these specs. But the few that they could improve are worth all the rest. In addition to the current D7100 features a D400 should have:

      All metal construction.
      Full weather proofing (although this D7100 says it is as good as the D300)
      A real buffer of at least 30 frames in 12 bit (preferably 40 12 bit and 30 14 bit)
      CF or XQD cards
      8-10 fps
      16-18mp would be fine, but probably end up at 20-24 for marketing and to compete with Canon.

      I would pay $2000 – $2500 for a body like this and I think there are a ton of unsatisfied wildlife photographers who would do the same or at least pay $1600 – $1800 for a body almost as good as that listed above. I also think it would help keep these people from moving over to Canon in the next few years. Or starting out with Canon instead of Nikon. They will have the 7d mark II, Killer new 200-400 with built in 1.4 multiplier that slides in and out of the focal plane and 500 f\4 that is 116 ounces instead of nikons 136 ounce 500 f/4. Those are three very compelling products for wildlife photographers. If your a Nikon user focusing on wildlife (especially birds) with perhaps a d7000 and 300 f/4 whose looking to move up the next level and is willing to spend some $$, I would be reluctant to move forward with the Nikon system unless I saw a real commitment to the dx format. Apples to apples the cannon offerings for a wildlife shooter willing to invest $10k plus into a system are frankly more impressive.

      Having said all of that, I really don’t like Cannon gear. It just doesn’t feel right to me. I can’t use it. But I have a feeling I’m in a very small minority of people who simply wouldn’t consider moving to the other side.

  25. 50
    ) Richard

    At last the wait is over, but, yes always a “but”! I have had creeping paranoia over the death of a semi pro dSLR for a while and is this the final nail in the coffin? As I am an optimist, is this an early call that a semi pro will arrive at Photokina in September? With no AF-On button, no 10 pin accessory socket and still equipped with “scene modes” (yuk) then perhaps there is hope.

    Will Canon release a 7D Mk2? Watch this space I recon. Thanks for the post Nasim and we all look forward to your review.

    Richard

  26. 52
    ) mt

    of course the D7100 comes out 2 months after I buy the D7000

    • 53
      ) Richard

      That’s sods law I’m afraid mt! At least the UK launch price in the UK is identical to the D7000 launch price in 2010. Wait a year and the D7100 will be down by 30%.

      Richard

    • 67
      ) Krista

      Me too!!! I’m a bit bummed. I love my D7000.

      • 68
        ) Richard

        Then carry on loving it Krista, just forget today happened and all will be well :-)

        Richard

  27. 55
    ) Gary Clark

    I am beginning to lose my temper with Nikon.

    They are the Apple IPhone of the camera world. They sell you a camera and then witin 6 months they release 2 cameras that are pretty much the same with slightly different features or looks.

    I have a D3200, the D5200 was released and now the D7100 is due out, how long do you think it will be until the D7200 is out?

    I am considering moving to FX just because they seem to hold their value longer because Nikon don’t release a new version every 3 months with a new button or feature.

    I bought a camera body at £600 last October (2012) 5 months later there are two new DX format cameras on the block and my £600 has shrunk by about 50%!

    Cannon lenses tend to be a bit cheaper and their camera bodies are looking very good to me and probably thousands of other Nikon followers right now.

    • 59
      ) Adnan Khan

      LOL Gary , you have to be in the know for this as these are electronics :)

      Basic models are replaced every 12-14 months and high end DX models are usually replaced in 20 to 24 months ,FX are mostly replaced after 4 years but after 2 years the tweaked models come as with D3 to D3s and this time it got late due to Tsunami in Japan and flood in Thailand.

      D7200 or whatever the name they give it will be out after 24 months :)

      Canon is using a 4 yr old sensor while tweaking it with cosmetic changes on bodies and the price difference in bodies is that some are very basic like D3000 and some have more buttons like D5200 and D7100 :)

      D7000 outperforms Canon 7D and it’s new model’s rumors are circulating now after more than 3 yrs. or so and is still expensive for unknown reasons :)

      Before buying digital camera do some searching that how “old” it is :)

      Nikon 1 -J3 came within 6 months of J2 announcement :)

      D3200 is a very good camera ,if you are satisfied with it it can serve you for 4 yrs. :)

      If moving to FX then D600 is the way to go :)

      cheers!

    • Gary, this is the way of technology. I’m not defending it, but that’s the way it is. In my opinion, there’s only one way to deal with it: Do your research. Identify the best product available given your needs and your budget. Find the best deal on it that you can. Buy it.

      Then – and this is the important part – forget about it.

      Trying to keep at keep at the bleeding edge is a losing (or rather, losing-money) proposition that really doesn’t do anything to advance your photography. When a new model comes out, it’s not like your current camera all of a sudden starts taking worse pictures. It’s still just as capable as it was when you bought it. Instead of worrying about the fact that your camera is not longer class-leading, put that mental energy into your next great photos.

      When it is time to upgrade, you’ll know it. Then do the same thing — buy the best you can, then forget about it.

  28. 56
    ) Richard

    I know where you are coming from, but don’t be deluded into thinking Canon lenses are cheaper. This may be true of consumer lenses, but certainly not of their pro range Full frame lenses.

    I paid full wack for my D7000 (£1099) and now it’s dived almost 50%. It’s annoying, in fact infuriating, but at least after 2.25 years I can get 45% of the cost of the D7100 by selling the D7000, if I had a mind to, which I have not.

    My take is that all the current line up of Nikon cameras apart from the D300s give us cutting edge technology and the failure to capture a good image is the operators fault, not the camera. Stand your ground and enjoy what you have, that’s what I’m going to do. As I wouldn’t have a problem financially persuading my wife, I can feel a trade in of my MK1 70-200mm f2.8 for the VRII coming on.

    Richard

    Richard

    • 58
      ) Gary Clark

      My camera must be malfunctioning, the metering and AF are sometimes wrong in places where it should be perfect.

      Even when I look at the images on the computer at 100% there is still a great deal of softness in comparison with some other sample images and images people have got with the same camera.

      It can’t just be me unless the tripod is shakey too!

      Thanks for your insight Richard, I just bought a 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 and I love that already, well apart from the weight!

      • 64
        ) Richard

        <>

        Strewth Gary, you want to feel the weight of a 70-200mm f2.8 VRII compared to the 70-300mm :-)

        Richard

        • 72
          ) Gary Clark

          Send me it in the post and I will, ha ha ha!!

          Love the reach I get out of the 70-300, I was going to get the 55-300 or 55-200(I think that was the one, could have been something else) but the 70-300 aquires focus much faster.

          I have reinstalled the firmware to my camera and intantly it is better with focus and metering.

          Still considering an FX, I have been for a while to be honest, Nasim says the D700 I think, may have a look if I can get one reasonable on price.

    • “I paid full wack for my D7000 (£1099) and now it’s dived almost 50%. It’s annoying, in fact infuriating…”

      That’s why I generally buy used gear. Let somebody else take the depreciation hit. I bought my D7000 recently, taking advantage of a drop in prices on the used market from people unloading theirs in order to upgrade to a D600 or the (at the time) upcoming D7100. When I sell it a few years from now, I will probably get most of my money back on it.

      The “downside” is that you don’t get to have the latest and greatest, but the truth is most people are more limited by their skills as a photographer than by whether they have the latest generation camera. The other downside is that you don’t get a warranty and may get one that needs repair. But over the years the amount of money I’ve saved buying used way, way, way outpaces the amount I’ve spent on repairs. I’ve come out way ahead on it.

  29. 57
    ) Gary Clark

    To add to my comment above, it is also worth noting that not a single firmware update has been released for the D3200.

    It is not perfect in any way, its entry level and it is great, more capable in some ways than their D5100 but it still had small flaws, the auto focus system is sometimes not quite in the money first time and the metering system can be out by as many as 3 stops when using aperture priority or shutter priority.

    Both can be fixed by firmware.

    Please don’t get me wrong, I love my D3200, but it seems Nikon doesn’t.

    I have produced many soft images and it seems that Nikon will be offering no support so I will probably sell the D3200 and look for either a higher end DX or an FX camera with more features and better AF systems.

    I have a F50 around somewhere, might get some 35mm film and have a go at that, my lenses will not auto focus on it because of its age but I am used to manualy adjusting focus on my D3200 so it won’t be too much of a hassle!

    • 60
      ) Adnan Khan

      http://www.nikonimglib.com/dcdata/index.html#show-all

      Link to your firmware release :)

      first check if you already have an updated version or not it will be 1006 ,it’s in camera distortion control update for many models :)

      • 62
        ) Gary Clark

        Thanks man,

        That is the standard firmware on the D3200.

        If I am having trouble with auto focus and metering what do I do now? The camera shop that I got my camera from has been closed down, it was a national chain of shops that is one of the latest casualties of the online market, Jessops. They went bankrupt.

        I dont really want to send my camera to Nikon because I might not see it for a few weeks and I use it every day!

  30. Don’t take this personally, Nasim, but a little perspective makes this statement seem pretty funny:
    “Neither the D800 nor the D600 were suitable for sports, fast action and wildlife photography, due to either slow fps speed (D800) or inferior autofocus system (D600).”

    Go through a gallery of the best sports images ever made, even if it’s subjective and not all that well judged, and by far most of the images will have been made on film with cameras lacking autofocus, let alone rapid burst modes and dozens of focus points. Not that I’m advocating that everyone go back to burning through 100-foot rolls of film with their Nikon F3s and MD-4 (6 fps with film!) motor drives and manual focus lenses, but skill has always been the biggest element at play in photography.

  31. Hi Nasim, and thanks for the post- I always get my Nikon info from you first! I read this quickly and may have missed it, but is this new body the same as the D7000 and D600 in the way it feels in the hand? I use D300S’s, and didn’t move to the other bodies because I found them to be very uncomfortable to hold, especially if I’m shooting for a few hours at a time. Thanks, and keep up the great work!
    Jim

    • 65
      ) Richard

      The D7100 is 675 grams, 105 grams lighter than the D7000. The D300s is 840 grams, 160 grams lighter than the D800. Personally, a camera is as much about its ergonomics as it’s capabilities. I much prefer to shoot with my D800 with a 24-70mm f2.8 than with my D7000.

      Richard

  32. 66
    ) andre

    no af-on button
    no full aperture control while recording videos
    they should at least put that in !!!!!
    whats the fps difference between this camera and d300s?

    • Thanks for the review Nasim, its been interesting reading peoples reaction to the new Nikon line up, some positive some angry some in between. I have a D5100 and I love it.

      I have noticed a lot of people out recently at street festivals and celebrations with full frame or large DX Dslrs and massive zoom lenses. People can spot them a mile off and it is the antithesis of discreet. I was brought up with film SLRs around me (my grand father loved photography and gave me a beaten up old Pentax) and I really miss old glass where you look down at the aperture ring, look at the focus distance markings and you can almost nail your focus before raising the camera to your eye. It was about seeing the world around you and determining what was going to happen before it did, well try to any way!

      This is where I think modern DSLRS have it wrong. I would love for the D5200 to have had the same sensor as the D5100 to save cost, and give it a large 100% penta prism viewfinder, and the ability to light meter with old lenses. That is an upgrade to me as much if not more than the extra pixels, AF points, bells and whistles etc.

      Big numbers sell cameras, I know that wildlife photographers and sports photographers want/need FPS and AF points (I know FPS and buffer size has been an issue for many with the 7100). I have started to delve into wildlife and it is extremely challenging, But surely the notion of anticipation, knowledge and vision is still the most important and enjoyable part of photography? I see myself as a beginner and this is no means a criticism of any photographers or of Nasim, I just wanted to make a point about camera development in general.

      • 75
        ) Mark Allen

        Sorry Andre I meant for this to go in the main comments section.

      • Great post, Mark. There are pros and cons to all types of technology, including digital capture and post-production as well as the handling of film camera bodies and characteristics of different film stocks. Having a firm grounding in film, I think it’s possible to carry the same attention to anticipation and visualization into capture with digital gear, even for those people that never picked up a film camera in their lives (Nasim himself apparently started photography with a Nikon D80).

        I use digital cameras for jobs, but go back and forth on its merits. My interest in the possibilities and enjoyment I get from film cameras and stocks, on the other hand, never wanes. Latest infatuation is movie film stock, both black and white and color, daylight balanced and tungsten.

  33. 74
    ) Jake

    Meh

    I don’t see anything here to pull me back from m43. I am sure it will be a good camera for a lot of people, but I don’t think it would help me get photos that I can’t get with what I’ve got.

  34. 77
    ) NN

    Hi Nasim,

    I have a D90 and to be honest I am happy to have it. I am not a pro photographer like you (nor like the people who are leaving their comments here :) ); rather I am an enthusiast . I just need a suggestion. Should I upgrade the body to D7100 or buy 70-200 VRII lens? I have been saving money for this lens, but now I am little confused.

    Thanks,
    NN

  35. 78
    ) Gary

    2 quick questions…
    1)why was the d300s so revered? from all i read the d7000 looked good and had great reviews Do you think the d7100 will take the stature of the d300s (and the glory it sounds like she had?)

    2)before any reviews and just from specs Will the D7100 be “good enough” for taking pictures where you may get paid assuming you have good lens or will you be scoffed at if you arent FX? Do you think the D7000 will be oohed at by others when asked what Nikon do you have. …and yes I understand a good picture can be taken with a very inexpensive camera too.

    I currently have the d5000 with kit lenses (18-55 and 55-200) as well as 35mm 1.8 and just ordered the 50 and 85mm 1.8 as well (latter 2 apparently stated as FX lenses).

    Thanks I really enjoy reading everyones posted comments. Always enjoy reading Nasims point of view.

    • 80
      ) Gary

      Nasim…..Can you tally up a vote how many folks think (by specs) the D7100 is going to be awesome vs those that dont?

      Sorry one more time do you think it will be a great camera?

      …and I was one of the d5000 purchasers that didnt want to spring for the D90 (at the time)

  36. 79
    ) Gary

    Nasim…..Can you tally up a vote how many folks think (by specs) the D7100 is going to be awesome vs those that dont?

    Sorry one more time do you think it will be a great camera?

    …and I was one of the d5000 purchasers that didnt want to spring for the D90 (at the time)

  37. 82
    ) dr hanî

    d7000with nikor105afs or d7100 with 3rd party 105 macro which is best optión and also which 3rd party macro u prefer

  38. Picked up my Nikon D7100 4 days ago and have two opportunities to try it out extensively – the jungle in low light and in the open padi fields in bright light. Both times paired with my Sigma AF OS Zoom 150-500mm, taking images at close to 500m handheld. Images were taken using the 1.5 x 1.3 DX crop function, hence making 500mm equivalent to ~ 1000mm. I am trying to find a handheld 1000mm option for birds.
    Three images posted here (hope link works, details in link):
    http://500px.com/photo/29176817
    http://500px.com/photo/29177797
    http://500px.com/photo/29177613

    Looks like my D7000 is going to rest.
    Placed an order for the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
    Amar

    • Hi Amar,
      Congrats!
      Looks like a bit of camera shake , use a monopod with a free moving ball head (slightly loosened)
      As I recall the Sigma 150-500 is a full frame lens so, you are already getting 750mm AoV on 500mm end at normal DX and with Crop of DX 1.3x it should be around 1500mm approx. but still a very good reach in 15.4 MP.

      You can shoot some distant still objects using a tripod or monopod in both normal DX and Crop of DX and share the results on Flickr ,the free account almost shows 4 MP pictures which will be good enough to see in a bit large size.
      The 80-400 will be awesome!

      Cheers!

      • Dear Adnan
        Thanks for replying. Have tried a monopod (and tripod) but enjoy the freedom of walking around in the jungle or field unhindered by a “pole”. So happy to take “on the spot” images of bird behaviour at the expense of some shake. Yes expect the 80-400mm ED VR will be awesome (awaiting delivery).
        Amar

  39. OK ,the score of D7100 on DXO is 83 ,personally I was hoping it to be around 85 to 86 ,but still nearly 100 ISO better than D7000 and D7000 is already very good at 1600 ISO so D7100 is going to be much better (my personal benchmark)
    In real life shooting one can use up to ISO 2000.
    For action and long range shooting D7100 or full time action shooters can wait for D400 (this fall maybe)
    There are can be many possible combinations according to your budget,from 70-300VR to 80-400 VR II and all in between including a 300 F4 AF-s + 14 TC E II to 20 TC E III as it can focus up to F8 lens.( usable mostly in broad daylight with ISO 400 to 800)
    For Landscapes only stick to your great D7000 or get D7000 if you want a camera in this series.But not much of a difference, the major advantage is, with D7000 you will save money for better glass :) ,I’ve tried the D7000 with Tokina 11-16 and it’s fantastic. Only reason I did not buy it as it is for DX and I’m more of a FX glass buyer :)
    Sigma 10-20 has good optics but is very unreliable (personal experience) ,not recommended.
    Though I’ve used the 16-35 F4 VR more extensively on D7000 but will be very interesting to see it on D7100′s 24MPx.
    For Portraits get D7100 ,D7100 + 50mm 1.4D or 85mm 1.8 G will be least possible superb budget combinations.(the 85mm 1.6 D is also a very good choice it’s much tougher n cheaper,the G is slightly better however)
    For street PGy with a prime lens the 24mm 2.8 D is the cheapest and lightweight lens with superb quality on DX as it shows 36mm AoV and is tried n tested on D7000 ,the slight corner weakness on FX compared with the 24mm 1.4 G is not noticeable as it gets best part of the picture on DX. it gives 7/10 results on D800 ,so assuming the small sensor and less 24MP of D7100, I think it will be great on D7100 too (as soon as my D7100 arrives I’l share the pictures)

    I’d skip the kit lens and choose the lens carefully according to my photographic needs.
    The 35mm 1.8 G DX is equal to 50mm AoV and has nearly same price of 50mm 1.8 D which will be 75mm on DX and is equally sharp and cheaper n tougher.Your choice :)

    Cheers!

  40. 87
    ) Robert Wiggins

    Nasim,
    This might be a really dumb question BUT !
    When I crop or use the word crop, I’m talking about selecting a portion of a photo and it as a finished image to print or use for some purpose. My question is, when you used the expression, “I used a full crop” when reviewing the recent post on the D7100 – exactly what were you meaning.

  41. 88
    ) Robert Wiggins

    I just read a comment by clarnibass and it now clear to me… I guess !

  42. 89
    ) Jason

    You were such a great help with my other question “35mm vs 50mm” that I had to ask you again another question. I own the D5200 and I just purchased the D7100. I am used to the D5200 display turning on as soon as I pwoer the camera. The D7100 doesnt do this. I have to hit the “info” button in order to get it to come up. I called Nikon and they have no idea how to set this. Would you happen to know?

    • Jason, D5200 is an entry-level DSLR – the D7100 is an amateur/advanced camera. It is time to move away from beginner habits for you sir :) In all seriousness, none of the models above basic entry-level DSLRs have the help screen that pops up right away. And it is a good thing!

      • 91
        ) Jason

        So sad. Oh well, I truly do enjoy the D7100 so much more after just 1 day. I love the D5200 and I only had it for about 3 months but I felt limited. I will keep both. Thanks for the reply

  43. 92
    ) Abhijeeet chatterjee

    My question is “Is there any difference between Nikon d7100 made in japan & thailand & china” ?

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