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.
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:
- Image Sensor: High Resolution 24.1 MP DX-format CMOS sensor without an OLPF (AA) filter
- ISO Range: 100 – 6400, boost to 12,800, 25,600
- Metering Sensor: 2,016-pixel RGB (3D Color Matrix) sensor
- FPS: High Speed 6 frames per second continuous shooting up to 100 shots, 7 fps in 1.3x crop mode
- Processor: EXPEED 3 and 14-bit A/D Conversion
- Mirror: New Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage and low-power consumption OLED display element for high contrast data readout
- Memory: Twin SD Card Slots with SD, SDHC, SDXC memory card compatibility
- Movie: Full 1080p HD recording at 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p or 720p up to 60p with Full Time Autofocus
- ISO: ISO range from 100 to 6400 expandable to 25,600 (Hi2)
- AF System: Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX with 51 point AF System and 15 cross-type sensors. Center sensor capable of handling f/8 lenses
- 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
- LCD: 3.2 Inch, 1,229K-dot LCD Monitor
- Built-in Wireless: No, compatible with WU-1a wireless adapter
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Release time lag of approximately 0.052 s, high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 7 fps
- Extremely durable shutter that has passed testing for 150,000 cycles
- Built-in flash equipped with a commander function
- Double slots for SD memory cards
- New Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D15 (available separately)
You can download the Nikon D7100 Brochure in PDF format right here.