Nikon has announced the D7100 – the new mid-range DSLR with APS-C sized sensor. Main advantages over the now more than two years old D7000 revolve around the new 24 megapixel sensor without anti aliasing filter, 51-opint auto focus system and the ability to shoot up to 7 frames per second in crop (2x) mode. The recommended Nikon D7100 price is around $ 1,200 body only and $ 1,600 with 18-105 F/3.5-5.6 VR lens. The shipping will start in about a month.
Nikon D7100 main specifications:
- 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor, no AA filter, 6000 x 4000
- EXPEED 3 processor
- ISO 100-6,400 (native), 50-25,600 (extended)
- 1/8000 shutter speed
- 1/250 flash x-sync
- 6 fps continuous shooting in DX mode, 7fps in 1.3X crop mode
- 51 point AF system, 15 cross type
- Spot white balance in live view mode
- 1080 60i/30p video, built-in stereo mic, mic jack and monitoring jack
- Pentaprism with 100% coverage, 0.94X magnification
- Fixed 3.2″, 1.2m-dot LCD screen
- Water and dust resistance (equivalent to D800/D300S)
- Double SD card slots
- Built-in pop-up flash
Nikon D7100 sensor is probably a variation of the sensor used in Nikon D3200 and Nikon D5200. It has the same high pixel count (24 megapixels) but distinguishes from older brothers for not having an anti-aliasing filter. This is a different approach than in Nikon D800E which has two filters which cancel each other out. Main advantage you should see in real life is higher image sharpness, but it could be more prone to Moire effect.
Nikon D7100 auto focus uses a significantly better Multi-cam 3500DX unit familiar from Nikon D300S. It has 51 AF points (15 cross type); older D7000 had 39 points. It is able to focus down to -2EV and should feel like home in fast action shooting like sports or wildlife.
Nikon D7100 viewfinder uses a pentaprism with 100% coverage and 0.94x magnification what is excellent for this class. The virtual horizon indicators in viewfinder work in the same way as in D800; they are shown as overlay for both horizontal and vertical pitch.
Nikon D7100 continuous shooting is available at 6fps using full resolution, and 7fps in crop mode (2x in 35mm eq.; around 15MP resolution) When used in crop mode, AF points cover almost the whole frame what is very useful for sports and action photographers.
Nikon D7100 battery grip MB-D12 will also be available; it has the option to use either Li-Ion or AA batteries.
The main competitor to Nikon D7100 should be the yet unannounced Canon EOS 70D; but I expect it will see the light of the day very soon, probably next month. You can expect a Nikon D7100 review as soon as I get my hands around one, probably in month or two.
Nikon D7100 body only price is around $ 1,200 and $ 1,600 with 18-105 F/3.5-5.6 VR lens and will be available in second half of March 2013.