Adorama and Amazon are taking preorders for the 24.1 Megapixel (MP) D7100 for $1,196.95. These are scheduled to go into full release and ship as they become available from Nikon on a rumored release date of March 21, 2013.
In addition to the standard D7000 feature set, the D7100 seems to include a further 1.3x crop mode at 4,800 x 3,200 pixels (13.5 MP) and maybe one or two other nice new bells and whistles.
The D7100 has 51 focus points vs the D7000’s 39, with 15 vs 9 cross type focus points.
Also, the D7100 has eliminated the low pass filter entirely. While the D800E has cancelled out the effect of the low pass filter, the D7100 goes without. Should be pretty darn sharp, as the sensor has about the same pixel pitch as the D800/D800E …
The rear viewing screen has grown a bit to a 3.2 incher. Cool.
The 1.3x mode allows captures at 7 fps… This should really be great for action shots, as the memory buffer will behave better with a 13.5 MP image than with a 24.1 MP image. More continuous shots in a burst, yay!
Nikon’s inexpensive WU-1a Wi-Fi unit is supported on the D7100 so you can shoot and capture wirelessly. Nice feature, yeah?
TECH SPECS on Nikon USA Site:
For my own shooting style, I would have preferred a body with a D800 feature set, and 16-18 MP in resolution at the full DX frame… Why?
And, at 16-18 MP, Nikon could have made a sensor with far greater light sensitivity at lower noise than they can with a 24.1 MP sensor, just due to the physics of light and sensor technologies…
Adorama has a nice first look synopsis of the D7100 you may read by clicking here.
If Nikon had announced the D7100 a couple months ago, I probably would have stayed with Nikon and counted on them to get the job done for me in the days and months to come.
This said, there are some definite advantages of the Nikon line versus the Canon line. Which I will outline in a coming post, just one?
Flash sync… Nikon syncs flash at higher speed than Canon, and can support rear curtain sync (second curtain sync) on studio and third party flash units, Canon requires special Canon brand radio controlled Speedlites like the 600EX-RT to support these function … And so on.
That is, Nikon makes a great product. And, the Nikon D7100 may be the camera for you capable of doing far more better than you could ever hope to capture.
Get on the list and preorder your D7100 today and maybe you’ll have it by the end of March or April.
Who knows, when I’m done testing my Canon v. Nikon, I may buy one and stay a Nikon guy …