Nikon D7100 : 24MP filter free sensor and 51-point AF

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The Nikon D7100, successor to the D7000, APS-C SLR flagship in Nikon's range till a D400 is unveiled.

Here is the Nikon D7100. Nikon today introduced the successor to the D7000, an APS-C prosumer DSLR that borrows its predecessor’s general philosophy while making some important changes as a new 24-megapixel image sensor without low-pass optical filter, a new processor EXPEED 3 and 51 autofocus points. Get acquainted with the Nikon D7100.

Nikon D7100: new 24MP sensor “exfiltrated”

One of the main innovations visible on the Nikon D7100 will undoubtedly be its APS-C 24.1 megapixel sensor without optical low-pass filter. We begin to know the system since Fujifilm introduced the X-Pro1 (however differently since redesigning the color matrix): removing the optical low-pass filter sensor provides a higher sharpness given that the main function of this filter is actually to blur the image precisely to avoid the appearance of moiré. Between high definition sensor and a filter-free sensor, we can expect a record high fine details restitution on the D7100, greater than any other APS-C DSLR. The sensor as the D7000, can evolve over a range of sensibilities which extends from ISO 100 to 6400 and is expandable till ISO 25600. The D7100 provides a crop function of 1.3x from the image sensor to provide access to additional zoom power without degrading the image too mmuch as it is originally 24 megapixels. Quite comfortable. In this crop mode, the burst shootingrate of the Nikon D7100 is upgradable to 7 fps vs the 6 fps in the basic DX mode.

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The Nikon D7100, successor to the D7000, APS-C SLR flagship in Nikon’s range till a D400 is unveiled.

Nikon D7100 : 51-point AF

The second innovation most remarkable on the Nikon D7100 is the arrival on the camera of an impressive 51-point autofocus system with 15 cross type ones. I greatly appreciated the efficiency and velocity of the D7000’s autofocus which had 39 sensors, including 9 cross type ones. The addition of autofocus sensors to the D7100 will cover a range larger area in the viewfinder and better track the moving subject through the 3D system. Today, the 39 AF of the D7000 has been transplanted on the amateur level DSLR, yet quite advanced D5200 (stay on for the nikon D5200 review I have been working on…). To distinguish the flagship APS-C DSLR in modern Nikon cameras lineup, it had to progress on that front and I can say without complex, that the D7100 has a professional autofocus , like the Nikon D800 51 points AF system.

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The Nikon D7100 gets most of the D700 UI and I like that, cause I love my D7000 which is a camera that made me forget and give up my Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and EOS 5D Mark II to dive into Nikon’s system. I now have a D5100, a D7000 and a D800. The D4 should be next buy for a tough photoreporter task I am going to be assigned…


A new function provided by the Nikon D7100 is its HDR mode that combines two photos taken during a single shutter release then blended together  to make a photo more widely exposed. The old sensor of the Nikon D7000, a 16 megapixel CMOS, offered a huge dynamic range . But the two 24-megapixel sensors used in recent months on Nikon’s latest  DSLRs (D5200, D3200) came further improve these performence levels. The D7100 should also benefit from a dynamic range extremely comfortable which will make it possible to twist the histogram on the RAW images of the camera or via D-Lighting, in JPEG, in addition to the two-images HDR mode.

Viewfinder / screen / optional Wi-Fi

The optical viewfinder that I know and appreciate on the D7000 (100% coverage) is the same here but the Nikon D7100 gets a new screen which progresses in both dimensions as size is now 3.2″ but also by resolution with a panel of 1,229,000 dots.
If Nikon unfortunately did not gift its new DSLR with a GPS sensor or an integrated WiFi connectivity, the D7100 is compatible with the optional and external wireless transmitter and external WU-1a. This allows you to connect to a smartphone by wifi to share photos from the camera with the world, social networks… The D7100 is also compatible with the wireless remote WR-R10 and the new WR-1 and the wireless communication system WR-T10.

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The Nikon D7100 gets a new 3.2″ screen with a comfortable resolution of 1,229,000 dots.

 3D color matrix scene recognition exposure metering and Full HD

For the rest, like its predecessor, the Nikon D7100 is equipped with the 3D Color Matrix exposure metering with scene recognition authorized by the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor. It accesses the video in Full HD 1080p in 30p/25p/24p. Lovers of high speed video (60i/50i) may use the configuration where the camera crops the image with a coefficient of 1.3x to access these frame rates.

Nikon D7100 : a tough body

The Nikon D7200 body is made in magnesium alloy and weather-sealed to resist to dust and water splashes. However, the D7100 weighs only 675 g and is relatively compact. It is also equipped with dual memory card slot in SD format. You can manage its operationin a very flexible way. Its user interface is slightly retouched with “i” button that appeared on the camera and now allows to perform a spot measurement of the white balance when you are in Live View, Live View.

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The D7100 gets a microphone line in to record a more decent sound while recording Full HD movies.


Price and availability of the Nikon D7100

This is exactly on March 21st 2013 that will Nikon will start D7100 for first deliveries.

  • Nikon D7100 body only : $1,199 / £1,099 / € 1,149 /.
    Nikon D7100 + AF-S DX 18-105mm f/4.5-5.6 G VR lens : $ 1,599 / £1,299€ / 1,349

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