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Nikon D7100  (Source: Nikon)
New DSLR will launch in March

Nikon has introduced its new D7100 mid-range D-SLR camera. Nikon calls the camera a HD-SLR that will usher in a new era of DX-format image quality and functionality for experienced users and enthusiasts. The camera has a resolution of 21.4-megapixels and uses a CMOS sensor combined with a 51-point autofocus system.

“Solidifying Nikon’s ongoing commitment to the DX-format D-SLR customer, the innovative D7100 provides new ways for photographers to capture their creative vision with incredible detail and precision, whether through still images or HD videos,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “The D7100 blends the best creative features with advanced-level functionality to give the enthusiast exactly what they want– and that’s a great shooting experience before, during and after capture, from shooting to sharing.”

The D7100 has integrated wireless functionality and can of course record in HD video resolutions. The camera is fitted with the EXPEED 3 image processing engine promising a wide dynamic range in a variety of light conditions. The ISO range is 100-6400 and can be expanded via Hi-2 to 25,600.

The D7100 also features Nikon's Color Matrix Metering II 2016-pixel RGB sensor and a Scene Recognition System. The technology recognizes the scene prior to shooting and automatically adjusts AF, AE, AWB, and other parameters for the best image quality. The camera can shoot at up to six frames per second with full resolution and up to seven frames per second using the 1.3x crop mode.

Other features of the D7100 include dual SD card slots and a 3.2-inch rear LCD.
 
The camera will launch in March at an MSRP of $1599.95 including an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens. The camera body only will be available for $1199.95.

Source: Nikon



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Another meh
By bug77 on 2/21/2013 9:03:28 AM , Rating: 2
If they can't refrain from throwing a bazillion MP at a camera, at least you'd think they have the decency of adding USB3.0. They don't.

Maybe the image quality will be stunning, but I haven't seen FX lenses capable of resolving 4000LW/PH, DX doesn't even come close.




RE: Another meh
By Goty on 2/21/2013 10:56:35 AM , Rating: 2
Why would you bother with adding USB 3.0 to a camera? That's what card readers are for.


RE: Another meh
By bug77 on 2/21/2013 11:29:31 AM , Rating: 3
Because you added a USB connection in the first place?


RE: Another meh
By koenshaku on 2/21/2013 11:34:19 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like a reasonable upgrade to my D7000 the focusing system finally gets the boost it deserves, so now I have to weigh out the pros and cons vs the D600.


RE: Another meh
By bug77 on 2/21/2013 11:50:18 AM , Rating: 2
Oh boy. Yes, upgrading each and every time something new comes out is the way to go. You should do that. Asap.


RE: Another meh
By anactoraaron on 2/21/2013 2:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Oh boy. Yes, upgrading each and every time something new comes out is the way to go. You should do that. Asap.


Uhh... missing a /s?

Say for a moment that there are people that are in this situation that use these "lower end" cameras for actual work. I have 4 D7000's that are used for youth sports pictures (which isn't really that demanding for a camera) in my business. The back focusing, 39 point af issues were tolerable after AF fine tuning because the Expeed 2 brought a level of clarity, low light performance, and color accuracy that just wasn't present in the D80, D90 or D300s (all camera bodies that I have owned). Yes, I'm talking about color reproduction with purples and greens and blues there. Taking the D7000 and giving it an even better low light sensor, improved AF, while keeping the body only cost down for those who don't need full frame is... well a perfect upgrade for those who use the D7000. Being able to get the body only for about $300 more than I can sell a D7000 for makes this a no-brainer for me.

I will likely sell 2 of my D7000's within the next week to replace them with the D7100's. It's a great upgrade. It's what the D7000 should have been to begin with.


RE: Another meh
By bug77 on 2/21/2013 5:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
Well, if you're a pro, you as well go straight for a full-frame. That's where you'll end up anyway.
And back focus issues in a D7000? You must be using really old lenses, because anything recent has AF in the lens.


RE: Another meh
By SPOOFE on 2/21/2013 6:03:51 PM , Rating: 2
Any lens/camera combination can have front/back focus issues, regardless of AF.

And as for pros and full-frame? Plenty of pros use tiny cameras like m4/3 or DX equivalents.

I'm starting to suspect you don't know quite as much of the subject as you seem to want people to think you do.


RE: Another meh
By bug77 on 2/21/2013 7:14:29 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Any lens/camera combination can have front/back focus issues, regardless of AF.


Which is why I said it was weird he considers upgrading from D7000 to D7100 a cure for his problem.

quote:
And as for pros and full-frame? Plenty of pros use tiny cameras like m4/3 or DX equivalents.


They may use those for their holiday pictures and what not, but with limited bokeh and lack of low-light performance, I doubt they're using them at work.

quote:
I'm starting to suspect you don't know quite as much of the subject as you seem to want people to think you do.


And how much do I want people to think I know about the subject?


RE: Another meh
By SPOOFE on 2/22/2013 4:23:24 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
And how much do I want people to think I know about the subject?

On a scale of 1 to 10, you're trying to be 11. And failing. Have a nice day!


RE: Another meh
By bug77 on 2/22/2013 4:43:15 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not a pro, therefore I wouldn't give myself anything above 5 or 6.


RE: Another meh
By SPOOFE on 2/22/2013 6:21:50 PM , Rating: 2
Yet you're trying to tell us "what pros would use" (hint: The biggest, baddest, highest-quality, most expensive tool ISN'T always the best for a given job) or that one needs USB3 to take better pictures.

Mmmmmm..... nah. Your credibility is right there with all other backseat tech commentators and armchair generals: Nil.


RE: Another meh
By anactoraaron on 2/21/2013 8:44:55 PM , Rating: 1
First and foremost, the D7000 is notorious for back focusing, and does so more than any other Nikon DSLR I have owned - regardless of lens.

Second, I have no need for full frame for the majority of what I do (sports and action sports) since most/all of what I do gets cropped for 8x10 size or smaller and those extra pixels just get cut. Depending on lens/ambient lighting/etc, the D7000 does quite well in low light even as high as ISO 4000 or 5000 (depending on ambient light). The move to expeed 3 will just make it even better.


RE: Another meh
By bug77 on 2/22/2013 4:51:39 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not aware of a specific problem with D7000. Not saying it's not there, just that it's the first time I have heard about it.

If we're talking outdoor sports, yes, a DX could suffice (the extra zoom even comes in handy). But for indoor, with a full frame you wouldn't even have to apply noise reduction at ISO6400 (based on a D700, see here: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond700/30 )


RE: Another meh
By DeepBlue1975 on 2/22/2013 6:59:10 PM , Rating: 2
I have a d7000 and didn't notice the back focus issue in my sample (I spend most of my time using a nikon 10-24mm so it's hard to get focus problems there, but the 50 f1.8 or 70-300vr 2 I also own didn't give me too many gripes there)

As for the performance of the D7100... Let's talk about that after it's in the market and properly reviewed.


RE: Another meh
By twotwo on 2/27/2013 12:31:41 PM , Rating: 2
On the surface it is a very good upgrade to the 7000. But if I owned the 7000 I couldn't justify spending the money for the 7100. Now if you were on the low end of the Nikon camera range then yes I would spend the money. If you would like another opinion:http://www.squidoo.com/d7100-nikon-camera-review-a...


RE: Another meh
By Argon18 on 2/21/2013 3:57:51 PM , Rating: 2
And that's what Firewire is for. USB is a tinker toy. Fw800 gets 3x the speed of USB2.0 in real world use, and it's been around for what, a decade? USB is for keyboards and mice.


RE: Another meh
By Strunf on 2/22/2013 8:13:14 AM , Rating: 2
lol cause you find that many computer with FW800? I have never seen one... besides Macs that is, and USB3 is for sure today more widely used than FW800.

This camera doesn't even have FireWire at all...


RE: Another meh
By Pontinha on 2/21/2013 12:13:18 PM , Rating: 1
Because every time you detach and attach the memory card to a reader/camera its contacts wear out and it may become unreadable just when you have your million-dollar picture in it?


RE: Another meh
By SPOOFE on 2/21/2013 1:43:33 PM , Rating: 2
That's why there's two memory card slots, duh.


RE: Another meh
By Pontinha on 2/24/2013 2:20:10 PM , Rating: 2
That's for saving pics/video to both cards at the same time (mirroring, like RAID 1) or just extend the memory available.


RE: Another meh
By Solandri on 2/21/2013 2:38:31 PM , Rating: 2
Aside from bent pins on CF cards, I have never heard of a camera/card becoming unreadable due to too many insertions. And this camera uses SD cards, so the USB contacts will wear out just as quick as the SD card contacts.

The only real use for USB on these mid-tier cameras is live preview to a computer/tablet/phone, and USB 2.0 is fast enough for that. In studio work you may want the camera to download pictures to a USB-connected computer as you take them, but Nikon's high end (studio quality) cameras already have USB 3.0 for that.


RE: Another meh
By Pontinha on 2/24/2013 11:51:39 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I had a bad experience with a SmartMedia card about 10 years ago. I was using an Olympus C2040 back then. I know memory cards have just got better since then, but you never know until bad things happen.

If the USB contacts wear out, it's fine. You're not gonna lose your work because of that. You're still going to be able to read your pics from the memory card until you get the USB contacts replaced (or a new camera, because it'll probably be very old when something like that happens :-)


RE: Another meh
By Argon18 on 2/21/2013 4:02:21 PM , Rating: 2
CF cards can do a LOT of insert/eject cycles. I've never seen a DSLR with a damaged CF card slot.

Whatever the insert/eject cycle rating is, I'm sure its way higher than the insert/eject cycle for a roll of 35 mm film.


RE: Another meh
By roykahn on 2/21/2013 7:29:25 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
can do a LOT of insert/eject cycles


That's what she said...


RE: Another meh
By Freakie on 2/22/2013 3:35:46 AM , Rating: 2
Really? I've seen loads of bent pins in CF slots, seems to be quite common. Not that I'm complaining, CF is loads faster than SD and I hate how common SD is in DSLRs, I wish they stuck to CF for all models like they used to.


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