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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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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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