The much anticipated Nikon D7100 arrived whilst I was on a long weekend wildlife shoot in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa with friends and family. Essentially an upgrade to the D7000 but not quite a replacement for the D300s most thought it might be. A D400 must still be on the cards.
The D7100 Specs are mostly what I expected with a twist or two, notably the 51 point AF and the lack of OLPF;
To quote Nikon:
The D7100 marks an exciting advancement in image quality for high-resolution DX-format cameras. Nikon specially designed its 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor without using an optical low pass filter (OLPF), resulting in the purest, sharpest images using D7100′s DX-format CMOS sensor.
which should be good news for a number of genres especially in my case; bird and BiF images, wildlife as well as jewellery and studio ‘togs where crispness is almost a total expectation now by viewers and critics alike. It remains to be seen just how sharp that is when compared with the results I’m currently achieving on a D7000 with Sigma glass (the Ultra Sharp Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG HSM):
The new flagship of Nikon’s DX-format HD-SLR lineup. Achieve a thrilling new level of image quality and sharpness thanks to a specially designed 24.1-MP DX-format CMOS sensor. Enjoy speed, precision and convenience at every step, from shooting up to 6 fps to instantly sharing your shots with the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. Create dazzling Full HD 1080p videos and ultra-smooth slow-motion or time-lapse sequences. Unleash the power of Nikon’s nimble DX-format system.
Pre-Order yours at B and H Photo Video or wait for your local supplier to get stock, expected March 21st, 2013.
- Nikon D7100 body only (Feb 22nd 2013 $ 1197-)
- Nikon D7100 with 18-105 kit lens (Feb 22nd 2013 $1597-)
- Nikon WR-1 wireless remote controller for D7100
Get the Press Release PDF here.