There was just announced the new Nikon D7100 on CNET Asia. Finally. If you were like me, you didn’t know what to buy because nobody really knew if the D7100 was fantasy or fact. Why can’t Nikon have big leaks like Apple does?
What has me excited is the bigger sensor, the 51 point autofocus system, Expeed 3 processor, a larger LCD and that it is weather sealed and dust-proof at the same standard as the D300S.
This is a DX camera, not the FX. Your lenses will still have the 1.5x increase to them. If you have a 50mm lens, it actually shoots at 75mm on this camera. My 300mm will be equivalent to shooting with a 450mm lens.
They didn’t mention whether the camera would have 100% viewing coverage. I do hope so. That would be perfect. How frustrating is it to frame your shot and not know what you’re getting until you see the images in the computer? It’s really a bit ridiculous in this day and age – right?
The new D7100 has a lot of cool new features.
Video gets 30 frames per second, up from 24 on the D7000. A built in stereo microphone – yeah!
There is a new ‘spot white balance’ feature. This allows you to take a white balance reading of some specific area of the scene – a much more accurate method than overall white balance – which we have currently.
The price of the old D7000 will likely drop, if there are even any more to be found. They were down as low as 27,000 THB in Thailand – about $900 USD last time I looked. Maybe they’ll drop another $100. Update: The price dropped to $700 USD so I bought a D7000!
No word as to pricing of this camera. I’ll guess this camera will be priced at 40,000 THB, about $1,300-1,400. Darn I knew we shouldn’t have bought the Macbook Air and the iPad recently! Update: The D7100 is still priced at 40,000 THB and this is without the Kit Lens. ONe shop I know in Surat Thani has pulled the 18-105mm kit lens out of the box and is selling just the body for 40,000 and the lens for another 12,000.
DPReview is saying the price will be $1,499 WITH the 18-105 Kit Lens. Wow. So, the body is about $1,199. Nice price.
Some of the specs for this new camera are below.
Nikon D7100 specifications:
- 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor (No optical low pass filter)
- 51-point AF system (15 cross types with 3D tracking)
- Expeed 3 image processor
- 1299k-dot, 3.2-inch LCD screen
- 1080p full-HD video recording in 30 fps
- 7fps burst mode shooting
- Shutter good for 150,000 cycles
- Weather-sealed and dustproof – equivalent to D800!
- 675g (Body only, with batteries)
4/14 Update: I’m inclined to believe that most of us can get along with the D7000 instead of paying double to get the D7100. Recently I was faced with the question about upgrading to a D610 or even the D800. I took a real long look at what I need a camera for, and I decided to go back and get the D7000 for just $700 and save a LOT of money. Maybe I’m reaching the point where buying tech has started to become ridiculous. Advertisements make us think we need to upgrade perfectly good devices when in fact, they’ll be perfectly good for another five years for most of us. Most of us are not shooting for magazines or ad agencies. If you are, get the latest equipment – those paying you will expect it. If you’re not, the Nikon D7000 already does more than you probably will ever need.