Nikon D7100 reviews

The Nikon D7100 has promise, but needs to deliver

DXers want to test Nikon’s latest DSLR before they love it.

Nikon D7100 DSLR CAMERA frontThe price of the Nikon D7100 is so competitive and the specs are so impressive, it is amazing that the D7100 isn’t flying off the shelves. Nikon D7100 cheapest deals are all over the internet. Yet despite good sales forecasts, photographers are holding back from giving Nikon’s latest DSLR the thumbs up. After all, hardly anyone has yet had the opportunity to put it through it’s paces and there is a lot of residual love for the original D7000.

Early reviews are less than enthusiastic for the D7100, though everyone seems to recognize the quality build and the potential of the sensor. This seems to be quite common. On the one hand, enthusiasts want  the next camera to offer something amazing, on the other hand, they are skeptical of anything new. The Nikon D3200 and D5200 both suffered the hangover from high expectation, especially in that window between announcement and delivery. However, Nikon have been on fire in the last year, completely revolutionizing the DX and entry-level market. Apart from a few die-hards, it is difficult to see why anyone would want the extra expense of full-frame – Is 24 MP not big enough for you? With the low pass filter removed from this model, the sharp quality and detail is going to be stunning – far outweighing any moire concerns.

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still taken by the Nikon d7100. by Koji NakanoThis is a picture issued by Nikon and taken on the D7100. It was shot at 1/2000th, ISO 200 on an AF-S Nikkor 500mm f.4G ED VR at f5.6. I hope you will agree, the quality is superb an well worth the wait to download it. The versatility of the D7100 – the fast shutter speeds, low-light excellence and all round robustness, will make this camera a favorite back up body for many professionals. The ability to double the length of a lens when using the 1.3 crop mode, something exclusive to the D7100 in the DX category, will also make it a firm favorite with sports and nature photographers. Here are a few previews from some of the more reputable camera writers. I am sure that very soon their caution will be replaced by enthusiasm for this excellent camera.

 

Our first impressions of it are really pretty similar to our feelings about the D7000 and more recently, the D600. It’s a solid, well-made mid-sized camera that feels like a quality piece of equipment, and seems pleasantly responsive in use. The feature set is undoubtedly appealing, but this would count for very little if the camera was a pig to use. Fortunately, almost all of the changes that Nikon has made to the interface of the D7100 compared to its predecessor make a positive, rather than negative difference to its handling.

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I love my previous-model Nikon D7000 from 2010. This new Nikon D7100 is the same thing, and even better, making the D7100 the world’s best DX camera ever.

The D7100 is new in that it has an ordinary 24 MP sensor, but without an anti-alias filter for added sharpness. Honestly, it won’t make much, if any, visible difference at less than 6-foot (2-meter) wide print sizes, and only if you use the very finest NIKKOR lenses and technique.

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It would also have been good to have seen a touch-sensitive screen – preferably articulated like the Nikon D5200′s – that is designed to complement rather than replace the physical controls.

On balance, however, we think the D7100 will find favour with the Nikon faithful, and it should win the manufacturer a few new fans.

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The Nikon D7100 in more detail

The D7100 completes Nikon’s domination of the entry-level category

Nikon D7100 DSLR camera

The Nikon D7100 was launched last week and has slotted into the upper end of the entry-level category to give Nikon market leaders in every section of the category. The Nikon D7100 price is extremely competitive, being about the same price as its predecessor, the Nikon D7000. The D3200 and D5200 have trounced their rivals in the novice and intermediate sections and now the D7100 leads the way for the serious enthusiast market. Although just short of full frame Pro-level, the D7100 will be pushing its Pro siblings and, I think, beating some of them in the reviews that will be coming out shortly. Remember, the D5200 fell only a few points short of the D3x in the DxOmark review. What is more, the price of the Nikon D7100 in the USA and in the UK are the same as the price for the D7000. You get the upgrade for the same money!

There is no doubt that the D7100 is going to be a popular camera. It builds on the quality of the D7000.

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The headline improvements are the 24MP sensor (another brand new one according the Nikon), 51 AF points, taken from the D800 and, for movie makers, 30FPS at 1080p. It shoots 6FPS burst speed full frame, has nearly 100% through the viewfinder, is weather sealed up to D800 level and is built like a tank. It is one tough cookie, designed to complete 150,000 actuations. The ISO range goes from 100 to 25,600 and it keeps its dual memory card slots and 1/8000 top shutter speed. The D7100 also has a new i button, which has proved very useful on the D5200 – it allows you quick access to the more obvious settings on the viewing screen.

the Nikon D7100 DSLR camera rear view

Whilst adopting some functions from other cameras, it does have a few of its own. Crop mode will extend the length of a lens on top of the usual x1.5 of DX cameras. The additional x1.3 actually doubles the length of the lens for both stills and video. Because this automatically crops the image, this means that the 51 AF points extend to the edge of the frame. In Crop Mode, you can shoot 7 frames per second, though the image size is smaller. Interestingly, because the D7100 has an internal motor, new owners are in an excellent position to take advantage of the good short or medium length quality Nikkor lenses from the past, which are currently so cheap on Ebay. A new viewing screen is both larger and higher definition. The smaller screens are pretty good, so this should be excellent. Offering a spot white balance function is a nice touch as it is sometimes a pain to scroll through the menu, and artificial light is so ubiquitous. HDR photographers will be moderately pleased to learn that the D7100 offers a 5 frame HDR option.

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This is not a video camera in the same way the Nikon D5200 is a video camera. The viewing screen is larger, but not articulated, which is really handy for movie making. Whilst it does improve on frame rates, offering 30 frames per second at 1080p and 60 FPS at 720p, the lack of low pass filter does leave it vulnerable to moire in video. It will record video for just under 30 minutes at a time. The stereo Mic is welcome and the out socket for headphones does enable you to check sound levels before you record. There is no doubt that it will produce excellent quality video.

It is fair to say that the Nikon D7100 is a step up from the D7000. However, those who expected a revolution might be disappointed. This camera builds on the superb quality of its predecessor, adding and improving where required. I am confident that, when reviewed by the big boys, it will be shown to be a remarkable camera. And the price of the Nikon D7100 is so good that it will easily sell as well as the D7000. But it is for serious enthusiasts or semi-pros who aren’t dazzled by trivia and don’t want to hang a show pony around their necks.

The Nikon D7100 is here!

The new Nikon D7100 has arrived!

Key features:

  • 24MP sensor

  • 51 point AF

  • Wireless connectivity

  • Expeed3 processor

  • ISO 100 – 25600

  • up to 7 FPS burst speed

  • New Higher resolution Viewing Screen

  • New viewfinder

  • Spot white balance

  • i button – which allows quick access to the main settings

  • Around $1200 for body only. Arrives march 21st…

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    Here is the Nikon Press release:

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    Superior Clarity and Nimble Precision: The DX-Format Nikon D7100 Embraces The Advanced Enthusiast With Intuitive Engineering

    Nikon’s DX-format Flagship Provides Agility, Amazing Image Quality and Wireless Connectivity

    Melville, NY (February 20, 2013) – Nikon Inc. today announced the D7100, the HD-SLR that ushers in a new era of DX-format image quality and functionality for the experienced shooter and photo enthusiast. The lightweight Nikon D7100 has an impressive array of intuitive features and controls bolstered by rapid performance and a robust feature set that includes a new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, Nikon’s 51-point AF system and wireless connectivity.

    “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.”

    Engineered for Exceptional Image Quality
    At the core of the Nikon D7100 is a new 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, designed to render the truest, most detail-rich images possible and brilliant HD video. The innovative sensor design delivers the ultimate in image quality by defying convention; because of the high resolution and advanced technologies, the optical low pass filter (OLPF) is no longer used. Using NIKKOR lenses, the resulting images explode with more clarity and detail to take full advantage of the 24.1-megapixel resolution achieved with D7100′s DX-format CMOS sensor.

    Driven by Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 3 image processing engine, the D7100 realizes a focus on image quality that extends beyond staggering sharpness to outstanding images with a wide dynamic range in a variety of lighting conditions. A wide ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to Hi-2 of 25,600) allows for more versatile shooting to capture challenging conditions such as nature at twilight or even sports under less-than-ideal lighting. Even at higher ISOs, noise is minimized for both still images as well as when recording HD video.

    Performance and Features Geared for the Advanced User
    The Nikon D7100 is designed for the experienced shooter ready to take their photography to the next level, who demands a camera that conveys reliability and performance, and who is eager to embrace the next photographic challenge. These features include:

    New 51-Point AF System – The D7100 features Nikon’s professionally proven and lightning-fast 51-point AF system, with a new Multi-CAM 3500DX AF module. Additionally, the AF system and exposure are augmented with Nikon’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II 2,016 pixel RGB sensor and Scene Recognition System, which recognizes the scene prior to shooting in order to adjust AF, AE, AWB and other parameters. The results of this system are accurate and even exposures, sharp details and vivid color, frame after frame. For additional precision, 15 of the 51 AF points are cross-type, and the center point is functional at f/8, giving DX photographers an additional telephoto advantage when using a teleconverter.

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    Rapid Response and Operation – To help ensure the decisive shot is not missed, the D7100 can shoot at up to six frames per second (fps) at full resolution and up to seven fps when using the new 1.3x crop mode at slightly reduced resolution. Overall operation and image processing is swift, while startup and shutter lag is nearly imperceptible with a release time lag of 0.052 s* (CIPA). Image data is also written to dual SD card slots, which accept the latest high-speed UHS-1 and SDXC cards.

    1.3x Crop Mode – Sports photographers take note: Building upon the telephoto benefits of the DX-format, the D7100 has the unique ability to shoot in a 1.3x DX crop mode for both stills and HD video. While in this innovative mode, shooters will gain an extra telephoto boost (2X), and a boost in burst speed to seven fps, with 15.4- megapixel resolution. Additionally, while in this mode, the 51-point AF array covers more of the frame, allowing improved subject acquisition and tracking performance through the viewfinder.

    New High Resolution LCD – The new, wide and bright LCD screen is 3.2-inches and features a super high resolution of 1,229K dots. Now photographers can easily compose and check critical focus for HD video.

    New Viewfinder – Nikon has implemented a bright and high-contrast new OLED data display within the optical viewfinder that makes it easier to read and see shooting data. When composing through the viewfinder, users see 100% frame coverage, essential for proper framing.

    Spot White Balance – A new feature for Nikon cameras, Spot White Balance allows for quick and precise white balance adjustment while shooting in live view. By selecting a desired point on the screen, users can set a custom white balance from a distance, even while using a super-telephoto lens. This is helpful for shooting video or when shooting under unfamiliar lighting when no gray card is available.

    Durable Construction – Built to perform in a wide variety of conditions, the D7100 is built to the same moisture and dust resistance specifications of the venerable Nikon D300S. For durability, the top and rear covers are constructed of magnesium alloy, while internally, the shutter has been tested to withstand 150,000 cycles. Despite its robust construction, the camera remains lightweight, weighing in at approximately 1.5 pounds (body).

    Enhanced Interface – To make it easier for users to quickly access frequently used functions, the “i” button has been added to the enthusiast-oriented control layout on the camera.

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    Sharing and Remote Shooting Simplified
    Photographers know that moment when the shutter clicks and they have created something stunning which deserves to be shared. No matter where that moment occurs, whether in an urban landscape or isolated forest, they can now share their images wirelessly by an attached WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.1 With this optional adapter the user has the ability to share images to a supported smartphone or tablet, shoot remotely from their device, and transfer photos from up to 49 feet away. The Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility application is available free of charge on Google Play™ for Android™ devices or from the App Store™. When using the application, photographers can wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a mobile device and even remotely control the camera.

    Capture Exceptional HD Video
    For those looking to create multimedia content, the Nikon D7100 has a wide variety of innovative features for capturing HD video at various frame rates. With a press of the dedicated video record button, video can be recorded at 1080/30p, or at 60i/50i (in 1.3x Crop Mode) for optimal playback on many HDTV’s when connected via HDMI. The D7100 also provides the ability to record stereo sound through the internal microphone, or attach an optional external microphone such as Nikon’s ME-1, through the dedicated microphone terminal. To reference audio, the camera also features a headphone terminal. Users can also get creative using Nikon’s Creative Effects in real time. This feature lets users take advantage of modes like Selective Color or Color Sketch to create truly customized movies.

    Full Control, Creatively
    In addition to full manual controls, the Nikon D7100 features a variety of intelligent modes to create effects and special features so that users can unleash their creativity. Nikon’s Picture Controls can be applied to photo and video to change the color, tone and saturation of an image for creative control. When capturing still images, the same Creative Effects modes and filters available in video are also at the disposal of the user. By combining consecutive frames, the D7100 also has a high dynamic range (HDR) function to let users capture photos with a vast tonal range.

    NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility
    For 80 years, the NIKKOR legacy has been providing world renowned optics for photographers. The D7100 is compatible with Nikon’s dedicated DX-format lenses and more than 50 FX-format lenses. NIKKOR lenses offer the ultimate in sharpness and clarity in photos and HD video. For added versatility, the camera features a built-in flash, or can act as a commander in Nikon’s popular Creative Lighting System (CLS).

    WR-1 Transceiver
    In addition to the D7100, Nikon also announced the WR-1 Transceiver for Nikon D-SLR cameras. This device uses 2.4 GHz radio frequency for maximum range when communicating with the camera, extending the range and functionality2 for remote shooting applications. The communication range between WR-1 units is approximately 394 feet3, and 15 channels are available. Users also have the ability to remotely control a camera (with a WR-1 used as a receiver) attached by operation of another WR-1 (used as a transmitter), and also perform simultaneous or synchronized release of shutters on several cameras using the WR-14. Furthermore, there are a wide variety of options for remote shooting, which include dividing remote cameras into groups and controlling each group separately and interval timer photography. Remote shooting by combining the WR-1 with WR-R10/WRT10 wireless remotes is also possible5.

    Price and Availability The Nikon D7100 will be available starting in March 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $1599.95* with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens or $1199.95 for the body only configuration. Additionally, the new MB-D15 battery grip and the WR-1 transceiver will also be available in March 2013, and pricing for these products is not yet announced. The WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is currently available and has a suggested retail price (SRP) of $59.95.

Does the launch of the D5200 make a Nikon D7100 more likely?

Does the Nikon D5200 launch make the arrival of a D7100 more likely?

The D7000 still has just enough to make it different

The launch of the Nikon D5200, which happened last week, was met with muted interest. After the exciting Nikon D3200 launch in April, people obviously expected great things from the Nikon D5200. I think many were disappointed that the Nikon d5200 didn’t also have a WOW factor. But we shouldn’t forget that the D5100 is a great DSLR in it’s own right with many excellent features. Until the arrival of the D3200, it was the best entry-level DSLR out there. The improvements that have been made have placed it well above the Canon T4i (650D) and its sibling D3200. Whilst it matches the 24MP file size and take the Expeed3 processor from the D3200, it has inherited the metering system and 39-point AF system from the Nikon D7000. This makes it a superb DSLR camera for both stills and video. It also has people wondering if there will ever be a Nikon D7100.

Nikon 5200 DSLR

I think that the answer is probably yes. The D7000 has two major attributes that Nikon did not give to the D5200 – the high quality magnesium alloy build and the internal motor. This gives the D7xxx series two unique selling points. Perhaps we can hope to see a Nikon D7100 next year with a magnesium weather sealed body, 24MP sensor, a 51-point AF system, taken from the D800, and enhanced video frame rates. Oh, and a faster burst rate, perhaps up to 8FPS. I think that would be enough to make the D7100 a worthy successor.

I think the big manufacturers are trying to consolidate in the DSLR categories. They are happy to experiment with the CSC ranges, but DSLRs are still considered serious cameras for enthusiasts and professionals. Improvements in these ranges are going to be incremental rather than quantum leaps forward. Both Nikon and Canon have been burnt trying to utilise technology that wasn’t fully perfected and the shrinking market means that if a camera begins it’s life with a call back, it could be doomed from the start.

So I remain optimistic that the Nikon D7100 will be out next spring and I can’t wait t get hold of one…..

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Nikon Release the Nikon V2 CSC

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The Nikon V2 wants to establish itself as the Pro’s back up body

Yes, I know this site is dedicated to the new Nikon D7100, but this will probably be the last Nikon launch of the year and, for some the V2 may be a credible alternative to a Nikon DSLR. So here is a quick list of what the V2 has to offer. There will be more to follow once we have had a good look at the Specs….

Nikon1_v2_groupshot Nikon have substantially increased the file size from 10MP to 14MP and have installed a newly developed EXPEED 3A dual-image processor which Nikon claims can process images at an incredible 850 megapixels-per-second (which would give you around 60 frames per second). You will be able to shoot 15 FPS for up to 3 seconds with continuous autofocus. You can shoot 60 FPS with fixed focus. It also pushes standard ISO another stop to 6,400.

It also offers some new features – for quick image transfer aimed at social media and uploading to PCs – and some that offer more creativity, though that was never really an issue with CSCs.

Simon Iddon, Product Manager, Nikon 1 Compact System Cameras, Nikon UK, says: “The option to shoot with 1 NIKKOR lenses or a favorite Nikon D-SLR lens, as well as camera ergonomics familiar to enthusiasts will make the Nikon 1 V2 the first choice for D-SLR owners.”

The Nikon V2 compact sysytem camera in whiteNikon’s range of 1 NIKKOR lenses is set to expand with the launch of three new lenses in 2013. These will include an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, a compact 10x high-power zoom lens, and a fast portrait lens. These are in addition to the recently released 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 lens. When you consider that the FT-1 mount adapter enables you to use regular AF-s lenses, this will give the Nikon 1 series a good range of lenses. The ergonomic enhancements are obviously made with the use of larger, standard lenses in mind.

The V2 can shoot full HD at 60 and 30 fps and 60i, 60p, and 30p frame rates, with full control over shutter speed and aperture. You can also shoot in extreme slow motion, with recording speeds of up to 1200 FPS. Shoot in movie mode and you can get the best of both worlds by capturing full-resolution photos (aspect ratio 3:2) while filming a Full HD movie.

It all sounds great, doesn’t it? Nikon are obviously devoting serious resources in this area (the V1 was the biggest selling CSC in europe, so it makes sense), but, if they are not careful, they will develop a system which will require as much peripheral equipment as a proper DSLR and then the “compact” element will disappear.

Nikon prepare to launch the V2 CSC

Nikon to Upgrade their best selling Compact System Camera in time for Christmas

the nikon V1 for a piece relating to the Nikon D7100So the dramatic price drop for the Nikon V1 was for a reason. Nikon are about to bring out an upgrade for their award winning V1 CSC in time for the Christmas rush. Just like its sibling, the J1, the V1 will have a makeover, rather than having any substantial modifications. But if the Nikon Tactic is to drop the price before launching the new version, where does this leave all of us who are waiting for the D7100? the price has crashed on the D7000, and yet there is still no sign of a successor. Could it come out before Xmas?

Nikon halve the prices of their Flagship V1

Is this a Christmas Push?

Nikon V1 cameraYes, I know that this site s really about the Nikon D7100, but we shouldn’t ignore Nikon’s other activities – especially when it is as dramatic as this. Nikon have halved the price of their Nikon V1 CSC from $899 to $445. Is this a push fro the Christmas Market? Is the V1 in trouble? Or does this herald the launch of the V2?

I think we need to keep an eye on it as it may affect their marketing strategy elsewhere..

Read a full review of the Nikon V1 here