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Cameralabs D7100 review up: verdict...

Started Apr 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
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In reply to Jared Huntr, Apr 21, 2013

Jared Huntr wrote:

Mako2011 wrote:

Jared Huntr wrote:

Mako2011 wrote:

Jared Huntr wrote:

Reilly Diefenbach wrote:

twamers wrote:


I've no issue with how good the D7100 is, I'm glad nikon have another winner on their hands seeing as I'm an investor in the brand - and like you I'm not buying one so I'm just curious.

What interests me is if you print A4, put in a frame behind glass and stick on a wall and view it from 10-15ft away.  Is the average person going to clearly see the difference from say a D7100 photo and say a D7000, D5200 photo?

Maybe not.  Like the vast majority here and in the picture taking population as a whole, I rarely print.  The impact of dynamic range limited 8X10 from 10 or 15 feet away is not worth the bother, imo, 16X20 not much better.  Two feet away, things get more interesting, and I have no doubt there would be a visible difference.  But I've always been a go big or go home kind of guy from the slideshow days.  Anyone here old enough to remember the Carousel projector showing the family slides on a wrinkly screen?  Well, we're way beyond that now.  A late model 55 or 60" LED or plasma flat panel outdoes the old tech by an order of magnitude.   But wait, there's more.  Coming soon to a desktop, laptop and living room wall, 4K video.  That's four times the pixels we're presently peeping.  The D7100 will show even better than it already does. A lot better than passing around a stack of 8X10s around the coffee table.


Most large screen TV's only have native pixel resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels to support 1080p. That is something like 2.1 Mp, a lot less resolution than a cheap desktop LCD monitor.

At the proper viewing distance, I can't say I've ever been disappointed with a 2.1 Mp image with a 52"-60" TV. Sit too close and you start to see the LCD pixels in the panel.

I think you need to re-evaluate your expectations with a dose of reality.

Last week I was at NAB in Vegas and got a chance to watch movies and see still images on the new crop of consumer grade 4K televisions ( 3840×2160).  The Sony folks suggested that in 4 years the price point will be the same as it is now with 1080p TV's.  I think in just a few years...thinks will be a changing again...I like it, fun had by all.

Isn't that something like 8Mp? In dSLR terms, 8Mp is decade-old technology. Realistically, all that this is going to buy you is to be able to sit closer to the TV before you start to see pixel structure.

Having now had the opportunity to review stills shot at approx. 16mp on both a 1080p and a 4K TV from the luxury of a soft chair from 10 feet away...I can honestly say it makes a big and very noticeable difference. Especially when you start to zoom in and examine details.

Too many variables to make a sound conclusion. For example, what you are really comparing is the effectiveness of the TV's in-built downsampling algorithm for presentation of a 16Mp image onto a lower resolution device. And we know how different brands can vary wildly in the quality of how they resample images and video for display on the screen.

Bottom line...I've seen 16mp images displayed on the same TV in 1080p and 4K. I've also seen same images shown side by side on same size TV's but one 1080p native and the other 4K native. I much much prefer 4K. Even my 24'' Eizo monitor doesn't approach that resolution or pleasing view. 4K is better than 1080P and it shows. They even had one doing the lates no classes 3D...It was wowing. Good times ahead. My newest video camera is 4k...and I have nothing to watch the resulting full output on Many current commercial video productions are now shot natively in 4k. Will be fun to see the "new 4k releases" of current films some day. I look forward to it.

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