D5300 buffer better than D7100? I don't understand Nikon anymore

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D5300 buffer better than D7100? I don't understand Nikon anymore
Jan 22, 2014


I was looking at the new D5300 and found that the buffer in RAW is the same as the D7100 (6 shots) and that he buffer in jpeg is actually better (100 shots versus 33):

"More importantly, though, the under-sized buffer in the D7100 does not allow longer bursts than the D5300; in fact, the D5300 comes out dead even. The D7100 and D5300 can both only shoot 6 14-bit RAW shots before the buffer is full (the D5200 could manage 8). Compare this to the 15 RAW shots allowed by a Canon 60D or 25 in a 7D5, and it will be clear that neither Nikon is probably ideal for photographers who rely on the machine-gun method of action photography.

That said, shooting JPG changes things dramatically. The D7100 can shoot bursts of at least 33 frames (at 6 fps) while the D5300 may be able to shoot 100 or more frames (at 5fps)."


I think the jpeg performance is due the inclusion of the Expeed 4 in the D5300.

Why on earth would Nikon cripple the D7100 like this, and more importantly why would they release a "lesser" model with a equal or better buffer so soon after its release?

I just don't understand Nikon's strategy anymore...

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