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Just Posted: Nikon D7100 Hands-On Preview

By dpreview staff on Feb 21, 2013 at 04:01 GMT
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Just Posted: We've had a chance to get our hands on the Nikon D7100 - the company's latest mid-range DSLR. The D7100 looks a lot like the popular D7000 but has been completely overhauled internally. Central to its feature set is a 24MP CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, promising high resolution captures. It also gains a 51-point autofocus system and 1.3x crop mode for both stills and video capture, amongst other upgrades. Click the links below to find out what we thought in our 5-page hands-on preview.

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Leonard Shepherd
By Leonard Shepherd (Feb 21, 2013)

Rather than ask questions why not also check out http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d7100/
It seems to have the D600 autofocus but covering much more of the screen area than the D7000. The body shell and grip are improved.
Overall it looks like a very much upgraded D7000 but not quite the equal of the pro grade D4.
It may well out resolve the D600 at lower ISO's.
With a UK launch price of £1300 (including 20% tax) it is likely to fall after about 6 months to £999 - about 40% less than the current UK street price of the D600.

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gl2k
By gl2k (Feb 21, 2013)

Comparing FX to DX bodies makes no sense. There is a good reason for each breed. Especially when it comes to fast glass and high ISO.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Feb 21, 2013)

UK launch price is £1099 body only.

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The A-Team
By The A-Team (Feb 21, 2013)

2x crop mode looks nice, especially for sports and wildlife.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Feb 21, 2013)

the only issue here is readout speed (or frame rate).
we need smaller pixels for wildlife, smaller the better.

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Bjorn_L
By Bjorn_L (Feb 21, 2013)

The 2x crop mode is described inaccurately in the preview.
More informative would have been something like:
The new 1.3x crop mode when using a 50mm lens gives you the equivalent field of fiew 100mm compared to 75mm when this crop mode is not used. The confusing part to most readers is that as written most users would slap a 200mm lens on a d7100 engage the crop mode and be disappointed in the nominal gain in focal length.

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romulo botero
By romulo botero (Feb 21, 2013)

Crop mode 1.3x in DX system, is the same crop of the m43 system.
in other words, 2x in relation to FF system.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Feb 21, 2013)

The movie button is relegated to the top front beside the shutter button and is alarmingly smaller and difficult to operate.

It was perfect on the D7000.

Why change things around just to say it's an upgrade?

In this case, ERGONOMICALLY, it is not. It's now more difficult to make movies with this thing. The LV button and Movie button are miles apart...

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Deeso
By Deeso (Feb 21, 2013)

Indeed. We rather have an ISO button where the movie recording is now.

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froggers
By froggers (Feb 21, 2013)

Photography first, movies secondary....as it should still be on a DSLR. A Camcorder is movies first, photography secondary, as it should be.
I don't want a big video button near the shutter button. Bigger video button further away is ok.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (Feb 22, 2013)

@Deeso

I have been saying that since they move the record button up there. It is the perfect spot to put the ISO button and considering that will be used far more than the record button by the vast majority buying this and frankly any DSLR, putting the record button there instead is just a stupid decision.

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fakuryu
By fakuryu (Feb 21, 2013)

A Pentax K5IIs rival appears!

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Jon Rty
By Jon Rty (Feb 21, 2013)

There already was one, since 2010:

http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=nikon_d7000&products=pentax_k5iis

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fakuryu
By fakuryu (Feb 21, 2013)

@Jon Rty

Spec wise, the D7000 does look like a K5IIs rival but it was just a match with the K5, the K5IIs does not have an AA filter.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (Feb 21, 2013)

Exactly, don't worry I got it. I guess being obvious is old school nowadays and/or out of style?

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pentaxfun
By pentaxfun (Feb 21, 2013)

I think I'm gonna go on a hunger strike until Nikon releases an optional version d7100 that has an AA filter.

With the d800 vs d800e articles on here as well as other highly respected photography sites/sources, the consensus was uniformly in agreement with each other that for the vaaaaaaaaaast majority of shooting situations, the image quality was better WITH an AA filter than without one. That the non-AA d800e was only superior in VERY specific, narrow, niche, rare, shooting situations, at very specific narrow aperture range in very specific conditions, but in the rest of the vaaaaaast other shooting apertures and conditions, the regular d800 yielded better results. And thus, the d800 was much better for the vast majority of shooters than the d800e, which was only better for those who did a very specific, narrow range of photography.

So, I guess I might starve to death in about 1.5 to 2 months or so. Oh wells, it was nice knowing you guys :(

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gl2k
By gl2k (Feb 21, 2013)

This is 24mp on a DX sensor which surpasses the D800 resolution. Therefore the critical range for moire is pushed even further. NX2 has a correction algorithm for that.
Bottom line : Moire is an absolute non-issue on this body.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Feb 21, 2013)

24MP is almost double the pixel density of a D800E. Let's wait for tests before deciding if Nikon made a poor decision.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Feb 21, 2013)

or if Nikon don't have good enough lenses.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Feb 21, 2013)

gl2k - You know that do you?

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spbStan
By spbStan (Feb 21, 2013)

Wouldn't be better to try it yourself than to cite other people who have not used it either?
The D800e is a phenomenal camera with the best imaging available in slr form now. The D800 is also very good, which is what I have. None of the guessed image issues came to pass. The files have more DR, color depth, lower noise and finer resolving power than anything else.
So show your D800e gallery that proves that your camera has such limited utility.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Feb 21, 2013)

"I think I'm gonna go on a hunger strike until Nikon releases an optional version d7100 that has an AA filter."

Just use bad lenses. Or tune focus to miss focus just a little. :)

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PK24X36NOW
By PK24X36NOW (Feb 21, 2013)

Agl2k No, the 24MP DX sensor does not "surpass the D800 resolution," it exceeds only the pixel density, which means nothing unless you're cropping the D800 to DX format. The critical range (whatever that means) is not "pushed even further" for 24MP DX vs. the D800/E, because you have 12 million fewer pixels available for the same image in each format. People made the same argument (that "pixel density" was what determined the likelihood of moire) when the Pentax K5IIs came out, and you can see for yourself that the K5IIs (also with more pixel density than a D800, by a little) exhibits far more moire than a D800E does. Just look at the "wheel" in the lower right of the Imaging Resource still life images and you'll see.

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Nikonhead
By Nikonhead (Mar 1, 2013)

I saw a you tube video with Philip Bloom and the D800. I remember he was either adding or removing the AA filter so there may be hope yet

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PrimeInk
By PrimeInk (Feb 21, 2013)

1080 60i

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richard cohen
By richard cohen (Feb 21, 2013)

A companion for my d4 perhaps? Although I can't imagine preferring how this would handle, but Nikon sure seems to have nailed most features for a dx camera with this bad boy!

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Parry Johnson
By Parry Johnson (Feb 21, 2013)

Hmmm... no D400? Perhaps it's the "unlucky #4" Japanese namesake, but I think this is a case where Nikon wants to sell a bunch of prosumer bodies before coming out with the "real" flagship DX camera. In the meantime, my D300/S just took another $50 to $100 dive in the used market.

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vFunct
By vFunct (Feb 21, 2013)

This is the D400.

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Knute
By Knute (Feb 21, 2013)

According to Nikon it is "a middle-class DX-format D-SLR". Doesn't sound like they're calling it the top of the line flagship DX DSLR.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Feb 21, 2013)

No D400, you've got to buy the D600 - all part of the master plan to remove the contents of your wallet.

But if you have loads of DX lenses buy this instead, the IQ will be near identical and you won't need to buy Nikons new range of FF lenses. And you never know it might not spray oil all over the sensor!

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SiliconVoid
By SiliconVoid (Feb 21, 2013)

Nikon states on their website (all of them containing information about the D7100) that the D7100 is:
"The new flagship of Nikon's DX-format HD-SLR lineup."
"Meet the new flagship of Nikon's outstanding DX-format HD-SLR line-up: the D7100."

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (Feb 21, 2013)

From everything Nikon are saying, they are leaving open the possibility of a D400. I suppose their final decision may rest on how well FX sells, but of course some will have a foot in both camps.

I take their assessment of this as middle-class DX as being serious and expect a D400 to come. Only the D4/ D300S are currently really suited for sports... But I suppose a D800S could equally be the fix.

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (Feb 21, 2013)

So the 16MP, 7FPS, with 1.3X crop factor would be almost exactly the same crop and resolution as a Micro 4/3 camera, except slower frame rate than the M43 cameras.

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Mike Ronesia
By Mike Ronesia (Feb 21, 2013)

I noticed that too. Seems like an odd approach to improve burst shooting. It seems to only gain 1fps from what I can tell. Should be a great camera.

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (Feb 21, 2013)

Yes. And if you perfectly align two m4/3 cameras side by side you can kinda start to get to the max capabilities of an APS-C.

Honestly? Is this the argument? That in crop mode another system competes?

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Xellz
By Xellz (Feb 21, 2013)

2x m4/3 is not aps-c, but FF size

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Mike Cialowicz
By Mike Cialowicz (Feb 21, 2013)

Slightly slower frame rate than top-end m4/3 cameras, but with much better AF with much better object tracking = more keepers when shooting wildlife, sports, and action.

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the reason
By the reason (Feb 21, 2013)

sadly no. phase detection has a 60% keeper rate. The no AA filter is quite exiting for us printing people

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Mike99999
By Mike99999 (Feb 21, 2013)

Nope, Xeliz, you need 4 m43 frames to fill a full frame. The crop factor of 2x is the diagonal of the frame rectangle...

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Entropius
By Entropius (Feb 21, 2013)

I wonder -- the file sizes should be smaller in 1.3x crop mode. How much will this increase the buffer length?

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Nightwings
By Nightwings (Feb 21, 2013)

Nice article ... thank you!

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digitallollygag
By digitallollygag (Feb 21, 2013)

Hmm, and no D400... Probably ain't gonna be one.

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Mike Cialowicz
By Mike Cialowicz (Feb 21, 2013)

I disagree. I think we'll get a D400 or D9000 come August.

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Nikonhead
By Nikonhead (Mar 1, 2013)

Aerosmith-Dream On

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vFunct
By vFunct (Feb 21, 2013)

Basically the perfect DX Camera.

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LJ - Eljot
By LJ - Eljot (Feb 21, 2013)

No, that would include a swivel back screen.

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capanikon
By capanikon (Feb 21, 2013)

Woo. Nice update. Gonna skip this one, too.

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Jack Simpson
By Jack Simpson (Feb 21, 2013)

Sounds good Barney .... luckily, I've flogged all our D7K's ... so, now, I'll just wait for Product Code and pricing and order some in :)

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Jack Simpson
By Jack Simpson (Feb 22, 2013)

Got 'em and done

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Streetutopia
By Streetutopia (Feb 21, 2013)

For me it all comes down to image quality. I am axious to see some sample images. This could be intesting with the low-pass filter eliminated.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Feb 21, 2013)

Yes, just think how sharp all the oil spots will be!

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froggers
By froggers (Feb 21, 2013)

I have a D300s and was waiting for the D400. This 7100 does look enticing. Nikon have a habit of releasing a better model soon after the just ok model. D3 and D40 purchasers quickly discovered that. Maybe with the D7100 many of the D600 purchasers have too?
Should I wait till September for the D400 announcement? ;)

(The D600 never was a contender for me with deliberately nobbled flash sync of only 1/200th sec , a slower 1/4000th sec shutter speed, only 39 (very cramped) vs 51 focus points (only 9 vs 15 important cross-type focus points), less fps. Overall D600 too comprised for birding).

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bbrodeur
By bbrodeur (Feb 25, 2013)

completely concur - it's the total package that matters. Let's hope NK has resolved some of the other issues with the D7000, AF consistency across lenses, and periodic overexposure in bright light. Too bad nothing done to resolve the small cache, especially with larger file size, which limited burst duration for moving subjects. Let's see how the LP filter works out. Cheers

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