Today, February 20th, 2013 – Nikon announced their new D7100 HD-SLR camera. Branded as their flagship DX model, D7100 will feature impressive 24.1-megapixel DX-format censor as well as a host of other features that stand it apart from its predecessor D7000. This new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor will be the first in the Nikon lineup with removed optical low-pass filter (OLPF) which will result in higher resolution images than the standard 24MP sensors. The company is confident that with the new technology and using Nikkor lenses they will be able to produce clearer and more detailed images without the OLPF.
Amongst other features that were upgraded is the EXPEED 3 image processing engine which allows for photo & video capture at a very wide ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 25,600) with minimal noise even in poor lighting conditions. The new 51-Point AF System is also a significant upgrade from the earlier D7000 model.
All this upgraded technology allows for more rapid capture and processing. The D7100 will be able to shoot stills at 6 FPS in full resolution. Nikon’s 1.3x crop mode on this APS-C sensor will effectively double zoom of all lenses and will allow telephoto and action/sports enthusiast capture both stills and video and at much higher frame rates in 15.4 MP resolution (1080 50/60i for video), all the while new 51 point AF array covering most of the frame will provide better subject tracking.
The new camera does not yet have a built-in Wi-Fi adapter, but it will support Nikon’s WU-1a Wireless unit which you will have to purchase separately. With this device you will be able to share photos with your smartphone or tablet on the fly as well as control the camera remotely.
D7100 will be available for purchase in March 2013 at the suggested retail price of $1599.95 with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens or $1199.95 for body only. You can find out more information about the new addition to the DX family lineup in this press release from Nikon.