Nikon Announces New 24.1-Megapixel D7100 Digital SLR without Optical Low Pass Filter
FEBRUARY 21, 2013
By Dan Havlik
Nikon unveiled a new digital DSLR for photo enthusiasts and "part-time pros" tonight, the 24.1-megapixel Nikon D7100. The D7100, which uses a new APS-C-sized "DX-format" CMOS sensor, is the successor to the Nikon D7000, which was announced in September 2010.
The Nikon D7100 has a 51-point autofocus system with 15 cross-type sensor points; wireless connectivity; and like the Nikon D800E, it has no optical low pass filter (OLPF), in a move to increase the detail and sharpness in photos captured with the camera.
OLPFs are used to prevent the incidence of moiré in images where there is a preponderance of converging lines, such as in a suspension bridge or a building. A spokesperson for Nikon who we spoke with while getting some hands-on time with a D7100 prototype said he didn't believe moiré would be a problem with this model.
"With no optical low-pass filter, the designers have opted for the highest possible resolution we can have," said Nikon's Steve Heiner. "I haven't seen any more moiré with this camera than I'd see in any normal camera."
The D7100 uses the same Expeed 3 processor that powers Nikon's flagship professional D4 DSLR. The D7100's read-out speed has also improved, allowing for a fast 6 frames per second shooting speed, whether you are shooting JPEGs or Nikon's NEF raw image format. While the D7100 is just slightly smaller and lighter than the D7000, its camera body has a more robust, all-magnesium alloy build that's completely weather sealed. The previous model was a mix of polycarbonate and magnesium alloy and was only partially weather sealed.
For sports and nature shooters, there's a new 1.3x "Crop Mode" for both stills and video. Combined with the 1.5x crop (magnification) of the D7100's APS-C sensor, it gives the camera an extra 2x telephoto boost and increases the burst speed to 7fps but at 15.4MP resolution. While in this mode, the 51-point AF array covers more of the frame, which is designed to improve the way the camera locks in focus and tracks a subject through the viewfinder.
The optical viewfinder itself has an OLED data read-out on the bottom of the frame, making it easier to see the camera's settings. On the rear of the D7100, there's a new 3.2-inch, 1,229K-dot LCD screen. The camera also adds double SD card slots, a 150,000-cycle shutter, a built-in stereo microphone, and a way to wirelessly share images when you attach Nikon's optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.
The Nikon D7100 goes on sale in late March for $1,199.95, body only; or $1,599.95, with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens kit lens.
Nikon also unveiled its new WR-1 Wireless Transceiver for Nikon DSLR cameras tonight. According to Nikon, the device "uses 2.4 GHz radio frequency for maximum range when communicating with the camera, extending the range and functionality for remote shooting applications. The communication range between WR-1 units is approximately 394 feet, 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 possible."
The WR-1 wireless remote controller will also go on sale in late March though pricing has not been announced yet. More detail in the press release below.
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
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
• 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
Sharing and Remote Shooting Simplified
Capture Exceptional HD Video
Full Control, Creatively
NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility
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.
For more information on the new Nikon D7100 and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
About Nikon Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. In 2012, production of NIKKOR lenses surpassed 75 million, creating a new milestone in Nikon's heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikon and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @NikonUSA.
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