HD DSLRs : Nikon Debuts DX-Format Flagship D7100 DSLR for Advanced Photo EnthusiastsFebruary 21, 2013
“Solidifying Nikon’s ongoing commitment to the DX-format DSLR 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, 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.”
Kajiwara added, “The innovative sensor design delivers the ultimate in image quality by defying convention; because of the high resolution and advanced technologies, the optical low pass filter (OLPF) is no longer used. Using Nikkor lenses, the resulting images explode with more clarity and detail to take full advantage of the 24.1 megapixel resolution achieved with D7100’s DX-format CMOS sensor.”
Married to the sensor is Nikon’s Expeed 3 image-processing engine, providing a wide dynamic range in various lighting and an ISO range of 100–6400 (expandable to Hi-2 of 25,600), to capture challenging conditions such as nature at twilight or sports under less-than-ideal lighting. Even at higher ISOs, noise is said to be minimized for both photos and recorded HD video.
For the experienced shooter, the moisture- and dust-resistant D7100 also features: a new Multi-CAM 3500DX AF module; Nikon’s 3D color matrix II metering with a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor and a scene recognition system that identifies the scene prior to shooting to adjust AF, AE, AWB and other parameters; six-frames-per-second (fps) bursts at full resolution and seven fps when using the 1.3x crop mode at slightly reduced resolution; a release time lag of 0.052 second (CIPA); and a dedicated video record button to capture Full HD 1080/30p or 60i/50i (in 1.3x crop mode) movies for playback on HDTV’s via HDMI. There’s also the ability to record stereo sound through the internal microphone or an optional external microphone attached to the dedicated microphone terminal.
When the D7100 is set to shoot in a 1.3x DX crop mode (stills or video), photographers gain an extra telephoto boost (2x) and a boost in burst speed to seven fps with 15.4MP resolution. Also while in this mode, the 51-point AF array covers more of the frame, allowing improved subject acquisition and tracking performance through the viewfinder.