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Nikon D7100 announcement

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A new Coolpix S3500 camera was announced in Europe.

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Nikon also announced a new WR-1 wireless remote controller for the D7100:

Nikon-WR-1-Wireless-Remote-Controller"The D7100 supports the WR-1, a highly functional transceiver that enables verification and adjustment of settings, as well as control over remote shooting. The WR-1 uses radio waves and supports 15 channels for communication over a maximum range of 120 m between multiple WR-1s. Not only can one WR-1 be configured as a transmitter and a second as a receiver to control operation of one remote camera, but multiple WR-1s can be configured as receivers for remote control over multiple cameras. A number of remote shooting options are available, including simultaneous release and synchronized release, as well as interval timer shooting and division of multiple cameras into groups for separate control over each group. Remote control is also possible using the WR-R10/WR-T10 combination."

Press release:

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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
At the core of the Nikon D7100 is a new 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, designed to render the truest, most detail-rich images possible and brilliant HD video. 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.

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
The Nikon D7100 is designed for the experienced shooter ready to take their photography to the next level, who demands a camera that conveys reliability and performance, and who is eager to embrace the next photographic challenge. These features include:

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 teleconverter.

Nikon D7100 double SD card slot

Rapid Response and Operation - To help ensure the decisive shot is not missed, the D7100 can shoot at up to six frames per second (fps) at full resolution and up to seven fps when using the new 1.3x crop mode at slightly reduced resolution. Overall operation and image processing is swift, while startup and shutter lag is nearly imperceptible with a release time lag of 0.052 s* (CIPA). Image data is also written to dual SD card slots, which accept the latest high-speed UHS-1 and SDXC cards.

1.3x Crop Mode - Sports photographers take note: Building upon the telephoto benefits of the DX-format, the D7100 has the unique ability to shoot in a 1.3x DX crop mode for both stills and HD video. While in this innovative mode, shooters will gain an extra telephoto boost (2X), and a boost in burst speed to seven fps, with 15.4- megapixel resolution. Additionally, while in this mode, the 51-point AF array covers more of the frame, allowing improved subject acquisition and tracking performance through the viewfinder.

New High Resolution LCD - The new, wide and bright LCD screen is 3.2-inches and features a super high resolution of 1,229K dots. Now photographers can easily compose and check critical focus for HD video.

New Viewfinder - Nikon has implemented a bright and high-contrast new OLED data display within the optical viewfinder that makes it easier to read and see shooting data. When composing through the viewfinder, users see 100% frame coverage, essential for proper framing.

Spot White Balance - A new feature for Nikon cameras, Spot White Balance allows for quick and precise white balance adjustment while shooting in live view. By selecting a desired point on the screen, users can set a custom white balance from a distance, even while using a super-telephoto lens. This is helpful for shooting video or when shooting under unfamiliar lighting when no gray card is available.

Durable Construction - Built to perform in a wide variety of conditions, the D7100 is built to the same moisture and dust resistance specifications of the venerable Nikon D300S. For durability, the top and rear covers are constructed of magnesium alloy, while internally, the shutter has been tested to withstand 150,000 cycles. Despite its robust construction, the camera remains lightweight, weighing in at approximately 1.5 pounds (body).

Enhanced Interface - To make it easier for users to quickly access frequently used functions, the "i" button has been added to the enthusiast-oriented control layout on the camera.

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Sharing and Remote Shooting Simplified
Photographers know that moment when the shutter clicks and they have created something stunning which deserves to be shared. No matter where that moment occurs, whether in an urban landscape or isolated forest, they can now share their images wirelessly by an attached WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.1 With this optional adapter the user has the ability to share images to a supported smartphone or tablet, shoot remotely from their device, and transfer photos from up to 49 feet away. The Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility application is available free of charge on Google Play™ for Android™ devices or from the App Store™. When using the application, photographers can wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a mobile device and even remotely control the camera.

Capture Exceptional HD Video
For those looking to create multimedia content, the Nikon D7100 has a wide variety of innovative features for capturing HD video at various frame rates. With a press of the dedicated video record button, video can be recorded at 1080/30p, or at 60i/50i (in 1.3x Crop Mode) for optimal playback on many HDTV's when connected via HDMI. The D7100 also provides the ability to record stereo sound through the internal microphone, or attach an optional external microphone such as Nikon's ME-1, through the dedicated microphone terminal. To reference audio, the camera also features a headphone terminal. Users can also get creative using Nikon's Creative Effects in real time. This feature lets users take advantage of modes like Selective Color or Color Sketch to create truly customized movies.

Full Control, Creatively
In addition to full manual controls, the Nikon D7100 features a variety of intelligent modes to create effects and special features so that users can unleash their creativity. Nikon's Picture Controls can be applied to photo and video to change the color, tone and saturation of an image for creative control. When capturing still images, the same Creative Effects modes and filters available in video are also at the disposal of the user. By combining consecutive frames, the D7100 also has a high dynamic range (HDR) function to let users capture photos with a vast tonal range.

NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility
For 80 years, the NIKKOR legacy has been providing world renowned optics for photographers. The D7100 is compatible with Nikon's dedicated DX-format lenses and more than 50 FX-format lenses. NIKKOR lenses offer the ultimate in sharpness and clarity in photos and HD video. For added versatility, the camera features a built-in flash, or can act as a commander in Nikon's popular Creative Lighting System (CLS).

WR-1 Transceiver
In addition to the D7100, Nikon also announced the WR-1 Transceiver for Nikon D-SLR cameras. This device uses 2.4 GHz radio frequency for maximum range when communicating with the camera, extending the range and functionality2 for remote shooting applications. The communication range between WR-1 units is approximately 394 feet3, 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 possible5.

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.

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  • Fred Flintstone

    Ha ha! Look at that controller! Luvverly and discreet

  • jerre

    slightly disappointing for D300s owners im sure :(

    • Gleb

      There is a kit with 18-105mm VR Lens. No way it is a D300s replacement.. My guess is that Nikon is working on a new AF system and a faster processor to push these 24 MP images faster.

      • jerre

        The thing is, the word “DX Flagship” on the press release isn’t very encouraging for the D400 hopefuls. Thats why I think alot of D300s owners who are hoping for an upgrade will be disappointed… That is unless Nikon is planning on relegating the D400’s status from being the flagship (assuming it does come out) to high-range DX as I dont see 2 flagships existing side by side to be logical.

    • NIK

      Woot? 24 Mpx without AA, improved 51 point focus sistem, speed bost with 1,3x crop, durable construction like D300s sounds good to me. To bad for PC-sync and 10 pin conector.

    • Merv S

      What does the D300s have still that the D7100 doesn’t? Nikon is claiming the same build quality.
      My less-than-amateurish abilties meant that this virtual horizon feature was the first thing I noticed for my picture taking.

    • Merv S

      What does the D300s have still that the D7100 doesn’t? Nikon is claiming the same build quality.
      My less-than-amateurish abilties meant that this virtual horizon feature was the first thing I noticed for my picture taking.

      • VikingAesir

        Faster frame rates, much larger buffer, more dedicated controls, more heavy duty body, speculation – it could have a stronger AF motor in the body for non AFS lenses.

        The D7100 looks like a worthy upgrade for the D7000 and not a bad camera, but it’s clearly not an upgrade for the D300 line.

      • fiffer4

        Also 2-9 AEB (auto exposure bracketing) useful for HDR scenes, and a dedicated AF-ON button (popular with sports shooters).

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.h.ferrari Carlos Hilgert Ferrari

    There we go…

  • Fred Flintstone

    That 1.3x crop is interesting, for birders I guess

    • RondoX

      The 1.3x crop is interesting for birders. What Isn’t interesting is the same plastic mirror box as the D7000. I wouldn’t want to put my telephoto lenses on that thing,,,

      • http://twitter.com/furinkan Furinkan

        Oh yes, you wouldn’t want to sully your telephoto lenses with a nasty, nasty pentamirror.

        Lucky for you, the D7100 has a pentaprism:
        http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d7100/features01.htm#a11

        I don’t believe this post made any mention of a pentamirror, hmm?

        • Bob

          I don’t think he was referring to the prism, he said ‘mirror box,’ which would be that thingie underneath the prism where the reflex mirror and lens mount are. ;-)

          • RondoX

            Thanks Bob!
            That’s exactly what I meant. Fellow birders be VERY carefully with you heavy telephotos on the D7100. Your lens mount is attached to plastic. It is no different than having them attached to a D40. Treat them a such!

    • JimP

      Well, it would be if not for the crippled buffer. Only 12 shots in 12 bit lossless. I say the D400 is on the way.

  • Nikon780

    First

  • Kloude

    Why are some sample images 12bit and some 14bit?

    • Fred Flintstone

      Mebbe the 12 bit ones are on the new 1.3x crop?

      • Kloude

        Just looked closer at the PDF brochure, that’s exactly what it is. Seems strange to me *shrug*

        • Fred Flintstone

          Hmm maybe not, the way I read it you can still do 14 bit in the 1.3 crop mode but 6fps compared to 12 bit crop at 7fps, I guess if you’re shooting planes in flight faster fps is better

    • http://www.facebook.com/galahhh Rebecca Tigris

      Wonder if the samples will be as good as the 800mm ones :D

  • sam LeDogge

    I’m sold

  • instantkamera

    Odd wording on the Nikon Imaging site:

    “As a middle-class DX-format D-SLR, it features a highly sophisticated design, which satisfies pride of ownership.”

    does that mean they intend to have an “upper-classs DX format DSLR”?

    D400 dreamers, discuss.

    • http://www.facebook.com/butterflyskies3 Oskar Pettersson

      The D400 is coming. No pro body, auto modes and 10 frame buffer is NOT a D300s replacment.

      • Up $#!t’s creek!

        its weird though – why not just charge the 1500 then and call it the pro dx line? it looks like it is lacking a full magnesium body

      • NRA Advocate

        There will be no D400.

        Figure it out.

      • http://www.facebook.com/leong.qijin Leong Qi Jin

        lol. It’s almost a D400. In fact, most of the specs are better than D300s, just a few are not. It’s so close to the D400 everyone was expecting I think there’s no need for a D400. I’m expecting that the D7200 will be equal/better than D300s in every single specs. So no point of D400.

      • YouDecide

        Nikon states on their website that the D7100 is:
        “The new flagship of Nikon’s DX-format HD-SLR lineup”

      • Alexis

        I hate to say it, but I would have to agree with the others here that the wording of this announcement doesn’t leave much room for a D400. Whether that is a smart move on the part of Nikon I’m not sure: the leap from $1,200 ‘flagship’ DX to $2,000 FX is quite big.

        • rondox

          I concur. There is definitely room in the line up price wise for a D400. At the old D200/D300 $1799 price point even.

          • Alexis

            Thom Hogan seems to disagree: http://www.bythom.com.

            • RondoX

              No he doesn’t You miss read. All he says is “IF.”

              “DX-format Flagship.” Uh-oh. A lot of D300/D300s owners are reading this as meaning “no D400 is coming.” If true, that’s a bone-headed move on Nikon’s part, and now frees some of their most loyal users to look elsewhere for their next camera.”

              I think Thom Hogan sums up nicely how most of us feel. Three generations of D100, D200, and D300 users get shafted….

              If we D300 users simply say, NO! and don’t buy the D7100 and the profits aren’t what Nikon anticipates, they WILL make a D400.

              All I wanted was the build, buffer, ergonomics, and higher ISO. I’ll be in the market for a USED D3s this generation. No money for Nikon from me.

              I think Nikon expects to be able to get all D90/D7000/D300 users on the bandwagon with this one camera. Thats just pure greed.

              Perhaps after 4 years when Nikon sees the profits aren’t quite there, we’ll get a D400 in the next generation

            • Alexis

              I meant he disagrees with *my* previous statement, not with RondoX': “Nikon has clearly left room for a true performance camera at the top of the DX line. Whether or not they’ll make it is another matter. I still say they should and probably will.” I share your sentiment (and I don’t even own a D300, to my regret!).

            • Alexis

              I meant he disagrees with *my* previous statement, not with RondoX: “Nikon has clearly left room for a true performance camera at the top of the DX line. Whether or not they’ll make it is another matter. I still say they should and probably will.”

              I share your sentiment (and I don’t even own a D300, to my regret!).

      • Mike

        The D300 replaced the D2x as the top of the line DX body. It was better in everyway except it didn’t have an integrated grip. 6 years later it is conceivable that the D7100 replaces the D### series as the top of the line DX body. For $1200, it (on paper), trounces its predecessors. The D300 was $2100 CAD when it was launched.

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      YES! D400 IS comming!

    • foorider

      FX = upper class
      DX = middle class
      CX = lower class

      Nikon’s direct comparison between the D7100 and D300s construction is worrisome for D400 hopefuls.

      • Up $#!t’s creek!

        hmm… if this camera is for the middle class then its doomed in the us.

        • Zachery Jensen

          Err, what? The D7000 did great. Why would this be any worse?

          • nikkorlodeon

            you missed the social economics joke

            • Fred Flintstone

              Typical upperclass twit ;-)

    • umeshrw

      If you cannot convince them try to confuse them — NIKON.

  • hao

    OMG, 51 points! This is what I want on my D600!

    • Up $#!t’s creek!

      yea. and in extreme crop mode it covers the full width of the frame – pretty interesting.

  • RondoX

    Wow… At a $1199.95 price tag doesn’t that leave a small possibility of a D400 in the DX line up, at least price wise?

    • Fred Flintstone

      Not outside of USA where we’ll be charged $1599

    • RondoX

      I’m sure there are plenty out there like me that would be more than happy to purchase a D400 at the original D200/D300 price point of 1799.95.
      Come take our money Nikon!

    • RondoX

      I’m sure there are plenty out there like me that would be more than happy to purchase a D400 at the original D200/D300 price point of 1799.95.
      Come take our money Nikon!

      • nikkorlodeon

        yea, its called the D600 in a few more months

        • RondoX

          Why would a D200/D300 user want to downgrade to a D600?

          The tech is definitely there, outside of that though, it is in every regard LESS of a camera.

          Shoot with a D300 for five years and then look through the view finder of a D600 and see if you would still want to use it.

          • nikkorlodeon

            Clearly you have not actually shot with a D600 other than on display.
            And yes, I was a very happy previous owner of a D300s for many years.

  • Up $#!t’s creek!

    pretty solid features for the price – but there still is a pricepoint gap in the lineup. wonder if that transmitter is d800 compatible

  • Miki

    $400 for THAT lens? They must be kidding!

    • Zachery Jensen

      It’s easily one of the best kit lenses around, not sure what you’re thinking the problem is. $400 is pretty fair consider the large range and that it’s sharp at all apertures throughout most of the range. Toss in a little contemporary software correction and it’s nearly a perfect lens. Though on 24mp it might break down a little, it won’t produce any worse of prints than it ever did.

      • Renard Richie

        yeah but if it were up to me i would get 35mm f1.8g dx instead.
        Cheaper, sharper, better. Forces people to compose the shot thus making people a better photographer in general.

        • Fred Flintstone

          True, until you’re in a small room trying to photo a group of people – I love the lens too but it’s never gonna be as versatile as a zoom. Depends on what you shoot I guess

        • Michael Choong

          every lens have it useful way^^ dont judge too early.

          • Renard Richie

            i’m a wedding photographer, i shot with 28mm prime on 1 and 85mm on the other. I do have 24-70mm zoom i barely use anymore. It is an amazing lens don’t get me wrong, its just makes me lazier in composing a shot. Not judging :) i sold that 18-105mm two weeks ago from my old dx camera. 35mm is seriously better than that 18-105mm.

            • Michael Choong

              good to have 2 body^^. I’m doing mostly outdoor portrait with 28 and 85 now, I miss my day when using 24-70… now I need to keep changing lens.

      • Nicolas Meier

        Unfortunatly the mount on the 18-105 is made of plastic, and is thus prone to breaking in half. I know a couple of people who had this problem, and they did nothing more than putting their lens in and out of the camera bag. I agree it’s not tha saddest lens in the world, but why on yearth did Nikon produce it with a PLASTIC mount?! :(

        • Shepherd

          Yup, happened to me in Maine while hiking. Finding a camera store outside of downeast Maine isn’t easy! I would rather see this packaged with the 16-85… It is easy to find cheap used 18-105s anyways.

    • Michael Choong

      you save 3.05 USD when u buy it sepeately^^ as I check in BH photo the lens itself only sell for 396.95, with the golden box.

  • Angry about AA

    The no AA filter thing is REAAALLY freaking me the eff out… If it had
    been a d7100/d7100e thing where you could pick whether to have it or
    not, that would’ve been one thing, but to just have it be strictly no AA
    as the only d7100 model? Wtf? There have been tons of articles from
    all the most highly reputable photography sources in the industry
    explaining the pros and cons of the non-AA cameras, and they basically
    all said the same thing, that other than a VERY specific, narrow range
    of type of photography, it is worse to not have an AA than to have one.
    Like, you need to be shooting at a specific aperture, and
    scene-situation for it to actually be the rare circumstance in which it
    gives you an image quality edge over an AA camera, and then in like the
    other 99% of shooting situations for the avg photographer, it would be
    much better to have an AA. This is really pissing me off, cuz this is
    the camera I was waiting for and planning on getting for my next DSLR,
    and now it appears it’s just gonna be a strictly non-AA camera?? WTF??

    • foorider

      Get over it. At the pixel density we’re taking about, AA will not be an issue other than in some contrived test conditions.

      • angry guy

        Huh?… Isn’t the pixel density of a 36 megapixel full frame d800e exactly the same as a 24 megapixel APS-C d7100? Full frame is 1.5x larger than APS-C and 36 megapixels is 1.5 x more than 24 megapixels, so it’s the same pixel density. And those articles were analyzing the d800 vs d800e, and their conclusions on dpreview and various other sites were all saying how in the vast MAJORITY of shooting situations the image quality was better WITH the AA filter, and only a tiny minority of very ultra-specific shooting situations at very specific apertures yielded higher image qualitywithout an AA filter, that basically the d800e was only for shooters with very specific needs who shot in a very narrow range of shooting situation where non-AA had an edge, but for the vast majority of photographers and shooting scenarios, the AA version produced better results. So no, I won’t get over it. I guess they just lost a customer. Barf.

        • http://twitter.com/_thelonius_ christopher smith

          an fx sensor has twice the area of a dx sensor so the fx version of this sensor would be 48mp

        • Laurentiu Ilie

          No. The pixel density of 24mpx 24x16mm DX sensor is equivalent of about 54mpx on 36x24mm FX sensor.
          You have 1.5×1.5=2.25 more sensor surface.

    • John

      Should be diffraction limited by about f/5.6 anyway at that pixel density

    • M35G35

      I have the D800E and have not noticed any problems with the OLPF being removed . I wouldn’t worry about the D7100 either.

    • dredlew

      Relax. Did you actually look at the sample images in full-res? Do you see any moiré? Especially the image with the stream and the tiny branches. This would be a moiré nightmare, yet there is not a single flaw in that image. It’s pretty amazing, actually.

      I have a feeling that Nikon has figured out how to eliminate the issue without an AA filter. The D800E was certainly instrumental in testing the waters, make improvements and the result is now in the D7100. Going forward, I would think the no-AA filter approach will probably become standard.

  • AB

    Oh I’m getting this sucker…. was just in the neighborhood for either a D7000 or D600. I almost went with the D600, but the dust and oil issues concerned me. Then again, who knows with this one. But given what this has…and the fact I can keep my DX lenses….I’m pullin’ the trigger in March.

    • http://www.facebook.com/leong.qijin Leong Qi Jin

      The dust and oil issues are minor and affecting only very little people. It might seem as if it is a major problem but most who are satisfied with their camera wouldn’t bother posting that their camera has no issues.

      • Russ

        Pretty bad of Nikon to only affect very little people! Surely there’s a law against that!! ;)

  • bgbs

    Wow, even Nikon’s DX beats Canon full frame in megapixels.

    • Captain Megaton

      So does a Fujitsu smartphone. What’s your point?

  • bgbs

    Wow, even Nikon’s DX beats Canon full frame in megapixels.

  • sam LeDogge

    Dpreview has their hands-on preview of the D7100 on their site now. They were very impressed.

  • sam LeDogge

    Dpreview has their hands-on preview of the D7100 on their site now. They were very impressed.

  • dayne

    Looks great! Now wheres the compact camera?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      I am asking myself the same question :) They did release a new Coolpix in Europe, but not what I was expecting.

      • zeno

        it is good enough.
        Good job. NR.

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

          It will come…

          • Tapo

            Any time frame that you are aware of…

          • Renard Richie

            that’s what she said

          • Aris

            DX compact when???

      • Kessy

        Can it be that DX compact rumored earlier this week is actually the Nikon 2 from the chart of predicted releases of various camera makers, published two days ago in some Japanese magasine (could be found in DPReview forums and Canon Roumors)? Nikon D7100 release date were pretty much accurate, I would say. And the specs and price point of new D7100 leaves some space for D400 possibility. What do you think, Admin?

  • Fred Flintstone

    I know it makes it cheaper but you’d think at this level they could have at least put the ISO button somewhere on it’s own

    • Zelf

      Yep, instead of the preset modes :(. But it’s the only downside to me.

      • Fred Flintstone

        True, it does look nice, but I wonder if D7000 users see a need to upgrade?

      • Fred Flintstone

        True, it does look nice, but I wonder if D7000 users see a need to upgrade?

        • Zelf

          depends, the 1.3x plus f8 for the center af. Looks like the cheepest solution to have a good tele while keeping a decent mpx. I’ll wait until I see ISO testing. But to me it looks like a really good d7000 update and almost awesome d300s update.

          • http://twitter.com/_thelonius_ christopher smith

            really good d7000 update but not a d300s update at all. give me a 16mp d400 with a huge buffer and f8 center point ill buy two right now.

            • Zelf

              aside the 7frame buffer (wtf?!) and the preset mode instead of iso button I consider it is. What do you consider missing?

  • Richard

    what, this is exactly like a d7000 (with a small upgrade to AF, makes it a d7000 natural successor) no way these specs and body is a d400 or d300s d700 line merger. I could be wrong, but there looks liek room for improvements and price. I don’t care for the d400, just ordered a d600. Can’t wait for that. d600 is almost 3x the iso score on dxomark as the d7000.

  • http://www.facebook.com/butterflyskies3 Oskar Pettersson

    For People that don’t know, this is NOT a D300s replacment.

    If you look at the specs like 10 frame buffer, no pro body, auto modes and effects, you’ll see it.
    Its a mid-range DX like D7000 and D90 is.
    Wait untill end of summer for a real pro DX

    • http://twitter.com/_thelonius_ christopher smith

      if they were planning on replacing the d300s they wouldnt be trying to market this to sports shooters and talking about it having the weather and dust sealing of the d300s…face it, we are beat !

    • Swade

      Do you all really *need* a DX upgrade on your D300s? Can you not do the job you are doing now with it? I don’t get why y’all want this upgrade so bad. It sounds like you barely want an upgrade at all.

      • http://www.facebook.com/galahhh Rebecca Tigris

        Yah, its called a modern sensor. Put that in the current D300s body, change nothing else, and most people will be quite happy thanks.

  • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

    That is a steal for $1200 :D

  • Tags

    Very happy that Nikon retained the $1200 body only price that the d7000 had when it was released.

  • malchick743

    So no it’s still not a D300 replacement and thus not really “DX flagship”
    Basically just D7000 feature set upgrades

    Still hope to have a D400 coming with all the amateurish stuff (scene modes) yanked out retaining the D300 feature set

  • swim

    checking the specs. Much better for HDR.
    “Exposure bracketing
    2 to 5 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2 or 3 EV”
    — 5 frames at 3EV apart will make nice HDR images

    • Fred Flintstone

      True, the 2 or 3 frames on the D7000 is ridiculously hobbled

  • ads

    7 shot buffer you must be joking Nikon!

    http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d7100/spec.htm

    Adam puts away his excitement and the credit card :-(

    • Fred Flintstone

      Sir will have to wait for the D400 – just a bit longer – then maybe the 16-85 f/4 will appear

    • Fred Flintstone

      Not to mention that the buffer drops if “long exposure noise reduction or auto distortion control is on”, as per the D7000

    • Guest

      Was excited till I saw this!

    • Smudger

      If the buffer info is right that’s a stone dead deal killer.
      But it wouldn’t be the first time Mr N has got specs wrong in release material!
      Fingers crossed!

      • YouDecide

        The camera, complete with specifications, are on every Nikon site there is. You can verify them easily.

        • Smudger

          70-200mm VRII specs, for example, are on every Nikon site there is. And they have Errors. You can verify them easily

      • Swade

        Clearly sounds like none of you need an upgrade. Will this camera have something that will allow you to do something the D300s is not allowing you to do?

        • umeshrw

          Double the MP count for starters. A Better video capability will also be good.

          • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

            These “video capabilities” were good 5 years ago. People need 60p and All-I compression mode. According to the specifications video will not be much better than D7000 had.

        • RC

          The high-ISO performance of this camera will destroy that of the D300s. The AF system will probably be MUCH quicker.

    • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

      And people whined about A77. At least Sony can shot nicely over 20 shots, with a good card easily over 24 shots, while still having 24MPx sensor.

    • http://twitter.com/hoodlum99 Stephen Hood

      14 RAW are possible if crop mode is enable. Looks like a nice cheaper sports/wildlife body. Now they just need to update the long zooms.

      http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/nikon-d7100/nikon-d7100A.HTM

      “at full resolution, the D7100 can shoot just eight 14-bit raw or 33 JPEG fine frames in a burst. Enable the crop, and that jumps to 14 raw or 73 JPEG frames.”

  • Brian Fisher

    I’m thinking this marks the end for professional grade DX, no? This is still interesting on paper, at least.

    • Zelf

      Pro can use a D800 in crop mode (D600 for low budget). The way I understand it there will me less and less DX camera in future because of the number of megapixels. Make sense to me.

      • zeroanalogue

        I can see the logic behind that argument. It’s just too bad the higher end controls, features and build quality get left behind. I’m interested to see what they do with the D4 in D800 body idea. I’m thinking if this were to happen, it would probably be around/after the time of a D4x release.

      • zeroanalogue

        I can see the logic behind that argument. It’s just too bad the higher end controls, features and build quality get left behind. I’m interested to see what they do with the D4 in D800 body idea. I’m thinking if this were to happen, it would probably be around/after the time of a D4x release.

  • Nikon Pro

    This is not a pro body at all. Its just a D7000 with a 24 MP sensor stuck into it. Now instead of taking pictures that cover your wall, you can take pictures that cover your house. no improved buffer so speed is of no consequence.

    Maybe some of the other rumors are correct, All the wildlife photographers will now gravitate to Canon. We have waited and waited while three new FX cameras were released and now a big disappointment.

    • Bob

      I’m a wildlife photographer and I’m delighted. Nikon’s giving me the same 16mp stills I’m getting now with my D7000, but with a 2x crop and f/8 focusing.

    • http://twitter.com/bcnaturetweets Dave Ingram

      It actually looks exactly like the D600 body more so than the D7000 body. Made in Thailand?

  • Laurentiu Ilie

    The AF-System looks great, at least on paper.

    The auto iso is also implemented as in D4?

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.h.ferrari Carlos Hilgert Ferrari

    DW GUYS. D400 is coming… Look at the ASTONISH buffer capacity.

    NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 12-bit = 7
    NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 14-bit = 6
    NEF (RAW), Compressed, 12-bit = 9
    NEF (RAW), Compressed, 14-bit = 8

    • Captain Megaton

      Looks like megapixels are winning out over RAM this round.

    • DonD

      And how about fully uncompressed? Youd be hard pressed to get 4 shots off.

      • http://www.facebook.com/leong.qijin Leong Qi Jin

        No point of using uncompressed RAW. Lossless compression doesn’t bring any problems. And you use less space.

        • Michael Choong

          I felt that uncompressed RAW little faster to load in LR 4.0, so that I shoot uncompressed 12bit as primary.

    • jerre

      “Nikon’s DX-format Flagship Provides Agility, Amazing Image Quality and Wireless Connectivity”

      The word “flagship” doesnt seem to be a good indication of this though… Although I am still optimistic for the D400 to finally come to fruitition.

    • Joe

      Are you sure you want that huge buffer to shoot 100 uncompressed RAWs at 10 fps? You will generate massive loads of data and switch over to JPEG very soon. JPEG buffer is 33, I think that’s totally enough. D400 is dead.

      • FLphotog

        I agree the D400 is Dead. This camera has a ton of features and the image quality looks great. Why spend the extra money for a D400? Might as well go to the D600.

        • rondox

          There is NO way a D300 user will want to go with a D600.
          I’ve shot with a D100, D200, and a D300 for the last 10 years. I’ll never DOWNGRADE to a D600. The only viable option for D300 users (in terms of ergonomics and build, which is what I care about) is the D800, which costs TWICE as much…. Its almost as if after so many years customer loyalty Nikon is giving us the shaft….

          • Swade

            Does the D300s have some sort of limitation that it doesn’t allow to shoot what you want and the D400 will have that? Or is it just an upgrade for upgrade sake?

          • Joe

            Will this “I want a D400 bla bla so many years bla smack in the face of loyal customers”-thing ever stop?
            A used D700 or even D3 should be in your budget. Terrific cameras, all you will ever need. Be a man and go for it!

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              It is true if you are Nikon nazi.
              But when you begin to compare it does not make any sense to buy an old camera while I can buy Pentax k-5 ii (for photography only) or Panasonic GH3 (if good video needed). And these cameras are cheaper. Why the hell you need to stay with Nikon when there is something better?

            • neversink

              To paraphrase your idiotic statement… Since you want Pentax or Panasonic why are you even commenting on Nikon gear…. Why the hell you need to stay with Nikon Rumors… blah blah blah… Another loser who needs to get a life….

            • neversink

              I couldn’t agree more….. Or be a woman and go for it…. Just stop whining already…. Gear heads are terribly annoying…. Just take photographs with whatever you have. The D700 is a beautiful camera, and if you don’t want or need video, go buy a used one as was suggested by Joe, and you will wonder why in the world you ever decided to shoot dx in the first place….

          • Junior

            WRONG….I am a former 300s shooter and I went with the 600. I am happy and content. I don’t think its a downgrade at all……You need a hug and stop obsessing over gear. Its not really about the camera its your photography skills!

          • neversink

            Customer loyalty… what in the world are you talking about….
            I’ve been a customer of Nikons for 40 years and wish DX had never been invented.
            Bunch of whiners on this site. You got a new DX camera with 51 focus points and many other great features, but the camera is called a D7100 instead of a D310 or D400. This is what you are crying about. Get a life.

            • RondoX

              Are you serious? “Get a life?” Your manners and ways of speech are of someone who hasn’t been on this Earth for 40 years, let alone a Nikon customer.

              Nikon expects to sell this one camera to D90/D7000/D300 users alike, that’s just plain greed.

              “Us bunch of whiners” are simply complaining because Nikon is no longer giving us the quality at the price point we have become accustomed to over the past 10 years. If Nikon D300 users want to upgrade. They now have to pay twice as much for a camera built to the standards they be accustomed to.

              We have the right to complain. And I know there many many more D300 users that feel the same way as me.

              If we D300 users simply don’t buy the D7100, and profits fall. Nikon will have no choice but to give us our D400.

            • No longer Pablo Ricasso

              Oh wow.

              They will make the D400 whether you buy stuff or not. But this looks like a great bargain and will be excellent for many if not most.

          • RC

            I’ve shot with a D300 ever since it came out (and a D200 before that), and I must say that I am VERY pleased with my D600. Its AF system blows that of the D300 out of the water! It is so much faster it’s not even funny. When I go back to my D300, it feels so SLUGGISH! The buffer in the D600 is also MUCH larger. The only thing the D300 can do better is 8fps with a grip, and I rarely used that. The high-ISO capability of the D600 also destroys the D300!

          • nikkorlodeon

            Speak for yourself.
            I also have owned and shot with D100, D200, D300s, but I disagree with you about the D600 being a downgrade. It kicks the D300’s ass in every which way, except maybe body build quality. Yes, the D300 is more rugged, but the incredible speed, response, resolution, low light capability and HD video capabilities of the D600 put it to shame.
            You haven’t truely used one yet, if you are posting that kind of judgment.

    • YouDecide

      Nikon states on their website that the D7100 is “The new flagship of Nikon’s DX-format HD-SLR lineup”

  • http://twitter.com/_thelonius_ christopher smith

    seven frame buffer so even though they are attempting to market this to sports shooters the only sport you can shoot with it is freeze tag

    • 3Horn

      Or yo guys could actually figure out your shots instead if machine gunning it. I shoot burelsque shows in dark theaters with a D90 on RAW, and never come close to blowing the buffer.

      • RC

        You don’t take enough pictures.

    • RC

      While, the buffer size IS small, you could try to work with it by switching to JPG mode (33 frame buffer). Dropping the resolution to medium gives you an unlimited buffer (maxing out at 100 frames). But I agree that this is ridiculous.

  • M35G35

    Bum rap, no new lenses announced tonight!

  • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors
  • Jon McGuffin

    Hmmm.. Quite disappointed with, again, such a poor buffer on this camera.. was about to pull out the card but I think I’ll let it be considering I own the D7000. C’mon Nikon, if we could have just at least gotten it to 12-14 images at full 14-bit quality, that would have been plenty adequate. Otherwise, this camera looks fantastic to me. For $1199, it’s probably the best camera for the buck period.

  • ian

    what happened to the rumored nikon DX compact camera? :)

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Not sure, maybe later?

      • josh

        admin, later tonight or some other day?

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

          I don’t think it will be tonight.

  • German
  • some guy

    “The new flagship of Nikon’s DX-format HD-SLR lineup.” right of the nikonusa.com d7100 page.

    • VikingAesir

      They also said “As a middle-class DX-format D-SLR, it features a highly sophisticated design, which satisfies pride of ownership.” right on the D7100 page.

  • Hayder

    Do we know when in March it will be released ? Flying to Japan on the 26th and it will be good to have this camera for the trip!

  • PAPAROTZ

    Even though I own a D600, I like the 51 point AF and the “1.3” crop factor. that was an unexpected plus in my book! Looks Sweet for the price! would not mind this being my backup for my setup, and I would rather dish out the $1,200 for this rather than a used D700.

    • RxGus

      I have a D600 here too… the only thing that can come out now that would make me regret my purchase of a D600 are DXO scores showing as good of ISO performance.

      If the d7100 has ISO performance like the D600 I am going to be pissed. If it has ISO performance like the 3200/5200 I am still happy I bought the D600.

      • RC

        You won’t have to worry about that because there is no way a DX body will ever come remotely close to touching the scores of an FX body. Just compare the latest DX camera with the oldest FX at DXO’s site.

        • http://yphotography.co.uk/ Y Photography

          I noticed that. But is the difference due to the latest technology, or is it a limitation in the DX format? If so, what?

          • RC

            A larger sensor always captures more light, so it has more to work with than a smaller sensor.

    • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

      How come you think that reducing resolution for high-speed shooting is something one might “like” ? It’s beyond my comprehension.

      • RC

        Huh? Sometimes you need a higher frame rate. Resolution is overrated sometimes.

        • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

          Than buy a camera that shoots higher frame rates in a first place! Instead of playing with some silly crop modes.

          • RC

            You may think it’s a “silly” feature but I think it is a very good idea. I don’t need 8 fps but I could certainly use it. For those occasions, I would choose crop mode for a higher frame rate. This feature does not take away from the camera, so I don’t see why you care about this.

          • RC

            It’s a feature that doesn’t take anything away, so why does it matter to you?

    • DavidB

      I’m wondering how much Nikon’s going to charge for a D600S with the 51pt AF?

  • Tommy

    Does anyone know if this will use the same EN-EL15 battery as the D7000?

    • http://www.facebook.com/marcos.alvarenga.75 Marcos Alvarenga

      Yes.

  • chubbs

    So does this mean everyone who was whining for a D7100 will start whining about how it wasn’t what they wanted and everyone who shouted there’d be no new DX camera will start complaining how much it sucks?

    Cause that sounds exactly like what people will do.

    • Fred Flintstone

      They’d better not after that tongue lashing!

    • Reese

      Not from me! I can’t wait to give Nikon my money for this baby! Thank you Nikon!

      • Tommy

        Indeed! And sweet baby Jesus! That’s the missing link in Nikon’s product line right there! Some may find it’s frame rate low, but still.

    • Steve

      People weren’t whining for a D7100, they were wanting a D400, and rightfully so. Please educate yourself, idiot.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chris.lewis.16144606 Chris Lewis

        Meow

      • Obtusa

        He seems quite educated, unlike you, who resorts to name calling.

      • No longer Pablo Ricasso

        Um…. please explain where the camera falls short of the D400 they were wanting. “Built to perform in a wide variety of conditions, the D7100 is built to
        the same moisture and dust resistance specifications of the venerable
        Nikon D300S.”

        And…..

        SURPRISE! SURPRISE! SURPRISE!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6_1Pw1xm9U

        • Smudger

          Da dumb duff buffer dumbo!

          • No longer Pablo Ricasso

            Speaking about holding down the shutter release…

        • mff

          Pablo, to explain where it falls short of even a D300 — a half plastic frame, a smaller buffer (deal breaker), and NO AF-ON button (a big-time deal breaker for me and for many other action shooters). I’m not really optimistic about a D400, but the price gap between the D7100 and the FX entry level D600 is very wide. Will Nikon’s lowest price for a pro level camera really be $3,000? Will they really render all of the DX lenses out there virtually useless for those of us wanting a camera with a build that’s equivalent to the D100, D200 and D300? They would, IMO, be giving up a huge market share of first time DSLR buyers to Canon, and even many current Nikon owners who own mostly DX lenses will be taking a close look at the 7D series and consider selling off their Nikon lenses and (albeit reluctantly) changing teams. And — in the first sentence of of Nikon’s press release they state that the D7100 “ushers in a new era of DX-format image quality and functionality for the experienced shooter and photo enthusiast,” and in the second paragraph they write “The D7100 blends the best creative features with advanced-level functionality to give the enthusiast exactly what they want…” So I’m still holding out hope for a DX camera that’s not a downgrade from my D300.

          • No longer Pablo Ricasso

            When the new D400 (or whatever they call it) rolls out it will cost more than the D600. And customers won’t bat an eye… which makes this a tremendous bargain.

            Downgrade? Does your D300 focus at f8?

            The viewfinder seems to be equal, and that is important to me

            I see a lot of complaints about frame rate, but I’m thinking that where the sports and wildlife shooters will be using this is in the new crop mode, (That IS why they use DX cameras) where it goes 7 frames a second WITHOUT a grip.

            So that leaves a buffer that hasn’t been upsized enough for the new sensor and a bit of extra plastic in the body and a couple buttons. Yeah, you need to have at least one reason to want something more costly…

            Which one will take the better picture if I go “click” one at a time and don’t hold my finger on the release like an impatient four year old with no skills?

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              F8 is not a big deal because such a little amount of people are using it. It is like a sportcar – you know that you can drive fast, but you don’t use it in everyday life.

              D300s has 7 frames without a grip (full resolution) and 8 frames with a grip. When you shoot a dog small buffer does not matter, when you shoot a wedding and you did not catch the moment – you are a looser. So, Nikon has the cheapest Pro camera for $3000. Photographers will move from Nikon, remember my words.

            • No longer Pablo Ricasso

              There is ABSOLUTELY no point in having a high end cropped sensor camera if you are shooting weddings. None.

            • Joe

              Hahaha, I can totally imagine those spray and pray “super pro photogs”, in desperate hope that one shot might turn to be right. 8 fps right in the face of the bride, without ever watching or even empathizing with her to get the moment for the right shot.

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              Price to picture quality ratio. Not an issue anymore.

          • No longer Pablo Ricasso

            I also noticed that you have to go to 12 bit on the D300 to get the 6 0r 8 frames per second. Otherwise you get 2.5. Given that slight drawback it makes it kind of a wash on speed. If I were all about speed, (I’m not) I might just use JPEG anyway and that would free up a lot of buffer.

            If the high ISO performance is similar on the pixel level then I would much rather be shooting 15 megapixels with a crop factor of 2x then I would 12 and 1.5x. Especially with 14 bit and no anti aliasing filter. It looks like the focus points fill up the whole frame in the crop mode and that makes me really glad I didn’t get a Nikon 1. They will need to include this feature in the D400. And in that mode, the buffer should also last a little longer. The 7 frames per second is not slower than the D300. It is slower than the D300 AND grip… which means that you have to carry twice the weight for that little bit, as well as have less resolution and crop factor. So this really might be a better option for the wildlife photographer than it sounds like at first rant.

            That said, remain confident. There should be a D400 sometime and it will likely have clear advantages over both of the cameras we are discussing, making this appear to be a trifling discussion.

      • Reese

        I was whining for a D7100 and I don’t need to spray and pray for a good picture so 6-7 fps will be just fine for me. Gotta love those people that degrade other people when they don’t get what they want…

    • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

      It DOES NOT have Pro controls like D300s had!
      It DOES NOT have the same buffer size that D300s had!
      It DOES NOT have better ISO performance!
      It DOES NOT have configurable Fn buttons like most of other brands have.
      It DOES NOT have new (user friendly!) camera menu.

      They say that “Nikon D7100 has a wide variety of innovative features for capturing HD”. 1080/30p, 60i/50i in 1.3x Crop Mode and no uncompressed HDMI output was “innovative” 5 years ago!

      Compare to Panasonic GH3:
      – better controls and EIGHT configurable Fn buttons.
      – 20-30 shots buffer size
      – better ISO performance
      – good camera menu
      – the best video on the market! it has the same quality as 12-20 000 dollars cameras

      And it costs 300 dollars less!!!!!!

      I was waiting long for your D300s successor and now I am moving to Panasonic (where all Nikon lenses work!)

      Sorry Nikon, but It is a total fuckup!

      • Tommy

        You know that Pro controls and more buttons don’t make you a pro, right?

        If I were you, though, I’d buy that GH3 and wait for a D7100s you need so badly.

        • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

          I am lucky that you are not me! I have the whole set of Nikon accessories and it is not so easy financially and emotionally because I’ve been using Nikons since D70 announcement. It is stupid to store $5000 equipment without using it.

          Pro controls means LESSSS buttons. Pro controls means to be able to do most of the tasks with one hand. Pro controls means to have the same feeling of the camera whether it is D4, D800, D200 or D300s.

          So, Tommy, go and buy your dream and do a masterpiece with a sepia effect in green Auto mode.

          • Everlast66

            +1 Good one, Tommy.

            And Prevedovich, $5000 worth of pro equipment also does not make you a pro, right? Go buy yourself a compact where you belong.

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              Actually, photography is my bread. Happy customers make me Pro.
              Go and ask your mama some money for D7100 and give us a rest.

            • neversink

              Prevodovich – who are you trying to kid. You are a pro photographer if you make your complete living, or most of your living, off of photography. That is what I do. It is not about the camera you shoot. Although I make my bread and butter off my D4 & D800 these days, I just sold four photos that I took with an iPhone 4s. But then again, I still shoot film whenever I can convince a client to let me do so…. My clients don’t care whether I shoot with a D4 or a D800 or a Leica or a Mamya or a Phase One. They care about getting the great shots that they need for their business / newspaper / magazine . etc…

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              I made some stunning pictures using Samsung Omnia i900. Does it make me more professional than you? So try not measure who has “bigger optics”.

              You are hypocrite. You have D4 and D800 that are top of the line. Sell your cameras, buy D7100 and show me how professional you are.

            • neversink

              Calm down Mr. P…
              I do have a D7000 for hiking and a Canon p&s for hiking also. I happen to like the images better from a D700 – so I now lug the heavier D700 in the woods and up the mountains.
              Why should I sell my d4 and D800? Would you sell some of the best tools from your profession? If anything, I should have sold my D7000 a few months ago.Now the D7100 is coming out, I will not get quite the same amount of money for it. I would probably get a d7100 – but I am not really a dx fan. It promises to be a great DX camera – at least by the specs… Only true test, though, is going out and taking photos with it.
              You need to stop getting upset, and taking things so personal, by what people say on an Internet thread like this. Perhaps you should talk to your shrink about it your anger issues. Better yet, just grab a camera that you like, and take some photographs with it – and stop worrying about which camera is better. about which camera is better. about which camera is better or not.

            • neversink

              Calm down Mr. P…
              I do have a D7000 for hiking and a Canon p&s for hiking also. I happen to like the images better from a D700 – so I now lug the heavier D700 in the woods and up the mountains.
              Why should I sell my d4 and D800? Would you sell some of the best tools from your profession? If anything, I should have sold my D7000 a few months ago.Now the D7100 is coming out, I will not get quite the same amount of money for it. I would probably get a d7100 – but I am not really a dx fan. It promises to be a great DX camera – at least by the specs… Only true test, though, is going out and taking photos with it.
              You need to stop getting upset, and taking things so personal, by what people say on an Internet thread like this. Perhaps you should talk to your shrink about it your anger issues. Better yet, just grab a camera that you like, and take some photographs with it – and stop worrying about which camera is better. about which camera is better. about which camera is better or not.

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              Funny enough that you did not get at all why I wrote you to sell your gear. More likely that you are afraid to admit that D7000/D7100 limits your PROFESSIONAL creativity.

              You write that you do not like DX as a whole, and D7000 in particular and tell me to buy D7100. You are such a hypocrite. Such a hypocrite. Such a hypocrite. Such a hypocrite. Such a hypocrite. Such a hypocrite. Such a hypocrite.Such a hypocrite.

            • southernontariowx

              The D7000 and likely more so the D7100 produces sharper images with better contrast and colour accuracy than both the D90 and D300s at high isos. They also have superiour dynamic range at any iso. When shooting raw with the D7000 noise reduction isn’t applied to the raw file if you have NR off in the camera settings. Face it. The newer generation of cameras smack older cameras like the D90 and D300s silly when it comes to high iso

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              Man, you didn’t even hold D7000 in your hands. Do you try to convince me that I was blind while comparing the images? So, look here: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond7000/12
              D300s outperforms D7000 in sharpness. D7000, Canon D60, Sony A55 has noise reduction working even when it is turned off. D300s is a Pro camera – it does not blur luma, so the noise is more visible, but image is sharper.
              D7100 is a high level amateur camera and I am sure it will NR your image in the same manner.

            • southernontariowx

              I own both a D7000 and a D90. D7000 wins hands down. D7000 has better sharpness, dynamic range etc than the 12mp sensor found in both the D90 and D300s as well as the D5000

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              Option 1: You did not follow the link.
              Option 2: You are blind.
              Have a good day!

            • southernontariowx

              It’s ok to admit it sir, d7000 is superiour at high iso. Checked your nice link you posted…d7000 is far cleaner and just as sharp. No noise reduction is added in raw…I can assure you. Even if the image isn’t as *sharp* in your eyes…just add a touch of sharpness in post. Or maybe sharpn your eyes…either will do. Either way D7000 is a newer camera with better image quality in every single respect…just doesn’t have the same pro build and other things like 51pt af and large buffer.

            • neversink

              Silly vulgar man you are Mr. P….This nonsense has gone on long enough. No camera limits my ability or the ability of any creative photographer. The only things limiting anyone’s ability in photography are:
              1. Lack of visualization,
              2. Inability to compose.
              3. Little knowledge of in-camera technique;
              4. Little knowledge of post production;

              Those are just some of the items that might prevent you from taking a good photo. Before digital, one had to learn about each film and how to expose each one in different lighting conditions and how which developers to use and how to dilute those developers, etc. Then came the printing process, and one had to choose the right paper according to the negative or the positive, and then the right developer. It was just as complex as digital, but in many ways more relaxing.

              But I digress, being the hypocrite you state that I am. Now let me state that given the choice of DX or FX I will always choose FX. i will never use the DX option in my FX camera (I’d rather crop if necessary.) That being said, I still use film for some clients, although that is much rare. I don’t limit myself to 35mm FX and use a host of many different cameras, but the D4 and D800 happen to be my bread and butter these days. If I could convince a client to let me use a home-made pin-hole camera to shoot an assignment, i would be overjoyed.

              You really need to stop the childish name calling and put a halt to attacking everyone on this thread you disagree with or who disagrees with you. I will no longer be part of a conversation with you.

            • neversink

              Silly vulgar man you are Mr. P….This nonsense has gone on long enough. No camera limits my ability or the ability of any creative photographer. The only things limiting anyone’s ability in photography are:
              1. Lack of visualization,
              2. Inability to compose.
              3. Little knowledge of in-camera technique;
              4. Little knowledge of post production;

              Those are just some of the items that might prevent you from taking a good photo. Before digital, one had to learn about each film and how to expose each one in different lighting conditions and how which developers to use and how to dilute those developers, etc. Then came the printing process, and one had to choose the right paper according to the negative or the positive, and then the right developer. It was just as complex as digital, but in many ways more relaxing.

              But I digress, being the hypocrite you state that I am. Now let me state that given the choice of DX or FX I will always choose FX. i will never use the DX option in my FX camera (I’d rather crop if necessary.) That being said, I still use film for some clients, although that is much rare. I don’t limit myself to 35mm FX and use a host of many different cameras, but the D4 and D800 happen to be my bread and butter these days. If I could convince a client to let me use a home-made pin-hole camera to shoot an assignment, i would be overjoyed.

              You really need to stop the childish name calling and put a halt to attacking everyone on this thread you disagree with or who disagrees with you. I will no longer be part of a conversation with you.

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              “i will never use the DX option in my FX camera”
              Of course you will not! You will try to convince everybody that they should use it. And it is not called to be a hypo, it is called to be practical, is it?

              You are not a man, you are a lady that cannot admit that she was wrong.

            • neversink

              This person Prevodovich has some serious psychological problems.
              People like Prevodovich end up destroying good sites like this with all their insults and poor characterizations of others.

              Clarification to anyone who cares, just in case the P person decides to deride me again: DX is not for me, but it might be good for others. I have taken great photos with the D7000. I just prefer working in FX format. There is nothing wrong with buying a DX body if that is what you want.
              Enjoy!

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              You are better cut your finger than admit that D7000 limits your creativity, are you?

          • Tommy

            Geez… The frustration. Relax, will you?

            You mentioned the GH3 yourself pointing out all of it’s advantages over D7100… More (“EIGHT”) buttons, lower price and, I quote, “I am moving to Panasonic (where all Nikon lenses work!)”. So why 5k$ all of the sudden when a used D300s costs 1k, or possibly less?

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              Tommy, I am calm when people want to talk to me, but not attack me because they are religious nikonists.
              3 years ago I got first customer that needed a video. I had D300s, but it did not have manual video mode. I switched to D7000 and had some success in video shooting. But it was such a downgrade, I began to hate D7000. D600 does not have FullHD HDMI output, so it is not a choice for me. D800 would need $500 recorder ($3500 is too expensive, better to buy Canon 5D M3). I was waiting for D400 because it could have uncompressed HDMI output. And now we get amateur camera with no improvements over D300s. While other brands evolve over 5 years it seems that Nikon middle range cameras are stopped in their evolution. Nikon line is complete and we will not see something new in 1-2 years. I have a hard feeling that Nikon cannot give me a Pro camera I need.

            • Tommy

              Offending everyone who disagrees with you in a “go take a pic in AM” or “go ask your momma for a new toy” fashion isn’t exactly a way to politely disuss anything. Not to mention you can, in fact, make a masterpice in AM if you try long and hard enough.

              You may not like the D7100, I get it, I really do, but why won’t you accept that these “religious nikonist” simply like the camera? It seems that you and Nikon just went separate ways recently. You’re doing the thing you’ve been doing for the past 10 years or so and Nikon chose a bit more studio-ish road instead of an all-rounder’s road of choice with both high FPS/low-light capablity and high-MPix pro DSLR bodies.

              It seems like Nikon indeed has it’s product line finally all tied up nicely. But as I sort of wrote in my first reply, maybe it’s a good moment to find a different system that suits your needs better? Yes, it may be expensive. But every well-made tool that fits you like a glove is. After all, if a professional tennis player would find out that the company he’s always gotten his rackets from started making squash rackets exclusively and he would need new ones, he wouldn’t wait until they do once more (and obviously wouldn’t buy a squash racket to play tennis), would he?

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              Let me note that I gave you absolutely polite reply and you try to offend me once again. Do you have double identity? Oh no, you just like to insult but not be insulted.

              I do not like the product, can you accept this and stop writing that I do not accept you? I wrote you 20 reasons why, but you wrote me none.

              I wrote you that I am switching. It means that I am switching and it is decided. Please, remember this once and forever.

            • southernontariowx

              The D7000 smacked the D300s at high iso…the D7100 will likely show an improvement over the D7000’s high iso. Say all you want but high iso on the D7100 will certainly be far better than the D300s.

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              I owned D7000 and D300s. I did thorough comparison and it appeared that D7000 had noise reduction at high ISO’s even when NR was turned off. D300s had sharper images and more detail at the same ISO number while having less MP. I am sure D7100 will use the same trick.

            • southernontariowx

              I disagree. I own both a D7000 and a Nikon D90(same sensor as 300s and same high iso performance) When shooting raw…and even jpeg…D7000 is noticeably better. I hear its about 1 stop but it also produces a much finer grain and handles colour noise better. Also the D7000 doesn’t de-saturate at high iso’s. I capped my D90 at 3200…With my D7000 I will go past 6400 if needed.

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              So, you basically say that Sony cameras has the same noise amount as Nikons have because they use the same sensor. It is a bullshit.

              D90 has the same sensor but different electronics. Amateur cameras use NR even in RAW. I wrote that already. You get soapy image and you are happy? This camera is right for you!

            • Kerry33

              Must be something wrong with ur eyes. I never heard any nikon users say something like u about noise between d300s and d7000.

              D300s has more detail? What a joke! Just shoot at iso 800 ‘only’ (no need to go higher) with both cameras under very low light, zoom at 100% and you can the difference clearly

            • Tommy

              Where exactly I have offended you in my last reply? Please, do tell. In fact, I agreed with you on every matter you’re trying to throw at my face right now. I NEVER wanted to convince you to buy a D7100 instead. Never wrote that you’re not a pro or whatever. I even agreed that switching systems is a good choice in your case in the very beggining.

              You, on the other hand, call me a “religious nikonist”, who uses “sephia in Auto Mode” out of the blue. Please notice I’m not the only one pointing out you’re insulting people in this discussion. You’re attacking literally everyone. It’s like you’re ignoring half of the words people wrote and assume they’re against you all the time.

              It *never* was all about you, your equipment and the quality of your work. Couldn’t care less about that stuff. What I was trying to say is – you think it’s useless and it’s ok, I do understand (as I already wrote), but some (including me) don’t. I *always* wrote in the name of those who like it. It has nice resolution for large format prints, problably will have great ISO performance in the useful range (3200 tops) as it’s predecessor, two memory slots and improved AF (which I rarely use, if at all, so…). Photography isn’t all about weddings and being a Pro 24/7.

              Oh my! A high-end *consumer* model sucks for a pro! What a surprise! That’s all I wanted to say.

          • Moopheus

            Indeed–the only controls a pro should really need is aperture, shutter speed, and focus.

          • Reese

            Wow, how classy of you to insult people like that. Nice…

            If you really want to put your money where you mouth is then you should buy a D7100 to show Nikon you are willing to spend money on a high end DX camera. Then Nikon might decide to make even better DX cameras, but if all they see are whiners like this on internet blogs then the D400 will remain a fantasy.

            • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

              Reese, what you write is not the way market works. Only when people do not buy the product company starts to think about what they’ve missed. When customers buy the camera they think that they on the right track and do not listen to the customers (People bought more D7000 than D300s and now they think that D7000 is a better product). So, if demand will be low they will introduce something new ASAP.

        • JR

          The pro features and controls make it a lot easier in getting the shot

          • Tommy

            @JR – Never wrote they don’t.

            I see some voters totally missed the point or just see it as a threat for their bloated egos. Let me explain, then.

            Having a Pro camera does not make you a Pro photographer. It just makes you a guy with pro equipment and a wallet. It doesn’t really matter if you use a 200$ P&S or a 40k$ P65+. Yes, D7100 lacks some useful features, but it doesn’t stop the photographer from taking wonderful shots, and it certainly doesn’t mean the guy with a Phase One will take 10 times better shots, heck, a guy with a pinhole camera made with a matchbox and a single frame can make a better shot than Mr. Medium Format using all the buttons he has! For some, D7100 may be a crappy camera, but for others it’s just fine. What’s wrong with that?

            I hope your bloated egos are feeling even more threatened now. Cheers!

      • Mike M

        You do realize “has a wider range of ISO settings in the menus” does not necessarily equate to “better ISO performance” right? Since either of the two sensors likely to arrive in this camera (d3200/d5200 sensors) are already a half stop better for high ISO noise and all, I think you’re mistaken.

        • http://twitter.com/prevedovich Prevedovich

          Mike, I do realize that noise performance could be better. But while we do not have any tests I can write only about numbers. The real performance will be seen in one month. So, at this point of time I am 100% right.

    • Mansgame

      I think it’s the last generation of DX in the mid-range. entry level will take another 2 or 3 cycles to die.

    • DaveyJ

      Quite a few ordered the camera already. At that price i decided to check it out for myself while i wait for a D400.

  • Paul

    MB-D15 in March 2013. Really Nikon??? Let me guess, the new grip will be a few millimeters off in dimensions from the MB-D11 yet will have all of the exact same features and will be priced $350.

  • Zelf

    Pro:
    51 AF points
    shutter speed 1/8000
    start iso 100. (combined with 1/8000s this is awesome range)
    crop factor equivalent to 2x (still at 15mpx)
    center af until f/8
    24mpx
    Really good Af (on paper)
    HDR mode (some people use it)
    D300s build quality
    Really good video(not a fan, so don’t really give a damn)

    Cons:
    Preset modes instead of dedicated and more usefull button (ISO)
    Possibly a low buffer but I don’t see the info…maybe I didn’t look close enough

    Looks more like a kickass body to me !!

    • http://www.facebook.com/butterflyskies3 Oskar Pettersson

      Buffer is 6 frames with RAW, Lossless compressed and 14-bit. 8 frames 1.3x.
      http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d7100/spec.htm Far down

      • Zelf

        ok thanks, I see now.
        Looks good on jpg only :p. hum…

    • Zelf

      pros again:
      100% frame coverage and 0.94x magnification

      I missed that on my d90 and still miss it on my d700.

    • DenialIsNotaRiverinEgypt

      You have some of your category points transposed.

      Cons:
      No where close to D300s build quality.
      Nothing new with video – just now catching up with full manual control during filming.

      • Zelf

        the D7100 is built to the same moisture and dust resistance
        specifications of the venerable Nikon D300S. For durability, the top and
        rear covers are constructed of magnesium alloy, while internally, the
        shutter has been tested to withstand 150,000 cycles

        It’s hard to makes a real opinion before havin it in the hands but on paper looks great. It they flag it for 150k to me it means the build qualiy is there.

        For the video, I don’t really care, to me it’s just another useless button that will make it less usable :o). But if you could tell me what we could have expected? I would apreciate it.

        • DenialIsNotaRiverinEgypt

          Nothing specific, just video is almost a standard and expected at this point as every Nikon DSLR made offeres 1080p video. I guess in the back of my mind I was looking for (Full manual control now available)
          ;=)

          As for build quality though.. “The body is effectively sealed at various locations” simply means that they have added a seal on the card storage door, and battery door which is good, but seals do not equal build quality. No offense to any D7000, D600, or D7100 owners but they all feel like plastic toys compared to a D300/s.

          I am personally considering the D600 as an upgrade to my D700 once Nikon addresses the shutter issue.. but I have also rented one and it is a toy by comparison to my D700 and D300. I am sure a very capable and durable toy, but still…

          • Zelf

            you should take a look to dpreview hands on. They say the build quality is just as good as the d300s.

            I own a d700 also, and the d600 is not worth calling an upgrade. You should take few more $ and go for a d800.
            When I see what my d700 has been through, I don’t think the d600 could take half of it aha.

    • Michael Choong

      really good AF, always at the first 10k clicks… and then it will loss it accuracy. both my D7000 and D800 behavior the same.

      • Zelf

        yes but you can fine tune after that. Or use the 2 years warranty.
        I’m not sure you can expect from a body to keep accuracy on a life time. I still wait to see that on my d700 though.

  • Bob

    Available March 21st? We have a Spring Chicken!

    • Smudger

      Nope it’s a dead turkey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ilya.zuskovich Ilya Zuskovich

    It’s looks from the images of the camera that there will be no screen protector. Can you confirm?

    • Fred Flintstone

      Well B&H doesn’t list one “in the box”, D600 gets one, maybe it’ll be listed later

  • DonD

    Bur with the same old unusable buffer only worse because you have more data.

  • Greg

    Two things I really don’t understand about Nikon’s bodies:

    If you can’t use the viewfinder for video capture, why waste precious space next to the shutter release for the video record button– it’s not like you need to find it blind. On my D800, I find I need to touch all the buttons to get oriented and then select the one I want. Put the video record button next to the Live View button.

    Why can’t they route the data and power they need through the hot shoe? Connecting to the hot shoe and then having to run another awkward, snag prone cable around the body is a mess. At least the one in the picture only looks 4″ too long, which is about a foot shorter than most…

    • http://www.facebook.com/butterflyskies3 Oskar Pettersson

      The record button is ontop for the same reason your shutter button is ontop. you don’t have to delete the first 2 second footage of camera shake because you are moving your hand back to the grip again.
      Placing the record button by the shutter button is the best placement I’ve seen so far.

      Is this really a nikon thing? please point me to a hot shoe that can power a GPS, a transmitter or something.

      • Greg

        Hit the video record on the back of the body with your thumb… It sounds like different folks have different habits, but for me, if I’m looking at the back of the camera that’s the easiest place for me to see and press a button. I am almost never looking at the top of the camera when I start recording. I also don’t hold it in the same way I would to take stills…

        As far as the hot shoe is concerned, I didn’t mean to make it sound like it was only a Nikon thing– I use Nikon equipment and these are the two design choices I find most frustrating. I’m less familiar with other makes, but I’d be perfectly happy if Nikon were the first to provide this.

  • Micah Goldstein

    Admin, any word on the buffer size? Nobody else has that yet.

    Also, any word what batts work in the MB-D12?

    • http://www.facebook.com/butterflyskies3 Oskar Pettersson

      scroll down 7-10 posts, not hard to find

      • Micah Goldstein

        …no, nobody says if it will take the D800/D4 grip battery.

        EDIT–ok, thanks Zelf!

    • Zelf

      someone had to show me
      It’s listed in the end of this page:
      http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d7100/spec.htm

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      No idea.

      • Micah Goldstein

        Buffer specs are on the imaging.nikon.com global site. I’d paste here, but I think it’d eat the formatting.

        To sum it up, best raw: 9 frames DX, 14 frames 2x crop. That’s lossy compressed, 12-bit. Other raw modes are worse. Large Fine jpeg is 33.

  • NRA Advocate

    Wahhhhh…the buffer isn’t big enough (go pro DX body then).

    Wahhhhh…it’s not as well-built as my D300s (Nikon says it is, actually).

    Wahhhhh…Nikon didn’t give me exactly what I wanted (poor you).

    Wahhhhh…Nikon is going under tomorrow…because I say they will…because of this (uh-huh).

    Wahhhhh…I’m going to switch to Canon because Nikon have “wronged” me (awesome…let us know how that works out for you).

    Jesus whiners! Get a grip. For $1200 it’s a very solid bit of kit that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that there will be NO D400. That dream is dead. Forevah. Figure it out and move on.

    • Zelf

      exactly.

    • VikingAesir

      Still shilling for Nikon and wracking up those billable hours for them I see.

      • NRA Advocate

        Yep. And will continue to do so as long as they keep making superior products.

        What’s your excuse…? ;)

    • umeshrw

      Do you actually realize that apart from build quality point, the only NEW body that does atleast 8fps is D4 right now which happens to be out of reach of most of amateur photographers right now? Even if we leave DX Vs FX out of equation , there is a serious dearth of decent options here for sports , birders and general sprinklers( I shoot 1 frame at a time but there are people who do spray and pray and there are a lot of them)

      • NRA Advocate

        What do you think birders and sports shooters did back in the days of film when your only option was 5fps…?

        Somehow they managed just fine. Birds and athletes haven’t gotten any faster since then.

        Most of today’s young shooters could never survive as photographers if they were transported back 30 years. We’re so spoiled today. How many frames per second do you need to get what you need?

        Photogs need to practice their technique…not whine over the minute difference between 6fps and 8fps. This frame rate argument is a non-starter, IMO.

        • danpe

          They had seven seconds of “buffer” at five fps, not one at six fps. :)

          • Zelf

            that will prevent you for burning you camera too soon…150k shots with a limited buffer = long life body…aha.

            • 3Horn

              Yup, over 313k on my D90 because I don’t play “Machinegun Kelly”.

        • Russ

          Athletes HAVE got faster :)

        • umeshrw

          You are absolutely right on fps point but still the point remains. If you do a continuous burst of 1 second you have to stop shooting for atleast 30 seconds. All the cameras that can do better are either very old ( nothing wrong with them, just that one waits for new cam after so much time) or very expensive. And nikon is not filling up those gaps.

    • danpe

      Nikon says it’s _sealed_ like the D300s, not built like it. On the contrary I belive this shows that there will be a D400 as the buffer is even worse than the D7000. This will do for me though, although I will be lusting after the D400 when it comes out (this fall?).

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