The blog is making it look more and more like its legit. Thoughts?
Detailed Nikon D7100 specs:
24.1MP CMOS sensor 6fps No AA filter (similar to the D800E) 51 AF point, 15 cross-type Built-in HDR function 2016-pixel RGB sensor 3.2" 1,229k dots LCD screen Dual SD card slots EXPEED 3 processor ISO range: 100-6400 100% viewfinder coverage Video: 1080p @ 60i/50i/30/25/24 fps plus 720p @ 60p Compatible with the WU-1a wireless mobile adapter
51 AF points also looks very good. Might just fill the screen more.
Could be quite a performer.
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My thoughts on D7100 is this. Given that I have the D7000, I do not see a "got to have it" reason to sell my D7000 in order to get this new body. If you don't have a DX body and want to get one, then yes I would go for this body when compared to what Nikon has in its DX line.
Things I like: 51 AF points /w 15 cross types; same battery as the D7000 & D800. Bigger screen and new CMOS. Lighter body, and price.
Things that disappointed me: Same FPS, Same ISO, New Battery grip, AA-left out.
What I was hopping for: Better ISO for lesser MP's
With all that said...I will wait to see how the RAW files look given these new specs. Time will tell.
Mr. Thom Hogan and I are on the same boat.
Edit: I miss spoke with my comments above. I have a whole new position on D7100.
I hear it is been assigned as the "flagship DX camera" .
I'm with @Golf007sd, the things I would have wanted most: higher ISO capability (lower MP/larger photodiode size), larger buffer when shooting RAW (still only 10 frames), XQD or CF slot to increase buffer flush rate.
The AF system should be a huge plus for most, but IMHO the D7100 is still not an option for shooting sports. It would seem they leaned more toward the D800 and less toward the "D400." Still a great camera, and for $1199 I think it is tops for DX users.
The only possible beef I have with this is that it´s probably going to be too small for my cramping hands.
How I wish for a Nikon D600S (with the 51pt AF system and a full magnesium body) to go with this..
Other than that, the updates are pretty much expected, megapixels, af system, since it seems that there's no where else for them to make substantial upgrades at this price point. Definitely leaves room for a D400. Just read Thom's commentary and he's right that Nikon would be making a big mistake to not come through with a true D300 successor.
There was not a big need for a 24MP FX, while I already have a 36MP, but I was very envy for the silent shutter of a D600. And when the price start to increase again on 1st February, I lost interest because of the dust question.
What I see is a usage concept I like more than that of the Pro-bodies, no AA filter, lock on the mode wheel... probably I sell the D7000, but who knows. It will fit better in my needs than the D600. I'm curious how it will feel. New battery grip? Well, on some accessories they are making a lot of money.
As a D7000 owner it doesnt deter me from looking towards FX in future, i'd rather get rid of the crop factor completely and keep the resolution. So my plan of investing in glass for now has not changed.
Does anyone know if the auto bracketing is limited to 3 frames like the D7000?
from things I don't like with this release is the lack of hope for d400 as some major Nikon sites mentions it as a flagship DX. I really hope that's not true, but will see. anyway let's start D7200 predictions... who wants one, what You wanna see in it? lol
Unfortunately, for me, I think I will wait and see what is going on....an interchangeable mirrorless APSC, or real D300s replacement.
But for those waiting for the d300s replacement, I think they might be a little disappointed since this model has lower fps and no CF slot, important features for some users.
Actually I don't believe Nikon is merging the two models. Just checking on Nikon website, it seems they are still considering the D300s above the D7100, which can mean the top-dx position is not to be fulfilled by the D7100. Additionally, pricewise, there is a gap between D7100 and D600 that I believe will not remain uncovered.