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High-end enthusiast D7100 from Nikon

Nikon Australia has announced March availability of a new APS (DX) format enthusiast DSLR, the D7100.

Priceless: The new high-end enthusiast model from Nikon, the D7100, will be available from March.
Priceless: The new high-end enthusiast model from Nikon, the D7100, will be available from March.

Nikon does not share local RRPs in its press releases and refers media to local authorised resellers for local pricing. This is not practical for products which have not  been released, and it’s questionable whether local retailers would want to reveal their individual pricing decisions to the rest of the market! The Nikon US press release for the D7100 gives a ‘Suggested Retail Price’ of US$1599.95 with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens or US$1199.95, body only.

Key features are:

– New 51-Point AF System:  Previously used on professional DSLRswith a new Multi-CAM 3500DX AF module. Additionally, the AF system and exposure are augmented with Nikon’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II 2016-pixel RGB sensor and Scene Recognition System. For additional precision, 15 of the 51 AF points are cross-type, and the center point is functional at f8, giving DX photographers an additional telephoto advantage when using a teleconverter.
– Rapid Response and Operation: The D7100 can shoot at up to 6 frames per second (fps) at full resolution and up to 7 fps when using the new 1.3x crop mode at slightly reduced resolution. Startup and shutter lag is nearly imperceptible with a release time lag of 0.052 second. 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: The D7100 can 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 7 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.
– High Resolution LCD: The LCD screen is 3.2-inches and features a resolution of 1,229K dots.
– New Viewfinder: A bright, high-contrast OLED data display within the optical viewfinder that makes it easier to read and see shooting data. When composing through the viewfinder, users see a professional-standard 100 percent frame coverage.
– Spot White Balance: 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. (And isn’t that all the time?)
– Durable Construction: The D7100 is built to the same moisture and dust resistance specifications of the Nikon D300S. The top and rear covers are constructed of magnesium alloy, while internally, the shutter has been tested to withstand 150,000 cycles.
– Sharing and Remote Shooting Simplified: The D7100 is compatible with the Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. 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 around 15 metres.

WR-1 Transceiver

In addition to the D7100, Nikon also announced the WR-1 Transceiver for Nikon DSLR cameras. This device uses the 2.4 GHz radio frequency for maximum range when communicating with the camera, extending the range and functionality for remote shooting applications from up to 100 metres away.

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. Remote shooting by combining the WR-1 with WR-R10/WRT10 wireless remotes is also possible.

To access a PDF copy of the local press release, click here.

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