Nikon has just unveiled the successor to its D7000 midrange DSLR. The Nikon D7100 will hit the stores in March 2013 complete with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens for a suggested price of $1,599/£1,299/€1399 or $1199.95/£1099.99/€1179 for the body only.
The D7100 lacks an optical low pass filter, which should improve resolved detail (though risking moire in certain cases). There’s a new and improved 24.1 MP APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor over its predecessor’s 16.2 MP one, the new EXPEED 3 processor (the D7000 uses the EXPEED 2) and a new 51-point autofocus system (with 15 cross type sensors) compared to the 39-point one (with 9 cross type sensors) of the D7000.
The D7100 is environmentally sealed against water and dust intrusion, weighs less than its predecessor (675 g body only against 780 g of the D7000), adds 1080p video capture at 60 frames per second, while the D7000 could only do 24 fps. There is also a stereo mic on board.
The Nikon D7100 also adds an improved and slightly bigger LCD at the back. The D7000 had a 3″ 921k dot screen, while the D7100 will have a 3.2″ 1.228m dot screen. The viewfinder is also redesigned with a new OLED display inside for showing the currently selected shooting parameters.
There is also the latest Auto ISO program as seen on the D800 and the D5200, which comes with varying minimal shutter speed based on the current focal length of the lens in use.
The Nikon D7100
Unfortunately, the continuous drive mode still does only 6 fps, the same as on the D7000. The available ISO range has not changed either and the expected battery life is about 10% less.