It’s not always that familiar for everyone to have a Nikon DSLR that feature a whooping 24.1MP sensor powered by an Expeed 3 processor. Anticipated to be out of the shell before the end of March this year, the company introduces its new ‘flagship DX model’ in the name of D7100. The D7100 is hardly a technical upgrade to the D7000 which is its predecessor, yet the differences gap these two cameras making them both available on the market at least soon enough. The said predecessor has been known for a while now like more than two years, and luckily we are about to see a lot of changes to make it outstanding for its flagship title. Let’s try to zoom into it.
If you’re guessing the Nikon D7100 is something the company prepared for near-professional photographers, I actually found it to be more for the advanced enthusiasts per se, if the technicality at least allows it to be named as such. However, the D7100 compared to some other Nikon SLRs have a lot of advanced options and features, among which stands out are its new sensor that is now void of a low-pass filter (or OLPF for optical low-pass filter), an added DX format in a 1.3x crop factor, high-density AF at 51 points (15 cross-type), plus a virtually 100%-maximized viewfinder coverage—all of which can be summed up as professional-grade features.
Before we go through the details of the changes and features the Nikon D7100 has, let’s try to check on the body first. Like some DX models from Nikon, the D7100 still sports that familiar magnesium alloy body for a more reliable handling performance and reliability, plus it is also said that it is weather- and dust-proof; at least we are pretty confident that it is ready to withstand humidity and light showers at least. It’s pretty hard to tell if the camera in itself is light, but with batteries, the 765gram-weight may mean too much already in its bigger body factor of 136x107x76mm. Though this may bother to some, be not readily feel so because of the said 1.3x crop factor feature that enables users to create telephoto shots at a minimal equipment size.
It’s a bit of a shame to know that the Nikon D7100 lacks two features one would expect for a DSLR this year: a built-in wireless capability and a touch-sensitive tilting/swiveling LCD display. On the first one, the D7100 at least compensates by allowing an external WU-1a adapter for directly communicating between wireless-capable devices such as Apple or Android devices. Better than this, the D7100 now supports a headphone-in port, which is a bit of an advantage especially to those who want to monitor their video recordings. There’s also an extra card slot wherein users can organize files right on the same menu interface, if you’d ask. On the second one, the D7100 at least improved its display with a surface coating to avoid reflection, added a white palette to improve display contrast level, and is now more dense at 1,229,00 dots.
Going back with the features, the Nikon D7100 boasts of its sensor without the OLPF, and this results just well with the improved AF system especially when under a 1.3x crop factor influence. Technically, without such an added crop factor, the adopted DX system in this D7100 is actually cropped (or magnified) in itself, and if you try to make the added cropping, results in a better AF point coverage while not totally compromising pixel counts (at 24.1MP default, cropped output has an approximated pixel count of at least 15.4MP, which is just average for an advanced SLR). With the added ‘virtual horizon,’ the D7100 works well with assisting users of the AF points possible, and this is just incredible especially with a telephoto converter plus an appropriate telephoto lens. Ultimately, at 7fps for continuous shooting at 1.3x crop factor, the D7100 is, yes, a performer without compromise to output quality.
Lastly, the Nikon D7100 is still capable of 1080p movie recording at 24, 25, and 30 fps (up to 50 and 60p for the interlaced format) with stereo sound capable of being expanded via an external sound gun. The D7100 is capable of up to ISO 6400 (25600 at Hi setting), and the expandable battery life starts at approximately 950 shots, which is already outstanding especially for travelers. The D7100 is priced at around $1,200 for the body-only, and can come with a lens kit for an added $200-$400 price.
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 54,000.00 (Body Only)
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