Nikon has announced its new D7100 as its new mid-level, APS-C flagship camera. Although outwardly similar to the D7000, the new camera is said to have substantially revamped innards. Most importantly, the all-new 24-megapixel CMOS sensor has no anti-aliasing filter, joining the Pentax K-5IIs.
Shipping in mid to late March, the new camera can be preordered now. It's also available for preorder bundled with the 18–105mm VR lens. Although we think it'd also be a good match with Nikon's swell little 35mm ƒ/1.8G.
Its 51-point AF system is also new and upgraded. It offers up to 7 frames per second, has a 100% viewfinder, and sports a nifty 1.3x crop mode that extends the effective magnification of focal lengths a little more (helpful for telephoto shooting. That 35mm ƒ/1.8G, for example, becomes a 70mm-e in crop mode). Its processing is derived from the D4, and it's as water- and dust-proof as the D800/E.
So why is this big news? Only because the D7000 (now available for $300 off) has been such a highly competent and greatly appreciated working tool for so many photographers, both amateur and professional—it's been the "judicious pick" in the lineup for many Nikonians, and has legions of satisfied users. The D7100 promises to bring incremental improvements in nearly every single parameter. That's maybe not gee-whiz exciting, but it's significant all the same—especially for those who passed on upgrading to the D7000.
UPDATE: Nikon has posted a few sample images at its D7100 page.
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Frank: "Just what the world needs—another camera. What is the obsolescence cycle these days, three weeks?"
Mike replies: Two years and four months in this particular case. But I'm not sure the D7100 makes the D7000 "obsolescent"—I could still see choosing the D7000 on closeout now in preference to the D7100 at full price, and I'm sure many D7000 owners won't upgrade. Most peoples' normal upgrade cycle is once every two or three model replacements, so the D7100 might be most attractive to people looking to replace their 2008 D300's or D90's.
We can't really complain about development, it seems to me. The alternative is for the makers to not bring out new models, and that usually draws far more urgent complaints and causes far worse disappointment. (I'm still waiting for Sony's DSC-R2 and Epson's R-D2, for instance!)