Nikon has just released what may be the best camera in the world for the shooter on a budget: the all-new D7100. With this camera, Nikon has truly broken new ground in the price to performance ratio. Here are some headline features of the D7100:
Weather sealed magnesium alloy body
51 point autofocus grid (including 15 cross points at the center of the frame)
100% optical viewfinder coverage with OLED overlay
+/- 5EV exposure compensation
Spot white balance ( a Nikon first)
Dual memory card slots (SD)
Shared metering sensor with D4/D800
New 1,228k dot LCD screen
Built-in intervalometer (fancy word for programmable remote)
Quiet shutter mode
So, with so much to look forward to, when will the D7100 start shipping? Answer:in March at a cost of $1200 for the body for people living in the United States. Cleveland-based Dodd camera stocks Nikon for anyone wanting to buy locally and get a hands-on first. In addition, for $1,600, you can buy a D7100/18-105VR combo.
Now, for established Nikonians, another real question is this: with the D7100 moving more toward the D300s vs. the D7000, what will the D400 look like (if the D7100 isn't the D400)?
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