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There is a new kid on the block, and this one has very nice specs for UW photography. Nikon D7100, in a nutshell 24mp DX format, same AF as the D800, here is the press release:

 

Nikon D7100 Press Release

 

And specifications:

 

Nikon D7100 specs

 

Nikon is calling it the "DX format flagship".

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Wow, I now have a sudden urge to upgrade when moments before I didn't.

 

Be really interesting to see what innovations the housing manufacturers can come up with to compliment this new DX camera.

 

Cheers,

Jim.

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Excellent.

 

Would have like to have seen a tougher looking body - as both our D7000s have had their problems. But it looks like it will slot straight into an existing housing for early tests - but the repositioned movie/LV controls and multi-selector on the back will mean new housings.

 

I plan to buy one - since it now looks like there won't be a direct D300 replacement. Since as Luiz says "Nikon is calling it the "DX format flagship"."

 

Presumably the same sensor (possibly updated) that is already in the D5200 and D3200 as well as Sony SLRs.

 

Alex

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Hi Alex,

 

according to DPReview it's a completely new sensor:

 

"The critical thing here is that despite the fact that the D7100 is Nikon's third DX-format 24MP DSLR, its sensor is new, and unique in Nikon's stable. In a first for Nikon, the D7100's sensor lacks an optical low-pass filter (OLPF). The D800E, Nikon's highest-resolution DSLR has the effect of its OLPF 'cancelled out', but the D7100, like the Pentax K-5 IIs, omits it altogether. The result should be higher resolution than is possible from the conventional 24MP sensors in the D5200 and D3200, and Nikon clearly feels comfortable with the associated higher risk of moiré in fine patterns - one of the few black marks against the 36MP D800E when we tested it last year."

 

Marcel

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Thanks Marcel.

 

I was wondering if it might fit in a D600 housing, better than a D7000 one? Here is the comparison shot from DPReview (D7100 and D7000):

 

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/Nikon-D7100/images/sidebysided7000_back.jpg

 

Here is the back of the D600 for comparison:

 

http://reviews.photographyreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/D600_lcd.jpg

 

Alex



The D7100 and D600 look very similar to me.

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Alex,

 

Looking at the screen size and the button placement I'd go for the D600 housing. Especially if you can tweak the controls a bit.

 

Marcel

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Not so sure Alex, the button configuration does look identical, but here are the D600 dimensions: 141 x 113 x 82 mm

D7000: 132 x 105 x 77 mm
And the D7100: 135 x 106 x 76 mm

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I was planning on borrowing a D600 housing for my trip to Norway in a few weeks. If the D7100 is out by then, maybe I'll try it too! At least it is smaller, so it will go in.

 

Alex

 

p.s. Just seen from my email that D7100 stock won't be arriving (in the UK, at least) until the end of March.

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Looks like it's a case of so close, and yet so far... :/

 

Just did a quick overlay. D7000 and D7100 very different button layout.

 

As Alex says, D600 closer button placement. I've done a rough guess of the relative size of the D600...

 

 

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Hmmm, it's helped me to stop dreaming of putting a D7100 in my Nauticam housing! ;)

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One for me please, but who is the reputable camera dealer to buy from in the UK now Jessops are gone?

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Hi Paul, did the NEX go back? I recall you doing a lot of testing etc and enjoyed reading through the process. Thought you'd setlled on that?

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When you say, who are the reputable camera dealer to buy from in the UK? do you mean, who are the company who will let you have a camera to play about with for a month and then give back to them?

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Still insane to me that Nikon do not make a full fledged pro body DX camera. So many places where it's a better option, just don't get it.

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It looks like a decent iteration. It will undoubtedly have a higher quality sensor than the D7000 and the body is a bit more robust. Better video. It feels like Nikon just realized they needed to bump megapixel again but they are still ignoring the high-end DX user in my opinion. Glad they finally added the weather resistant body.

 

It is *not* a full on replacement for the D300s. It's a shame that Nikon has still left off features I had on my 2007 D300.

 

- Same stupid left hand dial to let me select "landscape" or "portrait". Really? That's flagship? I'd rather have the old WB/ISO buttons from the D300

- 51 autofocus points? Yes, that's nice, but it's a shame the D7100 is essentially getting the same focus system I had on the D300 6 years ago - shouldn't it be even better?

- Dual SD cards? Compact Flash is still faster. I'm betting the D7100 will still have a small buffer and will stop shooting at the most inopportune time.

- Where's the DX primes? Or anything cool and new in DX lenses?

 

Please don't misunderstand; this is definitely a better body than the existing D7000 and a very nice evolution. But it also shows me that Nikon wants to move the former D300 user off to FX just like I said in a thread about 3 months ago -- I predicted back then Nikon would never release a D400 but would instead make the next rev of the D7000 it's new top of the line DX.

 

For an underwater photographer who currently has a D7000, does this make you want to iterate and buy yet another $2500, (sorry, $3000-$3300) housing for what is essentially a megapixel increase or does this make you want to jump to FX? Is this a good enough iteration to keep people from jumping to Olympus OM-D which is much cheaper and has a better lens selection?

 

At least Nikon has finally told us the D400 is not to be...

 

Cheers,
JP

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I've been patiently waiting for this announcement for about a year now. I've had my ol' D70s limping along for waayyy too long. I was even about to jump to D800 late last year, when they had those rebates on. Now the only question I have is back to the FX vs. DX debate, but that is for another thread.

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Hi Spencer. Yes I sent it back. I had a 30 day no quibble refund policy. I wasn't happy with the flash shutter sync speed and a bit peeved off with lack of lenses.

I had a few doubts about it Alex, Sony didnt grumble, that was the offer they made. But won't have with this one :)

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It looks like a decent iteration. It will undoubtedly have a higher quality sensor than the D7000 and the body is a bit more robust. Better video. It feels like Nikon just realized they needed to bump megapixel again but they are still ignoring the high-end DX user in my opinion. Glad they finally added the weather resistant body.

 

It is *not* a full on replacement for the D300s. It's a shame that Nikon has still left off features I had on my 2007 D300.

 

- Same stupid left hand dial to let me select "landscape" or "portrait". Really? That's flagship? I'd rather have the old WB/ISO buttons from the D300

- 51 autofocus points? Yes, that's nice, but it's a shame the D7100 is essentially getting the same focus system I had on the D300 6 years ago - shouldn't it be even better?

- Dual SD cards? Compact Flash is still faster. I'm betting the D7100 will still have a small buffer and will stop shooting at the most inopportune time.

- Where's the DX primes? Or anything cool and new in DX lenses?

 

Please don't misunderstand; this is definitely a better body than the existing D7000 and a very nice evolution. But it also shows me that Nikon wants to move the former D300 user off to FX just like I said in a thread about 3 months ago -- I predicted back then Nikon would never release a D400 but would instead make the next rev of the D7000 it's new top of the line DX.

 

For an underwater photographer who currently has a D7000, does this make you want to iterate and buy yet another $2500, (sorry, $3000-$3300) housing for what is essentially a megapixel increase or does this make you want to jump to FX? Is this a good enough iteration to keep people from jumping to Olympus OM-D which is much cheaper and has a better lens selection?

 

At least Nikon has finally told us the D400 is not to be...

 

Cheers,

JP

I agree; and I for one am really disappointed. I want a pro level DX Nikon to complement my D800. Underwater, I love my D800 for pool / studio and landscape, but I'm pretty convinced that overall DX is a better choice for diving, and for increased reach for wildlife, particularly birds, topside. The D7001 is fine for underwater, but does not pass the test as a high frame rate wildlife camera.

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Thom Hogan's convinced we'll get a bona fide D300 replacement (which has been rumoured as the D9000). But there doesn't seem much room in the specs - except in frame rate and buffer. The D7100 has the AF from the latest Pro bodies (and I guess that while the name isn't changed from the D300, it is, in fact, the same jump that D4 was over D3).

 

Maybe a true D300 could have 1/500th flash synch (we know that is possible on DX, from the FX bodies in DX mode).

 

I've also found that the D7000 can't take a pro work load. So I'd like something more robust. But I'm not sure we'll get it now.

 

Alex

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Thom Hogan's convinced we'll get a bona fide D300 replacement (which has been rumoured as the D9000). But there doesn't seem much room in the specs - except in frame rate and buffer. The D7100 has the AF from the latest Pro bodies (and I guess that while the name isn't changed from the D300, it is, in fact, the same jump that D4 was over D3).

 

Maybe a true D300 could have 1/500th flash synch (we know that is possible on DX, from the FX bodies in DX mode).

 

I've also found that the D7000 can't take a pro work load. So I'd like something more robust. But I'm not sure we'll get it now.

 

Alex

 

1/500? hmmm maybe worth it to wait a bit more

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IF the rumor specs on the Canon 7D II turn out to be true, Nikon might have made a grave error in the APC world. Supposedly the 7D II will have 10 fps, 24mp and 61 autofocus points, GPS and WiFi. The 7100 should have matched that spec I think. It's ridiculous DSLR's don't have GPS and WiFi built in; those chipsets are now very tiny and very cheap. Heck, a sub-$100 phone has both. 1/500 would be nice for us U/W photogs, but hardly anyone else cares :(

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