Nikon Announces D7100 DSLR Camera and WR-1 Radio Remote

Nikon D7100 with AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Well, this is the big Nikon news. Personally I am a little sad, but more about that later.

The D7100 is an upgrade to the D7000, and while the improvements are nice, this is pretty much a refinement over a very successful camera. Take a D7000 and swap in a new 24 megapixel Toshiba sensor, which rated well on DxOmark and got favourable mention on the video side of things from EOSHD.com. Remove the anti-aliasing filter for added image acuity. Add a 1.3x crop mode on top of the DX format to give a 2.0x crop factor over FX that allows for 7 FPS shooting (base FPS is still 6 FPS). Then drop in the CAM3500DX from the D300/D300S for improved AF. Add the video options from the current Nikon DSLR lineup. Muck around the controls a little to bring them in-line with the current UI language. Then sell it at a listed price of about US$1600 for the camera with the 18-105 kit lens.

One nice thing for current D7000 users: The centre OK button can now be used for quick 100% magnification in playback mode, something available in my D300 (and all pro-level Nikons), but not in the D7000 and D600. It is one of those things that really make me not like the D7000/D600. So good for Nikon to recognise that, I suppose.

CK: About bloody time!

YS: On paper, it looks great. So why am I disappointed?

Because this likely spells the end of pro-level DX. I am not likely to see the new D400, and the D500 is likely gone. Nikon’s marketing for the past year was to push FX heavily, and with the launch of the D7100 and no new lenses, well, it looks like it is time to switch out of DX.

Doomed, I say.

CK: If you don’t lust after the so-called “Pro body”, I guess the DX format in the form of a D7000/D7100-class body is pretty decent. Apart from a few annoying bits (e.g. lack of the “press centre OK button to zoom in” feature mentioned above, 10-pin remote) I quite like my D7000.

YS: That NEF buffer is terrible too. Something like 6 shots if you’re in 14 bit.

Nikon WR -1

YS:Oh, and Nikon has that nifty WR-1 radio remote for their DSLRs. It is a 2.4 GHZ transceiver that has a range of 100 meters, and basically it acts like a wireless version of the MC36, allowing for intervalometer functions as well as long exposure functions. Thing is, to use it as a wireless remote, you still need either the WR10 receiver (introduced with the D5200), or another WR-1 transceiver. The main cool feature is that it can be used with up to 64 cameras if you have enough receivers for all of them. At the eye-watering UK list price of £650, I think most of us will stick to the third party options. Only the serious commercial shops need apply.

CK: £650? I’ll skip. On the other hand, the WiFi capability is a nice addition, and will allow compatible smart phones to trigger the camera from a remote location as well. However, as it stands now, it looks like it’s only an incremental upgrade/update to the D7000, so I am probably not going to upgrade. But for users who like the DX format and are using Nikon’s older DX DSLRs like the D300/D200, you can consider getting this.

(Image credit: Nikon Press Images)

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