Last week, Nikon announced the D7100, the long-awaited successor to the popular and groundbreaking D7000, which hit the market in 2010 and shattered many barriers in performance for a camera in its price class and target market: advanced amateurs. Well, with a new camera on the horizon, a question arises: how much better is the D7100 than the D7000?
Well, let’s look.
D7000 : weather-sealed metal and plastic
D7100: weather-sealed metal and plastic
All square here
D7000 : 16Mp
Newer is better
D7100: Expeed 3
D7000: Expeed 2
Newer is better again
All square here
D7100: yes (1.3 and 2x)
The D7100 wins here
The D7100 looks decidedly better
The D7100 wins thanks to the OLED overlay
D7100: 1/8000th to 30 sec
D7000: 1/8000th to 30 sec
D7100: 3.2” 1,228k dot, fixed
D7000: 3” 921k dot, fixed
The D7100 wins
Same here, too
D7100: +/- 5 stops
D7000: +/- 5 stops
All tied here
All the same
D7100: full 1080p HD up to 60fps
D7000: full 1080p HD up to 24 fps
Resolution may be a tie, but the D7100 is far faster
Newer wins here
D7100: dual SD
D7000: dual SD
Tied up again
Weight with battery:
The D7100 is a feather lighter
Obviously, the D7100 has a leg up on the D7000, but in the end, it will be up to the buyer to decide whether these improvements are worth the extra cash.
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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