Nikon has unveiled its latest lightweight DSLR, the D7100 that sports a brand new DX-format sensor. The 24.1-megapixel camera drops the optical low pass filter in favor of enhanced image quality. With a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600 (Hi-2), the camera has exceptional noise cancellation, even in low-light conditions. It’s a speedy shooter with a 0.052-second shutter lag and 0.13-second startup time. Using Nikon’s EXPEED 3 processor, the D7100 is capable of shooting at 6 fps in any mode, while a new 1.3x DX crop function can boost it up to 7 fps but can only capture a maximum of 15.4-megapixel stills or 1080/60i/50i videos. The D7100 features a new 51-point AF system, with 15 cross-type points in the central area with a point that is functional at f/8.
The whole setup is in a durable, weather sealed magnesium-alloy body, but weighs in at only 1.5lbs, lighter than its D700 predecessor. You can view your pictures through the 3.2-inch LCD screen with 1,299K dots, or through the OLED viewfinder display that’s meant to crisp up shooting data. Data is written to the dual SD card slots that also accept the high-speed UHS-1 and SDXC cards. Other connection points are a microphone input jack, headphone jack, and an HDMI port.
Along with the DSLR, Nikon also announced the WR-1 transceiver, which uses the 2.4GHz frequency for remote shooting applications.
The Nikon D7100 costs $1,200 for the body only and costs $1,600 when paired with a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens. The DSLR will be available starting in March along with the new MB-D15 battery grip and WR-1 transceiver.