Wildlife photographer Moose Peterson was selected by Nikon to create sample images for the launch of the Nikon D7100. In January, he spent two weeks in Costa Rica using the new D7100 and shot over 13,000 images as well as video. He shares some of the images on his blog. And he recounts a scary experience falling off a cliff.
Peterson expresses his pleasure using the D7100 camera, concluding it is a “gotta have.” He used several Nikon lenses such as the AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f2.8G, 500mm f/4G ED VR, 10.5mm f/2.8 ED DX fisheye, and the recently released 70-200mm f/4G VR along with 2X teleconverter TC-20e3.
The D7100 represents several firsts for Nikon. Nikon developed a new autofocus module incorporating technology found the flagship D4, e. A new viewfinder information display was developed using organic light-emitting diodes, while a new 1.3X drop mode provides the D7100 new capabilities in telephoto photography.
1.3X crop of DX mode
This is a an additional 1.3X crop of the normal 1.5X DX drop, making an equivalent of approximately 2X crop compared with a full-frame 35mm camera. This effectively doubles the focal length of full frame lenses. Shooting with the 1.3X crop also improves maximum frame rate to 7fps from 6fps. The 1.3X crop of DX creates images that are 15.4 megapixels (4,800 x 3,200 pixels). As an added benefit, the 51 auto focus points are spread across the entire frame width and height when shooting in 1.3X crop. The 1.3X crop mode can also be applied when shooting video, which allows full HD resolution 1920 x 1080 to be recorded at 60i/50i.
Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX autofocus sensor module
The 51-point autofocus sensor is based on the one found in the D4. It can detect down to -2EV which is similar to subjects illuminated by moonlight. Fifteen of the sensors are cross type. All points are sensitive to f/5.6 and the center point is sensitive at f/8. This means you can use a 2X teleconverter with a f/4.0 lens and still achieve autofocus functionality. This is the first time a camera with f/8 sensitivity has been offered in DX format. Combined with the 1.3X crop of DX mode making a 2X equivalent focal length multiplier (in 35mm terms) the D7100 will open up new possibilities for super-long telephoto shooting.
OLED viewfinder information display
Nikon has developed a new organic EL display for the D7100. The display found at the bottom of the viewfinder shows shooting information including exposure, aperture, shutter speed and frames remaining. By using organic light-emitting diodes instead of the traditional LCD display results in brighter and sharper details, responds faster at low temperatures and maintains its visibility when shooting bright subjects. OLED displays consume about 40% of the power as LCD displays.
The Nikon WR-1 can be used to control multiple cameras to record still images, video or timelapse sequences. It operates on 15 channels in the 2.4GHz radio frequency. Its operating range of up to 394 feet can be extended further by tethering multiple WR-1 together. The transceiver can also control cameras connected to the Nikon WR-10 wireless trigger system.
The WR-1 mounts to the camera hot shoe. Its pivoting mount allows it to stand upright or angle forward an angle from 0 to 90-degrees. It can control up to four groups of cameras, each capable of a different function. One function allows it to control a set of cameras connected with WR-10 wireless triggers for multi-shot animations simultaneously or synchronized release in “bullet time” or frozen time effects like in the film The Matrix. If the connected camera is also equipped with WR-1, you can adjust its settings (ISO, mode, shutter speed, aperture) from another WR-1-equipped camera. The D7100 supports the new WR-1.
The WR-1 will ship in March 2013 and will be priced at £649.99 in the UK. US pricing is not yet available.
February 21, 2013 — Nikon Announces the D7100, the new flagship DX-format Digital Camera with a new 24.1MP sensor, HD Video with built-in stereo microphones, 51-point AF, 6fps continuous (7fps with 1.3X crop). The camera will be released in March, 2013.
See the full picture gallery of the new Nikon D7100: