Thursday 21 February 2013

Nikon D7100 vs D7000: What to buy?

How does the new Nikon D7100 match up against the previous model Nikon D7000. Do you take a good deal for the Nikon D7000 or do you go for the new and better features of the Nikon D7100?

Here is what is better in the Nikon D7100:

  • The sensor is 24 megapixel vs 16 megapixel in the Nikon D7000. The performance of the sensor in the Nikon D7100 is still unknown, but it will most likely be on level with the Nikon D5200, which shows a small improvement vs the Nikon D7000. So my bet is that we can expect around 10% improvement in the performance of the sensor
  • The Nikon D7100 has a 1.3x mode on the sensor, which makes the camera shoot in close to 16 megapixel, but with a greater crop factor. This feature makes it easier to be a wildlife photographer as it does the cropping when you shoot the subject
  • The autofocus module has been upgraded compared to the one that is used in the Nikon D7000. It has 51 AF points from the autofocus system in the Nikon D300 and D300s, which as a lot in common with the Nikon D800, Nikon D4 and more, so expect an autofocus module on a professional level.
  • There are many more video options in the Nikon D7100. This is options that follows the same upgrades to video options that we have seen in latest models from Nikon
  • The size and weight is about the same as in the Nikon D7000.

The Nikon D7100 follows the trend that Nikon has been through with the other models in the DX range, where each model upgrades gets some features from a bigger model. This also means that it is hard to see a model above the Nikon D7100. The Nikon D7100 has some extra cool features compared to the Nikon D7000, so if you have to choose between the two models you should go with the Nikon D7100. If you already have the Nikon D7000 then there isn't enough reason to upgrade to the Nikon D7100. You best bet is to wait for the next wave of DX upgrades.

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