Is it just me, or have SLR cameras gotten really boring in the last few years? I mean, I know they’re awesome machines and all, but they don’t do anything new. And all the while the rest of the camera world is pulling farther and farther ahead.
The iPhone in my pocket not only takes photos, it edits movies and shares my pictures with the world, wherever I am. And Sony’s incredible RX1 is pretty much a full-frame SLR in the body of a pocket camera.
Meanwhile, cameras like Nikon’s new D7100 would have been impressive a few years ago, but now they’re just that same old thing, with some bigger numbers on the spec sheet.
The D7100 is an upgrade to the D7000, and has a 24MP crop-frame sensor, a special 7fps shooting mode (which only uses the center of the frame, increasing the crop factor to 1.3x) and a new 51-point AF system.
This is great if you were planning on buying a D7000, as you either get a better camera for your money ($1,599/£1,299/€1,399 in a kit) or you can pick up a newly-discounted D7000. Otherwise, you might as well go back to sleep.
There is one interesting feature in the new body. It lacks an Optical Low-Pass Filter, or anti-aliasing filter. This filter is designed to prepare the incoming light for the sensor beneath, Nikon says that it’s new sensor design obviates such a filter and that now images can be sharper and more detailed due to the lack of analog pre-“processing.”
Otherwise, the camera looks as awesome as any of Nikon’s other models. If you buy one, you will no doubt love it. But as I said, it’s hard to get excited about a $1,600 camera kit that can’t even post my pictures to Instagram.
Source: Digital Photography Review.