Nikon D7100 vs D7000: 13 things you need to know

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    Nikon D7100 vs D7000? It’s quite the quandary. Now that Nikon’s announced the brand new 24-megapixel D7100, where does that leave the existing D7000, and which one should you choose? Read our definitive Nikon D7100 vs D7000 comparison to find out.

    The Nikon D7000 is still a very good camera, and will continue alongside the new Nikon D7100. It will also be much cheaper – up to £250 cheaper in the UK – which will make the decision even harder.

    But while the D7100’s name might suggest it’s a fairly modest and predictable upgrade to the D7000 (everyone was expecting a 24-megapixel version of the D7000 long before the D7100 was announced, there’s a lot more to this new camera than meets the eye.

    In fact there’s so much that’s new, different or improved on this camera, that here on N-Photo we think Nikon should have called it the D8000 instead!

    So here’s our definitive Nikon D7100 vs D7000 comparison. We won’t tell you which one you should buy, but hopefully this will make it easier for you to arrive at your own decision!

    Nikon D7100 vs D7000 comparison: 1-3

    1. 24-megapixel resolution

    The newly-developed 24-megapixel sensor in the D71000 offers a 50% increase in resolution over the D7000, but it goes even further than that. Nikon has dispensed with the OLPF (optical low pass filter) in front of the sensor to produce even sharper fine detail. This is a move first seen in the Nikon D800E, and Nikon’s engineers say the improvement in detail more than outweighs any slight risk of moiré effects. Low pass filters blur the image slightly to reduce the risk of interference patterns or banding with patterned surfaces, but Nikon’s engineers say advances in sensor resolution make moiré less of a problem.

    2. Expeed 3 procesor

    The D7000 uses Nikon’s previous-generation Expeed 2 processor, but the D7000’s Expeed 3 processor delivers improved image quality, especially at high ISOs, and is much faster. This enables the D7100 to match both the D7000’s continuous shooting rate (6fps) and its ISO range (100-6400, expandable to 25600), despite the increase in resolution. What’s more, its continuous shooting speed goes up to 7fps in the D7100’s new 1.3x ‘crop’ mode.

    3. 1.3x crop mode

    The D7100’s new 1.3x ‘crop’ mode uses a smaller area of the sensor to deliver images which match the resolution of the D7000 (16 megapixels). The advantages are that the continuous shooting speed is increased to 7fps (see above), you can shoot full HD movies in high-speed 50i and 60i modes and, most importantly for sports and wildlife photographers, your telephoto lenses ‘go further’. The Nikon 70-200mm f/4 lens, for example, effectively becomes a 136.5-390mm f/4.

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