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Nikon D7100 DX-format DSLR revealed

Nikon has officially announced the D7100, a new DX-format prosumer digital SLR camera serving as a premium alternative to the company's existing D7000.

Like its predecessor, which was good enough to walk away with a five-star rating and our Ultimate award, the Nikon D7100 is designed for the top end of the consumer market. Its 24.1 megapixel APS-C sensor has been developed specifically for the D7100, and is joined by an Expeed 3 image processor - the same image process found on the company's top-end professional-grade DSLR cameras. Also borrowed from models above its level is a 51-point auto-focus system capable of operating at exposure levels as low as -2EV.

Externally, the camera has a magnesium alloy body with weatherproofing - something its cheaper sibling lacks - while retaining the dual-SD card slot feature of its predecessor, which allows images to be split between the two cards including saving compressed JPEGs to one card while simultaneously writing higher-quality raw image files to the other.

The rear-facing LCD screen has received a slight upgrade to 3.2in with a new four-element red, green, blue and white Pentile-like display system for improved brightness - something that should make the rear display more usable in outdoor shooting.

Interestingly, Nikon has chosen to remove an internal low-pass filter present in the D7000 - a move which should help to make images sharper, but which runs the risk of capturing interference patterns when shooting finely-textured details. Finally, a new lock system prevents the mode from being accidentally changed during shooting and a freshly-textured mode dial makes it easier to select a mode in the first place.

The Nikon D7100 is due to go on sale next month, priced at £1,099.99 as a body-only camera or £1,299.99 with the same 18-105mm kit lens as its predecessor. All existing accessories, including the Nikon WR-1 wireless remote, will be compatible with the D7100.

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