The D7000's been up for replacement for some time - and now with the D5200 stealing its AF module and metering sensors, I wonder if it'll get an even more sophisticated AF system and metering system? The AF system it doesn't need, but more metering segments would be very nice indeed.
They're not saying it may not be announced, but we'll see.
I'd love to see one more stop of high ISO performance (i.e. give me ISO 3200 that looks like the current 1600) and an upgraded AF system that locks on better/faster in low light (how about something in between the 39 point and 51 point systems, or just give us the 51 point system and upgrade the pro bodies to something better). Give me those two things, even at the current 16MP, and I'd consider it the perfect DX camera for my needs.
> >I'd love to see one more stop of high ISO performance (i.e. >give me ISO 3200 that looks like the current 1600) <snip>
You know, a full stop or stop and a half really shouldn't be that tricky - the D800 and D7000 have a similar pixel pitch (4.88 vs 4.78), but the D800 has more than double the high ISO performance. If they changed nothing else and charged $500 more than the D7000, my credit card would be out of my pocket already.
Personally, I don't put too much faith into what is posted at Nikon Rumors - his guesses are only as good as the information he receives.
In this case, the linked post - suggesting a good chance of a D7100 announcement next week - was preceded earlier the same day by a post saying just the opposite, and followed up the very next day with a post saying that it could just be a Coolpix announcement after all.
In fact the Admin, was noting that if this coming announcement was about a D7000 replacement it would be the first major release without leaked specs, images and price. "leaks" are a normal way of building buzz around a new product while still not having answer direct questions. The leaks before the D7000 and D800 were flowing regularly and kept the excitement going for months before an announcement and can be credited to the tremendous pre-sales on day 1 both cameras had.
If there is a replacement soon, it will probably follow the recent trends of lower noise, higher ISO, more pixels and lighter bodies. This style body has proven to be rugged and abuse resistant so those worried about "build-quality", usually meaning weight, worried needlessly. I would expect more of the same, which is all very good. Each of recent cameras have immediately jumped to the top of their class. A lot of Canon shooters are envious that every single Nikon out now hias wider DR and less noise than any model their brand has ever produced. There is little reason to think Nikon is going to backtrack on that trend. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Yeah, I agree, Stan. I'm in no hurry, anyway. Basketball season is over for me in a couple weeks. That is really the only photographic subject that even comes close to taxing my D7000. Well, except for ultra-wide angle, but that is because I'm too cheap and insecure right now to buy an ultra-wide DX zoom (for fear that I might buy a D600 someday). Everything else I shoot is shot at ISO's under 1600, and the D7000 is wonderful in that range.
So, I don't have any need for an upgraded body until at least November, 2013. Hopefully, by then we'll have an improved DX body to consider. That said, I'd probably still find a lot of use for the D7000, if for no other reason than to keep the file sizes down.
Take it from somebody who just bought an Acura in December,...a Honda is not an Acura. At least a US Honda isn't. The leather and interior materials are nicer in an Acura. The stereo is MUCH better in an Acura. The handling and steering is superior in an Acura. Some options on my Acura aren't even offered on a Honda.
That said, with regard to cameras, FX is better than DX in most circumstances, but not all. A lot of us would like an upgraded D7000. DX is better for telephoto photography, especially field sports, birding, and other wildlife - and especially if you cannot afford lenses that cost as much as a used Honda. On my camera budget, I would have to make severe compromises to my sports photography if I had to give up DX. In the ideal world, I'd have a D600 and an upgraded DX camera.
After D600 was announced and after weeks and weeks of research and debating with myself I decided I’ll stay with DX for some more time. Money driven decision - Good DX gear is being dumped and can be picked at sensible price and served well for hobby or pro work. 17-55 for $750, 18-135 (just can't believe how sharp this lens is) for $110, Sigma 10-20 for $250 (on its way). If I’ll find 10.5 and 10-24 for a good price I will take those as well.
Only one thing I need from new D7100 - it is improved LV mode for macro (remove mirror slap and shutter below 1/30). I can leave with 16mp, but 24mp with the same ISO performance only a plus. Buffer size was my main complaint 1.5 years ago - now I can leave with it.
Even if it were true and I find it extremely dubious, it's not what many would like in a replacement DX. I think a majority of serious wildlife and sports photographers are awaiting a new semi pro D300s replacement and take advantage of FX lenses on the DX body. Some, like myself are now happy with a slower fps on the D800, others with the D600 and my D7000 functions ok.
Thu 21-Feb-13 02:45 AM | edited Thu 21-Feb-13 02:49 AM by JPJ
It has two areas for capturing still images: DX format (23.5 x 15.6 mm) and 1.3x crop of DX (18.8 x 12.5 mm). In 1.3x crop mode it comes very close to doubling your focal length while still producing images that have 15.4 megapixels. Quality yet to be determined.
Indeed this mode may be attractive to birders but NOT if Nikon didn't upgrade the D7000 buffer which quickly filled when shooting Raw.
I am intrigued to see what improvements they may have made in ISO performance as I recently upgraded to FX to get better performance in that department.
D7100 specs say buffer fits only 33 full-sized jpeg. Not sure what this means for RAW, but is potentially still a comparatively small-buffered camera. I think our D7000's fit around only 12-RAW before the buffer fills.