|Canon EOS-70D APS-C camera is here|
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Nikon announced their D7100 camera a few days ago. A mid range, cropped frame camera for 'advanced enthusiasts' and is the flagship of their DX format DSLR lineup. The list price is $1,200 for the body and $1,600 when bundled with a 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. The camera will be available for sale some time by the end of the first quarter of 2013.
Nikon D7100 key features :
- 24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor, with no OLPF
- EXPEED 3 processing
- ISO 100-6400 standard, up to 25600 expanded
- Max 6 fps continuous shooting in DX mode, 7 fps in 1.3X crop mode
- 51 point AF system, 15 sensors cross type
- 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor
- Two SD memory card slots
- Spot white balance in live view mode
- 1080 60i/30p video recording, built-in stereo mic, mic jack and audio monitoring jack
- Pentaprism with 100% coverage and 0.94X magnification
- 3.2", 1.2m-dot LCD screen (640 x 480 X RGBW)
- Front and rear IR receivers
- Equivalent water and dust resistance to D800/D300S
On paper, this looks like an impressive camera and a very good value. It will put pressure on Canon to announce its EOS-70D sooner rather than later, perhaps about the same time when the D7100 hits the retail market.
I believe Canon has been pressured by Nikon in the last few years on the price-to-performance benchmark. Most people like to get the most bang for their buck, especially when the camera specs look good on paper and comes with a 'lower' price. This may explain why Canon has been 'lowering' the price of their full frame cameras while loading them with advanced features. The EOS-5D Mk III is the perfect example of a higher price-to-performance ratio and is my pick for the best value in full frame DSLR cameras today.
Please read my earlier post and the latest post on the Canon EOS-70D. My guess is Canon will have to equip the upcoming 70D with at least the following features : 20+ MP sensor, an all-cross type 19-points AF system, 6 fps, ISO 25600 expanded, powered by the Digic 5 processor and a list price of between $1,300 to $1,500. I think we will get some leaks soon and should know more in about a month or two.