Nikon D7000 Announced

by Eyre Austero 18. September 2010 18:24

     For the Nikon D5000/D90 users out there who are looking for an upgrade option, good news! The Nikon D7000 is coming to town. This new camera, which Nikon describes as a  "mid-class, high-spec Nikon DX-format camera" was announced last September 15,2010 and is expected to be available by mid-October for around 1,200 USD body only and around 1,500 USD with the 18-105mm kit lens.



Key Features (sources: Nikon, dpreview, imaging resource) :

  •  Newly developed CMOS sensor (16.2 MP)
  • A new image-processing engine (EXPEED 2)
  • ISO 100-6400 (plus H1 and H2 equivalent to ISO 12,800/25,600)
  • Weather sealed, magnesium alloy body
  • A new 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor ( which offers twice the metering pixels as Nikon's previous high-end metering sensor)
  • 39-point autofocus system with nine cross-type points at the center of the frame
  • 1080p HD video recording with mic jack for external microphone
  • Twin SD card slots
  • Scene Recognition System (see 2016 pixel sensor, above) aids metering + focus accuracy
  • 3.0 inch 921k dot LCD screen
  • New Live View/movie shooting switch
  • Full-time AF in Live View/movie modes
  • Up to 6fps continuous shooting
  • Lockable shooting mode dial
  • Built-in intervalometer
  • Electronic virtual horizon
  • Shutter tested to 150K actuations


   Feature-wise, the Nikon D7000 is said to be in-between the Nikon D90 and the Nikon D300S.  As to how it compares to these two models, refer to the table below taken from dpreview.



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