The D7000, which will retail from 29 October, has been created for “DSLR owners who want to further indulge their passion for photography with a camera that boasts more advanced features,” according to Jordi Brinkman, product manager for Nikon Europe.
The D7000′s biggest asset, however, seems to be its DX-format CMOS sensor, which packs 16.2 effective megapixels – a first for a non-professional high-end Nikon DSLR as previous models never exceeded 12 megapixels in resolution, except, of course, for the D3100 released last month, which packs 14 megapixels. The camera also includes Nikon’s new image-processing engine Expeed 2.
The camera’s sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to extend it further to ISO 25,600. Among it other features, the D7000 offers a newly developed autofocus system with 39 focus points, including 9 cross-type sensors in the centre, a 2,016 pixel RGB metering sensor to enhance the effectiveness of the Scene Recognition System, says Nikon, and a burst rate of 6fps.
The D7000 is also the latest camera to join the ranks of video-enabled DSLRs – or, as they are now called, HD-DSLRs. It features a full-HD movie mode offering 1080p resolution at 24fps or 30fps in 720p resolution. But what makes the D7000 more attractive to budding filmmakers is Nikon’s choice to use MPEG4 AVC/H.264 compression to record videos, as the standard has been widely adopted in the community. Previously, Nikon’s camera used Motion JPEG to compress its videos – with the exception of the D3100 introduced last month.
The D7000 also offers continuous focus during movie recording, a stereo microphone jack, and a built-in movie editing suite to let filmmakers choose “the start and end points of their footage,” says Nikon.
The camera also features a twin SD memory card slots for extra storage and a Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder; which offers 100% frame coverage.
The D7000 will retail from £1100 body only, or at £1300 with a 18-105mm VR lens. For more details, visit Nikon.