D7000 enters mid-range arena

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How will Nikon top an unqualified success like the D90? Enter the D7000. This camera is one level down from Nikon’s premium DX offering, the D300s, but you’d hardly know that by the specs.

It’s usually the flagship model that sets the pace with technology — which eventually trickles down to other lines. But the D7000 turns the tables on that model in a few ways. With a 16.2 megapixel sensor, the D7000 becomes the highest resolution DX (APS-C size sensor) SLR in the Nikon family. Only the full-frame D3x (at $8K) carries more pixels to the shoot.

The D90 was the first SLR to do HD video. The D7000 ups the HD resolution to 1080p at a cinematic frame rate (24fps), full-time Live View AF, dedicated record button and auxiliary stereo mic input.

Nikon has equipped the D7000 with a new processing engine called Expeed 2 and a new 39-point Multi-CAM 4800DX AF system. For durability the camera has top and bottom chassis parts made of magnesium alloy.

There are also intelligent exposure features like the Scene Recognition System. Nikon says the camera stores a database of exposure and white balance information from more than 30,000 images, which it uses to calculate the proper settings for a scene. The D7000 also has a set in in-camera special effects.

Specification Highlights

  • Sensor: 16.2 megapixel CMOS
  • Video: 1080p at 24 fps
  • In-camera video clip trimming
  • ISO: 100-6400 (25,600 in H2 extended mode)
  • Memory: Dual SDHC slots
  • Burst 6 frames/sec for 100 exposures
  • LCD: 3-inch 921K dots
  • Autofocus: 39 points with 9 dual axis
  • Flash: built in Speedlight and wireless flash commander
  • “Ambient” setting warms auto white balance
  • Available: October
  • MSRP: $1,279.95 (body only)

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