Nikon Shows D7000 DSLR at photokina: 16.2MP and 1080p Video with Full-Time AF

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Nikon D7000 Digital SLRMelville, NY—Nikon’s D7000 digital SLR, aimed at photo enthusiasts, features enhancements and updated Nikon technologies, including a 16.2 megapixel DX-format (APS-C) CMOS sensor with augmented low-light ability, a new 39-point autofocus system and 2,016-pixel RGB 3D matrix metering, as well as 1080p Full HD movie capability with full-time autofocus.

“The D7000 DSLR creates a new class of Nikon camera by delivering exceptional quality, control and an innovative feature set; this is a camera that enables DSLR users to achieve a true expression of their creative vision, while concentrating primarily on image quality above all else,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager, Marketing, Nikon Inc. “When you combine the innovation of the agile D7000 with the exceptional and robust line of Nikkor lenses and accessories, the potential for DSLR photographers and filmmakers is limitless.”

With its 16.2MP CMOS image sensor and Nikon’s new Expeed 2 image-processing system, the D7000 is engineered to deliver a 50-millisecond shutter response and 6-frames-per-second (fps) burst speed for 100 images. ?Its all-new 39-point AF system, which includes nine center cross-type sensors that operate with more than 60 Nikkor lenses, is designed to “provide superior subject acquisition and fast tracking capabilities,” according to Nikon. Additionally, photographers can activate dynamic or single-point AF, configurable in combinations of 9, 21 or 39, or a 21-point ring to match shooting styles and situations. Photographers can also select 3D tracking, which continuously follows moving subjects within the 39 AF points, highlighting the activated point in the viewfinder.

Nikon D7000 Digital SLR reviewUtilizing Nikon’s scene recognition system, the D7000 analyzes subject information from a database of 30,000 images to optimize focus, exposure and white balance. The system reads data from a 2,016-pixel 3D color matrix meter RGB sensor that examines the scene’s brightness and color data. Another Nikon first, the system interprets scene data for improved control of light metering and i-TTL flash output. And for enhanced low-light shooting, the D7000 provides an ISO range of 100-6400 that can be expanded to the Hi-2 setting of 25,600 previously found only in Nikon FX-format territory.

When capturing 1080p HD movies with full-time autofocus or manual exposure control, users can engage a range of AF functions, including face priority to track up to 35 human faces, subject-tracking and normal or wide-area autofocus. The camera also offers variable frame rates and resolutions—recording 1080p at a cinematic 24 fps or a Web-friendly 720p at either 24 or 30 fps for 20-minute clips. Video clips can be edited and trimmed in-camera, and whether using a wireless or hot shoe mounted microphone, sound can be recorded via the stereo microphone. Live view can be activated by a single dedicated switch for HD video recording, and by using Nikkor lenses, photo perspectives and Nikon’s VR (vibration reduction) II technology can be applied to movies. The D7000 also incorporates an HDMI output to connect it to an HDTV, with photo/video playback controlled by most HDTV remotes.

Other features include: magnesium-alloy top and rear covers; a 150,000 cycle-rated shutter system; a 3.0-inch LCD with Nikon D7000 Digital SLR camera review170-degree viewing with live view; dust and moisture seals; a more ergonomic mode dial; a release mode dial for accessing the burst modes, timer or “quiet shutter,” which softens camera operation when shooting in sensitive environments; a glass pentaprism optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage and 0.94x magnification; twin SD card slots with SD, SDHC, SDXC compatibility; a built-in ?i-TTL Speedlight flash; and an EN-EL15 battery said to provide 1,050 shots when fully charged.

For more creative freedom, the N7000 allows users to process RAW images in-camera and add special effects using the retouch menu. Among the editing options are color filters, a fisheye effect, a miniature effect and a new color sketch filter that creates a sketch-styled image. As always, manipulated images are saved as copies while the original is retained. Its picture control system also allows the choice for standard, neutral, vivid, monochrome, portrait or landscape setting.

Nikon’s D7000 DSLR will be available in mid-October at an MSRP of $1,199.95 body only and $1,499.95 for a body and lens outfit that includes the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

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