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Nikon Updates Mid-Range with D7000 DSLR

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Nikon Updates Mid-Range with D7000 DSLR

Nikon has announced a new DSLR pitched at the mid-range market - the Nikon D7000.

Core specs include a 16.2 megapixel sensor based on the Nikon DX format CMOS sensor. Expeed 2 is the new image processing engine, while ISO sensitivity now ranges from 100 to 6400, extendable up to 25600.

1080p video recording is possible at 24fps using AVC/H.264 compression, the AF-F system enables continuous focus during recording and there’s a stereo microphone jack for sound. It’s even possible to edit start and end points right on the camera, and select a frame for use as a still image.

Nikon states that the glass Pentaprism viewfinder gives 100 per cent coverage and 0.94x magnification so you get a clear view of what you’re shooting, while durability is ensured by a magnesium alloy top and rear cover and Nikon said it has bumped up dust protection.

There are also dual memory slots, so you can choose to have backup storage, or store different formats on different cards.

A key feature is a new RGB metering sensor, which with 2,016 pixels has twice the metering pixels of its previous high end metering sensors, which should pay dividends in terms of focus, exposure and white balance. There’s also a new 39-point auto focus system.

All in all its solid offering and should make for some solid competition for the recently announced Canon EOS 60D.

The Nikon D7000 will be available from 29 October and will RRP at £1,099 for the body only, and £1,299 for the body and 18-105mm kit lens.

theDman

September 15, 2010, 5:07 pm

WANT!


Is this a replacement of the D5000?


I reallllly wish I could afford this right now, i'm looking to upgrade my d3000, and was actually wondering this morning whether they'd be making a replacement of the d5000...

Frazoire

September 15, 2010, 5:48 pm

This is a replacement for the D90 although I believe the D90 will still be available until the end of year.





The new D3100 looks good if you want something smaller and is also quite a bit cheaper and most it's not just a minor update to the D3000 - there should be some reviews out soon!

JohnH

September 15, 2010, 6:08 pm

WANT +1!





This replaces the D90.





When can we have a review please?

Metalex

September 15, 2010, 6:10 pm

@theDman - I think this is a replacement for the D90. The D7000 is aimed at more experienced users than the D5000, is bigger and has higher build quality and more advanced features.





It seems the D7000 uses the same sensor as the recently announced Sony A55 and A580.

BOFH UK

September 15, 2010, 6:58 pm

No, this is in no way a replacement for the D5000. It's a much higher spec and comes with a much higher price, almost tripple that of the D5000. If you're looking for an equivalent in the existing Nikon range it's far, far closer to the D300s than anything else with a dash of D90 thrown in. To be honest though, if you haven't got a specific reason for upgrading and are just after better pictures, I'd say stick with your D3000 and spend the money on a lens or two rather than the body.





Personally I'm very interested to see if they keep the D90 in the product range. For a while now that's been a ridiculously good deal for those looking for a good body without breaking the bank and it's looking like the D7000 will be significantly more expensive. At least there's now a significant spec bump to justify the premium over the D90 for those going for the D7000, that always seemed to be a problem with the old D300.

hellodavey

September 15, 2010, 7:18 pm

I've got a Nikon D40x and really wanted to upgrade to d5000 but also decided on waiting for its successor. So I'm also curious to know if this is what its meant to be(at £1099 I hope not). If not - is the d5000's successor, maybe a d5100 also around the corner?

theDman

September 15, 2010, 8:08 pm

Yes, after looking at the official nikon site, I can see its not a replacement for the d5000, but for the D90 series.





I think if I do upgrade, it'll be the D3100, but its annoying as its only been a year! and the movie mode is what I really wanted. AF-F is also such a bonus, as I take photos of breakdancers regularly.

lensmann

September 15, 2010, 10:57 pm

"a 16.2 megapixel sensor based on the Nikon DX format CMOS sensor"





Benny, could you clarify whether this means that it's a Nikon-developed sensor, as opposed to the Sony sensors they'd traditionally used? If so, and if Nikon have actually stopped using Sony sensors altogether, it's going to be very interesting to see how things pan out.

99tollap

September 16, 2010, 2:15 am

I'd rather buy a D90 or Canon D40/50. Much better value for money than this.

Paul Haynes

September 20, 2010, 9:34 pm

I agree with BOFH_UK, unless you've already got a few good quality lenses, (which generally cost at least £300 each anyway) upgrading is premature. If you have got quality lenses/mastered that body/find HD video a big priority, then D3000 users are better off upgrading to a D3100, D5000 or even a D90. Having the new and latest is tempting but the D7000 is at least TRIPLE the price of the D3000 (with kit lens; quadruple). If you last spent £400 on your camera I'm sure now spending over a grand isn't too appealing.





As a D5000 user I'm considering upgrading myself. But next year. When I do, seeing as the D5000 shared so many of the D90's components, I was considering the D300s. What's interesting to me is how similarly priced it and the D7000 are. But I expect/hope the D300s will drop in price to justify itself.





As for value the D90 has been out for years so to be fair it's had a big head start. There's also the possibilty this model will experience a price cut in the face of competition, much like the D5000 had a good £200 cut off its RRP within 4 months of its release when it was going up against the Canon 500D. (Or at least I assume that was the reason)

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