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.