Nikon found room for a lot of pro-grade features in a $1,200 DSLR.
Just a few weeks after Canon dropped their EOS 60D on us, Nikon fires back with their new 16.2 megapixel DX-format DSLR.
The D7000 — not to be confused with their recently-announced compact, the P7000 — uses a CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 2 image processing engine, which Nikon claim combine to provide low-light performance that's unmatched with an APS-C sensor. It has a native ISO range of 100-6400, but can be expanded all the way up to 25,600.
Its accompanied by a revamped 39-point AF system with a new 2,016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering system to better handle a wider variety of challenging shooting situations. It uses nine center cross-type sensors and allows shooters to switch between dynamic or single point AF. The Scene Recognition System also dips into a database of more than 30,000 images to optimize focus, exposure and white balance.
Living up to its D90 lineage, the D7000 takes video capture very seriously, cranking up the resolution to 1080p and offering full-time autofocus (which first showed up in the recently-announced D3100) and exposure control. Of course, they have also included the common 24 and 30 fps frame rates and even allow users to make edits to their video inside the camera. In one final gesture to show just how serious they're taking video, Nikon also gave the D7000 a dedicated live view switch and a video record button, which will make life a lot easier for those who switch back and forth from stills to motion capture.