The Nikon D7000 is a brand new mid-level DSLR and follows the entry-level D3100‘s announcement earlier this year. However this isn’t the direct D90 replacement model as had been anticipated, as both models will remain on the current Nikon lineup.

At 16.2 megapixels, the D7000 has a highly resolute APS-C sized CMOS sensor that makes benefit of the new EXPEED 2 image processing engine to produce images from ISO 100-6400, though this can be extended to ISO 25,600 (Hi2).

The D7000 introduces a new 39-point (9 cross-type) autofocus system with 3D tracking – raising its capabilities from the 11-point multiCAM 1000 entry-level standard, but sitting below the professional grade 51-point multiCAM 3500 – that firmly cements the camera’s new role in Nikon’s lineup.

Metering also gets a total overhaul with the introduction of the 2,016-zone RGB metering sensor which Nikon claims enhances the effectiveness of the camera’s Scene Recognition System.

As is becoming ever-more popular, the Nikon D7000 also employs video capture capabilities at Full HD – meaning 1920×1080 HD capture in the Hollywood movie-esque 24fps – and can be saved using either the highly-regarded H.264 compression format (Motion-JPEG is no longer available, though stills can be easily pulled from the resulting movie footage). A further 720p HD movie mode also features that’s capable of capturing at 24, 25 or 30fps depending on preference. Add a 3.5mm stereo microphone jack and the D7000 firmly sets itself up to produce top quality moving pictures as well as stills.

The LCD to the rear is a 3in, 920k-dot high-resolution offering and the optical viewfinder provides a 100% field of view with 0.94x magnification. These features mimic the D300s’s specs, and despite many familiarities there are a few features that separate the two cameras: the D7000 has magnesium alloy top and rear covers as well as durable sealing against dust and moisture, but isn’t as comprehensively protected as the D300s. While other features are certainly similar (or in many cases even an improvement) the D7000 can’t perform quite the same rapid 7fps burst shooting – coming in a close second at 6fps. Although both cameras have dual card slots, the D7000 takes two SD cards compared to the D300s’s dual CF and SD version.

The Nikon D7000 will be available from the end of October 2010, for £1100 body only or bundled with the 18-105mm VR lens for £1300.

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  • python

    Is the difference in price with D90 is worth it? I’m not sure which one is the best value for money. http://dslrjourney.blogspot.com

  • Mike

    “Not bad, disappointed that the 1080P is only in NTSC and not PAL a let down for the European market”

    This is not the case.

  • Steve

    Got mine last Saturday as a backup for my trusty D300s. Not had much time with it yet but so far it puts my old D90 to shame

  • BazaBoy

    Not bad, disappointed that the 1080P is only in NTSC and not PAL a let down for the European market. A little disappoited also that the Body is only Mag on the top and back and plastic everywhere else, either do it all over or not at all. I’m more liking the Canon 60D as I’m moving from a 400D and don’t want the weight. It still feels Nikon are trying to play catch up with Canon who at the moment really are leaving the competition behind.

  • Foto

    Cool short video with new Nikon D7000:

    http://photologs.net/lietas/nikon-d7000/

  • Andri J

    The spec is amazing! A lot of new and useful feature… But I’ll wait the review first to buy it 🙂

  • Bob

    I have been considering a Nikon for a while now but couldn’t decide which of the many different models within my budget to go for
    I very nearly bought a D700 but I think the D7000 with the rather nice 17-55mm AF-S f/2.8G IF-ED Dx lens will tick all the boxes for me.

  • Paul

    Why is the d7000 more expensive in the uk once again???

  • Tom

    I’ve just pre-ordered the D7000 from http://amzn.to/9kxCTL for just 1199$ and free shipping.
    I’m so excited !! this should be like the best camera ever – rich camera incorporates a 16.2Mp CMOS sensor, faster ‘Expeed 2’-branded processor, 921k dot 3.0″ LCD and can record 1080p full HD movies, WOW !!

  • John Symmons

    Does the Nikon 7000 have “Liveview” this point seems to be avoided