Nikon just churned out the full specs of their next prosumer DSLR – the Nikon D7000. After we saw that teaser press shot yesterday, now we have the real deal.
The most interesting turn of events here is that the new D7000 actually occupies a new position in the Nikon DSLR portfolio. It’s placed between the current D90 and D300s models and as you would see it’s got better specs than both. Design-wise however it’s much the same as the D90 for what it’s worth. It’s almost the same size and weight as the D90 and Nikon D7000 engineers have obviously used the D90 body as a starting point for their product chassis.
But enough talking, here are the 20 new features that make the Nikon D7000 worth your time:
Magnesium alloy top and rear panels
Viewfinder now has 100% frame coverage
twin SD memory card slots for more capacity
New intelligent Li-ion Battery EN-EL15 allows for up to 1,050 shots on a single charge
Shooting mode dial now has a release pin
New quiet shutter mode for shooting sleeping children or insects
New release mode dial allows quick choosing between S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), self-timer, remote control, MUP (mirror lock-up)
New, more comfortable Live View switch and video recording button
New Nikon D7000 buttons • dual card slot • release mode dial with Quiet Shutter actuation
New image sensor:
16 megapixels – Nikon has crammed almost 40% more pixels on the same sensor size as D90
New EXPEED 2 image processing engine
New metering sensor
Sensor base ISO is now ISO100 instead of ISO200 as on the D90
1/8000 maximum shutter speed (as opposed to 1/4000 on the D90)
Denser autofocus area with a total of 39 AF points (9 cross-type sensors)
Faster contrast-detect AF in LiveView mode
High-speed continuous shooting of up to 100 shots at approximately 6 fps
Electronic virtual horizon in Live View mode and in the optical viewfinder
Dynamic-area AF mode: 39 points • 3D-tracking mode • Auto-area AF mode
New D-Movie video recording:
1080p video (24 fps) and 720p video (24, 25, 30fps)
Jack for an external stereo microphone
Continuous auto focus during video recording
You may notice I’ve put together a list of 21 features, but hey, TWENTY provided for a head-turning headline. Consider that last one a bonus.
The Nikon D7000 should make it on the US market for a price of $1200 (body only) or $1500 with the standard kit 18-105mm lens – which works quite well for the D90.
Oh, and one more thing, if you’re into it, you can check Nikon’s official full-resolution camera samples from the new Nikon D7000 right here.