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Nikon D7000


$1,200.00 Released October, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Professional class magnesium alloy body. 16.2Mp CMOS sensor - improved ISO / noise performance over the previous generation. 6fps continuous shooting.

The Cons:$1200 body-only price point is a long way from the current generation step down model (the $600 D3100). No tilting/swiveling LCD screen. No internal GPS.

The Nikon D7000 is a midrange digital SLR released as a successor to the Nikon D90 (08/08). Featured is a new 16.2MP sensor with an Expeed 2 processor for 14-bit processing, which means a better dynamic range; a more sophisticated autofocus system rated between the D90 and D300 in sensitivity; and a viewfinder with 100% scene coverage.

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Product Shot 2 But more importantly, the D7000 is the first unit from Nikon to offer full 1080p/24p video footage (720p/30p also included), not to mention the incorporation of full-time autofocus while capturing video. Like the D300 models, the D7000 is also dust and moisture sealed. Additional features include dual SD memory card slots, a 6fps burst mode for 100 shots, and custom settings available via the mode dial (versus a menu interface).

Features

  • Midrange DSLR
  • All-Metal Chassis
  • Magnesium-Alloy Covers
  • Dust/Moisture Sealed
  • 16.2MP Sensor
  • Expeed 2 Processor
  • 14-Bit Processing
  • 1080/24p and 720/30p Video Capture
  • Full-Time Autofocus during Video Capture
  • Articulated LCD
  • 20-Minute MAX Recording Time
  • Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder
  • 100% Frame Coverage
  • .94x Magnification
  • 1/8000s Shutter Speed
  • 150,000 Cycles
  • 39-Focus Point AF System
  • 9 Cross-Type Sensors

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Pros
  • 10

    professional class magnesium alloy body

  • 9

    16.2Mp CMOS sensor - improved ISO / noise performance over the previous generation

  • 8

    6fps continuous shooting

  • 6

    39-point AF system with 3D tracking (almost 4x that of the D90)

  • 6

    faster EXPEED 2 image processing engine - less lag time gives the photographer much more control with no preemptive action needed

  • 6

    increased usable / available ISO range 100-6400 - extendable to 25600

  • 6

    larger 100% frame coverage with 0.94x magnification (up from 96% on the D90)

  • 3

    higher level camera than the D90 - a great upgrade for the photographer that has mastered the D90 and desires even more

  • 3

    stereo microphone input jack for taking video audio externally

  • 3

    capable of capturing 1080p/24 or 720p/30 high definition video

  • 2

    increased maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 (up from 1/4000 on the D90)

  • 2

    HDMI output for direct playback of images and video on compatible HDTVs and computer displays

  • 2

    dual SD card slots with customizable storage options

  • 2

    SDXC card support (standard for cards exceeding 32GB, has new high-speed filesystem exFAT)

  • 1

    2,016 pixel RGB metering sensor (double the number found in the D90)

  • 1

    shutter tested (guaranteed?) to 150k actuations

Cons
  • 1

    $1200 body-only price point is a long way from the current generation step down model (the $600 D3100)

  • 0

    no tilting/swiveling LCD screen

  • -1

    no internal GPS

  • -1

    no CF card option - for those upgrading from or buying a backup for their D200 / D300 / D300s / D3 etc...

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All nice additions for the D7000 versus the D90, but the lack of GPS integration and its high price definitely don't persuade me of updating to this one (I've had the D90 for 2 years). I'd also like to see the swiveling/tilting LCD screen, but that would not have been a deal-breaker. If you're in the market for a new DSLR, I would recommend the Sony Alpha SLT-A55. It integrates GPS, records HD video with continuous auto-focus, also supports SDXC, has a faster auto-focus engine, has a faster continuous shooting mode (10fps), swivels&tilts the LCD, its ISO goes up to 12800, and runs only $749.

Sep 19, 10
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