Nikon keeps the new gear coming as the D7000 joins the D90 in HD Video land
We knew there would be a lot of announcements before Photokina, but this has been crazy!
Nikon continues with the new D7000, taking it’s place between the D90 and the D300s, with….wait for it…..FULL TIME AUTO FOCUS in Movie mode!
First of all the new D7000: 1080p HD, 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, FULL TIME auto focus in BOTH still and moving images. “To keep critical HD focus, users can choose to engage a variety of AF functions, including face priority to track up to 35 human faces, subjectâ€tracking and normal or wideâ€area autofocus.
And that auto focus comes within a 39 point AF system, plus 3D tracking for those moving shots.
An ISO of 100-6400 expandable all the way to 25,600, usually reserved for the FX line-up.
The viewfinder shows virtually 100% of the frame, and one of our favorite features, borrowed from the D3 series is the dual slot for media cards.
Yep, you can either do an immediate backup, have one card be for jpeg, another for RAW, or just use it for overflow. You can now do video clips up to 20 mins. SD cards this time.
And there is a mode called Quiet Shutter for those delicate situations.
Those are the highlights.
Now for the press release:
EVOLUTION OF THE REVOLUTIONARY: THE NIKON D7000 Dâ€SLR IS THE PREEMMINENT DIGITAL CAMERA FOR DEMANDING PHOTO ENTHUSIASTS
The D7000 Offers Creative Freedom with Advanced Features Such as a New 16.2 Megapixel DXâ€Format CMOS Sensor, Six FPS Shooting, 39â€Point AF System and 1080p HD Movie with Full Time Autofocus
MELVILLE, N.Y. (September 15, 2010) â€“ Nikon Inc. today introduced the new D7000 digital SLR camera designed to fulfill the needs of passionate photographers who demand exceptional performance, reliability, and unprecedented levels of control and versatility in a compact form factor. Engineered as an ideal balance of durability and functionality, the D7000 Dâ€SLR features a multitude of new enhancements and updated Nikon technologies, which results in stunning photos and amazing full HD (High Definition) movies.
Continuing the tradition of innovative technology that began with the revolutionary D90, the first Dâ€SLR to capture HD movie, the D7000 features a new 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor with lowâ€light ability never before seen in a DXâ€format (APSâ€C) camera. The new EXPEED 2 TM imageâ€processing engine fuels the enhanced performance of the D7000 along with a new 39â€point AF system and groundbreaking new 2,016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System to deliver amazing image quality in a variety of shooting conditions. Additionally, the D7000 Dâ€SLR provides full 1080p HD movie capability with full time auto focus (AF), enabling users to capture their world with both striking still and moving images.
â€œThe D7000 Dâ€SLR creates a new class of Nikon camera by delivering exceptional quality, control and an innovative feature set; this is a camera that enables Dâ€SLR users to achieve a true expression of their creative vision, while concentrating primarily on image quality above all else,â€ said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. â€œWhen you combine the innovation of the agile D7000 with the exceptional and robust line of NIKKOR lenses and accessories, the potential for Dâ€SLR photographers and filmmakers is limitless.â€
Unparalleled Performance From Unrivaled Technologies
With its new 16.2â€megapixel CMOS image sensor and Nikonâ€™s new EXPEED 2 image processing system, the D7000 Dâ€SLR delivers superior image quality with low noise. The EXPEED 2 imageâ€processing engine combined with a 14â€bit Analog / Digital conversion brings a new level of even tonal gradations while managing color, contrast, exposure, and noise resulting in brilliant image quality. EXPEED 2 also manages the D7000â€™s speedy 50â€millisecond shutter response, blazing AF speed and rapid six frameâ€perâ€second (fps) burst speed for up to 100 images.
The D7000 Dâ€SLR features an allâ€new 39â€point AF System, which includes nine center crossâ€type sensors that operate with more than 60 NIKKOR lenses. The 39 points in the new Multiâ€CAM 4800DX AF module work together to provide superior subject acquisition and fast tracking capabilities, allowing photographers to confidently capture a player stealing third from the sideline to fastâ€loving wildlife. Additionally, photographers can activate dynamic or single point AF, configurable in combinations of 9, 21 or 39 or a 21â€point ring to match a variety of shooting styles and situations. Photographers can activate 3D tracking, which continuously follows moving subjects within the 39 AF points, highlighting the activated AF point in the viewfinder.
Utilizing Nikonâ€™s exclusive Scene Recognition System, the camera analyzes subject information from a database containing more than 30,000 images to optimize focus, exposure and white balance. To assist in creating amazing imagery, the Scene Recognition System reads data from a groundbreaking 2,016â€pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter RGB sensor that examines the sceneâ€™s brightness and color data then optimizes the cameraâ€™s performance prior to the actual exposure. Another revolutionary Nikon first, this system interprets scene data for improved control of light metering and iâ€TTL flash output.
Additionally this new sensor allows for a new â€œAmbientâ€ white balance setting which can be activated to allow warm rendering in Automatic White Balance.
Nikon Continues the Lowâ€Light Fight
The D7000 Dâ€SLR continues Nikonâ€™s tradition of providing photographers the confidence to shoot in lowâ€light, knowing they will capture high quality lowâ€noise images. The cameraâ€™s native ISO range of 100â€6400 affords the versatility to photograph in challenging lighting conditions, such as when indoors or in the evening. The ISO range can be expanded to a Hiâ€2 setting of 25,600, which was previously found only in Nikon FXâ€format territory. The resolution of the camera renders a pixel size of 4.78 Î¼m, which allows more light to be gathered, resulting in a correctly exposed image that has less noise and finer grain.
Full 1080p HD Movies with Advanced Video Features
Building upon the popular D90 Dâ€SLR, the Nikon D7000 captures breathtaking full 1080p HD movies with fullâ€time autofocus and manual exposure control. To keep critical HD focus, users can choose to engage a variety of AF functions, including face priority to track up to 35 human faces, subjectâ€tracking and normal or wideâ€area autofocus.
Advanced movie features also allow exposure adjustment on the fly while recording. The D7000 Dâ€SLR offers variable frame rates and resolutions, and can record 1080p at a cinemaâ€like 24 fps, or a webâ€friendly 720p at either 24 or 30 fps for up to 20 minutes per clip. Once recorded, users are able to edit and trim video clips in the camera to save time in post production. Whether utilizing a wireless or hot shoe mounted microphone, sound can be recorded via the stereo microphone input for professional audio results.
To further simplify movie shooting, Live View is activated by a single dedicated switch, and HD video recording is achieved by pressing a single button. The D7000 Dâ€SLR also incorporates a builtâ€in HDMI output CEC compliant (Consumer Electronic Control) that allows users to connect it to a HDTV and playback with most HDTV remote controls.
By adding versatile NIKKOR lenses to the equation, photographers can create a variety of photo perspectives to video such as isolating subjects with a shallow depth of field, and recording in lowâ€light conditions. Combining the D7000 Dâ€SLR with NIKKOR lenses also delivers the sharpness essential for HD video, and Nikonâ€™s innovative Vibration Reduction (VR) II technology helps to eliminate the effects of camera shake.
No Compromise: Enhanced Build Quality, Durability and Usability
The compact design is lightweight enough for a full days use, but has a reassuring heft that hints at Nikonâ€™s reputation for reliability. The durable camera body consists of a magnesiumâ€alloy top and rear covers and a 150,000 cycleâ€rated shutter system. Additionally, the D7000 Dâ€SLR is dust and moisture sealed and features Nikonâ€™s dust reduction system to remove imageâ€degrading particles from the image sensor. Among the well laid out ergonomics, users will immediately notice a new Mode Dial that eschews traditional Scene Mode icons for more advanced manual functions and two userâ€defined settings (U1, U2) to adapt to a users shooting style on the fly. Placed under the control wheel is a Release Mode dial, which allows access the burst modes, timer, or the Quiet Shutter, to soften the cameras operation when shooting in sensitive environments such as a ceremonies or nature.
When framing lush landscapes or tight telephoto shots from afar, users will appreciate the large, bright glass pentaprism optical viewfinder has approximately 100% frame coverage and approximately 0.94x magnification. The threeâ€inch, 921,000â€dot superâ€density LCD monitor with 170â€degree viewing delivers bright, crisp image playback and precise Live View and movie shooting.
The D7000 Dâ€SLR features twin SD card slots with SD, SDHC, SDXC memory card compatibility that offers a several recording options including designating separate NEF (RAW) JPEG and movie files. The builtâ€in iâ€TTL Speedlight flash offers coverage for lenses as wide as 16mm and has Wireless Commander support so users can choose how to light their subjects. The D7000 was designed to provide maximum performance with minimized power usage and also employs a new ENâ€EL15 battery which enables up to 1050 shots when fully charged.
Nikon Technologies That Empower and Inspire
The D7000 Dâ€SLR contains many features aimed at empowering the user with creative freedom including the ability to process RAW images directly in the camera, and add in special effects using the retouch menu. Among the many editing options are color filters, distortion control for a fisheye effect, perspective control for a miniature effect, or a new color sketch filter that creates a sketchâ€styled image. As always, manipulated images are saved as copies while the original is retained.
The Picture Control system also allows the choice for Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape settings to apply a personal look and feel to their pictures, and itâ€™s versatile Scene Modes let them choose from Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Closeâ€up or Night Portrait for stunning results even in challenging conditions.
Price and Availability
The D7000 Dâ€SLR camera will be available throughout the United States beginning midâ€October 2010 at an MSRP* of $1199.95 for body only and $1499.95 for body and lens outfit that includes the AFâ€S DX Zoomâ€NIKKOR 18â€105mm f/3.5â€5.6G ED VR lens. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.