WHILE many expected a Nikon D90 successor at the Photokina event, the announcement of the Nikon D7000 still caused quite a buzz on the Internet.
Why? Instead of being a direct successor to the D90, the D7000 sits a little above the D90 in Nikon’s product line by combining many “professional” features while updating almost every single feature found in the D90.
For example, the D7000 features a 16.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor, a new 39-point autofocus system, a new 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor, Live view on a 3in LCD screen and up to 6-frames-per-second burst shooting.
On the video side, the D7000 offers full-time continuous autofocus with face detection and shoots videos at FullHD 1080p at 24-frames-per-second using the H.264 codec.
Nikon also claims that autofocus speed has been improved during Live View and video recording.
What pushes it into the semi-professional level is the build quality — instead of a largely polycarbonate body as in the D90, the D7000 now has a tougher magnesium alloy frame with better weather sealing and weighs in at only 780g — just 80g more than the D90.
The viewfinder has also been upgraded to a full glass pentaprism (up from a pentamirror setup) which produces a brighter viewfinder image.
No local price and availability has yet been set.
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