D7000 moves on up

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.

++++ www.nikon.com.my

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