Nikon's recently announced DX (APS-C) sensor cameras mark the beginning of the brand's escalation of resolution levels beyond the 12.3 megapixels that marked the upper limit of last generation cropped-sensor Nikons. First the D3100 appeared with 14 megapixels, then about a month later the D7000 was announced with 16.2 megapixels.
More important than the resolution increase in the D7000 is the fact that it incorporates the latest Nikon EXPEED 2 processing system, a new 2016 pixel 3D color matrix meter RGB sensor, and a new 39-point auto focus system. These two new cameras provide Nikon with a clearly-defined entry-level model in the D3100, the prosumer grade D7000, and leaves those of us with D300S pondering what the D400 might bring to the table when it appears.
Besides the new processing, AF and matrix metering systems, the D7000 also features a 6 frame per second continuous shooting rate and a 1080p HD video capability with full time auto focus. The camera is available as a body only, or packaged in kit form with a stabilized (VR) 18-105mm zoom lens as was our review unit. And speaking of lenses, D7000 lens compatibility and functionality is the same as the pro-body Nikons, which encompasses the current catalogue of over 60 lenses along with most Nikkor F-mount glass dating back to 1959. Here's the D7000 set up for surf shooting with my VR 400 f/2.8.
The camera is weather-sealed but reaffirms its prosumer lineage by including nineteen special scene modes in addition to the traditional P, A, S and M shooting options found in high performance DSLRs.
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