“New” seems to be the operative word talking about the D7000’s feature set. The camera is outfitted with a 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor. It houses a new 2016-pixel RGB 3D Matrix metering system designed to adjust for a scene’s color and brightness. A new EXPEED 2 image processor offers 14-bit analog/digital conversion and, as Nikon claims, better levels of tonal gradation and color, contrast, exposure and noise performance.
The D7000 offers a native ISO range of 100-6400 expandable at the Hi-2 setting to 25,600. Burst shooting is available at a maximum rate of 6 fps for up to 100 images. HD video recording at 1080p at 24 fps is also available with full-time auto focus thanks to a new 39-point (9 cross-type) Multi-CAM 4800DX AF system with automatic tracking capability. This system follows a moving subject and highlights the active AF point in the viewfinder. The viewfinder offers 100% coverage.
RAW images can be processed in-camera with original files retained. Filters can be added for color and distortion effects, including a new color sketch filter for a stylized image. The D7000 has an HDMI port that is CEC-compatible, meaning it can be controlled by most HDTV remotes when used with a compatible TV. Two memory card slots offer SD, SDHC and SDXC compatibility. Nikon claims the included lithium-ion battery will power the D7000 for up to 1050 shots.
SB-700 Wireless Speedlite
Nikon also replaces the SB-600 flash unit with the SB-700, described as a smaller SB-900. It has built-in commander functionality with the ability to trigger two different groups.
Pricing and availability
Nikon will make the D7000 available in mid-October with a body-only MSRP of $1199.95. A kit with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will cost $1499.95. The SB-700 becomes available in November with an MSRP of $329.99.