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Nikon D7000 Digital SLR

Nikon D7000 SLR front
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September 15th, 2010:
Nikon has today announced the mid range Nikon D7000 digital SLR camera, an update to the popular Nikon D90, and in many ways a model that out specs the higher end Nikon D300s. With a new 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, six frames per second shooting, a new 39-point AF system, 1080 HD movie recording with full time autofocus and sound including an external microphone input, and a new 2016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix metering system, the Nikon D7000 is sure to appeal to both enthusiast and semi-professional photographers.

Additional headline features of the Nikon D7000 include; Live View which allows the user to compose the image while looking at the camera's large 3.0-inch high resolution 921,000 dot LCD screen, a glass prism viewfinder with 100% coverage, a durable magnesium allow body construction with weather seals, ISO boost up to 25,600 ISO (100-6400 ISO standard), dual Secure Digital (SD) memory card slots, a new high capacity EN-EL15 rechargeable battery that offers up to 1050 shots per charge, an optional MB-D11 vertical release battery grip, and new Expeed 2 image processing.

Nikon D7000 Major Features
D7000 Digital SLR Press Release and Prices
Nikon D7000 SLR Specifications

Nikon D7000 back

Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Camera Major Features:

  • 16.2 effective megapixel DX format CMOS image sensor

  • Incorporates Nikon's new image processing engine EXPEED 2

  • Glass pentaprism viewfinder provides 100% coverage and 94% magnification

  • Large 3.0-inch LCD monitor with 921,000 dot resolution which supports Live View shooting, wide viewing angle and brightness adjustment

  • ISO sensitivity range from 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 25,600 equivalent)

  • Up to 1/250 sec flash sync speed and 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed

  • Two user defined settings can be assigned to the shooting mode dial (U1, U2) for personal preference

  • New 39-point auto focus system with 3D subject tracking

  • New 2016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix metering system for accurate exposure control

  • Up to 6 frames per second continuous shooting up to 100 jpeg's to help capture the action

  • Durable magnesium alloy body construction with weather and dust resistant seals

  • Full HD 1080p movies (D-movie) can be recorded at 24 frames per second (fps) and at 30 fps at 720p (up to 20 min clips at a time)

  • During movie shooting, you can record monaural sound with the built-in microphone, or stereo recording is available using an optional external microphone. You can also select the sensitivity level for either the built-in or the external microphone.

  • Nikon D7000 Microphone Sensitivity Menu
    Nikon D7000 in-camera retouch menu for editing still images

  • The Nikon D7000 provides a range of in-camera image and movie editing functions. In Movie Edit you can delete unwanted parts by choosing the start or end point by frame, and save a selected movie frame as a JPEG image

  • Features two Secure Digital (SD) memory card slots and is SDXC memory card compatible

  • HDMI output (cable optional) to connect the camera to an HD TV or monitor

  • Active D-Lighting automatically balances the exposure between dark and bright areas of the image

  • Picture Control settings allow users to customize the look of the image before taking the picture

  • Built-in flash includes commander mode for wireless control of dedicated external speedlights

  • New optional MB-D11 vertical release battery grip includes weather seals (can also use AA batteries)

  • New shutter mechanism rated up to 150,000 cycles

  • Supports optional Eye-Fi memory cards allowing for wireless transfer of images and movies

  • Provides for unobtrusive shooting with Quiet release mode

  • Incorporates a dust reduction system designed to prevent dust from impacting your photos

  • Comes supplied with a Nikon EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 1050 shots per charge

  • The Nikon D7000 body only is now available for pre-order in the US from B&H Photo and Video

  • Nikon D7000 top view

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    Press Release: September 15, 2010
    – 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 D-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 D-SLR to capture HD movie, the D7000 features a new 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with low-light ability never before seen in a DX-format (APS-C) camera.

    The new EXPEED 2 image-processing engine fuels the enhanced performance of the D7000 along with a new 39-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 D-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.

    Nikon D7000 SLR Body

    “The D7000 D-SLR creates a new class of Nikon camera by delivering exceptional quality, control and an innovative feature set; this is a camera that enables D-SLR users to achieve a true expression of their creative vision, while concentrating primarily on image quality above all else,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “When you combine the innovation of the agile D7000 with the exceptional and robust line of NIKKOR lenses and accessories, the potential for D-SLR photographers and filmmakers is limitless.”

    Unparalleled Performance From Unrivaled Technologies

    With its new 16.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor and Nikon’s new EXPEED 2 image processing system, the D7000 D-SLR delivers superior image quality with low noise. The EXPEED 2 image-processing engine combined with a 14-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 D7000’s speedy 50-millisecond shutter response, blazing AF speed and rapid six frame-per-second (fps) burst speed for up to 100 images.

    The D7000 D-SLR features an all-new 39-point AF System, which includes nine center cross-type sensors that operate with more than 60 NIKKOR lenses. The 39 points in the new Multi-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 fast-moving wildlife.

    Additionally, photographers can activate dynamic or single point AF, configurable in combinations of 9, 21 or 39 or a 21-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 Nikon’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 2,016-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter RGB sensor that examines the scene’s brightness and color data then optimizes the camera’s performance prior to the actual exposure.

    Another revolutionary Nikon first, this system interprets scene data for improved control of light metering and i-TTL flash output. Additionally this new sensor allows for a new “Ambient” white balance setting which can be activated to allow warm rendering in Automatic White Balance.

    Nikon Continues the Low-Light Fight

    The D7000 D-SLR continues Nikon’s tradition of providing photographers the confidence to shoot in low-light, knowing they will capture high quality low-noise images. The camera’s native ISO range of 100-6400 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 Hi-2 setting of 25,600, which was previously found only in Nikon FX-format territory. The resolution of the camera renders a pixel size of 4.78 µm, 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 D-SLR, the Nikon D7000 captures breathtaking full 1080p HD movies with full-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, subject-tracking and normal or wide-area autofocus.

    Advanced movie features also allow exposure adjustment on the fly while recording. The D7000 D-SLR offers variable frame rates and resolutions, and can record 1080p at a cinema-like 24 fps, or a web-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.

    Nikon D7000 Side View

    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 D-SLR also incorporates a built-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 low-light conditions. Combining the D7000 D-SLR with NIKKOR lenses also delivers the sharpness essential for HD video, and Nikon’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 Nikon’s reputation for reliability. The durable camera body consists of a magnesium-alloy top and rear covers and a 150,000 cycle-rated shutter system. Additionally, the D7000 D-SLR is dust and moisture sealed and features Nikon’s dust reduction system to remove image-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 user-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 three-inch, 921,000-dot super-density LCD monitor with 170-degree viewing delivers bright, crisp image playback and precise Live View and movie shooting.

    Nikon D7000 with dual SD card slots

    The D7000 D-SLR features twin SD card slots with SD, SDHC, SDXC memory card compatibility that offers several recording options including designating separate NEF (RAW) JPEG and movie files.

    The built-in i-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.

    Nikon D7000 with built-in flash up

    The Nikon D7000 was designed to provide maximum performance with minimized power usage and also employs a new EN-EL15 battery which enables up to 1050 shots when fully charged. The camera comes supplied with one EN-EL15 battery and a MH-25 battery charger.

    Nikon EN-EL15 Li_ion rechargeable battery and MH-25 charger

    Nikon Technologies That Empower and Inspire

    The Nikon D7000 D-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 sketch-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 it’s versatile Scene Modes let them choose from Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results even in challenging conditions.

    Price and Availability

    The D7000 is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in late October 2010, at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,279.95 for the body only and $1,599.95 for a kit that includes the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR zoom lens.

    The D7000 D-SLR camera will be available throughout the United States beginning mid-October 2010 at an MSRP of $1199.95 US for the D7000 body only and $1499.95 for the D7000 kit with the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

    Compare the latest US $ street prices on the Nikon D90 SLR Kit , or check out the latest Canadian Nikon D90 prices.

    Nikon D7000 with optional vertical release MB-D11 battery grip

    Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Specifications
    Lens mount
    Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
    Effective angle of view
    Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)
    Effective pixels
    16.2 million
    Image sensor
    23.6 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
    Total pixels
    16.9 million
    Dust-reduction system
    Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
    Image size (pixels)
    • 4,928 x 3,264 [L]
    • 3,696 x 2,448 [M]
    • 2,464 x 1,632 [S]
    Still Image File format
    • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed or compressed
    • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available
    • NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
    Picture Control System
    Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
    Memory Media
    SD (Secure Digital), SDHC and SDXC memory cards
    Memory Card Double slots
    Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using NEF + JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards
    File system
    DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge
    Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
    Frame coverage
    Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
    Viewfinder Magnification
    Approx. 0.94 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
    19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1)
    Diopter adjustment
    -3 to +1 m-1
    Focusing screen
    Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
    Reflex mirror
    Quick return
    Depth-of-field preview
    Pressing depth-of-field preview button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (other modes)
    Lens aperture
    Instant return, electronically controlled
    Compatible lenses
    • DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
    • Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported (PC Micro-NIKKOR does not support some functions); IX-NIKKOR lenses not supported
    • Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II; lenses for F3AF not supported
    • AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
    • Non-CPU: Can be used in modes A and M; color matrix metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data (AI lenses only)
    •  Note: Electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
    Shutter Type
    Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
    Shutter Speed
    1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time (requires optional Remote Control ML-L3), X250
    Flash sync speed
    X = 1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)
    Release modes
    S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), (self-timer), (remote control), MUP (mirror up)
    Frame advance rate
    Approx. 1 to 5 fps (CL) or approx. 6 fps (CH) (CIPA guidelines)
    2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
    Remote release modes
    Delayed remote, quick-response remote, remote mirror-up
    Exposure Metering
    TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
    Exposure Metering method
    • Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
    • Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame; diameter of circle can be changed to 6, 10 or 13 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (fixed at 8 mm when non-CPU lens is used)
    • Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5 % of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
    (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
    • Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV
    • Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
    Exposure meter coupling
    Combined CPU and AI
    Exposure modes
    Auto (auto; auto [flash off]), scene (portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait, night landscape, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, pet portrait, candlelight, blossom, autumn colors, food, silhouette, high key, low key), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M), U1 (user settings 1), U2 (user settings 2)
    Exposure compensation
    -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
    Exposure bracketing
    2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
    Exposure lock
    Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
    ISO sensitivity
    (Recommended Exposure Index)
    ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
    Active D-Lighting
    Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off
    ADL bracketing
    2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 frames using preset values for all frames
    Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, finetuning, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft. 8 in. to 9 ft. 10 in.)
    Detection range
    -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
    Lens servo
    • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
    • Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
    Focus point
    Can be selected from 39 or 11 focus points
    AF-area mode
    Single-point AF; 9-, 21- or 39-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
    Focus lock
    Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
    Built-in flash
    • Scene auto Modes: Auto flash with auto pop-up
    • P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
    Guide number
    Approx. 12/39 , 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
    Flash control
    • TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400 (i-TTL balanced fill-flash is available when matrix or center-weighted metering is selected)
    • Auto aperture: Available with SB-900/SB-800 and CPU lens
    • Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27 and SB-22S
    • Distance-priority manual: Available with SB-900, SB-800 and SB-700
    Flash compensation
    -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
    Flash bracketing
    2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
    Flash-ready indicator
    Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output
    Accessory shoe
    ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts, and safety lock
    Nikon Creative Lighting
    System (CLS)
    Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700 or SU-800 as commander and SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes; Auto FP high-speed sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
    Sync terminal
    Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (available separately)
    White balance
    Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored), choose color temperature (2,500 K to 10,000 K), all with fine tuning; white balance bracketing: 2 to 3 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
    Live View Lens servo
    • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
    • Manual focus (M)
    Live View AF-area modes
    Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
    Live View Autofocus
    Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
    Movie Metering
    TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
    Movie Metering method
    Movie Frame size (pixels)
    and frame rate
    [NTSC] · 1,920 1,080 (24p); 24 (23.976) fps · 1,280 720 (30p); 30 (29.97) fps · 1,280 720 (24p); 24 (23.976) fps · 640 424 (30p); 30 (29.97) fps
    [PAL] · 1,920 1,080 (24p); 24 (23.976) fps · 1,280 720 (25p); 25 fps · 1,280 720 (24p); 24 (23.976) fps · 640 424 (25p); 25 fps
    Choice of normal and high quality available
    Movie Maximum length
    Approx. 20 minutes
    File format
    Video compression
    H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
    Audio recording format
    Linear PCM
    Audio recording device
    Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
    LCD monitor
    7.5-cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot (VGA), low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
    Playback function
    Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, highlights, histogram display, auto image rotation and image comment (up to 36 characters)
    Hi-Speed USB
    Video output
    NTSC, PAL; images can be displayed on external device while camera monitor is on
    HDMI output
    Type C mini-pin HDMI connector; camera monitor turns off when HDMI cable is connected
    Accessory terminal
    • Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately)
    • GPS Unit: GP-1 (available separately)
    Supported languages
    Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
    One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15
    Battery pack
    Optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D11 with one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15 or six R6/AA size alkaline, NiMH or lithium batteries
    AC adapter
    AC Adapter EH-5a; requires Power Connector EP-5B (available separately)
    Tripod socket
    1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
    (W x H x D)
    Approx. 132 105 77 mm (5.2 4.1 3.0 in.)
    Approx. 690 g (1 lb. 8.3 oz.) camera body only; approx. 780 g (1 lb. 11.5 oz.) with battery and memory card but without body cap
    0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
    Less than 85% (no condensation)
    Supplied accessories
    (may differ by country or area)
    Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15, Battery Charger MH-25, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecap DK-21, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-DC1, LCD Monitor Cover BM-11, Body Cap BF-1B, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, ViewNX 2 ROM

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