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Nikon's 16.2MP D7000 digital SLR revealed

Nikon has announced a feature-rich addition to its digital SLR camera family, the 16.2 megapixel D7000
Nikon has announced a feature-rich addition to its digital SLR camera family, the 16.2 megapixel D7000
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The optional D11 power pack
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The optional D11 power pack
The virtual horizon indicator ensures that your camera is always level if you need it to be
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The virtual horizon indicator ensures that your camera is always level if you need it to be
The D7000's output ports, including USB and HDMI
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The D7000's output ports, including USB and HDMI
The D7000 with flash module
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The D7000 with flash module
The D7000 with flash module
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The D7000 with flash module
The D7000 is built around a magnesium-alloy body
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The D7000 is built around a magnesium-alloy body
The D7000's shooting menu
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The D7000's shooting menu
The D7000 has twin media card slots with SDXC support
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The D7000 has twin media card slots with SDXC support
Nikon has announced a feature-rich addition to its digital SLR camera family, the 16.2 megapixel D7000
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Nikon has announced a feature-rich addition to its digital SLR camera family, the 16.2 megapixel D7000
The D7000 is compatible with numerous NIKKOR lenses
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The D7000 is compatible with numerous NIKKOR lenses
Nikon D7000 digital SLR uses a new EXPEED 2 image processing engine
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Nikon D7000 digital SLR uses a new EXPEED 2 image processing engine
The D7000 has a standard ISO100 to ISO6400 range, with expansion up to ISO25600
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The D7000 has a standard ISO100 to ISO6400 range, with expansion up to ISO25600
Scene choices on the Mode Dial have been replaced by advanced manual functions and a couple of user-defined settings
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Scene choices on the Mode Dial have been replaced by advanced manual functions and a couple of user-defined settings
The D7000 can manage six frames-per-second continuous shooting at full resolution
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The D7000 can manage six frames-per-second continuous shooting at full resolution
The Scene Recognition System accesses a database of over 30,000 images to choose optimum focus, exposure and white balance
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The Scene Recognition System accesses a database of over 30,000 images to choose optimum focus, exposure and white balance
The D7000 offers full 1080p high definition movie recording at 24 frames per second, with full-time autofocus
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The D7000 offers full 1080p high definition movie recording at 24 frames per second, with full-time autofocus
The D7000's 3-inch, 921,000 dot resolution LCD display
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The D7000's 3-inch, 921,000 dot resolution LCD display
The D7000 can also use standard AA-sized batteries via the optional D11 power pack
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The D7000 can also use standard AA-sized batteries via the optional D11 power pack
Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010
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Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010
Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010
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Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010
Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010
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Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010
Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010
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Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010
Nikon D7000 - Live View mode
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Nikon D7000 - Live View mode
Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010
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Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010
Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010
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Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010

Nikon has announced a feature-rich addition to its digital SLR camera family, the 16.2 megapixel D7000. In addition to a new image processing engine and 3D Matrix metering system, the camera also offers full HD video recording with autofocus, twin media card slots, over a thousand shots between battery charges and up to six frames per second burst shooting. Its low-light-friendly too – with sensitivity expansion to ISO25600, noise reduction and shake reduction all promising to help grab the best shot in the most testing conditions. The D7000 is among the many photographic treats we're checking out at Photokina in Cologne this week.

Built around a magnesium-alloy chassis, the new Nikon D7000 digital SLR camera body has been dust and moisture sealed and features a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, the company's own 39-point Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection and a new EXPEED 2 image processing engine. The smooth, fast focusing system allows for dynamic or single-point autofocus and nine center cross-type sensors plus 3D tracking follow moving subjects and highlight the activated AF point in the eye-level glass pentaprism optical viewfinder.

The D7000 is compatible with numerous NIKKOR lenses
The D7000 is compatible with numerous NIKKOR lenses

As well as taking care of the camera's nippy six frames-per-second continuous shooting at full resolution and managing the 50-millisecond shutter response and autofocus capabilities, the new EXPEED 2 engine works with 14-bit analog/digital conversion to bring what Nikon describes as "a new level of even tonal gradations while managing color, contrast, exposure, and noise resulting in brilliant image quality."

Using the 2,016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System, the Scene Recognition System accesses a database of over 30,000 images to choose optimum focus, exposure and white balance. Low light, flash-free photography gets high sensitivity assist thanks to the standard ISO100 to ISO6400 range – with expansion up to ISO25600 – Vibration Reduction (VR) II and low noise technology.

Live View functionality on the D7000's 3-inch, 921,000 dot resolution LCD display gives the user another option when framing shots or shooting video. The camera offers full 1080p high definition movie recording at 24 frames per second with full-time autofocus, face and subject tracking and on-the-fly exposure adjustment. In addition to a built-in mono microphone there's a stereo mic input and basic movie editing can be done on the camera itself. A HDMI-out port allows for viewing of images or videos on a big screen TV.

The virtual horizon indicator ensures that your camera is always level if you need it to be
The virtual horizon indicator ensures that your camera is always level if you need it to be

Nikon has redesigned the mode dial atop the 5.2 x 4.1 x 3-inch (132 x 103 x 77mm) D7000. Gone are the familiar scene choices in favor of advanced manual functions and a couple of user-defined settings. Other highlights include in-camera image retouching, including direct processing of RAW images and side-by-side image comparison, a virtual horizon indicator helps ensure that your camera is always level if you need it to be, twin media card slots with SDXC support and a new EN-EL15 Li-ion battery that's said to give 1050 shots between charges.

Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010
Nikon D7000 on show at Photokina 2010

Compatible with numerous NIKKOR lenses courtesy of Nikon's F mount, the D7000 digital SLR will be available from mid-October for a recommended retail of US$1200 for the body-only and US$1500 for a kit which includes the body and AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

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akshaysulakhe
awesome....