Nikon Unveils 16.2MP D7000 DSLR, 200mm f/2 and 35mm f/1.4 Nikkor Lenses and SB-700 Speedlight
SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
Dan Havlik, PDN's Technology Specialist
Nikon joined the parade of
pre-photokina show releases this morning with the launch of
the new 16.2-megapixel D7000, a prosumer digital SLR that can
capture full 1080p HD video with full-time autofocusing.
Nikon also announced two new lenses and a flash this morning: the
AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4 ($1799), the AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2 VR
($5999), and the SB-700 Speedlight ($329).
The D7000 is a replacement to
the popular D90 which was released two years ago and was
the first DSLR to shoot HD video. (It presaged the Canon 5D Mark II
by several weeks.) The D7000 captures 1080 at 24fps 1080p and 720p
at 24 or 30 fps.
with the 1080p HD and continuous video autofocusing (also available
in Live View), the D7000 adds an external stereo mic jack (monaural
mic built in); 39-point (9 cross type) autofocus system; Expeed 2
image processor designed to lower noise and improve image quality;
and dual SD cards slots.
Like its predecessor, the Nikon D7000 uses a DX-format (non-full
frame) CMOS sensor which magnifies lenses by 1.5x. The camera can
shoot from ISO 100-6400 with an expansion to ISO 25,600. According
to a Nikon rep we spoke with, the noise levels on the D7000 will be
equal to those found with the Nikon D300s.
We got a chance to handle the D7000 before the launch and found its
body, which adds a magnesium alloy top and rear, to be tougher and
more durable feeling than the D90 which was on the flimsy side. The
D700 is weather and dust resistant and has an 150,000-cycle
D7000 can shoot at 6 frames per second for up to 100 frame bursts.
With the addition of a battery grip, the frame rate jumps to
The D700 goes on sale in mid-October for $1199 body only, or $1499
with an 18-105mm VR lens.
The AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4 and AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2 VR lens,
and the SB-700 Speedlight are expected to ship in November.
A break down of the key features is below. Below that is a press
release with more information.
· 16.2 megapixel
· 39 point AF
· 2016 pixel RGB
sensor/ Scene Recognition system
· 6 fps for 100
· 1080p (24 fps) /
720p (24 or 30 fps) HD video
· Full time AF with
video and live view
· ISO 100-6400,
expandable to 25,600
· Magnesium alloy
top and rear for durability
· Accepts AF and
· Dual SD card
· $1199 body only,
$1499 with 18-105mm VR lens / Available in mid October
EVOLUTION OF THE REVOLUTIONARY: THE NIKON D7000 D-SLR IS
THE PREEMINENT DIGITAL CAMERA FOR DEMANDING PHOTO
The D7000 Offers Creative Freedom with Advanced Features Such as a
New 16.2-Megapixel DX-Format CMOS Sensor, Six FPS Shooting,
39-Point AF System and 1080p HD Movie with Full Time
MELVILLE, N.Y. (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 TM 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.
“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
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.
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
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.
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 ýýýi-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. The 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
Nikon Technologies That Empower and InspireýýýThe 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
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 AvailabilityýýýThe D7000 D-SLR camera will be available
throughout the United States beginning mid-October 2010 at an MSRP*
of $1199.95 for body only and $1499.95 for body and lens outfit
that includes the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
lens. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com