Nikon D7000 DSLR Announcement

This year was a year of many expectations from Nikon – cameras like Nikon D3000, D90 and D700 were rumored to be updated and while the release history told us the cameras would get minor and major upgrades, many of us understood that the tough economy would certainly affect the normal schedule and could result in extended life for the existing product line. The camera update that many photographers have been waiting for was for the Nikon D90, which has been one of the hottest selling cameras from Nikon ever since it was announced.

Nikon D7000

Today, Nikon surprised the world by announcing the Nikon D7000 DSLR – a new pro-level product line that sits between Nikon D90 and D300s cameras. It is certainly not an update to Nikon D90, because the features are very close to those of Nikon D300s and in many cases even surpass D300s’. The main difference between the Nikon D90 and Nikon D300 product lines has always been the DSLR camera body – Nikon D90 is plastic and Nikon D300 is magnesium-alloy. The body of Nikon D7000 is weather-proof with dust and moisture sealing and the top and the back covers are made of magnesium-alloy, while the front cover is plastic (Nikon D300s has magnesium alloy covers all around). From the stand point of sensor class and other features such as movie mode, the Nikon D7000 is superior to Nikon D300s. Take a look at its main features:

Main Features

  1. Image Sensor: High Resolution 16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor
  2. Metering Sensor: 2,016-pixel RGB (3D Color Matrix) sensor
  3. FPS: High Speed 6 frames per second continuous shooting up to 100 shots
  4. Processor: EXPEED 2 and 14-bit A/D Conversion
  5. Mirror: Large Bright Glass Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage and approx. 0.94x magnification
  6. Memory: Twin SD Card Slots with SD, SDHC, SDXC memory card compatibility
  7. Movie: Full 1080p HD recording with Full Time Autofocus
  8. ISO: ISO range from 100 to 6400 expandable to 25,600 (Hi2)
  9. AF System: 39 point AF System includes nine center cross-type sensors that operate with every AF NIKKOR lens
  10. Body Type and Shutter: Compact but durable with magnesium-alloy top and rear covers, superior weather and dust seals and a 150,000 cycle-rated shutter system providing reliable operation
  11. LCD: 3 Inch, 921,000-dot Super-Density LCD Monitor with 170 degree viewing
  12. Battery: EN-EL15 Battery with over 850 shots on a single charge

The features of the Nikon D7000 are very impressive for this class of a camera. The key highlights are the 16.2 MP high resolution sensor, 2,016 pixel RGB metering sensor (compare that to the 1,005 pixel sensor on the D300s), large pentaprism glass that gives 100% frame coverage, twin SD card slots and the new Expeed 2 processor, which allows shooting 1080p videos. There are many new additions and changes to the D7000 that are not there in any other current Nikon DLSR cameras.

The Nikon D7000 is a big blow on the existing Canon 60D product line, since it beats the 60D in all categories, except for sensor resolution (60D has an 18 Mp sensor) and movie mode (60D can record 1080p at 30 FPS, while D7000 can only go 24 FPS). Priced at $1,199, it is certainly in the price range of the 60D ($1,099), which means Nikon is placing the product in direct competition with the 60D. I guess this is Nikon’s response against Canon’s earlier move with the release of Canon 7D to compete against the D300 product line.

I am very excited about the Nikon D7000, because it means that the new generation Nikon D90/D300s products will probably have the same or similar sensors, while the pro-line of products will probably get the same or a higher-resolution sensor with more bells and whistles.

The D7000 is already available for pre-order at B&H and other retailers with and without the 18-105mm kit lens. The estimated shipping date is mid-October of this year.


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Comments

  1. 1
    ) Pasquier

    This looks like a very promising (DX) camera – especially the video feature – will be interesting to see what the FX companion will look like.
    Pit about the new battery – guess – this will be a common feature of subsequent cameras – I hate having to carry two different chargers etc.

    • Yes, I’m very interested in seeing Nikon’s next FX camera…and I totally agree on chargers and batteries!

      • 10
        ) Roll

        I am planning to buy a Nikon D5000. Can I get it cheap if I ask my bro to get it from Dubai or is it O. K. to buy from Kolkata?? I am just hoping that I can save some if I get it from Dubai. Please recommend.

  2. 2
    ) Sekhar

    Nasim, Nice round-up.

    The weight of the weather-sealed d7000 seems same as that of d90, even with magnesium alloy ? where is the catch?! In any case, it seems like a fantastic addition to nikon line-up.

    • Sekhar, Nikon probably found a way to decrease the overall weight!

  3. 3
    ) Vivek Kumar Varma

    Hi Nasim,

    I would be keen to know if D7000 has a built in motor like D90. Also, a comparison between D90 & D7000 would be great (I am sure you would come up with that soon).

    Thanks,
    Vivek

  4. 7
    ) wochomi

    What about the SB-700 speedlight? Any idea how much is the SB-700? I’m going to purchase a speedlight for my D90 but I’m still undecided if I should go for third party or Nikon. Would sure be glad if you could enlighten me over the matter.

    • 9
      ) sekhar

      +1

      esp. I read somewhere that SB-700 has an issue connecting to PC or something?

      • Sekhar, it is not an issue connecting to PC – it is missing a PC jack, which is used to connect to external flash triggers like Pocket Wizard. Not good for professional photographers…

    • Wochomi, if you just need one flash that goes on the top of the camera, the SB-700 will do the job well. If you are planning to shoot with multiple flashes, you might want to get SB-800/SB-900 instead.

      • 26
        ) wochomi

        Thanks, Nasim. After checking the estimated price for SB-700, I decided against it. So I opt for the old SB-600 which is cheaper but still has the features I’d like. I also tried out third parties along the way, like Sunpak (Nice, with LCD display, but needs another wireless kit attached to flashlight unit… not so sensitive as the nikons). I find that the SB-600 eats up less battery juice than CyberTick speedlights and easier to mount/demount.

  5. 8
    ) NikJ

    I was surprised and pleased to see Nikon take such a leap forward with the D7000. Nasim – When you get time, please compare with as much detail as possible the sensor in the new D7000 with the sensor in the D90 and D300s?

    • NikJ, I will certainly do my best, but the D7000 is not shipping till the end of October.

  6. 11
    ) Phil

    One thing I noticed that you said was, “I am very excited about the Nikon D7000, because it means that the new generation Nikon D90/D300s products will probably have the same or similar sensors”.
    So do you believe that an actual Nikon D90 replacement will be released? Obviously A D300s upgrade would be better than the D7000, but in the case of a D90 replacement, where do you think Nikon would position it in relation to the D7000?

    • Phil, certainly – D7000 is a new line of cameras, so D90 will get an update, probably sometime next year after D400 is released. Note the following trend: Nikon D80 had the same sensor as D200, D90 had a very similar sensor to D300, so I bet the new D90 update will have the same sensor as the D400.

      D7000 sits between D90 and D300s and is introduced as direct competition against Canon’s 60D.

      • 18
        ) Phil

        So then you believe that a D90 replacement, if it ends up using a similar sensor to the D400, will that be better than the D7000?

        • Phil, I believe the sensor on the D400 will be very similar to the one on D7000. Maybe a little more bells and whistles, but the basic specs (resolution, ISO) should be the same. If the D90 update has a better sensor than on D7000, it will compromise D7000 sales.

          Most likely, we will see D400 with the same or similar sensor as D7000 and the new D90 update will have the same sensor as the D400, but with a plastic body.

          • 24
            ) Phil

            If you think that the D7000, D400 and D90 replacement will all have the same or similar sensors, then the D400 would clearly be the best, but how do you think the D90 replacement will sit in the lineup? If it is a similar sensor, would it be safe to say that it would pretty much be a D7000 with a plastic body – possibly called the D6000? Or do you think that the D90 replacement will be in fact better than the D7000?

            • Phil, Nikon positions the D90 line to be below D7000, so yes, it would be similar to D7000 but in a plastic body. Most likely it will be called D6000, which would mean the following lines of lenses:

              1) D3100 – entry-level, basic DSLR
              2) D5000 (next update would be called D5100) – advanced entry-level DSLR
              3) D6000 – semi-pro DSLR with plastic body
              4) D7000 – semi-pro DSLR with half-MA body
              5) D400 – pro DSLR with DX sensor
              6) D800 – pro DSLR with FX sensor
              7) D4 – top pro DSLR with FX sensor with future D4x (resolution) and D4s (sports).

              The new 4 digit camera codes make sense and Nikon will clearly increment the numbers by 100 for new cameras. Not sure what they are planning to do with D400 and D800 though when the numbers reach 700 and 1000.

            • D90 replacement cannot be better than D7000 – it would be a bad marketing strategy on behalf of Nikon, for a product that is supposed to be superior.

            • 25
              ) Phil

              Awesome! Thank’s very much!

          • 28
            ) Rahul

            hi Nasim,

            It does make sense that a higher priced/spec camera have better IQ than its more mass market cousins, but wasn’t the D90 shown to have better IQ than the D300s costing around twice as much? Sure in terms of features (fps, handling , VF, mag alloy chassis and weather sealing etc. ) the D300s has the upper hand, but not high ISO noise performance.

  7. 12
    ) Marcin

    e Nikon D7000 (…) beats the 60D in all categories, except for sensor resolution (…) and movie mode (60D can record 1080p at 30 FPS, while D7000 can only go 24 FPS).
    ———————————————
    60D has a tilt-and-swivel screen, a BIG advantage over D7000. On the other hand, 24FPS is in fact much BETTER than 30FPS. You can read here why: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/camcorders/tm700.shtml

    • Marcin, I used the Nikon D5000 and its tilt-and-swivel screen – it was very much useless for photography, maybe a little useful for videography, but that’s about it. So, I personally do not consider it to be a “BIG” advantage :) Also, I do not see how 24FPS can be better than 30FPS – all you need is to down-convert 30FPS to 24FPS to get the same/similar result. Remember, Canon 60D can shoot both 24FPS and 30FPS, while Nikon D7000 can only shoot 24FPS.

  8. 20
    ) Marcin

    “Marcin, I used the Nikon D5000 and its tilt-and-swivel screen – it was very much useless for photography”

    Maybe because in D5000 the LCD hinge is at the bottom of the camera, a poor design choice IMHO. I used to shoot with Canon Pro1, with a side hinge (as in 60D) and found it really useful in some cases where composing through a viewfinder was completely out of the question.

    • Marcin, thank you for the information. A friend of mine is getting a 60D, I will definitely check it out when he receives it.

    • 27
      ) wochomi

      Hahaha… I was laughing at the camera shop when they showed me the flip-down LCD for D5000. It’s silly coz you can’t mount the camera on a tripod and it’s just like taking a step backwards from our handycams design. You can’t even put it down on the table with the screen deployed. Anyway I have a Canon S5iS with a flip out LCD screen. The D5000′s screen… better luck next time.

      • Wochomi, do you know that you can flip the LCD and position it on the back of the camera like a normal LCD screen? It doesn’t have to be in a flip-down position.

  9. 29
    ) Vivek

    Hi Nasim,

    Can we call D7000 an update to D90? If not, when would be the D90 replacement likely to come out?

    • 30
      ) Phil

      Hey Vivek, read from my original post number 11 and the replies to that post. :) Nasim answers quite well there.

  10. 31
    ) Valters Preimanis

    Cool short video with new Nikon D7000 photocamera:

    http://photologs.net/lietas/nikon-d7000/

  11. 33
    ) Bruno

    Hi Nasim,

    I started my interest in photography a feel months ago when I met a photographer that showed me how the world of photography is amazing. I have never had a DSLR before, but I have been studying very hard to understand how does it works, and have been doing a lot of researches about cameras. My final conclusion is that I’m going to get a D7000 (body only) and 2 lenses. Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G and a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G. My main subjects are my family and friends, and also landscapes during trips. I would like to know your opinion, because I made this choice based on what I have learned from these past months, and would like to have a opinion from a professional. If you could advice me better lenses but with same price, it would be very helpful.
    By the way, I have learned a lot from your site, and I admire your job. Keep the good working!

    • Bruno, looks like you have made the right choices for the camera and lenses. I think you can get very good results with the setup.

      Good luck in your photography!

  12. 34
    ) Bruno

    Reading more about your articles, I think I have changed my mind, and now I’m thinking about getting a Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.4 +Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G instead of just the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G + Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G. Both kits have the same price, and at least, I would have an excellent prime lens. Could you tell me your opinion about it?
    Thank you again.

    • Bruno, those prime lenses are certainly good for low-light photography – I personally love both the 50mm and 85mm lenses, especially the 85mm for portraits.

  13. 38
    ) Todd Brunton

    I’ve asked you some questions in the past and I’ve been very appreciative of your comments and help! I love your site!

    Now for the question:
    I’ve had the D7000 for about 2 months now and I’ve been reading a lot on Flickr about sharpness/focus issues. I sometimes don’t seem to get as good of a picture as when I used the D80 but I’m learning and getting better. There is some discussion that coming from a 10 mpix to 16 that the details are much higher and the amount of pix on the sensor is less forgiving to any movement while taking the picture. The comments state that to get the most out of the camera one should use high end or prime lenses. I currently have 50mm 1.8, 18-105 kit lens, 70-300 vr but have been looking at and hope to get a 70-200 vr or II (possible sell the 70-300).
    The presets are soft (which my wife uses – she likes simple) but found that using the S,A,M… I bump up the sharpness and pics are much better. I’ve posted some pics on flickr under tb005 if you would like to view altought I’ve increased the sharpness of some in pp editing. As noted in earlier comments from me – I want to better at portiates family events and like doing landscapes / sporting events of kids for friends. ** would like to take pic of hawks and go out each year to take pics of eagles. I’ve done a couple of weddings and have recently been asked to help take some realistate pics for a friend when an opportunity comes available (been reading up on how to set up shots)
    Any help you can provide would be great – like I said – You rock with your site and I appreciate your time!

    • Todd, it is true that higher resolution sensors demand better quality lenses that can resolve more details. However, I don’t think your lenses are not good enough…have you checked to make sure that your D7000 does not have a backfocus issue? When you use your 50mm f/1.8, do you consistently get good focus when using large apertures smaller than f/2.8?

      In terms of bumping up sharpness – I would shoot in RAW and play with sharpness in post-processing instead of trying to tweak camera settings…

  14. 40
    ) suzette

    Hi Nasim, I have d5100 kit ( I bought it a month ago prior to that I used d40) and 50 mm 1.4G AF-s Lens. I should say I am having fun taking photos but I am tempted with d7000. one thing stopped me from buying the d7000 was the price and my hand are so small to carry big dslrs. I think d5100 was the best choice.!What matters most are the photos not the gear, right? By the way I am a beginner photography hobbyist.

    Suzette :)

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