Nikon points D7000 camera at high-end enthusiasts
More focus, less noise
Nikon hauled in London's camera and tech press corps yesterday to show off its latest DSLR, the Nikon D7000. We shall post a review soon enough, but for now, here's a run down of the spec.
Positioned between the Nikon D90 and the D300s, this 16.2mp camera is aimed at enthusiasts who are willing to pay £1100 for a body only or £1299 with a 18-105mm VR lenses.
Take it from the top
They get lots of spec for their bucks, housed in a sealed, magnesium alloy "highly durable" compact body.
The D7000 uses a new CMOS image sensor, EXPEED 2, Nikon's new image processing engine, to deliver better image quality with less noise than its downmarket D90 sister.
There's a new colour metering systems and a new 39 point AF system to help keep everything in sharp focus.
As you would expect the D7000 captures video in full HD (1080p) mode - and it has two SD memory slots for storage.
More at Nikon.
It does matter
A top-end DSLR camera with a 5Mp sensor will produce far better pictures than a 10Mp compact almost across the board.
However, whether or not a 16Mp sensor is better quality is just one factor. All other things being equal, including lens quality, noise level and sensor size/quality then the more pixels the sharper the picture.
It's like looking at hi-fi amps. You get a low-end one with lots of knobs and gauges and compare it with a high-end one with just a volume control. The low-end one might look cool and have an impressive spec, the high-end amp will just blow the socks off the competition in terms of sound quality.
Re: What? No sample photo's?
All in good time, all in good time.
The specialist camera sites get first dibs, not always, but mostly. Of course,they have been in the camera review game much longer than us - we have to earn some more stripes before we get kit on pre-release.
$1200 in US
€1200 in Europe
There's one thing I bang on about, and that's shutter lag.
Nikon quote it, may this set a trend.
And it is 0.052 seconds, which is good ( that's why they quote it ).
"We shall post a review soon enough, but for now, here's a run down of the spec."