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The official announcements

This post will be updated multiple times in the next few hours. Pre-order options available here.

What we did not know: D7000 has AF fine tune, meters with AI lenses, 1/8000 speed, manual video control (Chase Jarvis confirmed this on twitter).

Official Nikon links:

Coverage from around the web:

  • Crunchgear has a quick comparison between Nikon D7000 and Canon 60D:

Full press releases after the break:

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 Autofocus

MELVILLE, NY (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 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.

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.

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. 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 charged.

Nikon Technologies That Empower and Inspire
The 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 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.

*MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

NIKKOR AF-S 35mm f/1.4G and AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II Provide Photographers with Versatility and Exceptional Optical Quality

MELVILLE, NY (September 15, 2010) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of two new pro level lenses to the legendary NIKKOR line. The new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G and AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II lenses deliver the performance, reliability and stunning image quality that photographers come to expect in a NIKKOR lens. The 35mm f/1.4 and 200mm f/2 VR II produce sharp results with excellent clarity and color reproduction whether capturing still images or recording HD video. With the addition of these two lenses, Nikon has introduced a total of nine new NIKKOR lenses in 2010, reinforcing Nikon’s role as the world leader in optics.

“The new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4 and 200mm f/2 VR II are welcomed upgrades to two very popular NIKKOR lenses," said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “Building on the success of their predecessors, these new lenses incorporate improved cutting-edge features such as VR II Image Stabilization, Nano-Crystal Coat and Silent Wave Motor technology, which help photographers take their still and video work to new heights.”

Exclusive core NIKKOR technologies play a fundamental role in the design of these two new lenses, and both feature Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology for quiet, fast and accurate autofocus performance. The optical construction of each lens utilizes Nikon’s proprietary Nano-Crystal Coat to minimize flare – both internally as well as from backlit subjects. Further ensuring exceptional image integrity is Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) for color consistency and reduced flaring. Each lens also incorporates a nine blade diaphragm, to help achieve a dramatic separation between subject and background with a natural out of focus area (bokeh) coveted by today’s image-makers.

AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G: Updating the Classic Wide-Angle Lens
The new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4 is an update of one of Nikon’s most respected and popular NIKKOR lenses. The lens combines a natural yet versatile 35mm perspective with an ultra-fast f/1.4 aperture, and completes the lineup of f/1.4G lenses announced in the past year, including the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G and the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G. The f/1.4 maximum aperture allows photographers to shoot handheld in low-light and provides dramatic separation between subject and a softened background. This classic wide-angle provides photographers with an intimate lens perfect for weddings, architecture, travel and photo journalism whether shooting high quality still photographs or video capture using Nikon’s D-Movie feature.

In a wide variety of photographic situations, both FX and DX-format shooters will enjoy the benefits of extra-bright f/1.4 viewing and superb image quality. When mounted on a Nikon DX-format or an FX-format D-SLR within the DX Crop Mode, the 35mm f/1.4 has an angle of view that is equivalent to a focal length of 52.5mm in FX/35mm format. The build of the 35mm f/1.4 features 10 optical elements in seven groups with one aspherical lens element that eliminates coma and other types of aberration even when shooting at the widest available aperture. A Rear Focus (RF) system provides smooth and fast autofocus while eliminating front barrel rotation and two focus modes are available — M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual focus). A refined manual focus driving mechanism is adopted to reduce focus time lag and improve operational ease in M/A mode.

AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II: Telephoto Lens with Incredible Low-Light Performance
The 200mm f/2, like its predecessor, is an incredibly fast aperture telephoto lens that incorporates Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) II Image Stabilization system. The VR system provides up to four stops of correction to assist in creating blur-free images while shooting hand-held, or for when capturing D-Movie video content.

Additionally, the NIKKOR 200mm f/2 VR II incorporates an Internal Focusing (IF) system that allows movement of the optical elements within the lens barrel and does not change barrel length. Three focus modes are featured, with an A/M mode added to the conventional M/A and M modes. The optical construction consists of 13 optical elements in nine groups including three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and one Super ED glass element that effectively minimize chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings. Also included is a Tripod Detection Mode, which automatically compensates for minute vibrations when mounted on a tripod and allows users to keep VR image stabilization on and active – even when the camera and lens are mounted on a tripod. The 200mm f/2 is optimal for all types of shooting including weddings, portraits, sports, nature, and fashion due to its quick response and detailed lens design.

Price and Availability
The versatile AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G lens will be available in mid-November with an MSRP* of $1799.95. The new telephoto AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II will be available early October for an MSRP* of $5999.95. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Nikon’s Newest Speedlight is a Powerful Addition to the Versatile Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

MELVILLE, NY (September 15, 2010) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the versatile new SB-700 Speedlight, the latest addition to Nikon's powerful and renowned Creative Lighting System for a wide range of photographers and applications. The SB-700 is a high-performance flash that brings simplicity to on-camera, remote and multiple flash photography. Building on the success of the popular SB-600 Speedlight and the advanced functionality of the SB-900 Speedlight, the SB-700 also incorporates a wide zoom range covering the most popular focal lengths and FX/DX-format identification that optimizes zoom settings based on the user’s camera body. The SB-700 also provides a more efficient use of batteries and flash coverage in addition to three light distribution patterns for flash-to-scene customization. Whether used as an on-camera flash or as a wireless commander or remote, the Nikon TO43 Speedlight offers dependable and consistent flash exposure even under the most challenging lighting conditions.

Designed for a variety of photographers ranging from amateurs in the field to professionals in the studio, the SB-700 integrates a host of new features designed to make flash photography simple, accurate and creative. The SB-700 is for photographers looking for an on-camera Speedlight offering more power for greater depth-of-field control than the built-in flash, or an additional Speedlight for wireless multiple flash set-ups. This Speedlight will also satisfy the needs of photographers looking for a compact Speedlight that can be set up as a Commander or a Remote as well as those who want to upgrade from their existing or older Nikon Speedlight.

“When designing the new Nikon SB-700, we were sure to incorporate the features that made the SB-600 Speedlight such a popular and well respected flash unit as well as the advanced technology that users of the SB-900 Speedlight have come to know,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “The Nikon SB-700 is a multifunctional Speedlight that combines high-quality with a simple yet sophisticated design.”

The Nikon SB-700 has many new and redesigned features and that make it easy-to-use, yet powerful enough to assist in tough and challenging lighting conditions and settings. The SB-700’s LCD design and layout enables easy-to-remember and intuitive operation, while the multi-step power zoom covers wide 24-120mm angle of view with FX-format cameras. The improved user interface of the SB-700 utilizes a large easy-to-read dot-matrix LCD panel making navigation and usage even easier.

As part of Nikon’s popular Creative Lighting System, the SB-700 includes support for Nikon’s advanced wireless TTL operation and can function as a wireless Commander with control over two separate groups of Speedlights, or as a Remote Speedlight when controlled by the SB-900 Speedlight or the built-in Speedlight set to Commander Mode in most Nikon D-SLR’s. The SB-700 also incorporates a high-speed recycling time of approximately 2.5 seconds for full power with NiMH batteries, and approximately 3.0 seconds with AA Alkaline batteries. The Nikon SB-700 also features a new Quick Wireless Mode with A:B (light ratios) for quick setting of multiple flash units. This makes it easy and quick to control two remote flash units in i-TTL mode.

Additionally, the SB-700 also features enhanced Thermal Cut-Out detection that automatically detects heat build-up due to rapid flash firing. By increasing the recycling time if the temperature of the flash head rises above a certain threshold, the SB-700 protects the flash from damage due to overheating.

For improved durability, heat-resistance and ease-of-use, the SB-700 uses new hard plastic-type color filters for fluorescent or incandescent color temperature balancing. When using the supplied filters, the flash automatically recognizes which filter is being used and adjusts white balance accordingly on select Nikon D-SLR cameras. Additionally, the SB-700’s AF-assist illuminator is compatible with the complete line of AF systems used in Nikon D-SLR cameras*.

Similar to the Nikon SB-900 Speedlight, three illumination patterns (standard, center-weighted and even) can be selected in SB-700 to match each shooting situation. When “even” is selected, the light from the flash will cover a subject from center to edges without light falloff. This pattern is suitable for shooting group photographs indoors. The “standard” pattern will cover all conventional, standard flash coverage. The center-weighted pattern provides larger guide numbers than other light distribution types at the same focal lengths. This illumination pattern is suitable for subjects such as portraits, in which the light falloff at the image edges can be ignored.

Like the Nikon SB-900, when the SB-700 is mounted on a camera compatible with user firmware updates, the SB-700 firmware can be updated using the same procedure as with a Nikon D-SLR camera.

Available Accessories
The SB-700 uses four AA type Alkaline, Lithium or rechargeable NiMH batteries. To enhance the weatherproof ability of Nikon D-SLRs, optional water guards will be available for select cameras to protect the connection between the flash and camera, allowing users to utilize the flash when weather conditions are less than ideal. The SJ-4 Color Filter set provides a Warming, Red, Yellow or Blue filter for adding color to the background, foreground or just to accent the scene.

Price and Availability
The new Nikon SB-700 Speedlight is scheduled to be available in mid-November 2010, and will have an MSRP** of $329.95. The SB-700 will come bundled with the Speedlight Stand, Bounce Adapter, Color Filter Holder, Intelligent Color Filter Kit, Diffuser Dome and soft case.

*Performance may be limited according to lens in use.
**MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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  • Ronald

    Oh boy, Oh boy….. here it comes :-)

    • Ronald

      Thanks admin for this great work, and you heard it right ;-)

      groundbreaking new 2,016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System

      • http://www.truphotos.com gnohz

        I was about to say that. Amazing work Admin! :D

        • http://www.facebook.com/eatonphotography Justin

          Dead on again your the best admin :D

    • Banned

      Bunch of hipster my gowd.

      • jaja

        that 35mm is not sharper and have no less CA at f2 like AF-D35f2.
        That makes me sad. really sad.
        Waiting for review samples

        • StickingZoom

          Yes, once again no ED glass in a pro lens, just like the 85mm.

          So either there are serious technical problems with using ED glass or Nikon just wants to leave itself some leeway for future upgrades.
          The latter one really sucks.

    • Jen

      can’t believe it, d7000 is over a class above 60d, but the prices only $100 off?!?

  • RICHIE

    yaaayy finally

  • Zograf

    Very exciting the price is $699 of D7000 body. It seems strange to me – so cheap

    • Carlos R B

      its obviously an error…

      • Zograf

        I agree, hopefully on DPreview they didn’t just miss the one in front (( – if the price is 1,699 I’ll pass….
        On another topic – it seems to me Nikon is dumping all D300/s technology into D7000 style camera, I am speculating there won’t be a D300s follow up…

        • King Of Swaziland

          Maybe Nikon has some even juicier technology they are working on to plop in to the D300 replacement?

          • Banned

            Well of course, D400 will be in “4″ series like D4 with out of this world technology.

        • Paul

          Oh you can bet there will be a followup to the D300s. For all the “pro” features the D7000 got, it still isn’t up to Nikon’s pro spec.

          • StickingZoom

            What’s missing? The AF points?

            • human tripod

              He’s probably upset about the “AF-ON” button.

        • spidercrown

          nikon need something that top 7D, that will be D400 :).

          • dkat

            YES! And something to top the 5d mark2 also. A d800.

    • Twoomy

      Phoblographer says $1200 US. That sounds about right.

      • http://www.AlmondButterscotch.com/home Almond Butterscotch

        Yupp- NikonUSA lists it at $1199.95

  • Enesunkie

    Take THAT Canon fanboys! 1 … 2 … 3 … 60D down for the count!

    • Jen

      dude, even the D90 beat the 60D

      • hexx

        that’s very true, 60D is a bit of disappointment. My friend was waiting for that camera to replace his old 20D and bought 7D instead. I don’t blame him :) but this new baby from nikon is awesome!!!! good bye canon!

      • Enesunkie

        I know, I’d rather have a D90 over a 60D. But by just comparing specs, I’m not sure D90 is a knockout punch like this.

  • http://snailartphotography.daportfolio.com/ benjamin

    ok.. second.. looks great! if i weren’t looking to FX i’d jump to this..

  • panfruit

    ‘THE NEW NIKON D7000: READY TO FULFIL YOUR PASSION ”

    I suppose sex sells even with cameras. Rawr.

  • The Man from Mandrem

    Up to 9 Non-CPU Lenses supported !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YEAH!!!! IT BE CHRISTMAS EARLY THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.nikonreviewcentral.com/ NRC

      Yeah, just saw that. That’s the one thing the D300s people were moaning about the lack of news of. I guess they will all have to buy the D7000 now! :P

      • http://www.AlmondButterscotch.com/home Almond Butterscotch

        forget that- I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the D400!

        • The Man from Mandrem

          I’m thinking the D300s replacement has to go FX. They held so little back for the D7000 it’s pretty much where 99.999% of people will be contented. If you price the next FX at $2k, give it a high res sensor and it supports DX mode with reasonable pixel count, there’s no reason for a direct replacement for the D300S. I’d put money on no higher DX until the D7000 get’s replaced with a D8000…

          There was also a comment about AF Finetune on the Nikon website.

          I can’t believe this camera has all this!!!!!!!!!! And high ISO!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Even the grip shape and width of the camera looks better for my hand than the D90 which seemed too pointy and narrow.

          Now if only I could get a killer 24mm/1.8 DX in the $400 range (guess I’ve got to wait for Samyang to push them in that direction)… Oh wait, I can look for a good old manual focus lense on the used market!!!!! HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!

          • dave

            from the Nikon site:

            “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.)”

            Fine tuning, 6fps, 100% viewfinder coverage, 1/8000, native ISO 100, two auto white-balance modes (?), stereo mic jack.

            The only thing it is missing is bracketing… still only 2 or three frames… bah! I guess I can live without that.

            • dave

              Hmmmm…. The official Nikon specs say only 3 frames of bracketing, but both dpreview and phoblographer are saying 5 frames. I can live with 5 frames of bracketing. Can we get some confirmation on that?

          • Paul

            Nikon could go with a FX followup to the D300s I don’t think they will. There is still a market for a pro DX camera and while the D7000 gets close, it’s not it.

            • Discontinued

              “… it’s not it.”

              Agreed,

              AI-support, magnesium-alloy, fine-adjust, full HD recording and such is all very fine and proish …

              BUT does no slomo (no higher FPS in video) sound like this camera could be professionally used as VDSLR?

              D7000 has some killer specs that will hurt sales of D300s (which becomes pretty obvious from the excitement about Nikon’s youngest here), BUT it is still NOT built as a replacement. The missing AF-ON-button (standard in all pro bodies) is reason enough for many photographers to NOT consider this camera – not even a sec.

              There will be a D400, that is for sure. And BTW, I still want my D800.

              P.S.
              Still the D7000 is a nice camera and will sell like muffins.

            • http://www.AlmondButterscotch.com/home Almond Butterscotch

              Exactly- the D300/s and eventual D400 would be Nikon’s top DX camera, and a decent enough market size exists for it. That’s why they have the D700 in the first place- a prosumer FX camera.

          • http://LeicaGlow.com Axel

            These lens prices are just astonishing. They’re making Leica look more affordable.

          • santela

            Get the Sigma 24/1.8 for $400, and it’s FX. Great macro abilities, u’ll love it, guaranteed (if it’s not off-focused, that it).

            • dave

              100% agreement there. Love mine (Sigma 24 1.8). 2/3 a stop slower, darn sharp and 1/5th the price of the Nikonator.

      • Chroko

        I think that’s wrong – the critical feature is autofocus fine tune, which the D7000 doesn’t appear to have. This allows you to perfectly calibrate the AF system for each lens on the D300s and up – I’ve found it great for making the most of 3rd party lenses, which are often slightly off.

        The non-CPU lens support here is just to get your EXIF data correct when using older lenses. It’s good to have, but I don’t think as important.

        • Enesunkie

          There’s a menu item in Setup for AF fine tune.

          • Chroko

            I stand corrected!

            I couldn’t find any mention on Nikon’s spec page. Because evidently I searched for “tune” instead of “tuning”. Whoops.

            In which case, it’ll be a great D300s replacement. :p

        • dave

          it has fine tune… from Nikon’s website “Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, finetuning, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors)…”

        • Eric

          The non CPU lens support is also great to use in A mode, as well as with iTTL Flash.

          Perfect for old macro lenses!

        • http://www.facebook.com/eatonphotography Justin

          Gotta pick up some old lens from adorama :)

  • D90

    notice the shift focus between 14 – 25 seconds

    wondering if D7000 has manual F for video. that’s why one of the $125,000 panavision motion pictures cameras have no AF.

    • D90

      “none of the”

    • iamlucky13

      Almost certainly it has manual focus in video mode. At a minimum you could do it with older lenses, and it would be silly to prevent it AF-S lenses, if that’s even possible.

      However, accurately manual focusing and shifting points in a clean manner takes a bit of practice and concentration.

      Shooting with the big motion picture cameras usually involves 2-3 guys, one of whom is dedicated as focus puller, and even then they often predetermine the focus points and mark them with tape before shooting a take.

      • D90

        yes, you’re correct but if you’re shooting with the camera mounted on a skateboard, dolly or as long as it’s moving, you really need it to be in manual mode. shift focus, on markers masking tape wrapped on the lens, like you said, depends on the script.

  • http://snailartphotography.daportfolio.com/ benjamin

    its got the AI coupling ring and comes with NX2 software. looks like this will be the d300s replacement…

    • Zograf

      +1 from me, as I said above Nikon is transferring most of the D300 technology into this style of cameras. Note also proper mirror lock-up…

    • Discontinued

      “looks like this will be the d300s replacement…”

      NO WAY.

      D7000 is great, but not everyone is as keen on it as others. Get used to it.

      The D300s replacement will offer higher (60)FPS in video (at least in 720) and will offer a professional layout with AF-ON-button (among other differences). You can count on that.

      • John

        @Discontinued — You can program the AE-L/AF-L button to be AF-ON. That feature’s been available since the D70, maybe earlier. It’s quite handy for me, since I don’t ever use AE-L. If you want both AE-L AND AF-ON, well, that’s another story…

        • Victor Hassleblood

          I want both, but still the D7000 is a great camera. Makes D60 look overpriced and … er, well … looking like a cheap piece of plastic crap.

  • zzddrr

    Nikon today sent a message to the FX enthusiasts. Another f**** year to wait and enjoy your 12mp nightvision.

    • Neyekon

      Your tears nourish me.

    • Segura

      Well they have released some awesome FX lenses if you like f/1.4 and f/4. The next FX is going to be AWESOME

      • zzddrr

        yes, but how stupid Nikon is releasing DX cameras together with FX lenses? You can stick it on a 12mp since even cheapest nikon has better resolution.

        • The Man from Mandrem

          Nikon hasn’t bothered to make a DX equivalent to the 18-35/2.8. Regardless of what people on this site say, I don’t think Nikon considers DX to be pro quality. Since they don’t love us DX folk, they give us gifts. You should really feel encouraged by this. If they bring this much DX content for $1200 the FX bodies (with high MegaPixel MUST be coming next year with a $2000 or less price point).

    • King Of Swaziland

      But hey, it’s reeeeeaaaaaaalllllllyyy good 12MP nightvision…

      • Paul

        +1

      • plug

        +1

    • hah

      get a D3x already. if you want resolution what else are you going to get? the equivalent canon doesn’t even match it and the 5DII has the AF system of a D90 and it’s slowwww..

  • http://www.robertbromfield.com Robert Bromfield

    The specs are impressive.
    DPreview says the price is $699 with kit lens. Is that accurate?

    • http://www.nikonreviewcentral.com/ NRC

      No way that can be true. Must be a cut and paste mistake from their D3100 preview.

      • http://www.robertbromfield.com Robert Bromfield

        $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.

        • RobA

          according to crunchgear:
          “The best news is that the D7000 will be available mid-October for $1199 for the body only, and $1299 with an 18-105mm VR lens.”

          so, maybe Nikon hasn’t announced that yet or what?

          • RobA

            edit – official news release says $1199/$1499

            • Zograf

              So what’s the benefit of sold as a kit — the 18-105 costs $300 anyway…

  • gonzalo

    Meters with AI lenses! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
    1/8000: YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    Why no 720p/60 and 1080p/30 WHY WHY??!??!?!?

    • http://eleventhphotograph.com EP

      That’s exactly what I want to!

      • Enesunkie

        I think that’s about the ONLY thing they didn’t put in this beast!

        • Nikonid

          Save it for upcoming D400 (D300s successor)..

          • Paul

            Yeah, hopefully 60fps is one of the many features they are saving for the D300s followup. Can’t wait to hear about that!

        • http://www.videographerinloscabos.com Carlos Plazola

          Just wait guys, take it easy…. This baby just arrived…. there`s gonna be firmware updates ;)

          • Discontinued

            Yeah Carlos,

            Nikon is truly famous for their frequent firmware updates, bringing major improvements. Keep dreaming.

            60FPS is reserved for D400.

    • http://LeicaGlow.com Axel

      The lack of 30fps is a flaw. I think Nikon is trailing Canon in the video arena, but then Nikon is known to be a bit slower to the party in order to get it right.

  • zzddrr

    somebody check the exif of the new D7000 … hopefully this time they were not taken by Canon

    • Neyekon

      Mmmmm

  • jdsl

    wow!!!!! wow!!!!
    x 7000!!

  • SimonC

    It has AF FINE TUNE!!!!

    Check out the setup menu screen shot at DPR:
    http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikond7000/page7.asp

    • SimonC

      Plus MANUAL movie settings!!

      • Neyekon

        This is exciting – hopefully it means what we think it does (shutter/aperture/ISO control in real-time during recording). It would be nice if one of the previews out there would clarify this.

        • SimonC

          The DPR text below the Movie settings menu says:

          “The D7000′s movie mode offers a number of options. Apart from choosing from various resolutions and frame rates you can activate manual controls while recording”.

          This is just great! =)

          • SimonC

            Also in the above press release:

            “…full 1080p HD movies with full-time autofocus and manual exposure control.”

    • D400

      where?

      • SimonC

        Under the Menus section, look at the (animated) screenshots of the various menus. The Setup menu contains an entry that says “AF fine tune”.

        Under the Other screens section, look at the screen shot of the Movie Settings menu. It contains an entry that says “Manual movie settings” (currently set to off).

    • Zograf

      Yes, there is a fine tune, on the “SETUP MENU”

    • Simon

      Yes !!!! ;-)

  • Chris

    Eager to find out where I can pre-order the 35 f/1.4

  • Nicolas

    The price quoted by DPReview is obviously wrong. Also, there’s a discrepancy of the rated shutter life; on one page it says 150K, on ther following page it says 300K. According to the Nikon USA press release, the price is $1199.95 (body only) and the shutter is rated at 150K cycles.

    This is quite an impressive release by Nikon!!

    • zzddrr

      There will be a new cam in 1 week that will have the 300k shutter lifespan

      • http://www.videographerinloscabos.com Carlos Plazola

        One more camera in a week?? Maybe D800 perhaps???

  • http://www.nikonreviewcentral.com/ NRC

    dpreview says this:

    Nikon Creative Lighting system • Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-900, SB-800 or SU-800 as commander

    Am I reading this right – no built-in CLS?

    • Nicolas

      From the press release:

      “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.”

    • Any Nonmouse

      Probably a copy & paste fuckup from D3100.

      http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/digitalcamera/slr/d7000/features05.htm

      Quoth Nikon:

      The built-in flash [...] works as a wireless commander. It controls up to two independent groups containing an unlimited number of remote Speedlights in Advanced Wireless Lighting.

  • Andrew

    From dpreview.com:

    “It will start shipping with the 18-105mm VR kit lens from October 2010 at a retail price of £1299.99. ”

    That price makes it seem more like a D300s replacement!!

    • Andrew

      Since I see other prices mentioned, I should note the 1299 pound price comes from the 4th sentence here:

      http://www.dpreview.com/news/1009/10091515nikond7000.asp

    • Andrew

      I saw that the shutter is only tested to 150,000…that translates to only 100 minutes of video recording at 25 frames/sec! Some are going to remark that this is not a video camera, but with video being introduced to all new DSLRs, Nikon needs to start working on even more reliable shutters if they want people to start fully utilizing this capability!

      • http://yetanotherdave.com Dave

        That’s not how it works, the shutter is not opening and closing 25 times a second for recording movies, it moves no times while recording movies.
        For a start, it would be really loud! For seconds, like you said, the shutter mechanism would die in hours. For thirds, I’m not sure shutters can move that fast.

      • Andy

        Are you implying the shutter is opening and closing 25 times a second when filming video????????????????????????????????????

        The shutter is not moving when capturing video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Mike

        Uhm… I’m not going to tell him… but somebody tell him.

      • Gianni

        That refers to the mechanical shutter of the camera not the frames recorded in video

      • denz

        when shooting video the shutter is lock up

      • Paul

        OMG You are sooooo right!
        Nikon needs to throw this camera in the dumpster and give us a camera with 1 million shutter life. That’s 11.57 hours at 24fps. Would that be enough to make your home movies?

        • http://www.videographerinloscabos.com Carlos Plazola

          @ANDREW ….. Besides of this announcement you just made my day!!! HAHAHAHAHA How could you think that???

  • Nicky

    I want! I want!
    Can’t wait to get one!

  • Berlin

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  • http://dundermifflin.com michael scott

    Admin, do you have a life and/or a wife? Just curious.

  • Rabi

    Looks gorgeous. I am definitely going to pick one up.

  • zzddrr

    Hey, this clearly outperforms the D300s.

    I bet in 1 week Nikon has to release something Pro FX.

    • Enesunkie

      I bet in 1 week they won’t.

    • hah

      it is clearly slower, less af points, non a full metal body. does not match the D300s. wasn’t meant to. simply takes out the 60D.

      nikon won’t release an FX camera this year. they really have not reason to unless it is a D3s sensor on a D700 body. the d3s sucessor will be what starts the new FF nikon generation.

  • John

    Goodbye D300, hello D7000. A D700 might be around my corner as well. What a combo – D700 + D7000!

    John

  • http://nakedlens.org NakedLens

    I think it’s safe to say that Nikon is consolidating the DX lines, this has to be a D90/300s replacent.

    • Paul

      nope, wrong

      • Discontinued

        yep, he is wrong

    • hah

      it would only be true if the D400 was a 1.3 crop or full frame. both unlikely acts. so no.

  • MinnieMouse

    Thank you NR!!!

  • http://www.robertbromfield.com Robert Bromfield

    It has AF fine tune!

  • Adam

    D7000 looks good, real good, now how about the D700 replacement? and D300s Replacement? We should be in for another DSLR this year right?

  • Charlie Martin

    I definately plan on getting one with the MB-D11 and spare battery. I feel sorry for my D80 and MB-D80 for being relegated to back up back up status. Anyone notice the MB-D11?

    • http://nakedlens.org NakedLens

      Wow, is that a thumb selector on it?

    • Segura

      Waiting to find out more about it . . . wonder if it will work on the D700 as well. Standardizing on 1 grip would make sense, since this is a D300s upgrade anyway

    • dian

      Yea but since this is obviously the successor to the mb-d10 does this mean that it can take aa batteries to add more fps? Or is this not the successor to the mb-d10?

  • Kevin

    I jizzed in my pants. :D

  • http://eleventhphotograph.com EP

    What is the recording CODEC though?! AVCHD? Please confirm…
    Also, I was REALLY hoping for 720p @ 60fps : (

    The U1 and U2 sounds really useful as well.

    And no CF? (1CF and 1SD would be hot)

    I hope Nikon still has a secret D95 hidden under their sleeve with my specified wants…

    • plug

      I hope the pro replacements, D4 andD400 or whatever continue to offer CF + CF.

  • Gary

    D7000 plus the new 35 f1.2 lens…what a combo!

    This will be THE hot camera to get this holiday season…Nikon’s hit this out of the park.

    • Segura

      f/1.4 not f/1.2

      • Gary

        My apologies…I know better! Thanks!

  • Enesunkie

    Wow, even with the great heads up from NR, would anybody have really thought that ALL these new features (and then some) were gonna come true!

  • D800

    grabs lotion and tissue

  • i_still_want_a_D900

    Where the F*CK is the D700 replacement ?!?!?!

    maybe ppl can all replace their D700 with the D7000. so then they can have 1080p video and 4 more MP !!!!

    so Nikon’s telling us go get a D7000 and dump our D700?

    • jdsl

      NIKON is telling you to wait :)

      • zzddrr

        How long in Nikon years? Isn’t it pathetic that the cheapest dslr has better resolution than almost the entire pro line?

        Or get this one, D7000 is 1,200 USD. Now multiply this by 4 = and you’ll get $4,800 which is still less than the price of the D3s. Apparently this new sony 16.2mps sensor has the same capabilities as the D3. So what does Nikon want to do with the pro-line? Give them more lens and keep them at 12mp since 2005?

        • hah

          first of all, nikon is upgrading the lower models first. higher res bodies for FX are coming, they will be just mind blowingly good. as this camera proves, nikon doesn’t hold back when it upgrades. Nikon has merely been tweaking the upper models with the (s) series.

          second, the D3x has been the king of all 35mm pro bodies resolution wise. I say pro for the A900 isn’t up to spec. so nikon has the fastest FF camera, the best low light performance and the highest resolution pro FF camera.

          seriously what are the complains? You want resolution just get a D3x. It is pretty much the only option since the 1ds3 is ancient and the 5DII is can’t focus a darn and it is slow.

          • zzddrr

            Thank you for sony for developing the 12mp, 14mp, 16.2mp, and 24mp Nikon sensors.

    • Enesunkie

      No, Nikon is not telling you to dump your D700, but for the FEW of us that “only” have a D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, D80 or maybe even a D90 this is a worthy upgrade and something to get excited about! :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/eatonphotography Justin

        true dat :)
        Can’t wait to upgrade my D60 :)

    • hah

      dude it’s a 1.5 crop which is clearly inferior. how does that in any way replace the faster full frame D700?

  • Shutter Monkey

    Fiddlesticks! MSRP $1279.95 CAD
    http://nikon.ca/en/Newfromnikon.aspx
    and it’s not even any cheaper dans la version française :( !
    http://nikon.ca/fr/Newfromnikon.aspx

    hey maybe the stores will try and boost presales with deep discounts, right?
    …right…?
    dar.
    This price doesn’t make choices any easier.

  • Carlos R B

    Dpreview is getting all wrong…is saying iso 200-3200 at the side by comparison..

  • Don

    I’m in!! Thanks Admin for all the updates, you were spot on!

  • Gary

    After all that Nikon has released this year, I’m surprised that anyone can complain :)
    Best in class dslrs in the D3100 and now the D7000, which not only smokes the Canon 60D but also the 7D. Then there are those gorgeous lenses that have been released…

    But for those waiting for new FF cameras, and I would have liked that as well…cheer up…this bodes well for those…for if Nikon has shattered some barriers with these new cams, just think what they have up their sleeve for their FF models.

    • Paul

      Well said

  • biff

    I wonder if they fixed the limitation the D90 had of being able to use the red AF-assist beams but no flash on the SB-600 only when used in Auto-No-Flash mode (no P, A, etc.)

  • MinnieMouse

    So I guess…. D7000 beats the crap out of 60D…

  • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

    Where is Bob Krist’s hands-on review from Arizona?

    • Shutter Monkey

      lol.

      I’ve been watching his upload index for september, still nothing new, maybe it’s too late at night for his blood.

    • Paul

      Maybe Bob got tired of testing new Nikon stuff all the time.
      I’ll takeover for you Bob.

    • Ant

      Didn’t Bob say he did that trip with the p&s only?

  • Kenny Son

    MB-D11 Batt Grip…

    and I just bought an MB-D80!!

    AAAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhh the horror

    • Nikonid

      Agreeeed…just bought MB-D80..sniff sniff…

      • Paul

        That’s what ebay is for.

    • mike

      Why are people getting so excited about those battery grips? I never felt I needed one. Can anyone help me?

  • Astrophotographer

    ISO from 100 to 6400! That says exceptional dynamic range. Especially for such a small pixel pitch.

  • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

    ok, I am getting like 100 emails every 10 minutes – sorry cannot answer them all (usually I do)

    • Astrophotographer

      Complaining about having a popular blog?

      ;-)

  • NikonFF&DxUser

    Yayy, I finally going to sell my D200 and D90 to get this body.

  • http://www.robertbromfield.com Robert Bromfield

    Wow, I have never so excited about a camera before!

    • NikonFF&DxUser

      I share your happiness.

  • http://www.robertbromfield.com Robert Bromfield

    Anyone have high ISO samples?

  • Gary

    Smart idea to get Chase Jarvis to shoot some samples.
    I wonder if this means that Bob Krist did not get to do a preview? I’d still like to read Bob’s impressions, especially since he’s worked with a D90 for a while.

    • Nikon HQ

      Bob Krist was given a prototype to test. He was supposed to return it 3 months ago. The last message we got from him was “Father Bob Approves!” Other than a few possible sightings buying 2 SD cards at a time, He has not been heard from since.

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