Nikon D7000 will be available in stores in October

Few last minute updates on the Nikon D7000 specs:

  • Nikon D7000 will beย availableย in store in October, 2010
  • 20 scene modes
  • New dial, like in the pro line
  • 150k shutter cycles (D90 was rated at 100k)

Nikon Speedlight SB-700 and new the 200mm f/2will be available for sale in November, 2010. Not sure about the availability of the Nikkor 35mm f/1.4.

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  • JoshL

    Admin, 1st half or 2nd half of October?

    • Ken

      Can you tell me what day? I need to play my October around camping out at B&H.

  • Helll Yeah! but…. Where are the full manual controls in video mode????

  • CapFuture

    I guess this really can be called a D300s replacement afterall… IMHO Nikon will do something similar like Canon did with their 50D 7D…

    Anything new about an integrated GPS module?

    • D7000

      still no micro focus adjust, you’d think it’s a firmware update
      it’s not a D300s replacement at all.

      • +1 (if it’s true of course)

      • CapFuture

        Sure important Pro features are missing but now you can count them with 5 fingers… and altough micro af-tuning seems to be very important, the majority of the current D300s user won’t miss it (imho)…

      • dave

        :sarcasm on.
        I haven’t seen any of the specs list bracketing, thus bracketing must also be missing. And I didn’t see anything about the flash supporting CLS, thus that must also be missing, too. Oh what a giant leap backwards!!!!!!!
        :sarcasm off.

        We have, at best, a subsetted list of features. I’m not saying it does have micro af-tuning, just that until the thing is announced, we won’t know for sure.

      • Big-G

        Correct. I do not see the 10-pin connector up front!

    • SimonC

      It’s not good enough for a D300s replacement, IMO. Definitely good enough for a D90 replacement.

    • spidercrown

      don’t think so, the other cam try to position themselve head to head with each offering from nikon, good try from nikon that their latest offering pull themselve slightly ahead for each segment.

  • Chris

    I will get in line as soon as that 35 f/1.4 is announced. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jaja

      why would you put 35G on DX camera? Such glass makes no sense on DX.

      It will turn that lens into 50 f2 which can be had for 120Eur.

      I see D700 in your future!

      • jaja

        i meant of course 35 f1.4G

        DX 35G is some 180Eur and also good enough for those wanting F2.8 50mm equivalent rendering on DX cameras

        • haha

          “why would you put 35G on DX camera? Such glass makes no sense on DX.

          It will turn that lens into 50 f2 which can be had for 120Eur.

          I see D700 in your future!”

          A 35g makes perferct sense on a crop… A 50 f2 is not a 50 f2 when mounted so your argument is severely flawed.

  • If they do a new battery system I wonder if it’s something they’ll continue into the D700 upgrade?

    Oh and a battery grip with GPS was something I heard once and the more I think about it the more wonderful it sounds – The GP-1 is Not an awesome solution.

    • Joe R.

      Ooooh… GPS grip does sound nice.

  • This is sounding more and more like a D300s-type of body, now with 150k shutter cycles wow. Now maybe D400 will get 300k I must be dreaming…

  • Joey

    Admin, I have a couple of weddings to shoot Oct. 9th and 16th. Any idea if it’ll be shipped by then?

    Also, for the NR community, who usually gets stuff like this first? Ritz? Local CS?

    • robert

      If I were you I would not (EVER!) use a camera I didn’t know well enough to use for a wedding. Especially a new one… NEVER!! would not be a smart move at all.
      Weddings are a 1 shot opportunity. you ef it up and youre in trouble..also in wedding there’s no time to play and learn about the camera. If you have to constantly look at the camera to change setting, you need to practice more with the camera, and that means youre not focusing on the event and what’s unfolding in front of you. I change exposure on the fly while looking through the viewfinder..the camera has to be practically in your face the whole event to be able to capture moments…BTW….EVER!!!

      • robert

        E V E R!!!

        • john

          : )

        • PHB

          Obviously you never worked for Elizabeth Taylor in that capacity. Nice thing with that lass was that if you did ‘eff it up’ as you say, there was always a chance to redeem yourself a few weeks later.

          • LGO

            ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

          • +475,000. ๐Ÿ™‚ Had a good laugh at that.

      • jay

        Hey Robert, you got a website? when someone claims like that, i want to see how his work is like.

        • Enesunkie

          Telling an anonymous person not to buy a complicated piece of electronics (that includes but is not limited to DSLR’s) just before you “need” it is sound advice .

        • robert

          I’ve left wedding for 2+ years, but some photos can be seen here:

      • Ren Kockwell

        Really? So how crazy different do you think the D7000 is going to be if he’s been shooting last generation Nikons? Not that different. In a day he’s good to go. I wouldn’t leave a wedding to chance either if you want to get paid. But I wouldn’t worry about a new Nikon body all that much.

        • WoutK89

          I would rather say, KEEP YOUR OLD BODY, and dont rely too much on the new camera to be there on the date needed ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I think you should go with B&H or Amazon. I will publish the pre-order links at 2 am tomorrow night (US eastern time).

      • iamlucky13

        Meaning early morning Sept 15, I assume…wording is a little unclear.

        Thom Hogan had a post talking about how to get high-demand gear at some point in the last couple of months. You might check his archives for it. The gist is that Nikon has contract obligations to some retailers so they can’t just send all their stock to the highest volume guys. That means the big ones like Adorama or B&H might not be the fastest.

        Take with a grain of salt and don’t count on any one strategy more than you would in the stock market.

      • ukj

        any Canada pre order info would be nice too admin

      • Everyone and their grandmother will be hitting up BH, Amazon, Adorama, etc; If you can’t find it there a place I’ve almost always had success was Helix Camera in Chicago [I’m in AL but they give a lot of corporate discounts]. For example, when the 18-200 was hard to find a few years back, I bought enough of them to flip on EBay to purchase a couple out right. It’s not of importance to me now because I shoot weddings also and don’t worry about a camera body until it is supported by my RAW converters and I can get some examples to toy around with in Adobe CS5.

    • Joey

      Thanks Admin. I’m assuming the D7000 will be more or less functionally identical to the D90s I use now, so I figured it would be ultra intuitive, but you do bring up a good point, Robert. I remember a few months ago when I got to the point where I knew where all the buttons were on my D90 the point where I could press them while still looking through the VF. That was pretty sweet.

      • Jelani’s point is an underscore to Robert’s point from above. What if you shoot the wedding with the new D7000, but the NEF files aren’t supported by Capture NX, Adobe CS5 or any other major processing software? Are you willing to jpg the wedding?

        Just something to keep in consideration before making that decision.

    • Segura

      I feel sorry to the bride and groom paying you to shoot their wedding . . .

      • Paul

        Seriously. Did you also already sell your 2 D90s so you would have funds to buy new gear? sheesh.

    • Bob

      Using new, untested equipment for a paying gig, no less a wedding? Absolutely AMATEUR move.

      • +50 brazilian

        • abo

          Any problems against Brazilians or are you speaking by yourself?

        • abo

          Any problems against Brazilians or are you speaking by your own experience?

          • WoutK89

            I think he meant brazillion (as in gazillion)

  • Bob

    Only *20* scene modes? I really hope it’s got “alien abduction” mode, so I can take pictures and leave a record when I’ve been brought onto the mother ship.

    • robert

      scene modes would not be in a D300 replacement camera..

      • Yeah, that got me surprised.
        My D80 must have 8 Scene Modes (that I’ve never used). Isn’t that suposed to be on the non pro cameras to have so many modes?
        And where do you set them on? In the menu?
        There certainly can’t be a ring with 20 scene modes on…

    • Jeff

      Luckily my camera was on a tripod during my “alien abduction.” :^)

    • SimonC

      One scene mode is called “D400” ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Victor Hassleblood

        Best comment so far.
        Others will be called “Kiss”, “Exchange of rings”, Father-in-law dancing with the bride” etc. There is no need to worry for Joey. D7000 will do just fine either way, be it used as D400 or in one of the numerous scene modes.

  • Phillip

    Where is the pre order link for 35 1.4?

    • WoutK89

      Don’t you see it yet? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ /endsarcasm

      PS (serious now), wait for the announcement before asking these questions.

  • looks like a fantastic camera.
    i’m wondering what’s coming in the dxxx DX line, if the d7000 is that good (specks wise that is)

    still, I won’t get one, since I’ll be putting away money for the 35 1.4 for a looong long time ;]

    please Admin, some more info on the 35? I’m guessing the photos will come only after the announcement?

  • jdsl

    i need to sell my D90 asap ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Abhinav

      me too ๐Ÿ˜€

  • robert

    I don’t think this a 300 replacement..far from it. I think Nikon will knock peoples socks off with the D400 replacement..from what I think about Nikon it’s not the replacement. Look at the specs..not much better than the D300s.
    I don’t think Nikon would put out a replacement camera with 39 FP when the older had 51..
    they uped the video quality duration and added AF and uped iso, but I think that was coming anyway..I say a D400 is on it’s’s a competitor to the d60 series..they won’t change that IMO..I think the d400 will get either 16 or 18mp As well as the D800.

    • robert

      After the D7000, Nikon D90 will still be available till the end of 2010

      notice that at the bottom of the page..what does that say..?
      Theyre trying to get rid of stock. and after that D90 is discontinued..
      you guys are jumping way ahead of yourselves..

    • WoutK89

      I donโ€™t think Nikon would put out a replacement camera with 39 FP when the older had 51..
      More isnt always better. So on that alone you can not judge the placement of the camera.

      • robert

        Very true. Maybe they toned it down because they thought it would work better..Who knows. I do think Nikon has something special in store for us.
        I have a feeling (just me) that Nikon might release the D400/D800 together..I just don’t think the D7000 is the replacement to the D300. Don’t get me wrong. The camera and specs look FANTASTIC. I wouldn’t mind one myself. I just think it replaces the D90 though.

        • robert

          I think they had to jump model numbers. The D90 could be either D95 or the D100 which was out before..the camera looks great though.

          • I wish their model numbers were logical, you know something like:

            D7S, D7X (PRO: full frame, sports vs high res/high quality)
            D70S, D70X (SEMI-PRO full frame, sports, vs high res/high quality)
            D700 (PRO: APS-C)
            D7000 (SEMI-PRO: APS-C)
            D70000 (amateur)

  • trjwv

    I was getting ready to purchase the D300S tonight, should I wait for this D7000? With these specs is it a better camera and better price, is that possible?

    • Workodactyl

      The numbers sound better, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the camera is better. The D300s imo, is still a pretty sweet camera, even in the face of the D7k’s specs. I don’t think the D7k totally eclipses the D300s but it’s definitely close.

      I guess it sort of depends on what you plan to do with the D300s, but it might be worth the wait to see the official release of the D7k, before you make up your mind. That is unless if you need the D300s like this week. In which case it wouldn’t matter, because the D7k won’t be available till next month.

      I can’t speak for the D7k yet, only know the rumors, but you really can’t go wrong with the D300s, but I’d say it’s worth waiting one more day to make sure ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Paul

      The D300s is Nikon’s only pro DX body. It’s great and wildlife photographers particularly love it. The replacement for this body won’t be out for awhile. Weigh your options but you can’t photograph with a camera you don’t have in your hands.

      • Bob

        Like above, hold off until you can test and compare cameras. Although specs may read better, you don’t know about actual AF performance and speed, as well as buffer, shutter blackout, etc. For example, D3s AF performance is noticeably faster than D3 and D700 AF, which really surprised me. D700 AF speed and shutter blackout is much better than D90, a detail that may not be immediately evident looking at spec sheets.

        • nikkor_2

          Preface: the D3S AF performance is absolutely stellar; it’s incredible.

          Bob makes a good point: AF performance can vary significantly from body to body.

          As seen with Canon’s 1D Mark III and Mark IV, it’s wise to wait for detailed reviews and extensive real-use feedback. It pays to be patient.

    • Rob

      If you have to ask then get the D7000. I would I’m not a pro.

      • Rob

        If it’s cheaper, get the D7000 and spend the change on lens(es).

  • ALok

    What dial are we talking about and how is it different?

    • Enesunkie

      Auto, Auto (no flash), P, A, S, M ….

      D300S, D700 and D3 series (all the “Pro” bodies) don’t have this dial.

      Having scene modes adds an interesting twist to this though.

  • zzddrr

    so basically Nikon ignores the FX users this year. Yeah, landscape photogs can survive another year with 12mp not an issue.

    Oh by the way, have you guys noticed the accidental similarities between the sony a55 resolution and the this D7000? I think this must be accidental. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jay

      yes and no

    • Enesunkie

      no and yes

    • nikkor_2

      “so basically Nikon ignores the FX users this year.”


      This year, Nikon released the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f1.4G, and the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED: each well suited for FX. Late last year, Nikon released the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G and the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II. Soon, perhaps Nikon will release updates to the 200 f/2 and the 35 f/1.4.

      Chuck (Westfall), is it you? Are you ‘zzddrr’?

      • Bob

        “Chuck (Westfall), is it you? Are you โ€˜zzddrrโ€™?” LOL!

        • zzddrr

          Who the hell is Chuck (Westfall)?

      • zzddrr

        Who is Chuck?

        Anyway, the point I was trying to make that Nikon does not give a damn about the FX users who want a little bit more than 12mp but do not want to climb mountains with a tank (D3x). ๐Ÿ™‚

      • zzddrr

        You can stick all the nice glass on where ever you want when you don’t have resolution. 12mp is so 2005 (or you have the option of getting a bloody nightvision = D3s but that one is also built on the frame of T54 russian tank) ๐Ÿ™‚

      • WoutK89

        In what country do you live? The 50/1.4G has been around longer than you assume, late last year (4th quarter 2009) it was out for over a year already.

    • Landscape Photo


      I’ve got D300 & D700 now. It has noticeably better DR & less noise at even iso 200, but it doesn’t help for the resolution issue. I try my best technique, using best apertures, careful focusing, shooting raw, using latest version of ACR (which can reveal the tiniest details) & sharpen as possible.

      Is it so difficult for Nikon to put a hi-res sensor in a D700 body? I don’t need the goddamn video, stratospheric iso, fps, or super fast af. D700 high iso sensitivity is enough for 99% of photographers.

      Some more megapixels up to the level that most lenses may resolve. An affordable FX between 18-24mp in D700 shape. Nothing else…

  • The invisible Man


    • panfruit


      • Paul


        • Bob


          • nikkor_2

            Only once in awhile.

        • Stop it!

          • jdsl


  • The invisible Man


    • panfruit


      • Paul


    • eric

      What kind of donation are you looking for? Financial or genetic?

      • WoutK89

        Haha, good one

  • trjwv

    I am ready to purchase the D300S kit which includes the 24-70mm 2.8 and the 70-200mm 2.8 for 700.00 off. this brings the price of the D300S down to 739.00, since I was ready to purchase the glass anyway. Now $739.00 for D300S or $1195.00 for D7000, which is better purchase, I would like to have good ISO and the increase MP…..

    • Workodactyl

      Why? MP are nothing really unless you plan on blowing up the picture. Just a Buzz word in the Camera world. the high ISO probably won’t even be that effective. So no worries there. One thing is for sure the sensor has proven time and again on the D300s. It’s a solid cam.

      739.00 for a D300s… is a fantastic deal. New? That’s almost unbelievable.

      The D7k’s price isn’t even official and its 1200 (body only) so I can’t even say for the kit. So I say the D300s sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

    • Tor8472

      trjwv – do you care about microfocus adjust or high end AF? If so, the D300s is probably what you need. If better video and more MP is important to you, I’d wait. I expect the D7000 to have at least equal high ISO. Do you need a professional body (with more switches/buttons) or will an advanced amateur body do? If I were in your shoes and on the fence, I’d wait to see the full details. I have a D300 and don’t need a new body, but I’m excited to see what the D7000 and D400 (when it comes) will bring.

    • Paul

      Wow, that’s a fantastic deal on a D300s

    • Justin

      Or just buy the D300s now and if you want the D7000 when it comes out you can sell the D300s for more than you paid if you’re getting the D300s for $739.

  • Are you hearing D7000 body only will be available in Oct, or only as part of a kit? I don’t need it as a kit (unlessit is an updated 80-400 with it), but I do really want it for a trip in early Nov. I will preorder with a local store who is pretty good at getting things early in the cycle.

  • trjwv

    I am in no hurry, as the rebated D300s kit doesn’t expire until the end of September so I will wait to see the actual announced specs tomorrow night…thanks all

  • John

    Yes, but can it meter with non-CPU lenses? Does it have a built-in focusing motor?


    • John

      If it can’t meter with non-CPU lenses and does not have a BIM, then it’s not a D300(s) replacement.

      • Enesunkie

        At the rate that rumors are adding features to this D7000 …
        Well, we’ll find out soon enough.

      • jason

        heres one for the pot ! if the d300s is the PRO-DX camera in the nikon line up and it appears on the nikon website in the pro section which i can live with and i must say im looking and waiting just to see what does actually come out of the magic nikon box of tricks, what i really would like to see is at some point this yr nikon release the D400 but in a PRO-style body based around the D2/D2x after all its classed as a PRO-DX should it should be treated like one then we wouldnt have to have that ugly battery grip and arse on with 2 silly batteries
        but hey this is just me ,what do YOU think????
        and keep insults mild ha ha

  • Its interesting that all year we had no bodies and all of sudden in a matter of a few weeks, we will have at least 2 DSLRs. I don’t think Nikon will ignore the full sensor end but they are certainly not in a rush.

    • The numbering system for the cameras is also getting confusing IMO.

      • WoutK89

        We all knew Photokina was the most important moment of year.

  • Yabba Dabba Doo! Waited many months to preorder the D90 replacement, and will probably do so review unseen. Thanks Admin!

  • nick94

    admin, will there be auto mode for photos?

  • Mark

    There is only one thing that would make me sell my D90 and get a D7000: D700-like ISO performance. Could that be even possible on a DX body?

    • Enesunkie

      At some point in the future …. yes.

      This week … the smart money says no.
      (but lets stay optomistic!)

    • Martin

      I definitely agree with you

  • Any more hints yet about what may be announced on Sep 20th????

  • Sam

    Actually I was hoping for the D90 style dial. I don’t see why this camera has a pro dial actually. As a D90 replacement, not all amateurs would be willing to lose that. Plus, my sister likes the Auto bit on the dial :). It might just be a different dial than current to account for the 20 scene modes but not quite a pro dial.
    If it has a pro version dial then it looks like a D300 replacement.

    • WoutK89

      Auto = P-mode (Program Auto), you should try it.

      • Sam

        Well actually, they’re not the same…

  • jhnw

    20 scene modes. Sounds like D7000 is replacement for D90 only. I can’t see Nikon offering a camera with scene modes to the Pro DX market. Yet you look at other specs for this camera and it sure sounds like it could replace the D300s.

    Nikon is going to need to offer a camera in the $1800 -$2000 price range or have a large gap in it’s pricing structure. I don’t think Nikon is going above 16 mp on a DX sensor for a long time, and with the D7000 specs, I don’t know what they could add in the way of features to get people to pay $600-$800 more for a 16 mp DX D400. So could the D400 be a FF priced below the current D700???

    • SimonC

      Nah, I think there is still a place for a D400 Pro-DX body.

      They won’t cede that market to Canon; afterall, they practically created that category with the D300 release.

    • human tripod

      YES!! The D400 / D500 will be entry-level FF.

  • Simpleman

    in stores in october thats gr8 , but what are the real confirmed specs , will it have video full manual control ??? , will it support old lenses , how much time will it allow to record ? , real price ?

    and about the
    ” 20 scene modes ” and “New dial, like in the pro line” – im Confused !?!? is it just me that dont get it ?

    • WoutK89

      You will get a Dial like on the Pro SLR’s (PSAM, Cl nad Ch if I am right), and a scene mode dial as on the D90 with 20 modes, is my guess.

      • Joe R.

        It’s got a new 2-tier dial. Scene modes are on the LCD.

  • ERT

    can we move it end of September? haha… :p sad i need it before October 3 for my honeymoon ๐Ÿ˜€

    • jdsl

      better postpone your honeymoon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ren Kockwell

      Pre-order now! After the honeymoon, say goodbye to no-questions-asked purchases of camera equipment!

      • LGO

        Along with all the lenses, flash units, tripod and other accessories you need? ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Best not get married!

          • st r

            “Honey, I have bought that 35mm f/1.4 to capture beautiful images of baby sleeping, to send to Grandma”

            “I need that D3s with lightning-speed autofocus, because Junior won’t stand still waiting for me”

            “I absolutely have to get that 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II for this year’s basket school championship”

            Children are an ideal excuse to buy equipment. Marriage may be a long-term investment….

            • NikonFTW


            • Sounds like someone with experience ๐Ÿ˜‰

              Sounds like more work than it’s worth. I’ll stick with being single. The only person I have to convince is myself ๐Ÿ˜€

    • robert

      throw the collar and leash away HAHAHA!!!
      jokes aside congrats on your marriage!

  • ukj

    my biggest question is where in canada can i pre- order, london drugs, bestbuy future shop ?

  • J. ANdersON

    I agree with Simpleman…..
    Please elaborate!

  • Shutter Monkey

    I know everybody’s focused on “October availability” but…

    20 Scene modes?

    Seriously. What am I going to do, with 20 scene modes (or a gun rack)?

    Am I missing something here?

    If they insist on another dial to change camera settings, can’t they at least make it user-programmable so I can have all the settings (usually buried deep in menus) I’d like for shooting inside a cathedral, and twist to recall settings for shooting landscapes…
    Factory shooting modes make sense in compacts where you have little control anyway, but from a DSLR, I really do expect to have the option of setting everything..

    Hopefully the d7k will have hard switches for metering, AF mode, etc. that we see on the D300 & D300s.

    For $1200, it had better be pretty spectacular — I mean, right now you can pick up a used D300 under 15k clicks for below $1000. Below $900 if you’re less choosy about who you buy from. Used 300S’s are pricier, but it’s not uncommon to see them for around the $1200 mark. So how much is that warranty (or video ability) worth to you?

    • @”Seriously. What am I going to do, with 20 scene modes (or a gun rack)?”

      You could always mount a grenade launcher for the less cooperative shooting targets.

    • Joe R.

      Scenes like:
      -Very Low Light
      -Indoor Sports
      -Indoor Family

      I can think of a bunch of modes that a high-end **consumer** camera could have.

  • EP

    Oooh, sounds rather nice. 200mm f2 as well eh?

  • D40-owner

    To me, the big unknown that is still unanswered, even in rumors, is if the D7k will have AF micro-adjust or not.
    This, to me, is one of the major selling points of the D300, together with 51-point super AF.

    • D40-owner

      I mean selling points that will remain after the D7k is released.

    • I do not think the D7000 will have AF micro-adjust

      • D40-owner

        Hi Admin,
        Is that your opinion, or do you have a source?

        • I heard something, but I am not sure.

          • D40-owner

            You are a true sport for keeping in touch with your readers.
            Keep up the good work!!

          • nikkor_2

            “You are a true sport for keeping in touch with your readers.”


            • +2

            • NikonFTW

              +3 !!

  • Gary

    The rumors all hint that this will be a better camera than the D300s for a few hundred dollars less to boot! Ain’t technology grand? Better for less money.

    If the rumors are true, then I don’t believe many would choose a D300s over a D7000.

    • Does that mean Nikon might release D400 earlier than it’s supposed to?

    • Shutter Monkey

      The D300s is weather sealed (TBD on the D7k), has AF fine tune, more AF points, dual card slots (one of which is CF), better fps and hard switches for metering modes etc.

      300s = $135o CAD
      D7000 = $1200 (or more, if they give a higher CAD price..)

      Aside from video AF, what is the D7000 supposed to offer that’s such better value than the D300S (which, for the record, I think currently pricing issues when the D90 is just $750). How many usable ISO stops above the D300s would it have to offer to justify its price? (Or maybe I should ask it this way, how many stops better lowlight performance are people expecting to see in the D7000 over the D90?)

      Don’t get me wrong, I can’t stop checking for the next latest info about the D7k, and I *want* it to blow us away. I’m just not sure I see it in the present specs. What I see right now is that a used D300 would be a much better deal than a new D7k, and would offer similar performance. There’s got to be something we’re missing in its specs or features…

      • Rob

        Nah you got it spot on. There will be a whole host of professional features left out including full manual video control. There are really no surprises left here they have increased the MP and possibly the ISO. Wrapped in a metal body they sure know how to sell a camera. The D400 is going to have to check all the boxes.

      • Chris Lilley

        @Shutter Monkey – it’s not how many stops *better* than D90 it will be, but how many stops *worse* (photosites are smaller, base ISO is lower, so more amplification at a given ISO, so more noise). The trade-off is potentially increased resolution (if the lens and photographer is up to it), or at least more -compete-with-Canon MPx marketing points.

  • dudemanppl

    Auto = no physical pop up flash button, ruh roh.

    • iamlucky13

      I very much doubt it.

      Even the D3000 has a dedicated flash button.

      • Vsevolod

        in non-pro bodies flash pop0up button is electronic, andf flash pops-up whenever camera(not photografer) thinks it is appropriate.

        • iamlucky13

          Only in the preset auto modes.

          In program AE mode (P), you control the flash with the little electronic button on the front just below the flash.

          My apologies if I’m misunderstanding something you’re saying.

  • What about de manual video controls Admin? Please dude, give us the light!

    • I second that Bernardo…. Admin please! I f hear something about manual controls in video pluezzzee fill us with info…

      • NiknWontRepairMyGray

        Relax, relax….only 1 more day, breath slowwww

        Do not expect full manual control for video. don’t expect 50fps/60fps either.

        • Why not??? You dont know anything about it either…..

          • NiknWontRepairMyGray

            You should believe me…..then come back here tomorrow after the official announcement and thank me, ok?

            • Yeah right and I should bring you a cookie for being a nice dog…

            • @NiknWontRepairMyGray…..

              Ok now its out, it has manual video controls… what does that mean?? O yeah… TAKE THAT BITCH!!! Lol!!!

        • Jens

          If it doesn’t have full manual control, 29.97/25/24 fps in 1080p and acceptable rolling shutter it’s a no go for me.
          I just have to wait for the D400.

          • Simpleman

            jens , i join you in that , if it doesnt have those things , its practically useless !

            • D90

              yes, if it doesn’t have manual focus, D400 for me also. Auto focus is useless for film projects.

  • I am still very happy with my D200 and hope to get another 30K shots with it before retiring. The problem is that increasingly, I am shooting in dark areas and as anyone with a D200 knows, low light performance is pretty naff.

    The D7000 may come at a very good time: my wife’s present. She wants to go shooting with me and while we are looking at the D3100, the fact that a couple of my lenses won’t work is a big off put as she’d like to keep it simple.

    We will see, but both the D3100 and D7000 look great. I have no illusions that the D7000 will be a better camera than my D200 no matter the spec, but am interested in seeing how it is or isn’t upgraded from the D90 body. The megapixels are important to me, but more so, having everything I need at my fingertips rather than lost in menus.

    • rogger

      I think D7000 will be a very best camera than D200…

  • ConcreteSnowman

    +1 to Admin.

  • Ren Kockwell

    Wailing on my D80 and buying up lenses waiting for a D700 with video. And that 35mm f/1.4.

  • ukj

    so if i buy this camera should i buy along with the 18 – 200 the new 85mm lenes to go with it, or a super wide lenes (yes the d7000 will be my first DSLR ) Is this the d7000 up using these high end lenes

  • D90

    ive tried 3 different 17-55 fir my d90 but all had focusing issue. I was told that the 17-55 on d80s have the same problem. I really want this lens. So if the d7000 lacks fine tune, then it might not work for me unless I get lucky with Another the 17-55.

    • I’ve tried several 17-55’s and none had focus issues. I did encounter one that just appeared to be severely de-centered.

      However, I will say that ALL d90’s I’ve tried have focus issues of some sort. Some are just calibrated plain poorly and they all have an issue of the center focus point not agreeing with the plane of focus of the other ten points.

      They also seem to all be inconsistent with screw drive lenses too.

      I have had far less issues with my D70, D2x, D300, and D700. Also I’ve had better luck with rental D3 and D3x bodies. And when they’re off, you can adjust them.

      I just haven’t had the time to send mine back for calibration. I hope they will fix it. I’ll send the admin an email about when I do.

      • D90

        typos. posted on my iPhone and I should proof read. I meant to say that the D90s and D80s are culprit, not the lens. Hence, I want D7000 to have fine tune.

  • LGO

    Despite the detailed info we are getting on the D7000, I am surprised that no photo of the D7000 has appeared. Doing so would have squelched a lot of discussions now going on.

    It seems that Nikon has become better in controlling the leaks and how this is parceled to the public bit-by-bit to maintain a high level of interest among the enthusiast on its upcoming new products.

    Working on this assumptions, it would seem that there is indeed no D700-replacement that will be announced this year .. unless Nikno adopts a 2-prong marketing strategy for DX and FX.

    • The admin seems to know more than he’s letting on. Sounds like he knows most of his info is on the money. Which is good. But there’s only so much we’ll know until they actually hit the shelves. Heck, we can’t even evaluate the d3100 properly until LR and ACR support it’s raw files. Or at least I can’t.

    • LGO

      No sooner was this post made when NR release a photo shortly thereafter showing the rear of the D7000. Coincidence? Hmmmmmmmmmmm ………………

  • And your sources are?

    I think this post is meant to stir comments and create traffic. Let’s be patient and wait until tomorrow or so.

  • d300

    nobody says anything about the new flash. I just might update my sb800s with these ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ignatius

    My birthday is at the end of October…

    I wish I could have read a review before ordering it, but…
    Christmas is too late! I’ll probably be a “beta-tester”!

  • Ronald

    No, I think, as said earlier by others, the D7000 isn’t going to replace the D300s, but it’s a model between the D90 and D300.

    I’m not a pro, so I think the D7000 will be good enough for me.
    Also I will wait for the reviews and official specs. I’m not in a hurry, so I can alway wait for the D400 or the D700 replacement.

    At the moment, I have a D80….. the things I wish for were much better ISO, and a more weather proof body รกnd a bit bigger body…… so it sounds like the D7000 will be good enough for me. So I just can’t wait to see the official specs ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Landscape Photo

    When is the D800/D900 coming? D700 is a state-of-art camera, but its resolution is limiting for landscape photography. And D3x is very expensive & bulky too.

  • Chris Lilley

    Admin, any word on whether the D7000 has Aperture Indexing (mechanical AI coupling) for lenses like the Zeiss, Voigtlander, Samayang and classic, pre-CPU Nikkors?

    For me that is the critical D300s feature that the D90 lacks.

    Also, base ISO is 100 so noise, dynamic range and colour rendering are worse than D90, maybe worse than D300s also?

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