Nikon D7000 Packs Whole Lot Of Pro Into $US1200 DSLR

It's hard for Nikon to fight Canon on video, so they're fighting with what they know: photography. Nikon's new D7000 packs a 16.3MP sensor, 39-point autofocus, dual card slots and ISO up to 25,600 in a $US1200 camera. Hot.

A successor to the D90, the D7000 has a new 16.2MP sensor, which Nikon says has "low-light ability never before seen in an DX-format (APS-C) camera". Bold words. But they back it up with a normal ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to ISO 25,600. It does do 1080p video at 24fps (or 720p at 24/30fps), with full-time autofocus, just like the lower-end D3100.

On the pro-er side of features, it's also got a new 39-point autofocus system with nine cross-type points and a fresh 2016-pixel RGB 3D matrix metering system. It's also fast, shooting 14-bit RAW photos at 6fps, which it pumps into dual SD card slots. And the viewfinder provides 100 per cent frame coverage.

It's a whole lot of camera for $US1200 (body only) or $US1500 with a kit lens. A veritable 60D fighter, but it's appealing for entirely different reasons. I like where Nikon's taking things. [Nikon]

Update: Chase Jarvis has a hands-on with it.