Nikon is raising the bar for DSLR video
Nikon has announced another new gem in the video-capable DSLR with the new D7000.
When I reviewed the D3100 I predicted more was on the way and Nikon has delivered! Due to ship in October, the D7000 adds the controls and pro lens capabilities the D3100 was lacking. At $1199 this looks like just the tool to put in modern photojournalists bags.
This mid-level model is the second Nikon to have full high definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) recording capabilities and active auto focus during video recording — something Canon doesn’ yet offer.
Here’s a rundown of Nikon’s latest:
- 16.2 megapixel DX format CMOS sensor for sharp images and great prints
- 3-inch monitor screen
- Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording with active auto focus
- Up to 6 frames per second in sweeping 100 image blasts
- 39 point auto focus
- ISO sensitivity from 100 – 6400 expands up to ISO 25,600 equivalent (Hi2)
- Dual SD card slots for longer shooting or splitting RAW, jpeg, and movie files
- 100% viewfinder view
- Lots of regular Nikon features included like: Image processing, In-camera editing, pop-up flash, etc.
Full HD Video
Video Recording Pixel Size and Frame rates for Nikon D7000
This camera has me looking at photo hardware I have and trying to see if I could sell enough to get this one! Having ability to shoot Full HD on a mid-range Nikon DSLR gives photographers, especially photojournalists, a new tool for those spot news events that you need in both video and stills. I also am very pleased with the H.264 recording in the .mov file that allows for editing in camera or in your video editing tools . I’m curious about how long the batteries will hold out with live view, video recording and active auto focus all going at once when someone’s videoing! A built-in mic provides easy recording but for improved sound an additional mic may be needed.
With the D7000 Nikon re-embraced their lens compatibility that they sadly lost on the D3100. I’m happy to see that my D AF Nikkor lenses will fit on and be fully compatible with the D7000.
This fixed my complaints about their low-range cameras, by adding back the index dial and keeping a lot of control at the finger tips instead of buried in a menu. They even added two user designated settings on the Mode Selector Dial ready to switch settings over to your favorite.
Nikon says the price point will be $1200, but current price for the D7000 is $1499 at Amazon.
My hope for Nikon is restored! I really like what I see here with the D7000 and hope to get to try one out soon! Hmmm…what else do I have around here that I can sell?