Nikon D7000 brings 39-point AF, 1080p video, and magnesium alloy construction to $1,200 price point
If you don't want to hate your current camera, look away now. Nikon's 16 megapixel D7000 has landed into the world of officialdom with a bang, bringing with it an almighty 39-point autofocus system, 100 percent viewfinder coverage, 1080/24p and 720/30p video options, dual SD card slots, a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400
, 6fps burst mode for up to 100 shots, and magnesium alloy top and back covers for that extra bit of metalized durability. The continuous video autofocus that debuted in the D3100 is here too
, though bear in mind there's a 20 minute cap
on uninterrupted recordings. Video nuts will also appreciate a stereo mic input
, while plenty of others will like the addition of a second control dial to adjust shooting modes. It's looking like a comprehensive upgrade from the D90, but keep in mind that Canon's direct competitor -- the 60D -- costs a Benjamin less than the D7000's $1,200 body-only asking price (or $1,500 with an 18-105 kit lens) , so take the time until this becomes available in mid-October to weigh up your options well. Oh, and the outfit's also throwing out two new pieces of high-end glass alongside a new flash: an AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II for $5,999.95, an AF-S 35mm f/1.4G for $1,799.95 and an SB-700 Speedlight for $329.95.