Only a month after Nikon’s D3100 announcement, their first DSLR with 1080p video, they have now announced the D7000, a more professional HDSLR placed between the D90 and D300s. If you saw my last post on the D3100, I wasn’t exactly favourable towards it, being a low-end consumer model and all. I was upset at what it lacked, but knew it was only a matter of time before a professional camera with 1080p video is announced, and, well, the time is now. Introducing the D7000. T2i, eat your heart out. 7D, watch out!

The Nikon D7000 packs a 16.2 megapixel CMOS DX sensor, an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 25600), a 39 point continuos autofocus system, 6fps burst mode, a magnesium alloy body, bays for duel SDXC cards, a stereo microphone input, and most importantly, 1080p video.

In many ways, the D7000 is far superior to the D300s. The megapixel count is higher, it has higher res video (1080p vs 720p on the D300s), the autofocus system is faster, and the body is slightly smaller and lighter (which is better in my opinion, as it is better for run-and-gun video and traveling).

All these features are, of course, lightyears ahead of the D3100. The AVCHD compression has been dropped in favour of H.264/MPEG-4 .mov files, they’ve added a stereo mic input, the body is more durable, and you can record up to 20 minutes of video, which is much higher than any of the Cannons or Nikons.

The D7000 is still lacking some features we have been asking for, though. You’re still limited to 24p at 1080p resolution. It’s not that much of a problem for me personally, though. 24p is good for the film look, which is what I’m going for, but consumers want 30p and 60p, and some professionals would want the higher framerates for sports and slow motion videography. Also, it looks like you’re still limited to a 20mbps bitrate, but honestly, when I think about it, when you’re someone like me who produces video straight for the web, having a bitrate higher than that doesn’t really matter.

Despite these two shortcomings, all the other professional features more than make up for them.┬áThis is the Nikon HDSLR that I’ve been waiting for!