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Nikon D7000 is its first to shoot 1080p video

The Nikon D7000 packs a host of new features, not least being the company's first 1080p video capture.

There's a new face in the Nikon dSLR camera range. The D7000 is a mid-range dSLR packing a new CMOS sensor, and it's Nikon's first to shoot 1080p video.

Under the bonnet is a 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, backed by a new Expeed 2 image-processing engine. It also includes a new 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor to judge lighting conditions and, if necessary, choose the correct scene settings.

Burst mode fires 6 frames per second, and low-light shooting runs between ISO 100 and ISO 6,400. The autofocus system boasts 39 focus points, including nine cross-type sensors in the centre. A pentaprism viewfinder offers 100 per cent coverage, with a 3-inch LCD screen also on hand.

The D7000 shoots 1080p video, with a stereo microphone jack and HDMI socket. Stills and video are recorded to twin SD memory card slots, which can be set to back each other up or record different file formats.

The Nikon D7000 will be available body only for £1,100, or as a kit with an 18-105mm lens for £1,300. We've had our hands on the new camera today, so keep it CNET for a preview coming your way soon.