Visual Arts | Tools

Nikon D7000 announced and previewed

Nikon has released the D7000 mid-level digital SLR. Housed in a magnesium alloy body, the feature-rich camera incorporates a 16.2Mp CMOS sensor, faster ‘Expeed 2′-branded processor, 921k dot 3.0″ LCD and can record 1080p24 full HD movies. It features the company’s latest 39-point AF system with 3D tracking and 2,016 pixel RGB metering sensor. It will start shipping with the 18-105mm VR kit lens from October 2010 at a retail price of $1499/£1299.99/€1399. We’ve had a pre-production D7000 in the office for long enough for us to prepare an full hands-on preview looking at the camera, its features and where it’ll sit in the range.

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Wacom Intuos4 M

I know what you’re thinking: it’s hard to get excited about the traditional Intuos tablets now that Cintiq is on the scene. These days, buying a graphics tablet without a built-in pressure-sensitive LCD display seems about as novel as bringing home a big-screen standard-def TV for your home theater. But with the release of the Intuos4, Wacom proves that its veteran pro tablet line still has some new tricks in it yet: double the pressure sensitivity, a new iPod-style touch wheel interface, and programmable ExpressKey buttons complete with LED labels. All of this makes for better control and less reliance on your keyboard.

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