Nikon has announced the details and specifications of its new DSLR, the D7000, a model that seems perfectly suited to a slug it out against the new Canon D60. It also marks the debut of the company's new 16.2-megapixel DX format CMOS image sensor.

The D7000 is fitted with EXPEED 2, a new image processing engine, which is designed to deliver greater image quality, faster internal processes and multiple functions. And its ISO (100-6400) light sensitivity - extendable up to 25600 - is enhanced over other models in Nikon's range.

There's Full HD (1080p) video recording functionality on board (using MPEG4 AVC/H.264 compression), and twin SD card slots (SDXC compatible) to ensure that there's more than enough storage for any occasion. Plus an 39-point autofocus system, including 9 cross-type sensors in the centre, for sharp, fast pictures on the move.

The AF-F also keeps continuous focus while shooting video.

Priced at £1,099.99 for the body only, £1,299.99 for body plus an 18-105mm VR lens kit, the D7000 will hits stores on 29 October 2010.