Summary: A replacement for Nikon's D90 has been expected for quite some time, but many people will be surprised by how many specifications the D7000 shares with its semi-pro cousin, the D300s. As it stands, the D7000 sits somewhere between these other two cameras, both of which are still current models. Nikon seem to have chosen to follow Canon and its by producing a camera that is most definitely aimed at the upper entry-level and enthusiast levels of photographer.
Summary: The Nikon D7000 is definitely a great gadget. This device will obtain four stars out of five: the quality of the materials is excellent, the camera takes very good shots in the RAW format and the video encoding is good. This model is a little bit frustrating: the burst of two generous doubled memory card slots reached high-level performance, but the buffer is too low.
Conclusion: The Nikon D7000 packs professional-grade features at a reasonable price. Reviewers call this a serious camera, suitable for the dedicated enthusiast or beginners who want to learn the trade. It excels in low light, boasts excellent battery life, and offers dual memory card slots and full weather sealing.
Pros: Great image quality, even in low light, Dual memory card slots, Weather-sealed, partly metal shell
Cons: Some blown highlights in tests, Focusing noise shows up on movies, Controls are awkward for some
Excerpt: The Nikon D7000 is a digital camera that is exactly half-way between the entry-level SLR and those devoted to photography enthusiasts looking for something more advanced. It integrates a number of features and technologies that make it a very interesting product. The Nikon D7000 is in fact equipped with a new CMOS image sensor with 16.2-megapixel DX-format and evolved and renewed engine for Nikon EXPEED 2 image processing.
Pros: Image quality, The new DX CMOS image sensor, ISO sensitivity, Ergonomics.
Excerpt: small fixes: 12/20/2010 minor additions: 2/10/2011 Complete Guide: 2/17/2011 update: 10/12/2012 Nikon D7000 Review Nikon Rolls Another Lucky 7... Add a comment or send Thom feedback on this article. Update: a few things have changed since the D7000 first appeared. First, we now have a 24mp DX camera (the D3200). Second, we have an FX camera that's essentially the equivalent of the D7000 when shooting in DX format (the D800).
Pros: At ISOs of 800 or under and exposures faster than a 1/3 second, a D7000 should never hot pixel under normal temperature conditions. If it does, Nikon will remap the pixel for you., At ISOs above 800 and exposures in the 1/4 second to one second range, you might see a hot pixel or two, especially you're using very high ISOs and if the camera is hot. This is normal. You don't want to remap that pixel because then it's gone on normal exposures., Any exposure time above o...
Cons: At ISOs of 800 or under and exposures faster than a 1/3 second, a D7000 should never hot pixel under normal temperature conditions. If it does, Nikon will remap the pixel for you., At ISOs above 800 and exposures in the 1/4 second to one second range, you might see a hot pixel or two, especially you're using very high ISOs and if the camera is hot. This is normal. You don't want to remap that pixel because then it's gone on normal exposures., Any exposure time above o...
Excerpt: The Nikon D7000 is a mid-size, digital single lens reflex (DSLR) still camera with a full high-definition video subsystem, bright viewfinder, one-button live view, full manual control, full auto operation if you choose, dual & configurable SD card slots, a built-in pop-up flash, weather resistant magnesium & polycarbonate body construction, and enough processing power to launch several moon shots at once.
Pros: The Nikon D7000 is quite a camera. Gorgeous 1920 x 1080 24fps video in either MOV or H.264 format, that is clean and slick. Nikon jumped into professional quality video recording with the D3s and all of Nikon's considerable resources were brought to bear on making the technology, technical quality and usability top notch. All of that effort shows in the D7000. Out-of-camera JPG files are startlingly clean and crisp. Nikon NEF/RAW files are a joy to work with. Reports ...
Cons: The early manufacturing runs of D7000 bodies had shooting mode dials which moved far too easily. Nikon seems to have tightened up the dial tolerance sometime during 2011, so the dial on cameras in more recent shipments no longer moves so unexpectedly, or indeed any more than similar dials on competing cameras. If you're buying a used D7000 from an early run, just be aware of the quirk and get into the habit of checking that dial. The built-in audio recording mode is m...
Excerpt: Nikon built the D7000 using a partial magnesium shell (top and bottom) with dust and weather seals. It feels slightly less balanced in the hand than Canon's D60, but this is a minor inconvenience that most shooters won't notice. The D7000’s user interface is easier to navigate than the D60's, but it does fall down a bit in the mode dial. The detent is pretty light, and there’s no lock, so it’s easy to accidentally change modes without knowing it.
Summary: The D7000 produces great image quality and feels very responsive in most shooting situations. It shines, especially in low light. From a specification point of view, a 16.2 MP resolution sensor, 6 frames per second continuous shooting, 1080p Full HD video, and an abundance of customization options place this camera at the upper end of the mid-range segment of the market.
Pros: Good detail and dynamic range (even better in RAW), Exceptionally low shadow noise in RAW files, Arguably the best high ISO performance of any current APS-C DSLR, Good build quality and handling, Maximum ISO of 25,600 st full resolution, 1080p HD video mode with basic editing built-in, Efficient Active D-Lighting, Comprehensive customization options, Large, bright viewfinder with 100% coverage, Fast contrast detect Auto Focus in Live View, Useful electronic horizon, C...
Cons: Tendency to overexpose in bright sunshine/high contrast situations, ISO button is poorly positioned, and cannot be assigned to any other control point., Ditto white balance: poorly positioned, cannot be re-assigned, Exposure mode dial slightly loose, and easily knocked, Shooting mode dial can be awkward to manipulate, AF can be hesitant in poor light, Auto ISO function is confusing and poorly implemented (but no worse than any other Nikon DSLR), Aperture not adjustabl...
Summary: With full 1080p resolution, quality lenses, and excellent light sensitivity, Nikon's D7000 is an HDSLR that will make video enthusiasts seriously think twice about going back to a standard camcorder ever again.
Pros: Shallow DOF, Quick switching between audio and video mode, Excellent build and external controls, Built-in intervalometer for timelapses
Cons: No audio meters or headphone jack, Slow autofocus in movie mode, Autofocus and memory card noise with built in microphone
Summary: Generally, digital camera producers usually adhere to a well-defined upgrade direction and it is usually obvious which style is intended to be changed by a new one. With the statement of the D7000 Nikon has - to a stage - damaged with this style. The new digital camera is situated somewhere between the fanatic D300S and the (still current) greater entry-level D90.