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 16.3 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...
Excerpt: Quote: "The D7000 sits above the D90 in Nikon's current lineup, and as befits its new position in the range, the D7000 combines elements of the D90 with elements of the D300S - Nikon's current APS-C flagship. The most obvious physical clue to its new position is a magnesium alloy body shell, which up to now has been reserved for Nikon's top-end APS-C and full frame cameras.
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
Excerpt: The all-new Nikon D7000 ($1,499 18-105mm VR lens kit) has landed, muscles fully flexed. A gladiator in the hot mid-range digital SLR battle, the D7000 has the Canon EOS 60D set directly in its viewfinder, undoubtedly pleasing Nikon shooters with delight. A 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, new 39-point autofocus system, 100% viewfinder, 1080p 24fps (720p 30fps) HD video capture with continuous auto-focus, ISO 100-6400 extendable to 25600, dual SD card slots, 6 fps burst mode,...
Excerpt: Nikon describes this DX model as a “professional-standard camera” … not a professional camera. One giveaway is the onboard flash cell: pros look askance when they see this (IMHO) useful feature. So it’s not pro and its not raw amateur. But it beats me why the company could not have installed a vari-angle LCD screen as many lesser cameras possess. Damn useful for newbies and ‘knowbies’.
Excerpt: Nikon’s 16-megapixel D7000 fits into their DSLR lineup between the entry-level D3100 and the pro-spec’d D300s DX format cameras. It delivers near professional-level camera performance in a compact, user-friendly body. It’s packed with pro-level features like a six frames-per-second burst rate, new 39-point auto focus system and a digital level, yet it still has scene modes and a pure auto mode for beginners.
Excerpt: The Nikon D7000 ($1199 body only) is a midrange digital SLR that fits between the D90 and D300s. Its feature set is quite impressive, and even made owners of cameras from other manufacturers drool a little bit (or so I've heard).