Excerpt: Feeling very much in hand like a pro camera, with magnesium alloy top and rear body construction, the Nikon D7000 (list: $1199, body only) has all the bells and whistles of a modern D-SLR, including a high megapixel count CMOS sensor, a new image processor to handle all the data it can capture, including 14-bit NEF, a high ISO 6400 “normal” (expandable two stops), and the currently requisite 1080p HD movie capability.
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).
Summary: I love the Nikon D7000. It’s one of the best DSLRs I’ve used to date. Sure, there are a few quibbles like the aperture adjustment in live view and movie mode, along with the rather lame buffer for continuous RAW image capture (particularly since the D7000 is compatible with UHS-I SD cards).
Summary: The D7000 sits at the high-end of Nikon's cropped-sensor DSLR camera range. Given a 16 megapixels sensor capable of ISO 100 to 25600, 1080p HD video capture and 6 FPS continuous shooting, plus a 100% viewfinder, dual control-dials and a weather-sealed body, this is one of Nikon's most advanced cameras. While the aging D300S surpasses it in some areas, the D7000 exceeds it for nearly everything else.
Pros: Superb control over image nose, High color-accuracy after tweaking, Great dynamic range, Super-fast autofocus, Ultra-short black-out, Fast and responsive, Very flexible self-timer, Highly customizable with plenty of controls, Dual memory cards can provide instant backup, Manual focus assist direction indicator, Long battery-life, Excellent build quality
Cons: Metering emphasizes center too much, AWB not perfect under artificial light, EC button not ideal, Indistinct ISO button, Very poor live-view, Limited OVF status line, Noise-Reduction always on at ISO 1600+, Lens correction slow down camera, Bizarre Auto ISO hidden in menu, Some control oddities, see, Difficult video framing