Excerpt: As it has 16.2 million pixels on its CMOS sensor the Nikon D7000 has a higher resolution than all other Nikon APS-C (DX) format DSLRs. In fact it is only trumped in this respect by the top-end Nikon D3X, which has 24.5 million pixels on its full-frame (FX) sensor. However, the D7000 is aimed at enthusiast photographers and sits between the 12.3-million-pixel Nikon D300S and D90 in the DSLR line-up, with a list price of £1099.99.
Pros: Good detail capture, Easy to use, Good features, Great new AF system (with right lens)
Cons: LCD screen not articulated, Needs faster lens to get the best shots, NX2 software lacking in control
Excerpt: When Nikon launch its D90 some two and a half years ago, it implemented many aspects that have now become expected from the prosumer market. Outstanding low light performance combined with speed and efficiency in auto focusing and metering could only be found in the professional and semi-pro range of DSLR but the D90 made it affordable, sacrificing things that many photographers...
Excerpt: The Nikon D7000 is a new DSLR sandwiched between both the consumer and semi-pro categories. A lot is new: a brand new 16.2-megapixel sensor can capture stills and 1080p HD movies, while a new 39-point autofocus system and 2106 pixel RGB metering sensor show there’s a lot going on under the hood. But just how good is this new tech and is the D7000 the true next generation DSLR?
Pros: Excellent 39-point AF system, very long battery life, superb picture quality and high ISO standard
Cons: Quite pricey, kit lens only reasonable, screen resolution not pushing the boundaries, internal buffer could be larger
Summary: At first glance, the D7000 is difficult to pigeon hole in Nikon's current range of cameras. Although it is marketed as a consumer DSLR, it offers many features you'd expect to find on professional models, such as weather sealing, a fast continuous shooting rate and magnesium build. After using the camera for some time, I can see what Nikon are doing here.
Pros: New 39 point auto focus system, Redesigned controls, Dust and moisture sealing, Performance at high sensitivities, Rugged build, Fast continuous frame rate, In camera editing options, Active Dlighting, Quality of recorded video, Battery life, Twin SD card slots
Cons: Speed of focusing during Live View, Buffer is shallow when shooting RAW at 6fps, Current street price may be a bit on the high side