Excerpt: With the release of the D7000, Nikon created a new category in its broad DSLR line. The D7000 ($1799) offers a mid-range alternative to the higher end D300s, and the slightly-long-in-the-tooth but more affordable D90 (released in 2008). A full complement of advanced and automatic features, new 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, new 3D colour matrix metering, good low-light performance, full 1080p HD video, full-time autofocus in video and Live View, along with under-the-hood...
Excerpt: Kelly Lynch tests Nikon’s latest mid-level DSLR Nikon’s latest addition to its digital SLR family is the D7000, a welcome upgrade from the D90. With plenty of advances on its predecessor, the mid-range DX-format camera sits between the D90 and D300s. The most obvious change is its 16.2 megapixel, DX-format CMOS sensor, surpassing megapixel quantity of other Nikons, except the top of-the-range D3x.
Pros: Good weight, High tech specs, Good images, Two SD card slots
Cons: Needed in-depth look at manual before using, Ergonomic issues moving lower dial, Allows shots to be taken without SD card inserted
Summary: A new pro-sumer-level Nikon DX-format DSLR body that offers durability and functionality for serious photographers.Nikon's widely anticipated D7000 slots into the company's range between the popular D90 and D300s models. A tempting upgrade for D90 owners, it features a 16.2-megapixel (effective) sensor, new EXPEED 2 image processor and expanded sensitivity range that reaches up to ISO 25,600.
Pros: You want fast and accurate autofocusing and a fast continuous frame rate., You'd like a capable Nikon DX-format body that can record both still pictures and Full HD video clips., You need a camera with weatherproof sealing and a rugged chassis., You could make use of the extended sensitivity range., You'd like to be able to fit an external stereo microphone for video recordings. Don't buy this camera if :, You're looking for a lightweight body., You require support fo...
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
Conclusion: Il n'y a pas à tortiller : le D7000 est un excellent boîtier ! Finition, ergonomie, réactivité, qualité d'image, gestion des hautes sensibilités, réglages… autant de critères sur lesquels le boîtier donne entière satisfaction. Nikon ne s'est pas contenté de mettre à jour son D90, il a vraiment surenchéri et parfois innové (nouveaux modules de mesure d'exposition et d'autofocus). À bien des égards, le D7000 se rapproche plus d'un D300S que d'un D90.
Pros: Colorimétrie / résolution / réglages d'image, Qualité des ISO jusqu'à 3200 (voire 6400), Viseur 100% / double slot SD / ergo. perso., Finition / zoom 18-105 mm polyvalent
Cons: AF-F décevant en vidéo, Tendance à surexposer en milieu lumineux, Emplacement touche ISO / pas de HDR, Buffer « limité » à env. 30 Jpeg