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.
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.
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...
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’.
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
Excerpt: It’s one of the key truths of the consumer electronics biz: Prices will drop like a rock soon after you buy your new toy. Oh, there are exceptions, like the iPad and iPhone , but you know the drill — buy it today, see a lower price in a month. Amazingly there is a pricey camera, the 16.2-megapixel Nikon D7000, that’s currently defying the laws of CE gravity—if you can even find one. Let’s see why.
Pros: 16.2MP APS-C DSLR, Terrific photos, Very responsive (6 fps), Top ISO of 25,600, Fast focusing, excellent detail
Cons: Hard to find and forget about a price break, Weird Release-Mode dial, Heavy noise above ISO 10,000—which is pretty amazing anyway, HD video still problematic
Summary: Nikon DSLR users have been waiting a long time for the D7000, not so much as an upgrade for the D90 but as a hint at exactly what Nikon is planning to do with its higher end DSLRs. From what I have seen in the D7000, they shouldn’t be disappointed.The improved build and handling make the D7000 feel solid, in much the same way as the D300S, and there is of course the new AF system, too.