Excerpt: Nikon built the D7000 using a partial magnesium shell (top and bottom) with dust and weather seals. It feels slightly less balanced in the hand than Canon's D60, but this is a minor inconvenience that most shooters won't notice. The D7000’s user interface is easier to navigate than the D60's, but it does fall down a bit in the mode dial. The detent is pretty light, and there’s no lock, so it’s easy to accidentally change modes without knowing it.
Excerpt: The D7000 offers nothing new or innovative in the way of functionality, but it takes some of the best features of the D3100, D90, and even the D300s, and combines them into a high quality, well-engineered, semi-pro DSLR. The following Nikon D7000 review...
Conclusion: The Nikon D7000 is an excellent digital SLR, and an important player in Nikon's digital camera lineup. It's my first choice for anyone serious about getting great shots of their family, a great choice for the enthusiast photographer, and a great starter camera for anyone wanting to get more serious about still or video photography.
Pros: Very good image quality, Better than average noise vs. detail handling at high ISOs, Very good dynamic range in JPEGs, excellent in RAW files, Lots of high-end features in a relatively compact body, Attention to detail results in a great handheld experience, Weather-sealed, magnesium alloy construction, Fast access to Live view and Movie mode, 6 fps burst mode doesn't slow down for 14-bit RAWs, Very fast shutter lag, Two custom user settings on mode dial, Full 1080p H...
Cons: Very good image quality, Better than average noise vs. detail handling at high ISOs, Very good dynamic range in JPEGs, excellent in RAW files, Lots of high-end features in a relatively compact body, Attention to detail results in a great handheld experience, Weather-sealed, magnesium alloy construction, Fast access to Live view and Movie mode, 6 fps burst mode doesn't slow down for 14-bit RAWs, Very fast shutter lag, Two custom user settings on mode dial, Full 1080p H...
Summary: As the D90 and D300 introduction dates approached two years in the rearview mirror, rumors of impending successors began to fly. It appears the D90 question has been answered by the D7000; those of us awaiting the D400 will probably get our answer in September 2011, but given the impact of the D7000 and its niche in the Nikon DX sensor lineup, the stage could be set for a technology tour-de-force arriving in the form of a full-pro DX sensor D400.
Pros: Excellent image and color quality, Excellent high ISO noise performance for a cropped sensor, Fast and accurate AF system, Weather sealed, 150,000 cycle rated shutter
Cons: Awkward mode dial - release mode dial interface, 1080 HD video not smooth with moving subjects, A bit more prone to clip highlights than earlier Nikons
Summary: In theory this makes the D7000 one of the most powerful mid-range DSLRs on the market, and one which in some respects even treads on the toes of semi-pro models, including Nikon's own D300s. It is however important to note the D7000 is also one of the most expensive mid-range DSLRs around. Nikon's clearly applied its previous strategy for the D90 here, offering a step-up in features and performance for a slightly higher asking price.
Pros: Great quality across its sensitivity range., Viewfinder with 100% coverage and VGA screen., 6fps continuous shooting at all quality settings., Dual memory card slots., 1080p video with AF, manual control and mic input.
Cons: Continuous buffer limited in depth., Metering frequently over-exposed in bright conditions., Continuous movie AF indiscreet in use., Back-focusing error on our sample kit.
Conclusion: Nikon have delivered an outstanding camera with its D7000. With better build quality ever to been seen at this end of the market, some of the best image quality in al l lighting conditions delivered from a cropped sensor, plus an auto focusing system that is fast, efficient and quiet, there is very little to truly complain about. It’s an all-rounder in every sense of the word.
Summary: The D7000 is an absolutely exceptional DSLR that, although categorised under Nikon's ‘consumer' bracket, offers a lot of pro-like specification. There's a lot out there to compete with, not least that Canon's 7D can be found for a few hundred pounds more, and the D7000 does a good job of balancing between consumer and pro. Its part magnesium, part polycarbonate body is testament to this.
Designed for photography enthusiasts this digital SLR camera offers excellent image quality under almost all conditions.
Good Gear Guide.au
12 July 2011
Summary: The Nikon D7000 is an excellent digital SLR camera for photography enthusiasts. There are two small flaws which stop it being perfect, but if you can work around these it is one of the most competent digital SLRs we've tested.
Pros: Excellent image quality (including at high ISOs), excellent quality 1080p video mode, plenty of professional-level features
Cons: No histogram, exposure indicator or aperture adjustment during live view mode, some shooting controls are not laid out in an intuitive fashion