great still camera, but not fully usable as a video camera
Phillip M. Feldman, Amazon
26 May 2012
Summary: - As a still camera, this is a wonderful piece of equipment, and I have no complaints. - As a video camera, the D7000 is a continuing source of frustration to me. Key issues are the following: (1) The 20-minute recording limit is a major limitation. This should be increased to the capacity of the card, or at least to 60 minutes. (2) The camera has several microphone sensitivity modes. One of these sets the level automatically, which would be very convenient if it worked.
Excerpt: I use the D7000 for family and running events. It is well contructed with many great features. Have owned 7-8 Nikon cameras and many lenses. Even though is was factory demo, I have had no problems with it.
Excerpt: Very, very good camera. I had a d80 before this, and this camera is a significant improvement -- especially at high ISO and in low-light. <br /><br />The demo was (for me) indistinguishable from a new camera. Same packaging and accessories. I see no reason to pay more for a new one. <br /><br />Only complaint: the cover over the memory cards is flimsy and doesn't not close tightly -- feels loose. I've had no real problems with it but I can see it breaking easily.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD
Summary: I was so excited to upgrade to the D7000 from the D90. I am a part-time photographer and I was in the busiest part of the Fall season. I got it and used it for a full day of mini-sessions. I was SHOCKED to get home and find out the camera had back-focused all day. Quick to blame myself I set out to do some careful focus tests with a tripod and chart. It was definitely back-focusing and a lot. So I had to send my brand new camera in. i was so disappointed.
Summary: Heavy but not a con because I know it has solid construction like the pro cameras which add to the weight and it is well balanced once you through a good lens on it. It would be nice to be full frame but that would make it a different kind of camera and a very different price range.
Pros: I can't say enough good about this. I run a photo club at the local high school and do some on the side shooting for weddings and sell landscape photography. This camera has worked in every situation I through at it. I didn't buy it from NewEgg because they didn't have it yet but NewEgg has never let me down on a purchase. This is a great camera for pro photography or entry level. It is well constructed and when I compared it to the current pro full frame DSLR's it ha...
Cons: Not really cons but I felt I should mention:
Summary: Overall this is a good camera body. I moved to this from a D90 and the similarity of controls was nice. This greatly reduced the learning curve. I like the added pixels as compared to the D90. This helps when I do 22" X 17" prints. However, when I did tight shots at F2.8 on both my main lenses - Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom and the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens (These are both VERY good lenses.
Summary: Before today I would have definitely given this camera 5 stars. I purchased it 13 months ago and it worked great until the dreaded ERR message started flashing indicating a problem with the mirror locking up--a month outside warranty coverage. A Google search revealed many, many instances of this issue, as well as a few here on the Amazon reviews. I tried all of the suggestions I found online and on the Nikon website: changing lenses, memory cards, batteries, etc.