Excerpt: The design of the camera with its many dials and settings is fabulous and so is the feel of it in the hand, especially if yours are small like mine. Unfortunately, it cannot deliver a sharp image and for me that is a total deal breaker. I've spent a lot of time adjusting the AF fine tuning, shooting with different lenses and going through a dozen hoops only to have it continue to fall short. I want to put my time into shooting not into becoming a Nikon technician!
Summary: I did much reading prior to purchasing the Nikon D7000 kit and am totally satisfied with its performance, quality and friendly features. While it takes some time to get the lay of the land, after a few days I was confidently taking nice pictures with the camera. I also bought a few books on the D7000 as the manual is a very sterile read. The only disappointment would be the camera bag.
Excerpt: What a frustrating experience so far! My first post here and it will not be a happy one, but I wanted to share the experience. Let me start by saying that I am not a professional photographer but I have a technical background. I owned a Canon 550D with a 18-55 kit lens which I decided to give to my girlfriend and I would 'upgrade' to a better body, etc. I was very happy with the 550D but needed a change.
Summary: I hemmed and hawed for months about purchasing a "newer" version of my beloved D300. Although the D7000 has been out for some time and is probably due for replacement soon, I needed a second body and after much research decided to buy the D7000. The low light capability of this unit is incredible and the kit with the 18-200 VR11 lens could not be beat for the price.
Excerpt: Yes, I said that. Why? Just look at the facts: the 16 Mp sensor in this camera has still the best IQ among all the DX sensors that use the Bayer filter. And that applies even though this camera has been on the market for 2 years! Sure I'd like to have that cool Fuji sensor in it which offers even better IQ, but there's a hope that Nikon will have to move that way (to make a similar sensor) soon because of the diffraction effects that make high density Bayer sensors...
Summary: This camera has met all that I had hoped for. I also have D3000 which will now be my backup. I have been an amature photo nut for over 52 years. This camera provides an amazing array of capabilities and to be able to use my older AF Nikon lenses was the driving facror. It is feature rich and I am sure I have not examined 60% them. Everytime I use it I find something I like.