Summary: It was a while waiting but Nikon finally got a lot of things right in the D7000. For previous D90 users they layout is very similar and they will feel comfortable immediately. It is less than half the price of the iconic D700 and has many of its features. While the D700 is a full frame (compared to a DX or cropped format for the D7000), the D700 is 3 years old and still uses compact flash cards, buying the D7000 instead will leave you with a very comparable camera -- and...
Summary: I have a D90 which I bought in order to learn about Digital photography but the more I learn I noticed that the D90 as good as it is lacked some tools I would have liked to have , like mirror lock up and 14 bit processing like the D300s . Along comes the D7000 that had all those things I which the D90 had but didn't.The icing on the cake was that not only did it have all those goodies that a semi pro camera has but on that of that you get a magnesium built , a brand new...
Summary: I was looking for my first DSLR. Canon did not feel good in my hands at all, Nikon felt perfect. Had to choose between nikon D90 and D7000. Chose the D7000 because of the better sensor. For me the buttons and menus make perfect sense on this camera. Sensor is really really good. Good dynamic range good color bit depth good high iso performance, nikon is superior in this department beats canon easily.
Pros: Good sensor, Good dynamic range, Good high iso performance, 100% viewfinder coverage, 2 SD card slots, Nice Auto ISO configuration.
Cons: - Not enough buffer space for continious mode shooting. So if you need more then 10 frames/ 2 seconds continuous shooting don't buy this camera., - On high contrast scenes bright areas may be compromised. I.e. sunny blue sky can become white. but Focus point is always correctly exposed. So I guess we dont get analogue quality yet. These problems can be resolved easily with CaptureNX2 control points and only occurs in specific situation.
Summary: I traded off my standard D300 to buy this after using the neighbors D7000 for a few days. Far and away better, more realistic color (less) saturation, especially in the reds. Cooler colors are also improved with a bit more saturation than the D300. I would agree with Hoosierdaddy about the AE being a bit skitish in some conditions. I don't like the battery door compared to the more robust D300 door. It looks like a D50 type door.
Pros: Over all the best camera I've every felt for the money. I have been a huge canon guy for years but this camera changed all that. The colors pop so well. The af system is completely flawless. Grab this camera and dont look back. I would recommend this camera to anyone