Summary: I have just started using this camera, and if you want just a point and shoot I would suggest a smaller camera. They still give excellent photo quality. If you want to go further then this or even the bit older is good for this. I keep my cameras for a while so I got the newer version.
Lens Creep With 18-200 VRII Lens & Focus Issues -- Lousy Customer Service
Lisa S. Thomas "Book Lover", Amazon
28 February 2013
Summary: I bought the D7000 as a package through Amazon's retailer, Adorama. I've had it less than 30 days at this point. I do digital artwork, which means I photograph everything from landscapes to macro images, and I process everything through Photoshop. First issue I've noticed with this camera and lens is that it is very slow when used in anything from full manual mode (which solves a great deal of problems).
Pros: You get your camera and 3 Nikkor lenses just like they advertize! which was the part I was worried about. As far as I can tell the Lenses and camera body are brand new, the body and 50mm lens came out of the origional box and packaging, the 18-105 and 55-200 came out of flat white boxes, in equally safe packaging, which had me worried, but they work fine and don't look like they've ever been touched.
Cons: Everything else you get is very very cheap, not bad, but it isn't something I'd go out and pick up if it wasn't included with some sort of package. The camera bag can fit, the body and 50mm lens, that's it. The Wide angle and Telephoto lens are not top of the line, they'll work for starting or learning that style for sure but will definitely be replaced. SD card, really doesn't matter. The cleaning kid will last you probably one clean and aren't the highest grade mate...
Summary: I have wanted this camera (mostly because I can't afford the D700) for a year now, and bought it here 10 days ago. It still has not shipped, and it was supposedly in stock then too. Forget taking it on vacation, I have missed that opportunity entirely. All the lenses have arrived and are still boxed (in case I have to return them for lack of a camera body), even the prime from New York to L.A.. I would like to know how fast recent purchasers received their camera body?
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.
Summary: It is not as easy as Nikon d40 and d90 to pull out nice pictures right out the camera. The default color tone is a little on the greenish and cold side. Yes, you may argue that D7000 has an more advanced sensor with better ISO than d90 and we can always post process the color. However, I just want pictures great out of camera. Moreover, there is a focusing problem with this camera which makes most of my shots blurred.
Summary: I purchased two separate D7000 bodies from Amazon and I had issues with both when it came down to focus issues at close range. Both bodies were tested both with charts and against my D700 and D300s(both of which I know are tack sharp when it comes to focal points) using 24mm 1.4G, 50 1.4G, 85 1.4G and the 105 2.8 Macro. It's a shame because I love the video aspect of this camera but alas I could not justify the cost for a video based body only. 3 stars for the video end.
Summary: Basically I was upgrading from a D5000. My friends D90 starter kit wowed me and that is what initially propelled me into photography. Anyways I eventually saved up enough and purchased the D7000 starter + 50mm 1.4 + 35mm 1.8. I definitely was disappointed when I took my first picture. I was like WTF? And of course the glass you use can make a huge difference in quality of pictures.
Summary: Pros: Performance in low light is superb. Build quality is as good as professional level DSLRs. Custom mode dial is very useful. Small changes in layout from D90 are great. Infrared thingy on the back makes using the remote easier. Cons: Video auto-focusing is a marketing gimmick and just does not work in real world situations. In addition, the mic picks up the AF sounds and it is very loud. You would have to use a mic off-camera.