Nikon D7000 Review

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Review posted 1/31/2011

Quick Take
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Competitive price tag 
  • Robust shooting performance
  • Excellent image quality from the new 16-megapixel sensor
  • Almost unmatched High ISO abilities and image quality
  • Fast and accurate 39-point AF system
  • Nice 3.0-inch LCD screen
  • Large and bright OVF
  • Powerful built-in flash unit
  • 6fps burst mode shooting
  • Captures high-quality, full HD video
  • Good battery life
  • Wealth of exposure controls and custom functions
  • Still user-friendly with Auto and various Scene modes
  • Dual card slot
Cons
  • Exposure seemed a bit strong, especially outdoors which was surprising with the new metering sensor
  • Saw some Redeye with built-in flash
  • Kit lens exhibits some decent distortion at the wide angle and telephoto extremes 
  • Falls short of Nikon's claims of 100 images at 6fps in continuous drive mode
  • This camera may cause some to question their loyalties to other brands :)
Bottom Line
The Nikon D7000 is a well equipped mid-level dSLR that offers outstanding performance, features, and value. While we did have a few small grips, this camera exceeded our expectations in various areas. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
nikon_D7000_18-200_front_550.jpgJust in time for the 2010 holiday season, Nikon has introduced one of their most impressive DX-format dSLRs to date, the Nikon D7000. Positioned between their legendary D90 and D300/D300s models, the D7000 boast a mid-level dSLR label, however this unit is packed with features and specifications that professional photographers long for. Some of these include an all new 16-megapixel (APS-C) CMOS image sensor, which Nikon claims offers low-light capabilities not yet seen in a DX-format camera, EXPEED 2 image processing unit, full 1080p HD video recording, a new 39-point AF system, expanded sensitivity settings from ISO 100 - 25,600, and an impressive 2,016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix metering sensor.

With the introduction of the D3100, and now the D7000, it's clear that Nikon is still a heavy hitter in the dSLR categories. The D7000 looks to be a very promising model, which is going to set a new tone in the dSLR world with it's super affordable price tag of just $1199.95 US for the body only kit or $1499.95 US for body/lens outfit that includes the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

Nikon D7000 main features:
  • Rugged, Weather and Dust resistant magnesium-alloy body
  • 16.2-megapixel DX format CMOS image sensor
  • Nikon EXPEED 2 image processing technology
  • Dust Reduction System
  • Durable shutter mechanism (tested to 150,000 cycles)
  • Accepts Nikon F-mount lenses (with 1.5x FOV multiplier)
  • AVCHD (H.264) Full HD (1920x1080) video at 24p or 720p (1280x720) video at 24 or 30fps
  • Live View Mode uses the LCD as the viewfinder for framing images/movies
  • Continuous drive at 6fps with dynamic buffer
  • Advanced 39-point AF System with robust modes including 3D Tracking
  • 3.0-inch color LCD with 921,000 pixels and 100% frame coverage
  • High-quality, eye-level pentaprism optical viewfinder
  • New Guide Mode helps beginners with step-by-step assistance
  • ISO sensitivity from 100 to 6400 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1EV steps; 12,800 and 25,600 available with ISO expansion
  • 2,016-pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering sensor 
  • Exposure compensation: ±5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
  • Noise Reduction circuitry for long exposures
  • High ISO Noise Reduction
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card storage (Eye-Fi compatible)
  • HDMI High Definition output as well as standard NTSC and PAL video output
  • Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) compliant 
  • High-capacity EN-EL15 battery and compact AC Charger (up to 1050 shots on a single charge)
  • Optional accessories, like the MB-D11 multi-power battery grip and the GP-1 GPS adapter

The D7000 will start shipping mid-October in two kit configurations:
  • Body only - $1199.95 US
  • With the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens - $1499.95 US

What's in the box?:
  • D7000 camera body
  • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens (only if kit is purchased)
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-25 QuickCharger
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • DK-21 Rubber Eyecup
  • UC-E4 USB Cable
  • EG-D2 Audio Video Cable
  • AN-DC1 Camera Strap
  • BM-11 LCD Monitor Cover
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • ViewNX 2 CD-ROM


Additional Views
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