A perfect camera doesn’t mean that one should start expecting it to have some dazzlingly new features or shocking burst rates but it includes the camera that gives an extraordinary look to the photograph as compared to what the naked eye sees. Nikon D7000, though not best for just everyone and even not good at everything, still has the appeal with a great combination of design, performance, photo quality and the price it is available at.
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- Digital camera type: SLR
- Resolution: 16.2 Megapixels
- Optical sensor size: 15.6 × 23.6 mm
- Optical Sensor type: CMOS
- Manufacturer: Nikon
- Part Number: 25468
- Product Type: Digital camera – SLR with Live View mode , with Movie recording
- Enclosure Color : Black
- Sensor Features: Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
- Image Processor: EXPEED 2
- Auto Focus: TTL contrast and phase detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 39
Exposure & White Balance:
- Light Sensitivity: ISO auto, ISO 100-25600
- Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec
- Type: 3 in LCD display
- Resolution: 921,000 pixels
- Display Features: Built-in
The Good: Nikon D7000 gives excellent performance among others in the same class, is an awesome viewfinder, the operations are much enhanced compared to the old Nikon dSLR and comes with double SDXC-compatible card slots.
The Bad: There is no 1080/30p video.
The Bottom Line: The best option for experienced shooters or professionals searching for an economical option. Along with other improved features, it provides the users with the manufacturer’s best shooting design till now.
The New D7000—Better Than Older Versions!
The D7000 has enhanced features as compared to its previous models, like the newly-designed Nikon 16.2 megapixel sensor and Expeed 2 processor that increases the digital-analogue conversion to 14-bit processing. There’s the improved metering sensor and autofocus system.
Quality Of Photos!
The photo quality is excellent when compared with other competitors or D300s. The JPEG photos are all clear through ISO 800, and really good through ISO1, 600. The shadow detail becomes quite noisy by ISO 3,200. The D7000’s ISO sensitivities could be supplemented by employing raw instead of JPEGs or by adjusting the default settings. The images still aren’t noise-free but mono-chrome grain appearance stays better than in-camera err-on-the-side-of-color-noise approach and there’s a good balance with some shadow detail intact and a bit of loss when it comes to sharpness.
Quality Of Colour In Photos
The color generated due to the consistent metering and exposure is of good quality. Nikon produces saturation according to the default Standard Picture Control and doesn’t show the color shifts associated with the lower-end versions. But if the neutral setting is compared with others, it pushes contrast to an extent that the shadow detail actually is lost.
Burst Shooting And Speed
Excluding the burst shooting, this camera is close to the 60D for speed. For D7000, the duration to power on and shoot is about none, like the D90. It only takes 0.3s to focus and shoot when the light is good, 0.5s in badly lit surroundings, 0.6s for two raw shots in succession, 0.5s for JPEG and rising to 0.7s with flash. The time between successive shots is the only no burst speed offered by D7000 that’s slower than the D300s but that too is slow by only a bit and mostly because faster Compact Flash is used in D300s. Even the 5.7fps burst rate is considered good for a nonprofessional camera.
The Video Quality
This is the first Nikon dSLR to produce 1080p HD video with full-time autofocus as the video is captured. The feature doesn’t have much use though as the lens noise becomes obvious if the object is moving and so an external microphone has to be used. Video has a good quality, is sharp but not standout and is wavy, along with the color noise to an extent more than could be considered normal. The rolling shutter doesn’t pose as an issue but could be produced on demand.
The Auto focus Options
There are many auto focus options to choose from, namely 3D tracking, full auto, single-point AF, 9-, 21- or 39-point dynamic. Normally the shooting is done with the standard single-point AF. Though the automatic AF has the same fast speed, it’s equally poor like other auto AF systems, habitually selecting the wrong subjects. AF while continuous shooting gives same performance as D90 but with similar troubles that are found with tracking AF systems and one has to choose the settings carefully, according to the scene. It’s not very effective for subjects coming toward or away from you but only for those moving in a lateral manner.
Other useful options on essential features include the two settings slots that are saved on mode dial. These settings have a practical implementation so are likely to get used often, as compared to the settings banks in Nikon’s older mid-to-high-end dSLRs.
The Two SDXC Card Slots
There’re two SDXC card slots which could be configured in functional ways, that is, for backup, video vs. still, overflow and raw vs.JPEG. This change of two card slots is though odd, but still welcome. One gets a bit angry about the card-to-card copy but as it’s done it stops and becomes dark.
It can deal with a two-stop interval which is unusual indeed as it provides maximum three-shot exposure bracketing. It also has a novel two-frame under/over bracket which can become quite useful. From the images that are saved on a card, manual white balance could be set manually. These could then be annotated to five presets stored. Most of the cameras just offer some of these capabilities and not all.
Some features, that are common but useful, include a comparatively powerful interval-o-meter; user-definable spot sizes for centre weighted metering along with Eye-Fi enable/ disable support. There are rubber covers to hide connectors for composite and HDMI video, USB and mic. It is great to use the viewfinder, compared to those found in cheaper SLRs. Its brighter, with 100 percent scene coverage and big AF-area indicators. A new battery grip, supporting both the AA batteries and Nikon’s lithium ion power, is used in the D7000.
It doesn’t have less weight but feels sturdy, with a solid grip. The best part about the D7000 is regarding the changes from the traditional Nikon body design. Other than some changes mentioned before, there’s a movie/live view switch and dedicated record button. A subtle but useful change includes the lock-release button for release-mode dial toward the back.
The construction of D7000’s body includes all-metal chassis with magnesium alloy covers and is sealed to protect the product from dust and moisture.
Control for selecting among AF modes is now moved to a button-dial combination so the selection appears in the viewfinder and modes could be changed without moving camera away from your eye.
Some Common Complaints About D7000
Some drawbacks about the design include the vertical arrangement of menu, white balance and quality buttons on the left side of LCD which are identical and you have to pay a bit of attention to use them. Info display isn’t interactive just like other models and those settings are accessed that are not required commonly. Also, the modeling flash has to be disabled after one is annoyed as the modeling flash is triggered by the flash compensation button repeatedly.
Nevertheless, D7000 is a compelling option for professional shooters looking for cheap alternatives to the D300s or improved D90 and who are not specific about full frame or very fast burst speeds. It’s good to have 30p option and 30fps with full-time auto focus is quite appealing to the ordinary user It costs more for a first dSLR and there’re many sub-$1000 models for that but if a powerful change from your dSLR is required, then you should definitely go for it.