D7000...is high ISO performance really much better than D90?

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D7000...is high ISO performance really much better than D90?
Apr 13, 2012

I am currently using a D80 and contemplating a body upgrade. Other than a bit lacking in high ISO performance, the D80 does pretty much what I want. it has enough pixels for my needs, it is fast enough for what I want and I shoot only RAW so I don't care too much about the JPEG processing.

It seems the there was quite a step up in high ISO performance in the D90 and then again in the D7000. I am curious for those that have upgraded from a D90 to a D7000, did you really notice much difference in high ISO performance? Do you feel it was really an upgrade that was worth the cost (from D90 to D7000)?

I don't care about video. As I shoot only RAW I suspect many of the picture controls on the D7000 will be lost on me. About half of my lenses are the AF variety so I do need the screw drive motor. I don't have any of the older AI or AI-S lenses (but of course never say never) so at least for now I don't need the metering for them.

Where the D80 struggles for me are the typical indoor, non-flash, low-light shots. Even the AF-S DX 35mm F1.8G does not quite get it there. I have the AF 50mm F1.4D which certainly helps a lot...but of course the length on a DX body limits its use indoors.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance,
Schaf

Nikon D7000 Nikon D80 Nikon D90
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