Although ergonomically, the D7000 is a very close match for the D90, its overall 'feel' is considerably more serious, thanks to a magnesium alloy body shell and slightly thicker rubber coating on the hand grip and rear of the camera. At 16.2MP the D7000 offers the second highest resolution of any Nikon DSLR, behind only the 24Mp D3X. All of these pixels are packed onto a newly developed CMOS sensor, which offers a 'standard' ISO span of 100-6400, expandable up to the equivalent of ISO 25,600. The new camera boasts a 39-point AF array with 9 cross-type AF points and works in collaboration with a new 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor to allow 3D AF tracking.
Other changes include the same combined live view/movie switch control as the 3100, and a significantly upgraded movie specification, up to 'full HD' - 1920x1080 resolution at 24fps. The Nikon D7000 produces high quality output in almost any shooting situation. Default JPEGs are clean of artifacts and with natural colors and tonality. At a pixel level low ISO images are very slightly soft but still show very good detail which can be further increased by shooting in RAW. There is one negative though: in bright, high-contrast conditions the camera has a tendency to overexpose - unfortunately by quite a large degree.
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Max resolution||4928 x 3264|
|Effective pixels||16.2 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)|
|ISO||100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (100 - 25600 with boost)|
|Lens mount||Nikon F mount|
|Focal length mult.||1.5×|
|Min shutter speed||30 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||780 g (1.72 lb / 27.51 oz)|
|Dimensions||132 x 105 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.13 x 3.03″)|
The D7000 produces great image quality and feels very responsive in most shooting situations. It shines especially in low light. From a specification point of view a 16.3 MP resolution sensor, 6 frames per second continuous shooting, 1080p full HD video and an abundance of customization options place this camera at the upper end of the mid-range segment of the market.
Good for: Demanding enthusiast photographers who need a camera for all occasions
Not so good for: Due to the D7000's smaller buffer size, sports shooters who are looking for a second body alongside their D3/D3S