Nikon D7000 DSLR camera review - Image #1

The Nikon D7000 isn't for everyone. Nor should it be.

It was created with the budget enthusiast in mind, and its accompanying features and components represent that target demographic flawlessly.

The first phrase that comes to mind when I think about the D7000 is "consistent quality". And throughout this review, I'll highlight some of the key reasons why this particular phrase comes to mind.

Below, you're going to learn about the Nikon D7000's key features, design and functionality, image quality, and some its biggest pros and cons.

By the way, if you are interested in other cameras, we have reviewed a couple of DSLRs for you. Check them out if you wish!

By the end of this review, you should have a solid grasp on whether this DSLR is the right fit for you and your photographic needs.

Nikon D7000 Key Features

  • 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • 6fps Continuous Shooting for up to 100 Shots
  • ISO Range from 100-6400 (and H1 and H2 – equivalent of ISO 12,800/25,600)
  • 3.0 Inch LCD Screen
  • Dual SD Card Slots
  • Full 1080P HD Video w/Built-in Editing Functionality
  • EXPEED 2 Image Processing Engine
  • Active D-Lighting (helps preserve details in highlights and shadows)
  • 39-Point AF (For wider coverage and improved 3D tracking)

Design and Functionality

The Nikon D7000 introduced the magnesium alloy chassis into the Nikon line of cameras. This chassis not only gives it a better feel than it's plastic-based counterparts, it also provides significantly more protection to the camera's internal components.

The size of the camera is similar to your standard full-size DSLR (think Nikon's D90 or Canon's EOS 60D). The buttons (for the most part) are reasonably positioned on the camera for quick and easy access – the biggest exception being the ISO button, which is inconveniently situated on the rear face of the camera, and not on the top.

The live view mode allows you full use of the D7000's 3.0-inch LCD screen, making composition on the screen easy to use and see. The biggest hiccup with the live view is the inability to change aperture (and see the effects) without first switching the viewfinder and then back to live view. But overall, the live view mode has plenty of features to offer, and most enthusiasts will get plenty of use out of it.

Nikon D7000 Image Quality

If I were to summarize the image quality achieved with the D7000 in one sentence, it would be…

The Nikon D7000 provides outstanding quality images with every shot.

Virtually no noise is present in ISO settings from 100-1600. You'll see only a very small bit at the 3200 range, and a bit more at 6400. The noise doesn't become very noticeable until the two highest ranges, 12800 and 25600.

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Add to that the fact that it…

  • Drastically reduces red-eye in everyday shots,
  • Has an impressive dynamic range optimization tool (D-lighting) for JPEGs,
  • Offers 1080p HD video at 24fps or 720p at 30fps,
  • And has a strong auto white balance setting and direct sunlight filter…

And you have a near complete package that produces high quality pictures (with minimal tweaking) around the clock.

Nikon D7000 Pros and Cons

Pros

Terrific ISO performance. To me, this is one the D7000's standout features. It's ability to provide great quality shots (even at ISO 6400) makes it perfect for shooting at lowlight and indoor events.

Excellent battery life. With a full charge, it's not uncommon to hear of photographers getting anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000 shots in a day and still have some life left. This makes the D7000 perfect for isolated shoots.

Durable design. Even the most luxurious DSLRs are worthless if they're broken. The D7000's magnesium alloy chassis goes a long way in protecting the camera from accidents, drops, and the like.

Cons

No histogram available in live view mode. Unfortunately, the all-important histogram is missing from the D7000's Live View mode. However, it is present as one of the nine viewing options available in Playback mode.

No AF Button. Admittedly, this will not affect some as much as others. But if you're used to having a dedicated AF button, it will take some adjustment using the D7000. However, Nikon does compensate with a front function button that allows you to set AF (along with nineteen other functions).

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