Nikon D7000

$693
  • 16.1 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released September, 2010
The D7000 is a fantastic step up camera for those who have outgrown entry level digital SLRs or for those who want to upgrade from older mid-range models, with the advantage this time around of a bang up-to-date feature set for the Nikon range; the obvious advantages of Full HD video and optional extras such as GPS making it a true tool for the multimedia age.
Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Nikon D7000

Angle view of Nikon D7000
In addition, the Nikon D7000 is only the second Nikon DSLR to feature Full HD video technology, the D31000 was the first, and it has a more advanced metering system than any other Nikon DSLR as it uses a 2,016 pixel sensor.
Rated 60% by by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)

megapixels

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16.1 MP
36.2 MP
40 MP
Taking on the Canon EOS 60D, the D7000 is the first Nikon DSLR camera to offer continuous auto-focus during video recording, and the first to feature a 16 megapixel DX image sensor.
D7000 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)
80p, 16 megapixel, nikon, video, dslr, prosumer, movies, digita.
D7000 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)

sensor size

Nikon D7000
Nikon D800
Olympus OM-D E-M5
With its APS-C sensor the Nikon D7000 cannot quite produce the very shallow depth-of-field footage that the Nikon D3s or other full-format DSLRs offer but it still gives you much more control in this respect than most consumer video or digital compact cameras.
D7000 by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
The most obvious physical clue to its new position is a magnesium alloy body shell, which up to now has been reserved for Nikon's top-end APS-C and full frame cameras.
D7000 by DPReview (Nov, 2010)

viewfinder size

Nikon D7000
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Nikon D5200
But it's hard to argue against the better coverage for the viewfinder, faster burst shooting with a deeper buffer and fast autofocus, and a more durable body construction.
D7000 by c|net (Nov, 2010)
As the D7000's optical viewfinder is large, clear and offers 100 per cent frame coverage we otherwise didn't actually find ourselves utilising the 3-inch LCD for Live View that much.
D7000 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)

body size

132 x 105 x 77 mm
122 x 89 x 43 mm
146 x 123 x 82 mm
It's not a lightweight camera, but it feels very sturdy and well built, with a solid grip and enough heft to offset the weight of many heavy pro lenses.
D7000 by c|net (Nov, 2010)
We like the 'business-like' metal body and we don't mind the slight increase in weight, although with a fast-aperture lens attached, the D7000 does make its presence felt.
D7000 by DPReview (Nov, 2010)

focus points

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Nine of the 39 points are cross-type, which allows more accurate AF using wide-aperture lenses, especially in poor light.
D7000 by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
In Continuous-servo mode, the Nikon D7000 user selects the initial AF point and as the subject moves, the cameras adjusts the focus and, if necessary, selects different AF points to follow the target and keep it sharp.
D7000 by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
 

Performance Real world tests of Nikon D7000

DxOMark image quality

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Canon EOS 650D
Nikon D800
Default JPEGs are clean of artifacts and with natural colors and tonality.
D7000 by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
The camera produces great image quality in most shooting situations, and it shines in low light, providing (just about) useable images right up to its ISO ceiling of 25,600 (equivalent).
D7000 by DPReview (Nov, 2010)

DxOMark low light performance

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Nikon D800
Canon EOS 650D
This clip shows the D7000's video capabilities in low light conditions.
D7000 by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
Also, on the side of the camera, below the 'BKT' button you can see the new raised white 'blob' of plastic which is designed to aid location when mounting/removing lenses in poor light.
D7000 by DPReview (Nov, 2010)

shutter lag

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238 ms

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So from the off we were expecting response times from the camera that were almost instantaneous.
D7000 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
The Nikon D7000 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.
D7000 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)

continuous shooting

We found that even with a fast card, no more than 32 pictures can be taken in a burst at the maximum frame rate before the camera has to slow to clear the buffer.
D7000 by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
Key highlights of the D7000 include Full 1080p HD video with full-time autofocus and manual exposure control, an ISO range of 100-25600, the widest of any Nikon DX camera, a new 2,016-pixel 3D Colour Matrix metering system, new EXPEED 2 image-processing engine, new 39-point Auto-focus system with 3D tracking, 14-bit analogue-to-digital conversion, 6fps continuous shooting, dust- and moisture-sealed magnesium alloy body, 921k dot 3-inch LCD screen, and dual memory card slots.
D7000 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)

battery life

1,050 photos
440 photos
500 photos
Although this has improved life, it has a new shape and is not interchangeable with older batteries.
D7000 by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
A compatible battery grip is also available, if users do not just want back-up power, but something meatier to hold onto as well.
D7000 by TrustedReviews (Jun, 2014)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Contrast detection focusing system
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps
  • Generic
  • APS-C
  • Yes
  • 1,050
  • Keep shooting in rain or snow
  • 80.0
  • 39
  • 100%
  • 13.9 ev
  • Opaque
  • 1.43 fps
  • 400 ms
  • 1,167 ISO
  • 9
  • 3.5mm
  • For that film look
  • 1/8000 s

cons

  • Sep, 2010
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps
  • 16.1 MP
  • None
  • No automatic HDR
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • 82%
  • No automatic stitching
  • 780 g
  • 132 x 105 x 77 mm

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 80%
Read the review (Nov, 2010)
Shutter speed, aperture and ISO are usually set automatically, but if you turn the manual movie settings on in the shooting menu this allows you to adjust the aperture before recording and, if you're in M mode, the shutter speed during capture.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Nov, 2010)
Processing Quick retouch Straighten Fisheye Red-eye Correction Perspective Control Color Outline Resize Edit Movie Miniature Effect.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Jun, 2014)
We were shooting mainly using natural light with the D7000 - both indoors and out - and were very impressed with the results we were getting from combination of sensor and supplied 18-105mm zoom lens.
Rated 60%
Read the review (Dec, 2011)
As it has 16.2 million pixels on its CMOS sensor the Nikon D7000 has a higher resolution than all other Nikon APS-C (DX) format DSLRs.
Rated 85%
Read the review (Nov, 2010)
Shooting with standard single-point autofocus feels almost instantaneous most of the time, and though the automatic AF is equally fast, it's just as bad as all other auto AF systems, chronically picking the wrong subjects.

Lens

We did the majority of our shooting on the bundled 18-105mm kit lens, and comparing results shot with other lenses it is clear that the 18-105mm is the limiting factor in this combination.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 80% by by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
AF is available during movie recording and shutter speed, aperture and ISO can all be set manually if you so wish (aperture has to be set before the start of recording).
Nikon D7000 | Rated 80% by by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
The crucial point to remember is that the camera enters live view at the currently set (or metered) aperture, then remains there no matter what changes you make, until you either exit live view or take a (still) picture.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 80% by by DPReview (Nov, 2010)

Sensor

As well as extra resolution, the new sensor also offers a higher 'standard' ISO span of 100-6400, expandable up to the equivalent of ISO 25,600.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 80% by by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 16.2 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 7Mb.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Nov, 2010)
It does a reasonably good job, but the best results are still obtained by shooting raw images to ensure the maximum amount of data is captured for post capture adjustment.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 60% by by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)

Focus

One of the most interesting features of the Nikon D7000 is its full-time autofocus (AF-F) mode that operates when images are composed on the LCD screen or during video shooting.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 60% by by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
In general though, AF accuracy is very high, in both AF-S and AF-C modes.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 80% by by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
In Single-servo AF the Single-point mode is preferable as the user is in able to specify which AF is used.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 60% by by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)

Video

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.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 80% by by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
Some basic in-camera video-editing is also possible: clips can be trimmed and you can select and save individual frames.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 80% by by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
Therefore a video-enabled DSLR such as the Nikon D7000 is generally more suited to creative videography than shooting a holiday or birthday video.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 80% by by DPReview (Nov, 2010)

Image quality

At lower sensitivities the camera produces detailed JPEG output with a natural color response.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 80% by by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
This little exercise shows two things: firstly you can pull a lot of dynamic range out of a D7000 file, and secondly it does take quite a bit of extra work to put all this extra tonal information into an image file that looks reasonable.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 80% by by DPReview (Nov, 2010)
At 9.3EV the D7000's JPEG dynamic range gives no cause for complaint either but working with the D7000's RAW files not only gains you some extra detail, but crucially also helps to significantly increase dynamic range.
Nikon D7000 | Rated 80% by by DPReview (Nov, 2010)

Competition What else you should consider

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Nikon D800 Largest sensor D800 vs D7000
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Nikon D5100 5-way tie: Has a flip out screen D5100 vs D7000
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Canon EOS 7D Many cross-type focus points Canon EOS 7D vs Nikon D7000
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Canon EOS 650D 2-way tie: Has a touch screen Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D7000
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Canon EOS 60D Most shots per battery charge Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D7000
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Nikon D5200 3-way tie: Most detailed video recording mode D5200 vs D7000
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Nikon D7100 Highest resolution screen D7100 vs D7000
Front view of Nikon D7000

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Editions Editions of the Nikon D7000

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Nikon D5100
  • 16.1 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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D7000 all the way, it's the best APS-C DSLR money can buy. It's built like a tank and has more features than you can shake a stick at.

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In the last year I've put over 10k exposures through a D5100 and almost 8k on a D7000 so I know them both quite well.  I recommend the D7000 for two reasons: focus motor and menu fatigue. The to...

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The D7000 is worth it just for that big beautiful veiwfinder.  Image quality between the two is about the same, but the 7000 gives you way better battery life and TWO memory card slots, which is...

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D7000 all the way.......................

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I own a D7000 for the past 2 years and can vouch for this piece of gem. Good noise control, great picture quality (though you cannot expect the same as a full frame professional). I do a lot I...

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The best dx, 1/8000 - best performance iso - lens old compatible 

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  • 36.2 MP
  • Full frame CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
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Hi Isabel, The D800 is *MASSIVE* overkill for someone who is not making a living through her photography, or isn't rich(yet!). The lenses for that camera will set you back several thousand on top...

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The Nikon D800 is an incredible camera.  I have used it and love the photos.  That said, it is no where near three times as good as the D7000, but it is three times the price.  You would be a lot...

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It depends on the kind of budget u have - as a FX body and its lenses would cost more than DX and so will be the cost of other accessories like storage devices aswell - assuming that u have no to...