Overview of the Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera
A lot of people have expected to see the next model after the Nikon’s D90 and many of them cannot help being amazed at the impressive specification list of the Nikon D7000 which has shared some common features with the D300s – the models aimed at semi-professional level. As you can see, the D7000 is a nice combination of these other two Nikon models. And both of them are still current cameras.
The Nikon D7000 appears to resemble the Canon EOS 60D in terms of the targeted customers. Both are aimed at upper entry-level photographers as well as enthusiast levels. Both the two models are positioned at the middle of the manufacturers’ ranges. Let’s find out how successful the D7000 is.
- The resolution is 16.2 MP, and the camera use a CMOS sensor
- The ISOs range from 100 to 6400, together with the two H1 as well as H2 configurations ( 12,800 and 25,600 equivalent)
- There are 39 autofocus points in the focusing systems.
- A HD video mode is supported
- There is a built-in popup flash with the camera
- The 3-inch LCD screen has the resolution of 921,000 pixels
- The camera uses the LiIon EN-EL15 battery which can be rechargeable
- The dimensions are 132 x 105 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)
- The camera weighs 780 g (1.7 lbs.) (with the inclusion of the battery)
- The image size is 4928 x 3264 pixels at maximum (There are the RAW and JPEG image formats with the camera)
- The performance is outstanding even at high ISOs
- The camera has a nice build quality
- The AF system is comprehensive
- Full HD video mode is supported
- The images tends to be overexposed when the contrast is high
- AF is not fast enough in low-light situations
- You cannot alter the aperture in manual mode in “Live View”
Detailed Review of Nikon D7000 Camera
Firstly, this Nikon camera is an outstanding Nikon model. You’ll find a magnesium alloy body and a thick rubber grip with the camera. It brings you the well-built feel when you hold the camera – especially when you compare it with the plastic shell of the D90. Certainly, this model can be favorably compared to the Nikon D300s. However, the Canon 60D costs $500 less expensive than the Nikon D7000. While the body of the 60D camera is made by plastic and its resolution is 18 megapixels, which has the Nikon D7000 had to be compared to the equivalent Canon model?
Well, I find that while the performance of the Nikon D7000 camera is a little bit better at higher ISOs and the JPEG mode brings images of nicer quality, you’ll find more “fiddly” controls with the D7000 than with the Canon 60D. Although the overexposure tends to occur with both the two models when the contrast is high, but it is more serious with the D7000. In case you prefer to capture images in the JPEG mode frequently, I’d like to recommend the Nikon D7000. Or the Canon 60D should be considered if you are a beginner.
For those who are looking for a good Nikon camera, the D7000 is really worth your consideration. You will be easily appealed by many of its strong points such as: the higher resolutions, a better autofocus system, and nicer movie modes over the Nikon D300s. In addition, its price is just slightly higher than that of the D300s. Below, I’d like to list more details about this model.
You’ll be pleasant with the nice controls with the Nikon D7000. You can lock the mode dial to avoid switching between modes accidentally. And the good news is that it is possible to customize some of the functions. For the first purchase, you won’t have to worry about the camera setup because the camera has been carefully set up (it takes you a certain period time to get used to the initial setups and be able to customize some functions). However, it is recommended that after the initial work, you should not dive into the menus too frequently).
The position of the ISO button is not really good as I expected. Like the Nikon D90, the D7000 has this button located on the left-hand side, so you cannot change it while still keeping the camera within the eye. Until now, I have not found out why this button is not located on the top panel as with the Canon models. In addition, the Live View mode of this Nikon model is not really good. You may find it inconvenient when you cannot adjust the aperture setting with the manual mode in the Live View. But except these troubles, the controls in general are nice in a well-organized layout.
HD Video Mode
It is not difficult at all to use the video mode with the D7000 and you can record videos in the full HD mode. Slightly turn on the Live View switch and hold down the red button when you want to start or stop the recording. Both the AF and full manual control are available for capturing videos. And you can attach a stereo mic to an available socket.
There is a slight distortion with the camera, which is also common for almost all similarly priced DSLR models, but it’s much less noticeable than you often find with other cameras. Unfortunately, the camera lacks a rotatable hinged LCD, which also limits photographers when in video mode. What a pity that this type of screen is not available in the D7000.
There are twin SD card slots with the camera. You will find this offering very useful when you are selecting different image formats or like to save time for quickly shooting many shots. This additional offering is simple, but do help.
In all of my reviews, the image quality is always an important factor. The good news is that you will obtain nice images of the good quality in almost all conditions with the Nikon D7000. The camera performs extremely well at ISOs of high levels, for both the RAW and JPEG image formats. It is possible to make nice prints even with the ISO 6400.
There is certainly some deterioration in quality with both the two H configurations. Not similar to many of its rivals, the D7000 camera has the good performance in the JPEG mode, which ensures the nice color reproduction for the photos. The result is great for the RAW as well.
Only one drawback with the camera is that the images tend to be over-exposed pretty considerably when the contrast is high contrast. It is common to see all Nikon models’ tendency to run a little bright on colors, even in mid-tones, and this is displayed into the problems that you see in high contrast situation. Obviously, you can prevent this by selecting the RAW format and taking time to do editing tasks after the photos are shot, or through dialing in a little negative exposure compensation.
This is a very nice enthusiast’s model regarding almost all respects. The photos shot with this camera are nice even under inadequate lighting circumstances. The model certainly attracts those who are using a Nikon model and it even gives the D300s a run for its money. It’s just a shame that the D7000 isn’t more competitively priced, especially as users will need to invest in some nice quality glass to get the most out of it.