Manufactured by Nikon
- Superb image quality
- Excellent ergonomics and user interface
- Great autofocus and high ISO performance.
- Batteries and connections aren’t backward-compatible with previous models
- video is not class-leading.
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Nikon D7000 Review
Are you an advanced amateur hobbyist looking for a mid-priced DSLR that you can grow with? Or a budget-conscious professional who needs a workhorse? Then the Nikon D7000 is for you. The D7000 boasts a 16 mega-pixel sensor that allows you to crop aggressively and still retain lots of details.
Unlike Nikon's entry-level models like the D3100, D3200 and D5100, the D7000 has direct controls for white balance and ISO settings. No need to wade through the menu. Nikon designed the D7000 with U1 and U2 user-definable settings. That means you can have one setting for ISO, aperture, shutter speed and white balance for sports and another one for night shooting, for example. All will be adjusted at the twist of the knob on the left top part of the body. The D7000 offers fast 6 frames-per-second shooting, perfect for action. High ISO night shooting is excellent, with a native range of 100 to 6400 ISO. Images are remarkably clean up to 3200 ISO. You can crank ISO up to 25,600 for emergencies but image quality suffers.
This Nikon features a 39-point autofocus system for sharp photos no matter how your subject moves. Metering is taken care of by a 3D Color matrix sensor, so pictures are properly exposed. Video buffs will delight in the D7000. It shoots 1080p full HD video in either 24 or 30 fps. However the video isn't quite as good as offerings from other manufacturers like Panasonic and Canon. The D7000 has dual SDHC card slots. You can configure one card to overflow into the other once full, or use one card for stills and the other for video. You can also program the D7000 to place RAW files in one card and jpegs in the other. The magnesium-alloy body makes the D7000 pretty rugged, although it's not weathersealed as Nikon's pro bodies like the D4. Owners of older AF-D Nikon lenses will be happy. Unlike Nikon's entry-level bodies, the D7000 has a motor in the body to autofocus their glass. The D7000 deserves consideration for serious photographers. It retails for US$1100 body-only or US$1400 with an 18-105mm lens.