Expert Review of Nikon D7000 DSLR Body Black
Nikon D7000 is the multinational’s latest mid-range DSLR. Nikon D7000 SLR technically replaces the enormously popular D90, although that model will remain on sale while stocks last. The new numbering clearly positions the D7000 above the D5000, with the D3100 below both. Like Nikon D90 before it, Nikon has deployed the latest technologies on the D7000 without losing sight of the desires of traditional photographers. The resolution has been increased from 12.3 to 16.2 Megapixels, while the movie mode now captures Full HD 1080p at 24fps with support for autofocus while filming. Continuous shooting has accelerated from 4.5 to 6fps and the viewfinder coverage increased to 100% over the previous 96%. The D90's 11 point AF system has been boosted to a new 39-point system, while the metering now employs a 2016 pixel RGB sensor instead of the previous 420 pixel system. Nikon's also toughened-up the D7000 by using magnesium alloy on the upper and rear plates, whereas the D90 was all plastic, and there are now dual SD memory card
Design and Build Quality
Nikon D7000 is not at all a pocket camera, it is big and heavy, as with the dimensions of 132mm x 105mm x 77mm and a curb weight of 780 gms it is not really readily fitting in the pocket, though it is immensely easy to handle and work with. But still if you want to pocket it, I suggest you rather wear a coat. It's appreciably larger than the 107mm x 75mm x 40mm Canon EOS 600D, and and a little heavier, but these are both big chunky models that place more of a priority on features and performance than compactness. The presence of the optical viewfinder is probably the most significant feature that makes Nikon Coolpix P7000 similar to its predecessor as well as to the Canon EOS 600D. With a viewfinder to accommodate, the top panel is bulging, but the control layout is very similar to Nikon D90's with the quick menu dial on the right directly behind the tiny pop-up flash providing a shortcut to settings for quality, ISO, white balance, bracketing, My menu presets and Picture Control.
Focus and Face Detection
Nikon D7000 has no fewer than 11 AF area modes - Face priority, Auto, Manual, Centre (normal) Centre (wide) Subject tracking and Target finding AF. Nikon D7000's face detection works reasonably well when people are within a few metres of the camera in good light. But it quickly loses faces when they turn to profile and seemed to have quite a lot of trouble recognising spectacle wearers. If there are no faces in the frame it defaults to the nine-area AF system which it uses to focus on the subject closest to the camera. Alternatively you can manually select the focus area from one of 99 positions using the multi-selector to move the frame around a 9x11 grid.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Typical Nikkor lenses work well with Nikon D7000. The list of all the types of lenses compatible with this product is given. DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported, Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported (PC Micro-NIKKOR does not support some functions); IX-NIKKOR lenses not supported, Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II; lenses for F3AF not supported, AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II, Non-CPU: Can be used in modes A and M; color matrix metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data (AI lenses only)
Screen and Menus
Canon had made the decision to drop the articulated screen on Canon but retain the optical viewfinder, Nikon’s move is although more interesting, not necessarily the smartest thinking, but definitely interesting. , Nikon has dropped the earlier D90's optical viewfinder, but extended the screen's flexibility by replacing the single hinge flip-up arrangement with a side-hinged one that allows you to position the screen facing forwards for self-shooting. This arrangement means that the screen can be folded inwards for protection when you're not using the camera. When it's in this position the camera can't be turned on preventing accidental operation when in a bag or pocket. Other than the change in articulation , the screen is the same 3 inch 920k dot screen as on Nikon P7100. It has 4:3 proportions which means the image fills the frame when you're shooting at the best 12 Megapixel stills resolution with information overlayed. Pressing the display button toggles a single info overlay screen on or off. Additionally you can elect to add a single-axis electronic level, live histogram and grid individually to either the on or 'off' displays.
Nikon D7000 is powered to full limit by the same EN-EL15 battery as its predecessor with a slightly reduced 330 shots available on a full charge. Remaining battery life is shown on screen at all times with a three-segment graphic. Nikon D7000 has 86MB of internal memory - enough for a handful of full resolution shots or a 25-second full HD movie clip should you forget to insert an SD card and is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards.
The new and efficient 16.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor provides Nikon D7000 with 1080p Full HD video at the rate of 30 frames per second, which is a definite increment from the 720p best quality mode of its predecessor that keeps it in step with EOS series. There are two quality options at this setting that encode at average bit rates of 18.8Mbps and 12.6Mbps. Movies are encoded using the efficient H.264 codec and are saved in a QuickTime wrapper with a .MOV file extension in the same folder as stills.
Nikon D7000 has a 1/1.7in CMOS sensor which has a resolution of 16.2 Megapixels. The picture control system consists of Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls.
Great quality across its sensitivity range.
Viewfinder with 100% coverage and VGA screen.
6fps continuous shooting at all quality settings.
Dual memory card slots.
1080p video with AF, manual control and mic input.
Continuous buffer limited in depth.
Metering frequently over-exposed in bright conditions.
Continuous movie AF indiscreet in use.
Back-focusing error on our sample kit.