Nikon D7000 review

Is this Nikon D90 replacement camera worthy of the crown?

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Although the D90 isn't a flimsy camera, the D7000 feels a little tougher in the hand, perhaps courtesy of its magnesium alloy body shell and the heftier textured rubber at its key grip points.

With the index finger on the shutter release button, the main grip is just tall enough to accommodate the remaining three right-hand fingers of those with fairly small hands. Photographers with more shovel-like mitts will find that their little finger slips naturally under the camera body.

While the control arrangement on the D7000 is at first glance very similar to the D90's, there are a few subtle changes that make quite a difference to the handling. One of the most significant is the change in the way that the AF and AF point selection modes are selected.

Nikon D7000 review

This has been brought about by the introduction of the AF mode button at the centre of the focus mode selector switch, which sits at approximately the 4 o'clock point by the lens mount (as you look at the front of the camera).

Instead of using a switch like on the D300S to set the AF mode (Single point, Dynamic are or Auto Area) and dipping into the menu to set the number of AF points to use in continuous AF mode or to choose 3D-tracking mode, these options can now be selected by pressing the AF mode button while rotating the sub-command dial beneath the shutter release button on the front of the camera.

Though this is a two-handed operation, it can be carried out with the camera held to the eye as the various options are displayed in the viewfinder as well as the top LCD screen. It's a much slicker integration of the AF modes than with other Nikon DSLRs and we expect to it appear in future models.

Nikon D7000 review

Like the D3100, the D7000 has a dedicated live view switch around a video activation button to the left of the natural thumb resting place. The live view control is especially useful as it speeds up the process of composing images on screen and is more intuitive to use than the drive mode dial option found on earlier Nikon D-SLRs.

Photographers upgrading from a D3100 or a D90 will find the handling changes of the D7000 a fairly logical progression. Those considering buying a D7000 as a second body to accompany their D300 or D300S, however, may find that it takes a little bit more getting used to with the loss of the AF and metering mode switches.

While we like the new AF system operation, we prefer having a switch to set the metering mode rather than top-plate mounted button that must be used in conjunction with the main command dial.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyD
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5.8x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesFace Detection, Manual White Balance, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)690 g
Image Sensor Size23.60 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4928 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height105 mm
Width132 mm
Depth77 mm
Product SeriesD
Focal Length18 mm to 105 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD7000
Product NameD7000 Digital SLR Camera
Exposure Control
  • Programmed Auto
  • Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
  • Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
  • Manual (M)
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA290KU01
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Packing high-end image technologies into a surprisingly portable body, the D7000 marks a new era in creative flexibility. Sturdy enough to travel anywhere and powerful enough to handle any situation, its range of advanced features will satisfy any photographer ready to further their skills. If photography is your passion, this is the D-SLR you need.

Package Contents
  • D7000 Digital SLR Camera
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
  • Strap AN-DC3
  • Body Cap BF-1B
  • LCD Monitor Cover BM-11
  • Hot Shoe Cover BS-1
  • Eyepiece Cup DK-21
  • Eyepiece Cap DK-5
  • AV Cable EG-D2
  • Battery EN-EL15
  • Battery Charger MH-25
  • USB Cable UC-E4
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year