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Nikon D7000 review

Is this Nikon D90 replacement camera worthy of the crown?

For

  • Good detail capture
  • Easy to use
  • Good features
  • Great new AF system (with right lens)

Against

  • LCD screen not articulated
  • Needs faster lens to get the best shots
  • NX2 software lacking in control

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. In fact, it is only trumped in this respect by the top-end Nikon D3X, which has 24.5 million pixels on its full-frame (FX) sensor. However, the D7000 is aimed at enthusiast photographers and sits between the 12.3-million-pixel Nikon D300S and D90 in the DSLR line-up, with a list price of $999.95.

Though it has quite a bit in common with the Nikon D90, the control layout is very similar, the D7000's construction is closer to the Nikon D300S's as both cameras have a magnesium alloy body shell rather than the polycarbonate version of the D90.

In some ways the Nikon D7000's specification surpasses that of the D300S, not least in pixel count. 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.

Nikon D7000 review

There's also a new 39-point AF system that sits comfortably between the 11-point and 51-point systems found in the Nikon D90 and D300S respectively.

Nikon has also taken a look at how some of the features we now expect from a DSLR are integrated into the camera and there are a few control changes that are designed to make the Nikon D7000 more straightforward to use.

It all adds up to a pretty interesting offering for enthusiasts, but has Nikon taken a step too far out of its comfort zone with a 16.2 million pixel sensor?

Nikon D7000 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
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 Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
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