Nikon D7000

A high-spec, en­thu­si­ast-level cam­era that seems to of­fer out­stand­ing value for money

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When launched in the sum­mer of 2010, the D7000 looked like a sen­si­ble up­grade for D90 users, and po­ten­tially even for pho­tog­ra­phers with the pro-grade D300s. It has higher stills and video res­o­lu­tion (16.2 rather than 12.3 megapix­els and 1080p rather than 720p), as well as a later-gen­er­a­tion Expeed 2 pro­ces­sor. It beats the D90 and al­most matches the D300s with a six frames per sec­ond con­tin­u­ous drive rate, and has a higher-res­o­lu­tion 2016-pixel me­ter­ing mod­ule. The 39-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem is a step up from the D90’s 11-point sys­tem, al­though it lags be­hind the D300s’s 51-point AF.

Con­struc­tion is mid­way be­tween the D90 and D300s, based on a mix of poly­car­bon­ate and mag­ne­sium al­loy ma­te­ri­als, while also fea­tur­ing weather seals. There’s a choice of 12-bit or 14-bit colour depth for RAW qual­ity cap­ture, match­ing the D300s and beat­ing the D90’s 12-bit limit. Fur­ther re­fine­ments in­clude a sec­ondary, top-plate info LCD and plen­ti­ful di­rect con­trol but­tons for shoot­ing pa­ram­e­ters like ISO and White Bal­ance. The pen­taprism viewfinder is par­tic­u­larly good, be­ing bright, clear and giv­ing the same 100 per cent frame cov­er­age as in the D300s.

Per­for­mance

Han­dling feels very as­sured and me­ter­ing is largely ac­cu­rate, al­though there can be a slight ten­dency to­wards over­ex­po­sure in very bright light­ing con­di­tions. Even so, Ac­tive D-Light­ing works very well to avoid blown high­lights, while de­liv­er­ing plenty of shadow de­tail. The D7000 also de­liv­ers good, sharp im­ages, with res­o­lu­tion fig­ures that stack up well against Nikon’s lat­est 24-megapixel cam­eras. Pros… Ex­cel­lent han­dling, easy ac­cess to cre­ative con­trols, well im­ple­mented top-plate info LCD. Cons… The D7100 has a bet­ter sen­sor and no OLPF; build qual­ity isn’t a match for the D300s.

Build

A step up from most con­sumer­level cam­era bod­ies, the D7000 fea­tures durable mag­ne­sium al­loy top and rear sec­tions.

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