A high-spec, enthusiast-level camera that seems to offer outstanding value for money
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.
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.
A step up from most consumerlevel camera bodies, the D7000 features durable magnesium alloy top and rear sections.