Really good camera with exceptional capablities
I've used this camera for a year now, it was an upgrade from my trusty old D40 and the learning curve has been steep. I was nearly put off by the number of buttons and dials but quickly realized they don't get in the way, they have done just the opposite and made me a more responsive shooter. I'm no longer a slave to the menu button. But the camera and the options Nikon opens up with this camera are not perfect. I'd like to have a way of monitoring audio when shooting video and I'd like the hdmi output to work with either my IPAD or Android device.
June 29, 2012
I will start off by saying that I am NOT a professional and I have owned this camera for about 4 months. I am a stay at home mom with 3 kids. My husband and I did TONS of research before purchasing a new camera. This had awesome reviews and I can see why. The internet and Nikon customer service tried talking me into purchasing a D3100 or D5100 for DSLR beginners. The reviews on those were not to great at all. And I didn't want to purchase a D3100 or D5100 to learn on then upgrade to a more expensive one later. What a waste of money! I stuck to my guns and bought the D7000 to learn on and grow into. The D7000 takes amazing pictures and it does not take long to figure out how to use the Manuel settings on the camera. We learned how to use this camera on YouTube...tons of how to videos for the D7000 on there. We only used the Auto option twice (we don't use the Auto option so we can get better using the camera and settings manually) due to needing to take a picture asap. The manual setting takes amazing photos!
I swear the battery lasts forever. We take our camera on 5+ hour zoo trips and other long family outings and I don't see the battery drain at all. I Don't even worry about putting the battery in the charger afterwards for the next time.
I just started doing amateur astrophotography and so far, it's working out great. Close up pictures of the moons craters look professional. Saturn turned out better than I expected.
The camera is very well put together. Very comfortable in the hand and sturdy feeling.
The two card slots is a great feature since I use my camera to take LOTS of videos of the kids. I recommend NOT using any memory cards lower than a class 10. Your camera will run VERY VERY slow. I purchased a San disk Extreme 32GB Class 10 memory card from Amazon and the speed is amazing. And it has never ending space for photos and videos.
I have not yet had any problems with the D7000...knock on wood, so I can't tell you about the customer service department or repair department.
June 28, 2012
Best Camera I have ever owned
I have previously owned Nikon film and Digital cameras, as well as Olympus models, but this camera is packed with features that allow you to take great pictures. The dials are easy to reach and the ability to do bursts is no work at all.
June 28, 2012
Fantastic camera--one of the best DSLRS ever made!
I have been shooting Nikon DSLRs since 2006 when I bought a D40. A few years later, I then upgraded to the D90, which was and is a solid camera with exceptional image quality. I read the reviews and saw images taken with the D7000 and decide to go for it and upgrade. I waited for about a year and half after the product was released. I had 4 DX lenses already so only need to purchase the D7000 body. When i got the camera and loaded the first images onto my computer, I was blown away by the image quality. You can definitely see a difference between the image quality of the D90 and D7000! (And I am not just talking megapixels here, which from 12 to 16 is not that huge) I love everything about this camera and it has so many useful features from the ability to save various settings and dial them up in a instant to the 100 percent coverage view finder.
Nikon keep up the great work.
June 27, 2012
I am sold on this camera- the pictures speak for themselves. I havent yet had a chance to take photos in extreme low light situations to test the ISO, but so far everything else is amazing. I love the double SD card feature. I upgraded from a Nikon D40x, which I loved but the more I learned, the more it was limiting me. Now that I am starting to make money with my photography, it was a necessity to upgrade. I am excited to save up more money to buy the 70-200 mm 2.8 lens, which wouldn't work with my last camera. Anywho, well worth the money, so far I LOVE IT!!!!!!!
June 27, 2012
awesome dslr !
i upgraded from d3000 to d7000. d7000 feels very solid when you hold in your hands. The function is simple and easy to use. It is very perfect shape body thanks to magnesium-alloy body. The processing speed is amazing and the image quality is awesome. Surprisingly the iQ of d7000 is better than d300s. Its the best semi pro DSLR.
June 27, 2012
Pro quality camera at an affordable price
Super Camera!! Very pleased with the picture quality with the D 7000. Best DX camera on the market today period!!!
June 26, 2012
Defective after 1.5 months
Was great for a month and a half, and I was really happy with my choice. Now it has the "Blinking Green Light of Death" issue. This is a known issue that apparently has not been fixed by Nikon. Memory card access light blinks when camera is turned off. It drains the battery. You have to either remove the battery or memory cards when you store the camera. Only solution is "send back to Nikon?" That's terrible considering they have already seen the problem and continue to release products with it. Quality and dependability is not the same as my three previous Nikon film SLRs.
June 26, 2012
Out of the box, needed some fine tuning
I have owned the D7000 for one year and one month. I purchased it as a backup to my D3 and to replace my D200. I have only used it for about 5 weddings, one last November and 4 weddings this last May and June. It was two weeks ago that upon a very close review of the images created by my D7000, I noticed that none of my focal points are crisp and clear. At this point, I can manually focus my lenses better than my D7000 focuses itself. Unfortunately, this cost me some very good wedding images. I will send it in for repair with a letter begging for leniency on the one year warranty and providing images that prove that the camera had never performed properly. I believe in Nikon and believe that this problem will be solved. I just hope that it is not at my expense.
June 26, 2012
I did considerable research on digital SLR cameras in the $1,500 - $2,000 range. I decided to purchase the D7000. WOW! This is one of the best purchases I have made in several years. Images are sharp, full of color and just spectacular. This gives the very expensive Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III a run for the money. Great piece of work!
June 25, 2012
nikon d7000 - great product
the strap holders should be a the bottom, back of the camera body because with even a small, long lens,
the camera hangs awkwardly in front of your body - if the holders were on the back it would lay comfortably - for quicker wildlife/sports photos, would really like to see a camera body that that three vertically aligned knobs for instant acess ie, shutter speed, aperature, iso so in anything but auto mode you don't have to go back to the menu screen to adjust iso - i currently use auto iso because you simply don't have time to adjust these three basic tools in most situations - would also like to see exposure compensation in increments of 0.2 up to about 2.4 rather 0.3 up to 3
.0 - might be easier to fine tune - would also suggest in the manual a clearer definition of/between center weighted average and matrix - went from the d90 to the d7000, love it - it's a great piece of equipment for the money - don't know why but when using the nikon 300,f2.8, vr2 lens the photos appear to be more crisp than the d90? - would recommend this camera for any level of user
June 25, 2012
Great feature packed camera for beginning amateurs expecting to grow into pro photographer. This camera can do it all for amateurs and pros. I would highly recommend to any amateur interested in taking their photography to the next level.
June 24, 2012
Great camera for anyone making the leap from point and shoot
The Nikon D7000 is a solidly built camera packed with features. My expectations were very high as I've heard about Nikon quality for years. I was not disappointed and highly recommend this camera for anyone considering the step up to a strong prosumer camera.
June 24, 2012
This is my second DSLR camera, and I must say that it is the best one that I've used thus far. The Full HD feature won me over. Resoultion quality is excellent. Navigating through the camera's functions are very user friendly, especially for a novice like myself. Loving it!
June 23, 2012
Nice, compact camera, great IQ
Lightweight, great image quality for a DX-based camera. The camera is very well featured at this price point and includes the majority of the features from its larger sibling, the D300s. I use this camera body for bird photography with the 500mm VRII lens, and also as a backup camera for my D800.
I find only a couple of things lacking for my application (wildlife photography):
1. Autofocus is very nice for most subjects, but I find it is a bit slow to lock onto moving objects (like flying birds).
2. The mode dial doesn't have a lock, so it is fairly easy to inadvertently change the setting.
June 22, 2012
Great product! Must buy!
this d7000 does great work for everyday, any occasion, and every use to capture everything! Price is just perfect for a dslr like this. I take random pictures and is so please to have to memory card slots that I actually put to use! I am an amateur photographer, but yet this cam makes everything I capture look close to perfect! Nikon is the best brand and the only brand I will ever use when it comes to capturing memories!
June 21, 2012
I pre-ordered the D7000 in the Fall of 2011. Loved the camera until I started seeing "dust spots" on my pics. Luckily, I purchased an extended warranty from the store. After 3 attempts to clean the sensor and have the right sensor replaced, the dust spots came back. After replacing the camera, I noticed spots on the new camera after only taking 100 pics. I researched on the Internet to find out it was probably oil spots on the sensor due to the shutter and that it cannot be cleaned. I have the opportunity to take back the camera and buy a Cannon 7D. What would Nikon due to keep me as a customer?
June 21, 2012
Nice Little Package
I have only shot with Canon till now (Canon 5d with all L lenses). I was in a jam and borrowed a friends d7000 for a wedding and was blown away!! Its easy to navigate well thought out design. I bought a d7000, a 24-70 f2.8 (Nikon), a 70-200 f2.8 (Nikon), and a sb-700 flash. Things I dont like about it are: It does not go into sleep mode after inactivity (yes I know about the exposure setting). Nikon wants you to buy extra software to edit your pics (Canon all software included). Other than these couple of things I have truly come to the dark side!!! (some Canon L lenses come in white or light side) :)
June 21, 2012
The camera is a great purchase, it is compact, light and alot of options for the versatile photographer.
June 20, 2012
My first DSLR....
This is my first DSLR, and i cannot compare it with any other camera except point and shoots. But irrespective of any comparison, the images coming out of this camera are not less that spectacular. Ergonomically very comfortable. I also like the in camera editing feature as i prefer not to edit my pictures in PS or other image processing software before i learn to take good images. Compatible with all Nikon lenses as well as third party lenses.
June 19, 2012
Great versatility, beautiful pictures.
This camera has got it all, 39 point auto focus, dual sd slots, I especially like the Ui. U2,
modes that in reality gives you 3 user modes. Love the quick response, I am not a real video shooter but glad its there if I need it.
June 19, 2012
Works as expected
This camera has been reliable, and flexible enough to generate very good images in a variety of lighting situations. My only annoyance has been the I have lost several HB35 lens hoods, as they are easily knocked off the lens. That aside, this is a wonderful choice for a photographer who is not ready to accept the cost and weight of a full frame digital camera.
June 18, 2012
i recently adquired the D7000
I was considering the D800 but I was recommended the D7000 and invest in better lenses. I haven't use it much since I got it few weeks ago, but I like what I have seen so far. I upgraded from a D5000 to my new D7000, I do nature photography and the colors and definitions are great. I still learning the camera but I am sure I will be super happy with my buy.
June 17, 2012
Could be improved
Cons: The buffer is too small when shooting RAW files and the weather sealing could be better. Blew out the shutter after 3 months, but it was under warranty and the new shutter so far as held up. In order to change the aperture with G lenses in video mode, you have to shut off live view, which is a pain. The AF isn't great in low light either.
Pros: Very nice files up to ISO 800 and certainly usable files to 5,000, but noticeably grainy at 1,600. As a professional shooter, my equipment gets put through the ringer in some pretty harsh conditions, and it's held up fairly well. This is an economical alternative to Nikon's higher priced products, but there are some obvious tradeoffs.
June 17, 2012
Best Camera I ever owned!
I am not a professional photographer but was looking to take my hobby to the next level and study to become a pro. I have had many compact Prosumer cameras such as the Canon G10, G11 and so on but after researching the D7000 online and watching many hours of YouTube videos about different cameras I settled on the Nikon D7000 as the professional camera to start my new era. I bought the D7000 with the Lens kit (18-105mm VR) and after some instructional review and trial and error I was able to get a few shots around my house that were far better than my G10. One of the big advantages I saw right away was the depth of field, this was non-existant on my compact cameras and right away told me I was shooting with the pro's. The controls can be a bit overwhelming at first but if you take a section at a time you can learn quickly, also try searching YouTube for instructional videos because there are many good ones. The Auto controls worked quite well but don't get dependent on them if you want to shoot like a pro.
June 17, 2012
Wow! This isn't my D70s!
The fourth (3rd?) update of the great D70 is simply amazing! I am an experienced photographer taking nature and (running) race pictures for many years. Along with my D7000 I purchased the advanced DVD.
After three days of wonderful experimentally getting to know my new camera, I went back and got the Basic DVD for the D7000. Not because I was having trouble but because I really wanted to be confident that I wasn't missing any of the wonderful features of the product. Also, knowing Nikon, I wanted to be sure that I was aware of "a better way" to obtain the same wonderful pics. I balked at the price for awhile but rest assured that you get FAR MORE than what you pay for - a Great Buy, at any price!
June 16, 2012
My favorite camera to date!
I have owned this D7000 for over a year now and it has been a fantastic piece of equipment. I first owned a D5000 ( also a great camera) then i upgraded to this one. the features and controls of this unit are ground breaking and you can see how other newer models like the D3200, D800, and D4 have adopted features and layouts of this camera to become standard in the line up. If you have been keeping up with Nikon over the last two years you would probably agree that this camera was a game changer for the market and will probably how it will be looked upon as a milestone for Nikon's camera lineup. the 16Megapixel sensor has really wow'ed me with its sharpness and color rendition on vivid mode. my 70-200 VR2 and TC-14EII tele converter, with the 1.5X magnification crop factor has made this a formidable set up for bird photography. I really do like this camera a lot!. I have tried the D300, D3S, and D4 in person. all of which are flagship for their division. however this camera still is my favorite. The D300 has the great full body and robustness of a full pro body, but the lack of the new RGB meter and the additional 4mp of resolution really do make that cutting edge difference in the final print up. Both the D3S and D4 are workhorse speed monsters. they really have the advantage with ISO performance and FPS. but for me they are really big and heavy and even though you get more pixel per inch versus the DX, losing the 1.5X magnification of the crop sensor is a lacking factor for my distance requirements, (and my finances). The D7000 will cover all your basic shooting needs. I also have the MB-D11 vertical grip from nikon, nice product, but overpriced for what it does. the dual card slots have saved me from time to time with taking one card out and forgetting to put it back in, but having the backup card in the other slot to take the shots I need. battery life has been very good, I can get around 700-900 shots without flash, and about 500-700 with the flash. The SB-700 flash is an excellent combo with this camera. also the SB-400 also works incredibly well. It will be neat so see how Nikon evolves this segment of the line up (pro-sumer) D70>D80>D90>D7000> D7xxx??? it will be interesting. but I think this camera will be staying with me for a while. shots below were with this camera. God Bless, and Happy Shooting!!!!!
June 15, 2012
Very Pleased with the purchase!
I purchased my D7000 recently and althought I still have a lot to learn, I am really impressed with the capabilities of this wonderful camera. I have found the manual very easy to use and the camera very user friendly. I intend to retire soon and am really looking forward to spending a lot of time with this camera.
June 14, 2012
What A great Camera
I purchased this camera in January of 2012 for the purpose of photographing my grandchildren playing sports. I have taken over 20,000 pictures and what results. After learning how to operate the camera and several soccer games the equipment is much better than the photographer. My only regret is that I will have to retire this one due to the arrival of my new D800. I really enjoyed the D7000 and would consider keeping it but the D800 is fantastic. I guess my D5100 will remain my backup
June 13, 2012
What a fabulous camera. Big upgrade from my old Cool-Pix 8700. Using 18-50mm and 70-300mm lens.
The ease of use is amazing and the picture quality is even more amazing.
Very happy with my new purchase.
June 12, 2012