Nikon D7000 review
Bought the D7000 on December 2012, and while everything seems fantastic the images always seem soft.
After trying to see what I did wrong for a long time I found I did nothing wrong, the camera was back focusing.
I took the camera to Nikon service centre, people there were very nice and professional but when I got the camera back it didn't fully resolve my problem and I still have back focusing problems.
I decided to try and fine tune all my lenses to the D7000.
I did that and it still didn't solved the problem so I found the best way to resolve this issue and get perfect crisp and sharp pictures.
I got rid of the camera and I bought the D7100.
Problem solved and now I get perfect pictures.
Very disappointed with the D7000
On a positive note the D7000 was very impressive in low light, felt great in the hand and really other then the back focusing issue it really was a great camera.
November 26, 2013
AF & exposure problems
AF doesn't work correctly, pictures come out soft if not blurry. To make sure it's the case I made 2 pics of the same object at the same time with the same lens with my new D7000 and old D80 using "P" (program) setting on both. Old camera made excellent picture, while picture from D7000 was blurry and overexposed, colors seem washed out. I wanted to upgrade from my D80, but it looks like I'll keep using it for now. I'm returning D7000 to seller.
November 16, 2013
I own two Nikon D7000's. One I bought used over a year ago and a new D7000 that I bought about six months ago.
My used D7000 was like new when I bought it with only 2,300 clicks. It even came with all the original accessories, paper work and packaging. However if your going to buy a used camera I really do recommend that you thoroughly check it out. I took a chance buying used but the camera has been fine.
I own two D7000's only because when I shoot at events and such I like the speed and the ability to simply grab another setup instead of switching lenses. This way I'm able to get the shot instead of missing it.
The D7000 is a fine camera even by today's standards. Its 16mp sensor captures amazing detail and it's 39 point AF system is both quick and incredibly accurate. The U1 and U2 modes allow you to quickly change settings since you can save specific exposure settings. The buffer on this body is small but its quick to load RAW images to the SD card. If you don't have a heavy trigger finger and have good timing then the buffer really isn't an issue. I limit myself to 4 shot bursts, but the buffer can hold 8 RAW images.
I've been able to capture fantastic images of hummingbirds in flight with ease. Once the AF system starts tracking, the subject just stays in focus. I use the 70-300mm VR with my D7000 for wildlife photography. The 39 point AF system combined with the 70-300 VR's super fast AF motor means you won't get stuck with a lens that's too slow to keep up with the action. I use AF-C 9 point mode for most wildlife subjects.
For portrait work the D7000 combined with either the 50mm 1.8G or the 85mm 1.8G is a fantastic way to get tack sharp images every time. The detail and Bokeh on the 85mm 1.8G is really something you need to see to believe. The D7000's 16mp sensor combined with the 85mm 1.8G is really able to pickup on every little detail. With this lens you can crop as much as you want and the image will retain amazing clarity (I hate cropping but its nice to know you can if need be).
As for macro work the D7000 again scores high marks. You can really pin point where you want to focus. I use the Nikon 85mm 3.5G ED VR macro lens for most of my macro work. The VR really comes in handy and the 85mm working distance helps allot with insects.
I often use my D7000's with my SB-700 and SB-600 for off camera flash photography. I use the built in flash as commander which works well. I use Nikon's CLS system for food photography and for macro and portrait work. The i-TTL system does take allot of the guess work out of the equation, but if you want a certain look to your images then you have the freedom to command two groups from the camera. Since I have two flashes I can use one in group A and the other in group B, thus independently controlling both flashes outputs to suit my needs.
Overall the D7000 is a body that I would highly recommend. Its a step up from those who are using any of Nikon's entry level bodies or older prosumer bodies. Thankfully Nikon hasn't changed much in the way the D7000 and all the newer bodies operate. So stepping up to a D7000 or higher is really a short learning curve. However if your not used to a complex AF system then you will have to get used to it as I did.
The smaller AF points are ALLOT more accurate then any of the older 3 or 5 point systems. Its also different in operation to the way Nikon's 11 point system works. If you want to focus on someones eye then the AF point needs to be on the subjects pupil not the eyelash or anywhere near the eye. The system will focus on tinny things such as eye lashes and pimples. So you must be aware of this. The older systems had much larger points which resulted in larger focusing areas.
October 19, 2013
poor quality for an expensive device
All these reviews about amazing pictures worth nothing if your camera simply doesn't work.
My camera's SHUTTER DIED ONLY AFTER 1200 FRAMES and 7 WEEKS OF USE!!!
That is less than 1% of that Nikon claims in the camera manual (150.000 frames). Now let's see how the customer service response and how fast/expensive the repair will be.
October 12, 2013
Corpo Robusto e Sensor Incrível!
Utilizava Canon e mudei para Nikon, pegando logo de cara a D7000, percebi a diferença de longe. Cores, contrastes e Nitidez incríveis!
October 10, 2013
Just an amazing camera!
Great camera had it for a year now and there is nothing that I dont like about it!
October 1, 2013
Great Camera! Great Price!
I just got this camera and could not be happier! It works with almost all the old nikkor lenses which is a huge +!
September 13, 2013
Fragile shutter = extremely bad design
I had my D7000 for a little over a year when I took it on a two and a half month trip to South America. Half-way through the trip I tried to take a picture over my head using Live View; the camera made a "non-normal" sound when I pressed the release and, from that point on, would not work. The display showed "err" and nothing, other that the power switch, would work.
A quick search turned up the fact that the shutter had catastrophically failed. When I look at the sensor, I can see the shutter blades sticking out of the side of the sensor; they look like a fly's wings that have been caught in a door. Total and utter failure. The search also turned up the fact that I am not the only one to experience this disaster; there are dozens of other owners that have experienced the same thing, so this is not an isolated incident.
The way that the shutter failed causes me to wonder how such a thing is even possible. The camera was well taken care of, not abused, not misused. I had taken less than 10K shot to that point, well under the 150K it supposedly is rated for. I strongly suspect flawed design or flawed manufacture.
Needless to say, the camera was no longer under warranty (if you design a faulty product, make sure it lasts just sightly longer than the short warranty you supply with it). When I returned, I took it to the local "Authorized Nikon Repair" facility. I put the term in quotes since I gave it to them on March 1st; it is now September 10th, over SIX MONTHS, and I still don't have my camera, but I do have a half dozen emails stating "We'll check on it and get back to you" which they never do.
So, in short, would I recommend spending $1200 on a camera that lasts a little over one year, and $350 (so far) for repairs, and end up with absolutely nothing? NO!
September 10, 2013
Increíble cámara, tamaño perfecto.
La d7000 a pesar de ser una cámara dx y a los que algunos llamarían una cámara semi-profesional. Cumple las expectativas y mas de lo que quería de una nikon.
Les comparto la primera foto que tomé con esta cámara.
Grabación en HD
August 17, 2013
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Paid over $1400 for the body only. After two years and and six months of use the Shutter died on me during a shooting session; forced to pay another $300 to fix it. Camera has Automatic Focus problems. The bill from Nikon stated in detail the procedure and the fixes they did to fix the camera. One was Shutter, second was Focus, third was the Software upgrade beyond what was available on their website. I wish Nikon would admit they have problems with this issues with D7000. Pixel noise take place from ISO 1200 up.
July 14, 2013
body weight is fine...
sharpness is satisfying....
color is great.......
body structure is soooo strong.... (mine 1 fall from my hands nearly up from 5 foot and nothing harmed, just my lense hood broke a lil bit :O )
iso performance is fair..... :)
a nice package for advanced photographers.... who wants the best result in budget, from a DX body
you want a canon like color and nikon like focus..???
give it a try..... :)
July 12, 2013
Awesome DSLR by Nikon
I bought Nikon D5000 few years back and it really makes me to stick with Nikon. To upgrade, I bought D7000 and realized how Awesome it is. Everything in the camera is easily accessible. I use it with Nikon 18-200mm VR II. It's an excellent Combo and produce Great Images every time.
As everyone say It's Best for It's Low-light performance. Dual SDCard slot is Great when you shot throughout the day on trips. It's bit heavy and I used to it. I wish Nikon should consider Swivel LCD as Serious feature and should release Future DSLRs with Swivel LCD or Wireless LCD is Great.
July 9, 2013
bought it to replace my D5000, wish I had done it a long time ago. Wow is the one thing I can say.
Taking my time and learning my camera. Reading the manual and watching all the cool stuff on Youtube. Going from a d5000 to a D7000 is a most rewarding challenge. I'm getting more out of my d7000 then I ever dreamed of.
July 6, 2013
Great pictures...if you can access them. Very dissapointed that my Photoshop will not support Nikon's NEF files. Nikon blames Photoshop, Adobe blames Nikon. Software included in package will allow to view and save photos in TIFF; defeats the purpose of having RAW files.
July 2, 2013
Bought the D7000 at the end of last year, i've spent days, weeks and months, trying to figure out why i get better results with manual focus then auto..... This in some of my shooting is a big problem. I've always shot Nikon since my Father's hand me down FE. I am impressed by the amount of options and controls on the D7000, but the inability to have an accurate autofocus, and lengthy experience trying to get a handle on the menu options is a game changer for me. Maybe i've held Nikon to too high of a standard, but I expected nothing but the best, and got a product that is sub par. It's sad that the Canon Elf point and shoot camera my wife has takes better and more consistent pictures, then my Nikon..... Perhaps its time to move on to a brand that can deliver.
May 23, 2013
Thaught it was me
Had this camera a little over a year. It has been a tough go for me to go from medium format film to digital DX 35mm. I have had many disappointing shoots, where many pictures came back less sharp than I expected. I have also lost shots where the camera just would not function. Thanks to these reviews I find that mine is not a uncommon problem.
May 14, 2013
Huge Disappointment - Focus Problems
I've been a life long Nikon user and purchased this camera in October after waiting yrs to upgrade. For the last 6 months I've been using this camera on all my trips and couldn't for the life of me figure out why pictures taken indoors under low light conditions were after soft/blurry. It wasn't until I searched for problems associated with the D7000 that I learned there is an apparent autofocus issue with the camera. I can't tell you how disappointmented I am with my camera and of all the bad pictures I now have to serve as memories of some very important trips I've taken these past few months. My small canon powershot take better/crisper pictures. I've lost all confidence in this camera and Nikon.
May 13, 2013
Professional camera in a small body !
I get professional looking pictures every time .I use my with a nikkor 85mm 1.4 and i used in the past with the 85mm 1.8 both D lenses .With either lens this camera is a killer !!! I rate this camera a 10 , top to bottom , from ergonomics to focusing speed . I have nothing to complain about !!!!! Two thumbs up all the way .If i was a wedding photographer this would be my choice for backing up a D800 or maybe back up the D7000 with the D800 ! LOL
May 9, 2013
it's the best for those who can't afford full frame
if you can't afford buying a full frame camera, the most decent thing to do is to buy this one :)
simple as that ...
May 9, 2013
Tudo que esperava e mais um pouco.
Após 6 meses de estudo de fotografia resolvi colocar em prática, e esta é A CÂMERA, alta velocidade, ótima nitidez, recursos avançados, motor de foco já no corpo. E incrivelmente fácil de mecher, em apenas 1 dia já estava dominando a base dela (obturador, iso, diafragma, minha lente atual é toda manual - nikkor 50mm AIS NEW 1979 - mas não tive problemas para me adaptar). Pegada muito boa na mão e funções de fácil acesso e intuitivas. Corpo do produto de alta resistencia, baixo ruido em iso elevado, ótimas funções para astrofotografia, como baixar o espelho antes da fotografia, assim evitando fotos tremidas em longa exposição. Mais leve que o esperado. Enfim, tudo que esperava e mais um pouco. Excelente qualidade de imagem que ainda não vi igual em nenhuma com faixas de preço até 50% maior.
April 30, 2013
I'm a semi-pro photographer and this little gem is one of the best cameras I've ever used. The pictures are extremely crisp and I love the 39 focal points.
April 30, 2013
GREAT CAMERA BUT.....
THE CAMERA IS GREAT, I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESULTS OF MY PHOTOS, BUT I AM CONCERN ON THE QC OF THE CAMERA, I GOT IT ON DECEMBER 2012, AND 4 MONTHS LATER IT STARTED HAVING FOCUS PROBLEMS. AS I WRITE THIS THE CAMERA IS AT NIKON SUPPORT.
GREAT CAMERA BAD QUALITY CONTROL
April 27, 2013
D7000 Auto focusing function
I have a D70 since it first come out and it's .an amazing DSLR camera. Recently I upgrade to D7000 but the auto focusing function is disappointing. I suspect the qualify control is not as good as before. I suggest Nikon Canada to offer a recall and fix this common problem once and for all for all the owners.
April 19, 2013
Great camera for the $$
I've been using Nikon for more than 30 years and have had several top-end film cameras and D1's. When i wanted an affordable upgrade without going all-in on a D4 this one seemed to meet most of my needs. There are a few things I wish it had, like a 10-pin connector, etc. but I realize those are "pro" features. The camera has always delivered tack sharp images when i do my part.
April 2, 2013
Ive been a photographer in New York over 10years and there is much better cameras thats a fact
April 1, 2013
Fine Tuning a Must
I have started with Nikon with a D5000. When D7000 came out I jumped on it, I wanted more from a camera. I loved the feel and the set up of the camera. Downfall, pictures rarely came out focused. My 50mm 1.4 was the worst on the camera. I would focus and the camera would focus on something else in to the left background. I kept thinking it was me having a learning curve. I struggled with the camera for a year and 1/2. I finally after many classes and a professional photographer getting a hold of my camera it was decided I had the internet rage of backfocusing. We had to fine tune all my lenses expect for my 3rd party macro (it was perfect). I do not think for the money I should have to do every lens. Nikon would not pick up the repair costs as I was out of warrantee. I am selling the camera and now have the Nikon D7100. You probably hear me a block away when I took a shot with my 50mm and it was spot on beautiful!. I am giving the D7000 two stars for when it worked it worked beautiful.
March 31, 2013
Produto de qualidade!
E uma câmera que eu recomendo, sem medo!...nikon e ocara!
March 28, 2013
Great Camera except some quality control issue
I have been using Nikon DSLR for many years now. I think Nikon quality control has gone down over period of time and this otherwise very good camera D7000 is no exception.
Image quality is very good, very good ergonomics. The AF seems to work very accurate.
The best thing about D7000 is, its battery life, two user settings button U1 and U2. I have shot 1500 images regularly with one full charging. With U1 and U2 recall buttons, I can quickly come back to shoot bird in flights as soon as I see them!
The main problem is its sensor dust issue. Its sensor seems to attract dust all the time. I have to get it cleaned almost twice a month from Nikon Service Centre. Also, Nikon has changed mirror drive once, still I see many dust spots on its view finder!
I hope Nikon will get rid of such issue in it updated version D7100.
March 25, 2013
One week old, and out for repair.
So, I've been shooting Nikon F3 film camera for years, and decided to go digital with the D7000 on the fact that I could keep using my AI and AIS lenses. Same lenses for film AND digital — SCORE (I still want to keep shooting on film).
Unboxing the camera vey exited only to find out it back focuses like crazy. I return the camera to the store, who at first refuses to help me, but blames my "old" lenses — working perfectly for 20 years with my F3 I might ad (first my dad used them professionally and now I am using them). The store excuses the problem by telling me back- or front focus is normal for a digital SLR, normal, what normal?
I call Nikon Denmark, who agrees with me that there should not be a problem using AI and AIS lenses with the D7000. However, if the store will not help me, Nikon will not be able to offer me a repair under warranty either. The camera was a week old by then. Thanks guys!
Back to the store. Who tells me that I may have to use AF Fine Tune (which I know does not work on manual lenses — but the store does not listen, they talk, so they kept going on about AF Fine Tune). Finally I convince them that the body has a problem and they agree to call the repair center, who luckily agrees to take the camera in under warranty. The store however tells me that I might never get the camera working perfectly with manual lenses (even though the manual states that the D7000 is compatible with AI and AIS lenses). A $1000 camera should be able to, if nothing else, shoot a photo in focus — or am I being completely unreasonable here.
So … in a couple of days I have had the D7000 for two weeks, but I have not as of yet shot a single frame in focus.
My girlfriend's cheap Canon 1000D with a plastic lens performs better than the Nikon D7000 with real glass attached to it.
DISAPPOINTED does not even begin to describe how I feel about Nikon right now.
So, now I am waiting for my camera to be adjusted hoping and praying that it will be working perfectly when I get it back, or else I will be out $1000 and bad out of luck.
March 24, 2013
A camera for the world and pros
My camera has already been in a film as I was shot on video while shooting a tribal bikini shoot on some dunes. I shot for six hours for a magazine and clothing line and did maybe two thousand or more shots and the little monster didn't even need to change its battery. The buffer problem is easy to fix with the right card. It is a lowlight champ, and because its saturation, sharpness, is actually customizable, it is a brilliant design. I would only like a bigger viewer, like a 35mm film camera, but overall, it is simply a great camera and with it a talented shooter can take on mightier cameras. It was rated as a backup camera for pros but it really exceeds expectations. I want another one. In Manual settings it just rocks with its two main control spin dials and often I run four different speedlights off it. I use some powerful speedlights and the whole commander system is just great. In studio with the right glass it seizes beauty. I really don't need another camera and if I did it would be for a certain Nikon glass, the legendary 135mm 2.0, and I would go D3x or D4. The focus system is a gift from the camera gods! I would include a photo but that's advertising and guess what I like to do! I could use another one of it as a backup.
March 22, 2013