Good upgrade for me!!!
I bought this camera before reading any reviews, but I did compare cameras. I was replacing a Fuji S3 Pro. I need the High ISO and wanted 2 card slots, so this camera was the best choice in my price range. I haven't used it heavily yet, but its does almost everything well. There are so many options that can change how the image is recorded that I think some of previous reviews didn't change some of the settings.
The only issue I see is its lack of low light / smooth surface focusing. Like the S3 Pro, there are settings that I don't think I'll ever use.
The Battery Grip/vertical shutter release should be built in or come with the camera. It is very unnatural to not have the vertical shutter release.
I am looking for a second/backup camera but don't if another D7000 is good or go to the D7100 (but with a different battery grip I may not do it).
March 3, 2013
not a good camera
This is my second review of this camera, I've been shooting this camera since it came out, my opinion has changed. The D7000 has a couple problems. I recommend avoiding this model. If either the camera or the subject are in motion you wont get the shot. The autofocus is terrible. Also this camera gets oil on the sensor. I wish I could afford to replace this camera. It really limits what I can shoot and increases my photoshop time tremendously.
March 1, 2013
Autofocus Issue Makes This Camera Unusable
I am not sure if I received a defective model, but the critical focusing at wide apertures on this camera is unacceptably flawed in the unit that I purchased. The point that I choose to focus on is always slightly blurry with razor sharp detail falling just behind the focus point almost every time. Take, for example, a simple portrait from a 3/4 perspective. The eye that I have picked as the focus point is usually slightly blurry while the further eye/eyelashes/details are in razor sharp detail. This problem extends to use in street situations in which the point that I select to focus is always slightly blurry compared to the amount of detail just behind the person/object that I have tried to capture in exacting detail. My d3100 (which this camera was supposed to replace) suffers from none of these glaring autofocus inaccuracies. I am very disappointed and will be looking to return my d7000 body, possibly switching to a Canon that does not drop the ball on simple autofocus point assignments.
February 25, 2013
This camera has been one of the best cameras that I have ever owned. I used to have a D40, D80, and now this one. Never had a single problem with Nikon. The fact that you can have a DX body with professional features is outstanding. The double SD card slot, 6fps shooting, and 39-point focus system work so well. Thank you Nikon!
February 21, 2013
I decided to upgrade my DSLR recently from a very serviceable D3000 and I had a few criteria I was looking at. It had to be a Nikon, I wanted a large, bright viewfinder, I wanted a focus motor in the camera and I wanted good low-light capabilities as well as easier access to full manual control. My plan was to pick up a D90 body after the D5200 was introduced and the price went down, but that changed after I held a D7000. I was ruined. Watching the prices I realized that the D90 was only a hundred bucks less than the D7000 so it wasn’t worth considering. I’m not going to reiterate everything said in past reviews, so I’ll simply reflect on a few features I like so far.
The Viewfinder- Bright, large and full of information. I can see what settings I’m changing without taking my eye from the viewfinder.
Manual Settings- Very easy to access
Low Light Capabilities- I normally set it at 160 (reminiscent of Kodak Portra) for normal shooting and have the automatic ISO set at a maximum of 6400 with a minimum shutter of 1/30th. I took a photo of my grandson at ISO 6400 and cropped the image after converting to black and white. Making it full screen on the laptop and zooming in on it to the equivalent of a 16x20. It still looked good with some noise that gave it the look of Tri-X-Pan. Indoor color shots of food (that’s my primary use of the camera, food blogging) at 1600 ISO are magnificent.
Two card slots- Nice feature. I set it up so I shoot JPEG on one card and RAW on the second.
Depth of Field Preview- I missed this feature on cheap cameras.
Focus- Many people claim this camera has a ‘back focus’ issue. I can’t say that I have it on mine; I can’t say that I do. What I can say is that I find it to be the fastest focusing camera I’ve ever had. I also find that it focuses on what I want, most of the time. No camera will ever be 100% accurate.
Sharpness- Pictures are sharp and clear. I set the color to vivid for everything but portraits.
Live Screen- Nice, but I like the viewfinder. It doesn’t like to autofocus as well in live mode as the camera uses a different (more archaic) focus system. I haven’t used to video mode as yet, it wasn’t important in buying the camera.
Overall, I’d recommend this camera to the photographer who wants superb photos and ease of control.
February 20, 2013
Succinctly,this camera means business. If you are shopping for a mid range Dslr I would recommend the D7000 in a heart beat with no apologies to any nay sayers. There is something about Nikon and it's 7s the D70 opened a whole new world to so many ushering in affordable digital slrs for the masses, the D700 is a master piece which helped introduce the full frame sensor and no the D7000 which bridges the gap between Professional cameras and consumer models. This camera keeps up with me, produces amazing images and it is intoxicating to use this marvel.
February 19, 2013
I have always shot NIKON and loved every one that I have used. From a point and shoot to a DSLR. I recently bought this as an upgrade from the d3100. I was so excited to get it after speaking to the Nikon rep at a trade show. He assured me that this was the best upgrade for me. (i was contemplating the d600 and wish i would have gone with that originally). The first D7000 that i had i had to return to Best Buy because it would not focus and it would not fire the built in flash. I exchanged it for another one. I have been playing with it for 2 weeks now and just did a focus test on it. Not only did it back focus on every single shot with two different lenses, it also side focused. I am very disappointed because this was supposed to be an awesome camera! And it is anything but. I will be returning it to Best Buy again today. :( for the second time. But this time I am NOT getting another one. I will moving up to the D600.
I have googled it and spoke to Nikon several times about the issue and they could not fix it. From what i have read it is a horrible problem with the camera. I wouldnt waste your money.
February 16, 2013
Essa câmera Digital sDLSR é tudo de bom, é perfeita para qualquer momento, mais com um porem, é um pouco pesada, fora isso é demais. Recomendo para qualquer pessoa que procura qualidade, durabilidade e segurança.
February 13, 2013
Love the quality of the camera!
This was a big jump for me- I went from a point and shoot to a DX- and I am amazed at the photos it produces. I shoot completely manual- and love every minute with my camera. It amazes me and it was the perfect fit for me. Perfect for those who really want a big step into photography and want something really good, but not too crazy expensive! My favorite features are live view, because when I have my camera at an odd angle, I can tell if its focused or not; and the two card slots. Love this camera and would recommend it in a heartbeat.
February 13, 2013
Only one flaw
I am completely happy with everything about this camera with one exception. The buffer is too slow for wildlife, especially birds. I know this is a trade-off for the impressive file sizes but every now and then I miss the critical shot. I'm learning to be more discerning and wait which the D7000 allows with it's fast focusing and shutter response. All in all I'd buy it again. One of the deciding features for me is the ability to program in my old Nikkor's and use them with full metering. My 30 year old 105/f2.5 coupled with this camera makes for some incredibly sharp photos.
February 12, 2013
I like the camera, but I seem to have problems and have had to exchange it.
I love the 2 SD slot and I love the 6 frame per sec. I bought the first one and used it a lot. After the first few months, it would say It didn't have a SD card in it after I had taken 400 pictures. It would not shut off either. I had to remove the battery and then it would "fix' it for a while. I exchanged it for another. It started to do the same thing while I was shooting pictures for a gala event. I also realized that even though it was saying it was taking the pictures, It was not showing up on my SD card. It also began leaving weird shadows on the subjects of my pictures, only when I turned the camera in one direction. I have since exchanged it and am going to try it a third time. I am getting ready to go on vacation so I will be using it a lot there and we will see if it does the same thing.
February 5, 2013
Good camera but has it's faults
I really like the D7000 and it was a nice step up from my D3100. The low light capibilities are good for a DX camera. My biggest complaint is the back focus issue. I miss focus very often with this camera and after may tests and talking to others I've found it's the camera. I adjusted the AF fine tune and that did help. Overall this is a great camera and for the price it rocks! But the backfocus issue has now pushed me into a D600.
January 28, 2013
D7000 w/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
This camera far surpasses my expectations for what I expected. Before purchasing it in November of 2011, I researched the different DSLR cameras available. This camera had the best ratings for any of the mid-range DSLRs on the market at the time I purchased it. I can now say it has not disappointed me at all.
The few times I have encountered a problem with a picture not turning out the way it should, it has always fells back down to something I did. The camera has never missed all the times I've used it. It is fast to power up, fast to take the picture, and packed full of features which will enable it to be used professionally or just by a novice.
When I purchased the camera, I didn't realize that it has the flash commander built in. This was a wonderful surprise to find it is capable of controlling several external Nikon flash units without any additional equipment or cables.
I highly recommend this camera to anyone who is looking for a DSLR.
January 14, 2013
My FIRST NIKON and Im in LOVE!
Ive only just begun my photography business venture and this was the perfect starter camera, I tossed and turned night after night for weeks trying to decide what to purchase for a new camera and the D7000 won! Even in comparison I think that it beats out the D300s for MP and Im just so happy with it I think its the best camera for price when you line them all up! however I did purchase it before the price went down :( so even better for everyone else now :P
January 13, 2013
Sou do tempo das câmeras com filme. Tenho ainda uma Contax com lente Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4. Velhos e bons tempos. Fotografia foi meu hobby por muito tempo, mas depois vieram filhos e outras prioridades tomaram conta do espaço. Agora, com tudo no lugar, novamente retomo meu hobby, mas agora com os novos tempos da era digital. Resolvi comprar um equipamento novo, e para tanto fiz uma pesquisa detalhada, por mais de 2 meses, sobre o que comprar. Decidi pela D7000 por várias razões, e adquiri o equipamento na B&H em New York há 2 semanas. Por sorte acabei conseguindo uma oferta magnífica, pelos feriados de final de ano, comum por lá, e comprei a D7000 com a lente 18-200mm e de brinde vieram: uma lente Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, a maleta da Nikon para transporte, o Vello Battery Grip e um cartão de memória de 16Gb. Além disto comprei separadamente uma lente 35mm f/1.8 e um flash SB-400. Como havia decidido por esta camera 1 mes antes de minha viagem, no mes seguinte fiquei apenas pesquisando preços e não há nada equivalente a uma B&H ou Adorama de NY. Os preços são im-ba-tí-veis! Sem falar que a loja é absurdamente grande, onde você encontrará tudo o que procura. Como eu já estava com a viagem programada, foi apenas chegar lá com os códigos definidos e efetuar a compra.
Eu estou ainda na leitura do manual, já que a quantidade de recursos da máquina é muito grande, mas já tirei umas 200 fotos. Não poderia estar mais satisfeito! A camera é fantástica! Se você não domina ainda os recursos todos que a máquina oferece, vá no modo Automático e ela fará tudo por você. Qualidade excepcional. Esqueça os flash SB-700 ou SB-900. Vá com o SB-400 que é mais do que suficiente para 99% do seu uso, a não ser que você seja fotografo profissional.
Apenas não entendo porque a Nikon Brasil não dá garantia para os equipamentos originais Nikon comprados nos USA. Será que há uma resposta razoável para isto?
January 9, 2013
big step up from D80
I am a part time wedding photographer, doing about 20 weddings a year. This is my 3rd Nikon digital camea. This is an upgrading from a D80 I have been using for about 5 years One of the first things I noticed with this camera is how fast it is. Also most churches frown on using a flash during a ceramony. the 6400 speed alows me to get good pictures durring the ceramony. The D70 Said it could go to 1600 but above 1000 the picture was lousy the D80 was still quite good at 1600 and he D7000 looks almost as good at 6400 as it does at 400. Being able o use faster film speeds helps me keep from over heating my SB 900 flash. PS I would buy a Nikon flash or 2 with the camera if you don't already have at least one.
One of my favorite things about Nikon is the creative lighting system. This is my 3rd Nikon with this system, it is great for filling shadows on sunny days or giving a 2nd light source for a dramatic shot.
I was planing on upgrading to a D600 or D800 in a year or two but this camera is so good I may wait a little longer.
The only down side is the manual is bigger than the camera, I spent a week reading the manual. Once you know how to use it it is easy to get to any feature you need quickly.
January 6, 2013
I've used this camera since late 2010, just after it was announced. I've shot 125,000 pictures on it and it keeps moving along. In the past 2 years I've shot political events, concerts, plays, bike races, car races, talent shows, local events, pictures for magazine articles and covers, portraits, long exposures, astrography and plenty of other subjects. After nearly daily use for 2 years, the rubber grip has started to loosen and a piece near the battery cover has fallen off, but considering the exposure to dust/water/heat it's seen I'm amazed it still works. I'm not going to post most of those examples because I don't have consent from the people in them, but my take away from all these events is that once you're comfortable with the camera it's easy to repeatedly nail shots. Here are my observations:
-I've had usable images to ISO 6400, and I use 3200 on a regular basis
-Weather sealing seems good enough for the rain I've been caught in
-AFS and AFC is fast, covers the whole frame, and works marvelously in low light.
-It has a screw moto to focus (loudly) with older AF lenses
-Live View is useful to zoom in and verify still life focus
-Auto White balance is dependable
-Skin tones are natural, colors are usually true to life except in extremely poor lighting
-I've never found myself wishing for a faster burst rate
-Dual SD slots are great for capacity and backup
-Battery life is astonishing, I've gotten 1600 shots out of one charge on several occasions
-the controls are well placed and the camera is comfortable to hold and use
-the max shutter speed of 1/8000s is great for outdoor portraits with large aperture lenses
-the buffer is tiny, for RAWs continuous shooting slows after 10 images even with my 95mb/s card
-the mode dial is loose, you have to check to make sure you're in the mode you intended
-the viewfinder cup habitually falls off
-after all this time the delete button just completely fell out. It's now being held in with tape.
-I've had -.3 exposure compensation dialed in since day one, sometimes more. The metering doesn't always cooperate.
-the finish on the whole camera is coming off.
January 5, 2013
Great camera, profesional quality!
i recently upgraded my D3100 to the D7000. The camera is the best out there for the price point. the ISO capabilities are great in low light situations. The multitude of focus points allows you to create amazing shots. Very happy with this camera body so far!
January 2, 2013
My husband gave me this for christmas. It is the 2nd one we own. so far extremely happy with this camera. I have used his sparingly and knew that this was the one I'd want also.
I plan on taking a photpraphy class next year, and will be learning the full capacity of this camera.
December 20, 2012
D7000 - great camera
Bought the D7000 from BestBuy. I recommend the D7000 above the D5100 for beginners due to the SCENE modes.
The 5100 offers one feature for people who like to take pictures of themselves and their family - the flip-out rotating screen. Other than that the D7000 is far superior to the D5100. Though the 5200 is coming out soon.
The SCENE modes of the D7000 are fantastic for the hobbiest. And the flexibility of the PASM modes is fantastic. ISO changes is a quick one button press and dial away as are shutter and apeture. Of course, you could get totally lost in the menus too to adjust these setting but learn how to do it the quick way.
Ergonomically the camera is excellent too. Not too small nor large and a good weight for standard shots. The camera is awkward for holding sideways (like most without grips), but the optional though expensive camera grip/battery pack resolves that. Sideway Flashes are also problematic as the lens is normally in the way of the popup flash for filling in the area opposite the flash &.lens, but I've found this on all cameras held sideways without an additional flash to get beyond the lens. The Speedlight 400 model flash works great to resolve this and fairly inexpensive.
The dual SD cards is a great move away from the CF cards as most computers nowadays have a SD slot.
I really enjoy the natural colors of the photos. Use SCENE mode or even adjust the colors yourself for more Vivid or natural skin colors and this camera offers a ton of features I'm just now learning how to use.
Great for use as astrophotography too with the low light capability though have to set the camera to remote with Mirror UP first click, then shutter second click with the ML-L3 wireless remote. The other wired remotes don't work the way I need them too. Would like if Nikon made a fully functioning MC-36 Multi-Function Remote for the D7000. Home portrait takers will find the ML-L3 all that they need though. The MC-DC2 is good for studio work.
In low light the kit 18-105 hunts alot for AutoFocus. But just a quick click and one can do manual focus. The lens have super fast focus in bright light.
For outside photographers, Just make sure you buy a tripod that is rock steady and doesn't allow vibrations in the wind with slower shutter speeds. Using a cheaper tripod I would get some shakes in general portrait/landscape and moon pictures. After going to a Silk professional model tripod my outside pictures took a gigantic leap in picture quality just from stability..
Lens that I use are: Portrait/Landscape I use the kit DX 18-105 AF-S VR. For sports FX 70-300 AF-S VRII. For Moon/ Landscape I used a Nikon 500mm catadioptic (mirrors) lens on full manual and Meade telescopes for astrophotography.
If you have any older lenses that use screw AF, then this is the camera to get. The 5100 does not offer screw AF. Thus my older lens from my N80 and D70 days works too.
December 17, 2012
i'm a high school girl who liked photography so much, D7000 really fit me because it's easy to use and had a great features. also fit in my little hand!
December 16, 2012
I got this camera to use at my school for yearbook. This is an amazing camera, the pixel count lets you manipulate the pictures in post capture easily. The colors of the photos are vivid and life like, The camera has a very well built body, made to last for years to come. Also all the components and buttons are very sturdy and nothing feels cheap. The flash is good bu does not do the job when you hold the camera vertically. The display is just amazing and the processor is really fat so there is no lag in doing anything like when viewing pictures or taking pictures. The auto focus is amazing and really fast but I have one problem, it does get really slow in low light situations which really annoys me. Shooting with high ISO settings is generally very good and the results you get are much better than the slight color details lost. The camera has a lot of customization options so it's really good for people who are looking for a professional type camera, which is easy to use but not ridiculously expensive. The battery life is amazing also. I just took my 11000th picture with my camera and I have enjoyed every single moment with it. I still haven't tried video so can't really say anything about that.
December 8, 2012
I love it
I get the best of both worlds... well almost.. I use my nikon for photography as well as videography.. I love the product in comparison with the 7D which was my biggest fight as I'd already owned the D80 & D90. My biggest cry is the fact that I don't have 60fps in video... If you have no need for 60fps... this is the biggest bang for the buck!!!
December 4, 2012
Good camera with several major flaws. When is the D400(?) coming out?????????
I bought this camera because I'm still waiting for Nikon to replace the D300, which is taking forever. I'm starting to consider switching to Canon because of that delay.
It's a good camera overall, much better than the D90. ISO performance is quite good, and color integrity seems to be quite good as well. I also like that it works with the ML-L3 remote. I don't understand why the ML-L3 remote does not work with EVERY NIkon camera. Doesn't make any sense at all. It's a very useful item.
Major flaws include: No lock on the mode dial. It frequently gets bumped out of place when shooting veritcally, which is super-annoying. Can't believe it made it through product testing that way. They have finally corrected that problem with the D600.
Cache is too small and slow when shooting at highest quality. Miss shots while waiting for the cache to catch up.
And, the metal strap holder knubs jam into my hand when shooting vertically, which gets very uncomfortable after several hours. I finally forced myself to place my hand differently when holding it.
Canon offers cheaper models with higher resolution and more features, like locking mode dials and flip-up display screens. I would also like to see Nikon add a settings display to the back screen, showing ISO, White Balance, exp. comp, etc. Canon offers this already.
Only picked YES for recommending because they don't offer "Maybe"
November 29, 2012
Great Features......worth my hard earned money..thanks nikon tech...
this is my 3rd nikon unit 1st was when nikon launch D70 i bought 2 units...then when they launch D200....and now this D7000...if not for the malfunction ive encountered from my D200 (mybe bcoz of long usage mybe bcoz its around 2 1/2 yrs) i willl not knew how great this unit is.....
November 23, 2012
Its awesome camera suitable for all situation . well done nikon
November 22, 2012
Unquestionable king of APS-C's
This is the best non-full frame DSLR camera out there. Enough said.
November 18, 2012
Just upgraded from my beloved D90 (an amazing camera in its own right). The D7000 has everything I loved about the D90 + more. It's made for MANUAL shooting with very easy to use controls. Very solid feel (although I did add a battery grip for better personal comfort). Fast, accurate focusing. Great resolution. I also like that I can easily meter and manual focus older lenses. Can't wait to put the D7000 to good use. Another great Nikon product.
November 16, 2012
My First Best DSLR
I haven't owned any DSLR before until my favorite Olympus point and shoot (film camera) got broken. First I was looking at all the semi-pro, beginners, mid-range dslr or whatever you call it, and the D7000 was my #1 favorite. I said I'll try to use it in Auto mode first since I didn't know much how to operate a DSLR so I did. The pictures turned out great like a pro, how much more if i use all the wonderful settings with this camera. I'm very satisfied with my first DSLR.
November 11, 2012
Wonderful features. Excellent in low light. Fast to never miss that running toddler
November 9, 2012