I wanted to love this camera.
I returned 2 separate bodies. Both with focusing issues. I have a D300s and I wanted a secondary body. I did a bunch of tests focusing on test objects. Not once did either D7000 look sharper than my D300s. All settings were the same on both camera. Same test subject, same ISO, Aperture, Lens, Shutter speed, White Balance, etc etc. Every setting was identical and not once did the D7000 photo look better than the D300s. The focusing was a nightmare, sometimes not even focusing on what I picked ( AF-S with one center focusing point ). Very disappointing because I own 4 other Nikon Digital and Film SLR's and I have never had an issue like this.
July 25, 2012
I recommend D7000 to all semi professional photographers. It doesn't gave me a headache unlike any other brand. The D7000 also boasts it's features that are milimeters away from your finger. Though my first slr is D90, but D7000 is the BEST semi-professional I've ever got! From start up time up to reviewing images, this camera is the most extravagant for me.
July 25, 2012
Love my Camera
I love my new Nikkon d7000 camera. I isn't too heavy but has alot of power.
July 24, 2012
Three cheers for Expeed 2
Thanks to Nikon for Expeed 2. Great photographs in high ISO. Also thanks for new "Release Mode Dial" and "AF Mode Button".
July 23, 2012
I wish I had read all the reviews before buy it, tons of problems with focus. It seems every 3 shots I got one acceptable , when you shoot weddings this is a nightmare. I'm pretty familiar with Nikon systems, Selective focus doesn't work either. My old D80 10.2 mp still having sharper images than D7000. When I purchased this body I got also the speedlight SB 900. Another problem. This flash overheats at full power as soon as 20 shots and shut down itself. Two deceptions one visit to dealer.
Just returned the D7000 body to the dealer.
July 22, 2012
I love this camera! It is very easy to use. The features are very simple and straight forward. I used a D60 for 3 years and was very happy with it. Once I saw the D7000, I knew right then and there that I wanted this camera. I was not looking to upgrade because I was and still am very happy with the D60. I kept reading the reviews and seeing the pictures that this camera was producing and could not wait to get my hands on it. The second i was able to afford it, IT WAS MINE! This is the best camera. I highly recommend this camera even if you are a beginner. You will not be sorry!
July 21, 2012
Ist DLSR and easy to use right out of the Box!
I was mostly a point and shoot guy with an aging yet still great Coolpix 990 I've had for 13 years and I also have a S570 pocket camera. Looked at the Canon 60D but with all the features in the D7000 it was a no brainer. I'm only using the Auto feature at this point (Two months owner now) and the pics are stunning! I am learning about how to use the additional specialized features that will keep me learning and using it for years to come. But even with that I have a fast aperture AF-S 50mm 1:1.4 G that I used for photos of friends in low light (evenings and outside) and it is incredible! Bought the Kit with the 18-105 and added the above 50mm lens and bought a 55-300 Refurbished Lens from the Nikon Store. Will grab a macro lens prior to trip to Italy in the fall. So far so good! I highly recommend this camera, even if you are a novice like I am.
July 20, 2012
The camera of my dreams
I've only just received my D7000 and snapped a couple of test shots. My lenses are the Nikkor 18-55mm VR and the 70-300mm VR. The images I shot were with the 70-300mm lens. The photos were sharp and enlarged well without losing quality. The real test will come in September on a trip through the Rockies.
Initial quality when I upacked, everything appeared to be perfect. I sure hope this camera is as reliable as my Nikon FM that I purchased in 1982. It still works perfectly and has given me countless hours of enjoyment and many excellent photos.
July 20, 2012
Nikon D7000 - AWESOME
I love this camera. I have used a nikon d40x for 5 years now and was ready to take my photography to the next level. Im ready to open my own business and after reading reviews, I decided this was the camera for me. I was so right! I highly recommend this camera!
July 19, 2012
The D7000 even that it retains the DX format is a great improvement over my older D200.
The feature of being able to customize the matrix, center weighted metering & spot metering in the B menu is a fantastic improvement.
The movie feature is a nice addition if needed.
The U1 & U2 custom features saves a lot of time when shooting in a rush.
The addition is another plus, it allows you to shoot Raw & JPEG on different cards.
In the event of a card failure i still have a backup available.
This camera is so advanced it will remain state of the art for several years.
A great product for the dollar.
My next purchase will be a D800 FX if i even need the larger full frame feature. Great product, Thanks William
July 17, 2012
1st DSLR and Lovin' it!
I spent 15 years as a pro wedding gunner back in the 70's - I only wish this camera had been available then! Wow! Great shots, great feel, perfect weight, this one has everything I was looking for. I am VERY pleased with the D7000!
July 17, 2012
Returned two D7000. I am a Nikon user for 25years. Was very dissatisfied with this Nikon product the first one had a shutter problem unrepairable and the second just, shut down with errr, at that point i had my dealer refund my money for the second time, as of this writing im still waiting for my credit. I purchased it because it had a rating of 41/2 stars if it was not for all my Nikon lens i would look into Canon. I understand they had bad times and i hope this is not an example of thinks to come.
July 17, 2012
Solid body, excellent images.
Did not have any of the negative experiences that I saw on the many forums. The only complaint that seemed to have any merit was about the mirror slap induced shake at certain shutter speeds. That was easily worked around. Properly set up, the auto focus proved to be much better than I was led to believe. I shot birds and bugs at high speed and had very good luck. I photographed a football game and a basketball game and had almost no misses. The extra resolution, compared to my D 90 & D 80 helps when I have to crop. My favorite set up for wildlife is my D 7000 and the 300 f4 Nikkor with the 1.4 tc. Paired with my 12-24 wide angle, it does a great job with landscape photos as well. I have not tried video.
July 16, 2012
It takes great pictures in a variety of conditions.
I was a long time Canon/Olympus owner and switched to the Nikon D7000 because of the features and thinking I would get more better pictures on the first try under less than ideal conditions. I was not disappointed. I've had the camera and multiple lenses over a year now and still love the camera. I do mostly outdoor nature photography, but have been very impressed with the low light indoor capabilities and close up garden photos. I've even upgraded my daughters to D5100 cameras and have been impressed with those.
July 16, 2012
After doing all the research, I have decide to get the D7000 for one particular reason--nothing's much better. The D7000 outshines every competition there is. I especially love it's amazing performance in low-light situation. And, of course, Nikon D7000 simply looks "beautiful", physically. It's a head turner. Whenever I use this camera, people just stares. It's a bonus for me.
July 16, 2012
Just got the D7000 last week, what a vast improvement over the D200.
Images are much more detailed, viewfinder is much better.
July 15, 2012
all round performer
this is a serious camera that Nikon has produced
amateur friendly yet features pro's will love
i give it a 9.2/10
July 14, 2012
My First DSLR
This is my first DSLR, and I am very glad that I chose to purchase the D7000. When I was looking into DSLR's, I had it narrowed it down to the D7000, D5100, Canon's 60D, and 7D. The D7000 happened to fall near the high end of the price range that I wanted to spend on a good quality camera, so that eliminated the 7D. After watching and reading many reviews of the remaining three cameras, I eliminated the D5100 because of it's lack of weather proofing. So then I was left with either the D7000 or the 60D.
I had asked a friend what advice he could give me in making my decision between the two remaining choices, and all he had to say was, "Go to a store and choose the one that feels better in your hands since you will be holding it A LOT!" I thought to myself, "Thanks for nothing..." But I gave it a shot, and I realized that I liked the heft of the magnesium alloy on the D7000 much more than the lightweight of the 60D, which felt kind of "plasticky". I had already compared the specs between the two cameras and the D7000 seemed to also outperform the 60D in many areas (aside from video recording). So I purchased the D7000.
From the very beginning, I definitely took some time to mess around with all of the settings and understand how ISO, shutter speed, and aperture worked together in creating pictures. And the availability of so many settings offered by the D7000 made this experience much more enjoyable. I have looked at the menu for the D5100, and maybe I would have been satisfied with the settings available on that camera had I not played around with the D7000. The D5100 also lacks the U1 and U2 settings on the D7000, which is another reason why I am glad I bought the D7000. Most of my shots are from my own custom settings that were saved onto U1 or U2. The 6fps burst mode and 1/8000 max shutter speed has definitely came in handy when I have taken pictures of both wildlife and sports. I also really like the fact that I can shoot RAW files at 6fps, even if the buffering capacity is kind of small at that size. The build quality of the D7000 feels very sturdy and I have had no problems with it so far (knock on wood). I have also taken pictures with it in a light rain and can say that I had no issues with water getting into the camera body!
I would definitely recommend the D7000 to anyone who is trying to choose between the D7000 and the other beginner DSLR's. You definitely get what you pay for!
July 14, 2012
Best of the DX Cameras
Since "the proof is in the pudding" as the well-worn but sensible saying goes, it's impossible to avoid the reality that the D7000 provides more satisfying still pictures than any of its stablemates that I've owned before. It is capable of making fewer errors under a greater variety of lighting conditions than I've seen before. It also has Great Features in a small package.
July 13, 2012
Nikon D7000 is great, powerful, flexible, great video as well (two separate cards). Currently I use it with - Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR II -Nikkor AF-S 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II - Nikon Speedlight SB900 - Manfrotto 732CY + 484rc2.
July 12, 2012
A Really Powerful DSLR
It's only been a little over a week, but I find that the D7000 has a great number of features packed into an easy-to-use shell. I have experimented with many of the pre-programmed modes, and find that they function flawlessly. A great value!
July 11, 2012
Great as expected!!
I did a lot of research before purchasing the D7000. 99% of the reviews were positive so i was so psyched to get this. I was not disappointed. This camera, indeed has everything--from "point-and-shoot" features to the professional ones. This camera is truly an all-around companion.
July 11, 2012
Some important features!
I have found that the Mode Dial can turn too easily and requires frequent checking.
I did not learn about the firmware update directly from Nikon and would have appreciated contact when an update became available.
My greatest disappointment was with the Battery Pack MBD-11. It held only one battery in the battery pack and the other in the d7000 body. To me, a definite step backward.
My D80 held BOTH batteries in the battery pack and was much, much easier to work with.
Thanks for the opportunity to share my comments.
July 10, 2012
This camera is a bright spot in my life
When I look at the things that I have to do in my spare time, owning this camera really makes me happy when I think about. It's about the most fun toy that I have ever owned because it provides me with many new, happy, quality, learning experiences. I made the right decision about buying this camera and a nice zoom lens with it. It is so much fun!
July 10, 2012
Amazing APS-C Camera
This is an excellent camera. The images are sharp, the controls are easy to use, and it feels right in my hands.
I was flirting between this and a Canon 60D. I went with the D7000 because of the higher quality build materials, and better low-light capabilities.
The only downside I find, is that the autofocus when taking videos is slow to track your subject if they are moving on the Z-axis. Otherwise, this a great camera, and I doubt you will find a better SLR at a similar price.
July 10, 2012
I have just completed a European trip to 3 countries and 7 cities in 2 weeks. I took almost 9 hundred shots. I don't think that the camera actually snapped more than 2 BAD shots during the entire trip. I am just scratching the surface. Did only automatic photo's. Got a lot to learn. So many options,..,. Looking forward to bigger and better photos.
July 9, 2012
I believe that The D7000 does deserve the 5 star rating. Its image quality is superior for its size of imaging chip and its speed, functions, and ergonomics make it a pleasure to use.
About me: I’m an ex-professional, large format photographer who changed careers 20 years ago, but I still perform some minor professional assignments at work, mostly portraiture, events and some product photography. For me, digital photography took some getting used to as I developed from the D70 to D90 and now the D7000 as I left behind both large and medium format cameras, and Nikon “f” model SLRs. Each digital camera I have used has demonstrated substantial improvement in camera functionality, ease of use and IQ.
I won’t extol the specific functions of the D7000, you can read all about those, and the Nikon engineers have done a marvelous job. But I will make a few comments about my first year experience with the D7000 and Nikon’s factory quality control. Keep in mind I’m a Nikon guy and I’m not about to switch brands, but I believe honesty is the best policy here. “Come on Nikon factory supervisors, get it together!”
I was so excited when I ordered my D7000, and when I started to use it I became disappointed as I had mixed results. “What had happened to me”, I thought. ”Have I just lost my photo skills?” I couldn’t get accurate focus consistently no matter how careful I was. I can’t really manually focus very easily (the focusing screen just isn’t optimized for that) and my eyes aren’t what they used to be either. But really, how was I missing focus with an automatic focusing system so often? It was really embarrassing for me because the pictures just didn’t snap and I was forever trying to save the pictures by sharpening.
Internet forums revealed other D7000 owners were having problems with their auto focus too and were using fine tuning adjustment to correct the problem. I did testing and my lenses seemed to be around -12 camera adjustment more or less, and I just plain felt angry about the situation. The camera was still in warranty, by two days, so I decided to take the camera in for repair.
The repair team did a marvelous job and now I get very accurate focus with the D7000 and all my lenses. The exposure seems better too. Nikon needs to pay attention to this issue. Yet the camera provides truly great pictures and amazing handling. The only question is: is the larger FX sensor cameras really the way to go or does the DX give me everything I want? I’ll just have to think about that.
July 9, 2012
Best bang for your buck
Having owned this camera since introduction and using it weekly I can say without a doubt you will enjoy using this camera. Dynamic range and image quality at iso 100 is simply the best for landscape photos in a crop sensor. It is a perfect camera for travel and those with a family. Pair the camera with the optional battery grip and your set for those long telephoto lenses. I recommend pairing your camera with some good glass to take advantage of that sensor like 105 VR or maybe rokinon 35mm 1.4.
rokinon-35mm 1.4 $500
July 9, 2012
I upgraded from a D90 with high expectations...and it delivered. Feels like a pro camera, and shoots like a pro camera. Excellent colors and shoots great in low light. With 2 card slots, it gives me a whole day of shooting without any worry.
July 8, 2012
A Pleasant Surprise!
I bought this to be a second camera to my D2x, so that I would not have to change lenses as often and risk getting dust onto the sensor of my baby, the D2x. But to my surprise it didn't work out that way at all. I loved using my D7000 so much that it became my prime camera and the D2x became my specialty lens camera.
July 8, 2012