Nikon D7000 Brief Review

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  • 16.2 megapixels
  • DX-format CMOS sensor
  • 1080p, 24fps HD video w/ continuous autofocus
  • Pentaprism viewfinder, 100 percent coverage
  • 3-inch LCD monitor (921k dots)
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • EXPEED 2 image processor
  • ISO 100-6400 (25,600 expanded)
  • 3D color matrix exposure sensor
  • 6fps continuous shooting
  • 18-105mm kit lens
  • Captures to SD/SDHC media cards, two slots
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-10-31
  • Final Grade: 80 4.0 Star Rating: Recommended

4.0 Star Rating: Recommended
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Nikon D7000
An older enthusiast DSLR from Nikon
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon D7100.

The D7000 is Nikon's latest enthusiast dSLR, occupying the spot in their dSLR lineup between the D90 and D300s models. It's packed with a 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, a wide ISO range, 6 frames per second burst mode, and an excellent 3D Color Matrix exposure sensor. Image quality is among the best on the APS-C market, a tad better than the Canon 60D and about equal to the Pentax K-5. Other welcome additions include a dual SD card slot and a 100% viewfinder, both features normally found on much more expensive dSLRs. 

 
Canon’s 60D is the D7000’s closest competitor, with the photo/video balance leaning more toward photo for the D7000 and video for the 60D. That's not to say that the D7000 is a slouch for video -- it still shoots 1080p video with continuous autofocus -- but the button-and-dial-heavy interface and 39-point autofocus system seem to be aimed squarely at photography enthusiasts. It's a powerful camera by consumer standards, a little sparse for semi-pros, but looks like a great balance for the photography buffs and enthusiasts. Reviews have been favorable so far, and retailers have been having a tough time keeping this thing in stock – though that may have just as much to do with supply side as the demand side. If you're a Nikon enthusiast, you're probably going to love this thing.

Hillary Grigonis is the Managing Editor at DCHQ. Follow her on Facebook or Google+.

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