Nikon D7000 – Not as Old as Some Think
Most of you are thinking that I am writing a Nikon D7000 Review from an inside of a time machine in 2010, when D7000 was introduced and this information was actually useful. I respectfully disagree with that portion of my audience. D7000 is not to be dismissed, especially with the success and a higher price tag D7100 this year. This is great news, the D7000 can now be purchased for a price of much lesser bodies. This post will address the strengths of the D7000 and where to purchase one for half the price of a D7100 or less.
Why the D7000
I purchased a brand new D7000 in September of last year from a local camera store in a kit with the 18-200 VRII Nikorr Lens. I paid over $1,500 for the kit, plus taxes and a B&H filter for the zoom lens. I purchased this kit to take on a trip to Japan, because I wanted a compact body with a decent sensor and resolution, the lens was a natural pick because of the versatility of the distance and the added VR functionality. I shot over 30,000 pictures while on my trip to Japan and could not have been happier wit the results. Please keep in mind that I am not printing these shots to be posted on a side of a building, but I do try to keep my quality above a family album if I can.
Please allow me to introduce you to the features and specs that are dear to my heart in the D7000.
|16.2MP CMOS sensor||This is a lot of Pixels, some pros never shoot above 10MP|
|1080p HD video recording with mic jack for external microphone||I am a photographer and never use the video feature|
|ISO 100-6400 (plus H1 and H2 equivalent to ISO 12,800/25,600)||The D7000 performs wonderfully in low light all the way up to 1600|
|39-point AF system with 3D tracking||This is the first body I have every used that has a useful AF system|
|New 2016 pixel metering sensor||This a plus, but most people won’t know what this means|
|Scene Recognition System (see 2016 pixel sensor, above) aids WB/metering + focus accuracy||If you do not want to deal with RAW files AUTO WB is great on the D7000|
|Twin SD card slots||Super helpful pro feature that will save you a ton of time|
|3.0 inch 921k dot LCD screen||This sneaky monkey will trick you in the filed into thinking you are the best photographer the world has ever seen|
|New Live View/movie shooting switch||Very helpful when your eyepiece is out of reach!|
|Up to 6fps continuous shooting||Don’t set your quality to high and you can capture every second of your life.|
|Lockable drive mode dial||Lock your AF in difficult situations|
|Built-in intervalometer||I don’t even use an external device anymore, these things are so good in modern SLRs|
|Electronic virtual horizon||Helpful feature, but I still trust the bubble.|
|Shutter tested to 150K actuations||This is a great feature on a solid body that will serve you for years to come.|
Compared to the D90 and D300S: core feature and specification differences
|Construction||Magnesium alloy body||Polycarbonate||Magnesium alloy body|
|Sensor||• 23.6 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor• RGB color filter array• Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)• 16.2 million effective pixels• RGB Color Filter Array• 14-bit A/D converter||• 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor• RGB color filter array• Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)• 12.3 million effective pixels• RGB Color Filter Array• 12-bit A/D converter||• 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor• RGB color filter array• Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)• 12.3 million effective pixels• RGB Color Filter Array• 14-bit A/D converter|
|ISO range||• Auto ISO (100-Hi2)• ISO 100-6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments• H1 and H2 (ISO 12800 and 25600) expansion• Adjustable Auto ISO limit||• Auto ISO (400-H1)• ISO 200 -3200 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments• L1 (ISO 100) and H1 (ISO 6400) expansion• Adjustable Auto ISO limit||• Auto ISO (400-H1)• ISO 200 -3200 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments• L1 (ISO 100) and H1 (ISO 6400) expansion• Adjustable Auto ISO limit|
|Movie resolution*||• 1920 x 1080p (24fps)• 1280 x 720p (30, 25, 24fps)• 640 x 424p (30, 25fps)||• 1280 x 720p (24 fps)• 640 x 424p (24 fps)• 320 x 216p (24 fps)||• 1280 x 720p (24 fps)• 640 x 424p (24 fps)• 320 x 216p (24 fps)|
|AF sensor||• 39 AF points• 9 cross-type sensors||• 11 AF points• 1 cross-type sensor||• 51 focus points• 15 cross-type sensors|
|Metering sensor||• TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor• Metering range: EV 0 – 20 EV||• TTL exposure metering using 403-pixel RGB sensor• Metering range: EV 0 – 20 EV||• TTL exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor• Metering range: EV 0 – 20 EV|
|Viewfinder||• Eye-level pentaprism• 100% frame coverage• Magnification: 0.94x• Eyepoint: 19.5 mm• Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with AF area brackets• Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1.0m-1)||• Eye-level pentaprism • 96% (horizontal and vertical) frame coverage • Magnification: 0.94x• Eyepoint: 19.5 mm• B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen II with AF area brackets• Built-in diopter adjustment (-2 to +1m-1)||• Eye-level pentaprism• 100% frame coverage• Magnification: 0.94x• Eyepoint: 19.5 mm• B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen II with AF area brackets• Built-in diopter adjustment (-2 to +1m-1)|
|Continuous shooting rate||• Approx 6 fps max||• Approx 4.5 fps max||• Up to approx 8fps with AC adapter or MB-D10 pack and batteries other than EN-EL3e|
|Memory format||• SD/SDHC/SDXC (dual slots)||• SD/SDHC||• Compact Flash (type I and UDMA) (dual SD/CF slots)|
|Dimensions||Approx 132 x 105 x 77mm(5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0in)||Approx 132 x 103 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)||Approx 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in)|
|Weight (inc battery)||780 g (1.7 lb.)||704 g (1.5 lb.)||918 g (2.2 lb.)|
*In movie mode, 30fps is actually 29.97fps, 24 is actually 23.976fps.
Get the Deal!
You can pay the full price of around $1,000 for a brand new D7000 body, but don’t! If you are compulsive as some people I know, this portion of the post is not for you. It took me a long time to be OK with used equipment. Now that I am, I have been enjoying great deals I find for years and saving lots of cash in the process. I found myself in a place where I need another camera body and I decided to purchase another D7000. I could have gone for the D5200 or the D7100, money was not by biggest motivator, but when I paid $586 tax and shipping included for a slightly used D7000, I was finally a happy camper. I purchased my body in used condition from BorrowLenses.com This was an unbelievable deal for such an awesome camera. You too can see if they have one available and if not you can always purchase a refurbished unit from B&H for $719 or pay $775 and get a refurbished unit from the Nikon Outlet Store. Either way you choose to go you will be paying half the price of a new D7100 body and those are the Megapixels that matter! With the money you save, purchase some decent glass and enjoy your photography.