Just got back from India and booked this new camera immediately. I have always been an fan of these mid range DX SLR . Affordable and produces good quality image although lack of functions compared to higher end slrs. Upon opening the box, this unit looks more like a camera between D90 and D300s rather than a real D90 replacement. It’s more d300s alike. The body is so called magnesium alloy built feels stronger than D90, but it still has the hallow feel compared to DSLR bodies generations before D80.
Nikon came out with a new type of EN-EL15battery for D7000. This means I have to fork out extra as my other bunch of Nikon batteries are not usable for this camera.
I took several shots from this camera and realize there are no support for D7000 raw files if you are using Adobe Photoshop CS4 . I Googled it up , this seems like a generic issue with no resolution. I’m not sure who’s fault is this , I know there are alternative softwares that reads d7000 raw but I would love to open up a NEF without having to upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS5. Its such a pain downloading the Adobe RAW and realize that you have upgrade your whole suite instead.
At 16MP this body beats even the Nikon’s high end range SlRs. I have waited nearly 1 year for Nikon to buck up it’s megapixel size. Nikon has successfully made a turtle step while Canon the rabbit is far ahead. Hurrah!
This body design gives a really good grip comfortably on my hand. Camera shutter response is fast which according to Nikon’s claim of 0.052. I felt dramatic AF improvement in terms of speed and accuracy compared with D90 and it’s probably better than D300s. The 3D AF tracking function is really cool. Although I’m not really an action shooter , I would love to try out how how really usable is this feature soon
The shots from this camera seems to have better image quality from rough eyes. Definitely improved iso , at iso 500 to 640 some shots may still be acceptable to microstock. However I dislike the over vibrancy and over contrast of the photos by default setting which may not be good for portrait photography. I will have to verify this when I get to shoot more human.
This photo was taken with Nikon D7000 ( 0.80s , f 6.3, iso 200) without any photoshop adjustments or editing. D7000 was mounted on a tripod
At 100% crop , noise is of course visible , but nothing is perfect
This thing is a gem when it comes to focusing. Very good improvement of focusing. This is very obvious when mounted on Nikkor 70-200 f2.8. Fast ,accurate and sensitive even in low light condition
There has been indeed a very good improvement on video functionality with d7000. Mounted on Nikkor 17-55 f.28 the video auto focus is extremely fast compared with D90. Nikon improved the new video’s ON/OFF button on the same level as live view , this is very convenient compared with D90 where you have to switch 2 buttons at different locations to record a video.
Things I like about this camera
- 16MP I’m a sucker when it comes to megapixel
- A lot of higher end functions on this camera at an affordable price !
- Improved video focusing speed and live view focusing speed
- Cool AF functions ( 3D 39 AF)
- Improved noise control
- Improve AF speed tremendously
Thing I dislike about this camera
- Not so easy to find AF-area mode
- Image looks over vibrant and over contrastic
- Disappointed as 1080p does not support 30 fps yet
Different battery!Ok the battery definitely last much longer
- There has been complaints about D7000 compatibility with Sigma Lens
At less at RM 4000 with so much cool features and functions, this body has set a new standard in DX midrange body. It will be a serious challenge to Canon. Way to go Nikon !