Nikon D7000 – the best Nikon DSLR ever!

by Enche Tjin on September 15, 2010

Nikon has done it again. Nikon D7000, successor to best selling Nikon D90 is just announced. The D7000 offers plenty of improvement from two years-old D90 and even surpass the superiority of Nikon D300s in many aspects.

nikon-d7000-bodyLet’s take a look on D7000 specs

  • Magnesium Alloy body
  • 16 MP sensor
  • Auto ISO 100-6400, expandable to 25600
  • Full HD movie at 24 fps
  • Full AF available in movie mode
  • 3″ LCD 910k res
  • 39 AF points, 9 cross type
  • 100% viewfinder coverage with .94x magnification
  • 6 fps continuous shooting speed
  • 780 g (1.7 lb.)
  • 132 x 105 x 77mm
  • Dual SD card slots (backup, overflow, RAW & JPG)
  • Tested 300k shutter actuation

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D90

D7000 has new developed sensor which has higher resolution and greater ISO range (D90 maxed out at 6400), D7000 get full HD video recording, new AF system, bigger viewfinder, faster continuous shooting, more durable body and shutter life.

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D300s

D300s has better handling control due to more dedicated buttons, has reliable 51 AF points, dual CF & SD card slots, and up to 8 fps with battery grip. However, D7000 has higher resolution, ISO range, better metering, and better video recording and auto focus in live view mode or during video recording. D7000 is approx. 120g lighter and approx. 400$ cheaper than D300s.

So what is the verdict?
I think Nikon D7000 is the best Nikon DSLR up to date. It uses latest technology such as newest Nikon sensor with great capability in low light condition. It improved a lot from D90 and better than D300s in some important aspects. D7000 is considered a mid range camera, but In my opinion, it is also great for professional use. With the price tag approx. 1,199 (MSRP, might be lower when it hits the store). D7000 is a great buy!

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Alex September 15, 2010 at 7:54 am

Really its is)

PeterZheng September 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

Nikon d7000 is now with AF fine-tuning

d7000, Japanese:
http://www.nikon-image.com/products/camera/slr/digital/d7000/spec.htm
オートフォーカス
方式 TTL位相差検出方式:フォーカスポイント39点(うち、クロスタイプセンサー9点)、マルチCAM 4800DXオートフォーカスセンサーモジュールで検出、AF微調節可能、AF補助光(約0.5~3m)付
検出範囲 -1~+19 EV(ISO 100、常温20℃)

“AF微調節可能”

d7000, English:
http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/digitalcamera/slr/d7000/spec.htm
Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, finetuning, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft. 8 in. to 9 ft. 10 in.)

“finetuning”

d300s, Japanese:
http://www.nikon-image.com/products/camera/slr/digital/d300s/spec.htm
オートフォーカス
方式 TTL位相差検出方式:フォーカスポイント51点(うち、クロスタイプセンサー15点)、マルチCAM3500DXオートフォーカスセンサーモジュールで検出、AF微調節可能、AF補助光(約0.5~3 m)付
検出範囲 -1~+19 EV(ISO 100換算、常温20℃)

“AF微調節可能”

However, website dpreview.com page is lacking that, — fine-tuning,
http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikond7000/page2.asp

Enche Tjin September 15, 2010 at 8:59 am

Awesome, great job Nikon. 2 years ago, D90 is overshadowed by Canon 5D mark II. This year, D7000 might steal the show.

Narada Thomas September 15, 2010 at 10:46 am

Ahem, I feel so jealous! But hey the sensor is made by Sony, but like always nikon must have tweaked!

PeterZheng September 15, 2010 at 11:11 am

I think that the d7000 will be frantic to impact the camera lover market.

maybe Nikon would not provide a d400? at least d400 will be delayed.

Enche Tjin September 15, 2010 at 11:57 am

D400 is due next year for sure.

PeterZheng September 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

If Pentax K5 is still a higher pricing, Hoya should get hell.
d7000 body is 1200 USD, and then the K5 will be a value far less than 1000 USD.

Enche Tjin September 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm

$1200 for K5 is fair enough. K5 has some advantages too, such as more durable body and faster continuous shooting.

PeterZheng September 16, 2010 at 9:12 am

Hi Enche,

two cameras compared.

–Metering:
d7000, sensor — TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor, 3D color matrix metering II
Spot — Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area.

(Spot metering can synchronize with a focusing point, and that a spot metering is movable position. When your d7000 is locked to a tripod’s top, that would be more helpful.)

K5, metering sensor — like K7, Spot — only a spot fixed.

–Autofocus:
d7000, Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX sensor module, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors), a larger coverage area! (And, Nikon has the more reliable AF system)

K5, rumored a 18-point way, another rumored – that is still an 11-point like old AF. However, in any case also impossible to compete with d7000 39 points.

–Flash
d7000, up to 1/250 sec (up to 1/320 sec in Auto FP)

K5, 1/180 sec. (will have 1/250 available with new flashes to be released First half 2011)

–Viewfinder:
d7000 — Frame coverage 100%
K5 — Frame coverage 96%

–Continuous shooting
D7000 — Max speed 6fps
K5 — Max speed: 8fps

I have to say, that the continuous shooting with the 5fps were already sufficient, d7000 and K5 both are mainly facing the high-class camera lovers, and not the semi-pro grade DSLR, they did not need a machine-gun.

However, the mirror/shutter’s oscillation must be lesser. Also, we are wanting the shutter’s lag is smaller, AF is faster.

In K7, pre-focused’s shutter lag time is only 67ms, not bad. But its oscillated amplitude is a unknown data. We would prefer K5 still be 5fps, and not a 8fps, K5 is having a smaller pixel size than K7, then a same oscillation amplitude would be a worse result. The worse luck — if the oscillation amplitude moves up.

if K5 is finally 8fps, then its menu must provide an optional item, 5fps or 8fps.

a higher speed of fps and limiting of the oscillated amplitude, would be a higher cost. That is usually in a professional/semi-pro grade DSLR aspect, and not a K5, K7 or d7000.

Pentax Z1p is only a 4fps speed, but Z1p is a good camera, nobody doubts it. Historically, Eos5 is a faster 5fps, but its mirror/shutter’s oscillation was very bad.

kwanonku September 17, 2010 at 12:49 am

Nice analysis , Peter !
Pentax & Nikon lead the competition with a very high specification on each model comparison.
Lets the commercial unit comes for the trial on both camera (D7000 & K-5)..
Hopefully D7000 will improve quite significant as well in term of image quality compare to previous model even D300s level…

mino September 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Here it talks a little about the high ISO of the D7000.
Sounds pretty exciting to me if you ask me.

http://www.truphotos.com/2010/09/15/sample-images-of-the-new-nikon-d7000/
http://www.truphotos.com/2010/09/16/high-iso-sample-of-the-nikon-d7000/

Ramy November 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm

did any body compare the D7000’s higher iso photos vs. the ones from D300s’?

thank you guys

Enche Tjin November 19, 2010 at 12:16 am

@Ramy: try this site to compare: http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM

kaye November 28, 2010 at 11:47 pm

i have a question and i hope u guys can help me out, can the 35mm f/1.8 prime lens match with nikon D7000? thanks

aoma December 4, 2010 at 11:47 am

It’s good to see that Nikon is responding to the bright pixels issue! :D

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