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Nikon D7000 review

Dennis Hissink
IFA Report
Wednesday 15th, September 2010
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

Reviews IFA 2010 : Nikon is extending its D-series with a new SLR camera, the Nikon D7000. This is part of a nice series of SLR cameras, the D3100, D5000 and now also the Nikon D7000. A Nikon D9000 might just be the next model… The new Nikon D7000 is a whole new DSLR camera generation and falls between the Nikon D5000 and the D90, at least in terms of pricing. The D90 is still part of the picture, at least until it gets a successor (the Nikon D9000?). This Nikon DSLR is a camera aimed at the serious amateur photographer and offers a full package of camera-settings for creative photography as well as videography, as the Nikon D7000 supports Full HD 1080p video.

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 review
The fast growth of the DSLR market led to what seemed to be a wild growth of ‘stripped’ DSLR cameras that served as beginner-level DSLR cameras, or ‘extended’ with a few upgrades in order to be attractive. There was, however, no true innovation of the DSLR camera. The opposite happened with the system cameras, such as Micro Four Thirds, Sony Alpha NEX and the Samsung NX- series. Is the Nikon D7000 truly an innovation or is it an evolution? Our first impression is that the Nikon D7000 is evolution: a DSLR camera with many new and improved features. The Nikon D7000 is equipped with a whole newly developed DX-format CMOS sensor with 16.2 effective Megapixels. This new image sensor is much more sensitive and delivers a base ISO-range of 100-6400 ISO with the possibility of ‘boosting’ the sensitivity up to 25600 ISO.

Nikon D7000 - SDXC memory
Photos and video clips are saved onto an SD-format memory card. The Nikon D7000 supports SD, SDHC and also the most recent generation of cards, SDXC. SDXC allows for a storage capacity of a minimum of 48GB, but that will be doubled repeatedly in the coming years up to an impressive 2TB in storage. The presence of a double card slot in the Nikon D7000 is also very handy, so that two memory cards can be used at the same time. It is thus possible to save photos on one card and Full HD video clips on the other card, or JPEG on one card and NEF (RAW) images on the other. You can also set up your camera so that one slot functions as a back-up.

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Nikon D7000

Review Nikon D7000
With the Nikon D7000 and the recently introduced D3100, Nikon is setting a new trend within the Nikon camera family, which is a clear increase in the amount of effective pixels. Right now, a situation has emerged in which the amateur series of Nikon DSLR cameras have a resolution of 10 - 16 Megapixels and the semi-professional and professional DSLR cameras almost all have 12, and the D3x have 24 Megapixels. The expectation is that a shift will also take place in the Pro cameras. If that will be before the end of the year is still up in the air. The 16 Megapixels resolution is processed by the new and fast EXPEED 2 processor. This powerful processor forms the core of the camera and processes complex calculations. Such a source of power is not for nothing, as it not only delivers high-resolution photos, but the Nikon D7000 also supports Full HD video (1080p). There is yet more specialization, from the videographer and camera crew sector, and we see all kinds of creative productions appear from that sector. Although at first there was a lot of criticism for video and DSLR, this criticism is now being phased out to make room for often impressive HD video clips.

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 SLR camera
The new Nikon D7000 is expected to challenge the amateur to shoot video in Full HD. Continual focusing, although this is not as speedy as it is during photography, makes shooting video a lot simpler. The video clips are recorded in MPEG4 H.264 compression and can be enhanced by connecting an external stereo. If you want to do more serious filming with the Nikon D7000, you will have to consider using an external microphone. The serious filmmaker will edit video with special video editing software. Yet, there is an even faster and perhaps for the amateur, simpler way of doing this. The Nikon D7000 has special video editing software built into the camera. You can quickly edit video material on location, according to your own wishes. For more serious work it may not be adequate, but for a large target group, this is an effective solution.

Nikon D7000 optical viewfinder
The new Nikon D7000 may not be called a semi-professional DSLR camera, but the camera has surprising and impressive specifications. The camera is equipped with a nice optical viewfinder with almost 100% image coverage and 0.94 magnification. That is quite a luxury and very pleasant during photography. The camera’s finishing is typically ‘Nikon’. It is substantial, solid, and very well finished, complete with protection against sand, dust and moisture. The Nikon D7000 DSLR is able to take on hard work. The shutter is even designed to 150,000 cycles!

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 - LCD Display
The Nikon D7000’s display is a high-resolution, 3-inch format display with a 170˚ viewing angle and 100% frame coverage. Additionally, the screen supports Live View and the camera uses contrast detection AF in this mode. The Nikon D7000 offers a standard contrast-AF, among others, and also contrast-AF with face detection. This last AF-mode has been improved and is now able to detect up to 35 faces within 0.08 seconds. That is faster than the human eye, and that is why we can call it an effective aid. The Nikon D7000’s AF has been completely renewed. The AF-system is made up of 39 focus points, including 9 cross-type sensors in the center. The result is an accurate and fast focusing, and this is combined with the possibility of shooting in High Speed Continue mode with 6 frames per second. Such a Hi-Speed setting is exactly enough to capture fast moments in time.

Nikon D7000 review rating
The Nikon D7000 is a very interesting SLR camera for the demanding amateur photographer. It is a camera that has many camera-settings to offer and next to high resolution photos, it also supports Full HD video. It is a camera that you would want to upgrade to if you own a beginner-level DSLR camera or even if you are an enthusiastic compact camera photographer and want to follow your photographic ambition. The Nikon D7000 is placed strategically in the Nikon DSLR assortment and fulfils the expectation of what a new Nikon DSLR camera should have to offer.

Nikon D7000

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