The Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera boasts huge improvements over all of its predecessors, including the widely acclaimed Nikon D90 DSLR camera. Of course, comparing the two camera models, Nikon has upped the megapixel count from 12 MP to 16 MP in the Nikon D7000 DSLR. The only question is – does this camera stand its ground against those it competes? Here is a full review of the new Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera.
The Nikon D7000 features a new, incredibly fast shutter speed as well as a maximum ISO of 25600 in addition to 1080p video recording and a brand new 2016 RGB metering system. When you look through the viewfinder, you find 39 brilliant AF points that light up.
Even though the Nikon D7000 is a direct successor of the Nikon D90 as mentioned before, it feels much more solid in the hands. Due to the added rubber and modified modern body, it feels nice and grippy in the hands of the user. A number of the external parts have also been redesigned by Nikon.
Apart from this, the Nikon D7000 also increased its shutter speed to 1/8000 from 1/4000 as found in the Nikon D90.
Although ergonomically, the D7000 is a very close match for the D90, its overall ‘feel’ is considerably more serious. This is largely due to the magnesium alloy body shell and slightly thicker rubber coating on the hand grip and rear of the camera. The dials and switches present on top of the device are also more reminiscent of the earlier, pro versions of camera models developed by Nikon.
For starters, the body is a sophisticated magnesium alloy and if you open the flap on the right, you can see two separate HD card slots that help to increase the storage, photo and video recording capability of the device. When one memory card gets full, the camera switches over to the other card for data storage. You can also use one card as your primary mode of data storage while keeping the other one as a solid backup for your valuable photography endeavors.
The new cap is a nice addition to the Nikon D7000 and is quite sturdy. It helps to protect the camera lens from unwanted dust and scratches and goes a long way to ensure optimum protection for your camera.
The camera also features a Stereo Mic input, so for those of you who are interested in shooting movies, you have the option to record high-quality sound with your Nikon D7000 camera.
The Live-View switch allows for quick and easy turning on and off operations for the camera. On first press of the button, the LCD screen turns on and on the subsequent press, video recording begins. The camera also has full-time continuous auto-focus in its video-recoding mode and this makes focusing images during the entire video-making operation a complete breeze.
The new Viewfinder is a 100% Viewfinder, which is again a nice upgrade from the 94-95% on the D90. The playback button has also been moved up on the D7000. Nikon has further added a lockable shooting mode dial, so if you want to go from single to continuous low, continuous high, quite, timer, remote and mirror lockup, you can easily do that with this dial while avoiding changing your seem modes.
The CL (Continuous Low) can be set up from 1 to 5 frames per second and the CH (Continuous High) can start up from 6 frames per second. The quite mode noticeably silences the sound of the shutter in the camera and is well suited for occasions where very low noise is allowed.
What most movie-makers are normally enthusiastic about when they see a new camera in the market is its video recording capability. In this regard, the video-mode in the Nikon D7000 is exceptional. It shoots video at 25 frames per second at 1080p for up to 20 minutes depending upon the size and speed of your card. This is a big improvement on what we have seen before from Nikon’s cameras.
There are also some other settings like face-detection and subject-tracking as well as continuous auto-focus that makes the entire video shooting experience pretty exciting. Thanks to some added features in the mount, the Nikon D7000 can register up to 9 CPU lenses.
Battery Life And Capacity
The new battery in the Nikon D7000 is called the EN-EL15, which is a great upgrade from the EN-EL3 that we all loved from the D80, D90, D700 and other older models. The EN-EL15 typically gives the user over 1500 shots per charge. The camera comes with an MH Battery Charger. When you want to charge up your battery, you simply slide it inside the charger and connect it to a power socket using the wall-mount pins provided on the charger. You can also exchange its use with an AC adapter that goes with the DC wall charger.
Price And Availability In Australia
The Nikon D7000 is a highly versatile camera and has been praised for a number of its special features including the dual-card slot, the magnesium alloy body, and also the large variety of additions Nikon has made to the video mode.
The Nikon D7000 is a very nifty and sophisticated piece of equipment, and retails at an exciting $955.95 AUD at Top Buy Australia. Given that the camera initially retailed for an astounding $2,299.00 and is now being offered at a tremendous 58% discount, we believe it is a pretty good deal. If you have a passion for photography and are planning on purchasing a new DSLR camera that hosts countless photo-shooting features, then the Nikon D7000 is the perfect way to go.