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Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 Digital SLR

The Nikon D7000 has been the most popular digital SLR on pretty much since it became available. A couple of steps up from Nikon’s entry-level D3100 (Nikon D3100 Pro Review), the D7000 has a 16-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and 1080p HD video, 6 frames-per-second burst, an excellent 39-point auto focus system and even has continuous auto focus in movie mode – something most other digital SLRs don’t have. The image quality is excellent overall and useable as high as ISO 3200. The D7000 is a great digital SLR for beginning sports photographers and videographers on a budget as well as anyone who wants a lot of performance for their money. It’s so good it could be the last digital SLR you ever buy.

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  • MSRP: $1199 (body only)
  • 16-megapixel DX-format (APS-C) CMOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video with continuous auto focus
  • 39-point auto focus system
  • 3-inch 921k-dot LCD display
  • 6 frames-per-second high-speed burst
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • Weather-sealed magnesium body
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  • thien says:

    The Canon S100 is officially on my christmas list!

  • Photo-John says:

    Happy to help siphon some money out of your wallet and stimulate the economy, Thien! :-)

  • OllieK says:

    How on earth could you guys not include the Canon SX230HS with a 14x zoom, image stabilization, HD video with mini HDMI out, and many more great features all for under $200 street price. Your overall selection is pretty lame considering the truly fabulous cameras out there. A few of your selections are just plain pathetic. Who is paying you off??

  • Photo-John says:

    I can’t help laughing a bit at your comment, Ollie. Diplomacy is not one of your skills, I guess. Still, thanks for the comment and thanks for mentioning the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS, which I actually own. And I agree with you – it is an awesome camera. That’s why I bought it. Pocket superzooms like the SX230 HS are actually my favorite kind of compact camera. I have been pushing them hard outside of this guide (my pocket superzoom camera guide) and I was disappointed I didn’t get to include one in this list. I did try to explain how I made my choices in the introduction. I only chose ten cameras and I based them on what was popular on the site and what is selling well on Amazon. No matter how I make a top cameras list I’m going to leave something out and someone is going to think its lame. That’s why I encouraged our readers – and you – to post their picks in the comments. That way you get to voice your opinion, tell me I’m lame and tell people what camera you think is best. So thanks for your contribution. And no – no one is paying us off :-)

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