The D7000 is an awesome camera. In spite of my quibbles about image quality, it’s as good as any other crop-sensor digital SLR on the market and I was always happy to have it in my hands. The auto focus and six FPS burst rate are great for action subjects and the low-light image quality is very good. Video performance is also great. It doesn’t have quite the number of video frame rate and resolution options as the Canon digital SLRs. But it makes up for that with the built-in intervalometer and continuous auto focus in video mode. As long as you don’t expect to track high-speed athletic events, the D7000′s movie mode continuous auto focus is a very nice feature. Families with kids should be very pleased with it.
My overall experience with the D7000 was very positive. As a backcountry action sports photographer, I really like the D7000′s balance between packability and performance. Pair the D7000 with the Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm VR II lens and you’ve got a winning all-purpose camera kit for travel, mountain biking or backcountry skiing. It’s also pretty damn good right out of the box with the 18-105mm kit lens – especially when you compare the $1500 kit price to similarly-spec’d cameras. As the kids on the Internet like to say, the D7000 is full of win.
Who Should Buy It
The Nikon D7000 is an excellent choice for:
- Nikon digital SLR owners looking to upgrade from an older or entry-level body.
- Nikon pros looking for a small, light backup body.
- Outdoor action sports photographers who want a packable camera that can handle action photography.
- Beginner sports photographers on a budget
- Nikon owners who want a full HD video-capable DSLR.
- First-time digital SLR buyers willing to spend over $1000 for a full-featured camera they won’t feel the need to replace in a year or two.
- Travel photographers.
The Nikon D7000 is not a good choice for:
- Photographers who want Nikon D3s image quality.
- Videographers looking for professional-quality continuous auto focus in movie mode.
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