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Comment: I really wanted to like this camera, but the horrible grip let it down. Holding it in the shop I could tell that I'd have hand cramp and wrist pain in no time carrying it around. My old D5000 on the other hand is very comfortable to hold.
Comment: Love it :-)
Good: Easy to use, Has all the bells and whistles, Great image quality, Good user interface
Bad: No swivel screen, No full time live view
Comment: First, let me say that for the last (almost) two years I have been using the Nikon D700, and occasionally the D300s and D90 as a backup.
When I saw the specs and reviews for the D7000 I knew I had to try it out -- and guess what -- I haven't used my D700 at all since getting my D7000...
It feels great. It's light, but well made, feels secure and not at all "plastic-y" The controls and buttons are all terrific and a huge improvement from the D90.
The camera, while easy to use, has all the bells and whistles, great image quality, and a good user interface. In fact, the shots look better out of the camera than with the D300s. In reality, the image quality is virtually indistinguishable from the D700 up to ISO 3200, and only slightly better on the D700 upto about 6400. There's no comparison higher, the D700 wins hands down. Sure the D700 is better at low-light shooting with its full size sensor -- but the D7000 absolutely has surprised me in this area as well.
It has features you expect in Pro cameras, and I wouldnt be surprised to see the D7000 become the back-up camera of choice for full frame shooters.
That being said -- the 18-105 lens is pretty week. I already have a great selection of DX lenses including the amazing 17-55 2.8 lens (there just isn't anything that looks and feels and works as well as that lens on an FX), and the 18-200. It's a joy to use these lenses again on a regular basis. The 18-105 is average at best, and I have eBayed mine already. You might want to get the body only if you already have DX lenses.
And after a few event shoots with the D7000, it's a joy to use something that weighs half of what the D700 weighs. The reality is, I will most likely also purchase the D700 update when it eventually comes down the pike, but I might very well end up selling mine off for now while waiting for that.
I am simply in love with this little camera -- it's by far Nikon's best current DX lens, and it even competes with their FX D700 for image quality. Who can ask for more. Highly recommended.
*** P.S. If you will buy the Nikon D7000 I suggest at: amazon.co.uk/dp/B00438QJ3M/?tag=reviews.cnet.co.uk-21
Good: Great resolution, very low noise, fantastic color, Awesome View finder and rear LCD, highly customizable
Bad: Top LCD very small and hard to read. No big deal though. Everything can be read in view finder. I also wish it used compact flash cards over SD. But again, no big deal.
Comment: This camera beats the D300 hands down. If your considering the D300 or the D7000 just get the D7000. I own the D300 as well but it's old technology in comparison to the D7000. There is more versatility to the D300, the resolution in the D7000 is much better, and the color is the best I've seen in any DLSR. The D7000 is just as tough with a magnesium body and has great weather seals as well. It's also a little smaller and lighter to lug around. I originally bought this as a back up to my D300 but now the D300 is the back-up. The D7000 is a fantastic camera!
Good: Better and more consistent sharp results
Bad: Nothing so far
Comment: After upgrading from a D40, i can certainly feel and see the improvement and i am delighted with this camera. I had the D40 for 4 years, and although this is still a great camera, i wanted to get something new to help with different types of photography. High ISO, exposure bracketing, high resolution, lens compatibility, AF system, metering, D-lighting, are all fantastic. I've still some playing around to do with other features, but my results so far speak volumes. Highly recommend. Lenses i've been using on this camera, have all worked to a very high standard of sharpness - Tokina 11-16mm, Nikkor 35mm F1.8, Sigma 50mm macro, Nikon 300mm F4
Good: extensive controls available. super cmos quality .
Bad: rubbish battery door , gimmicky and terrible super hi ISO's
Comment: I have had the D7000 since early november it replaced my old D200 which in its day was a cracking camera but now shows its age. the D7000 is aimed at the amatuer and covers from total DSLR novice to serious club user excellently , so although it is pricey it is one of the best single purchase cameras's I can think of. I am not impressed with the bundled 105 zoom as i had used one in the past and fortunately already had the 18-200VR from my D200 to hook on it which IMO is a much superior lens.
The metering works great for me although some find it a bit iffy It may be coming from the D200 which did take a knack to get the best from it metering this D7000 is a doddle to get super results from.
Having front and rear IR release sensors is very useful specially as they work with the very cheap (Â£16) nikon ML-M3 remote. also the ability to select the two press mirror up then shutter release is a real boon for macro or ultra stable images.
The 2 user settings on the dial for me is great as I do airshows and need to switch from prop to jet aircraft settings easily.
I have taken some test shots with the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 which is up amongset the better lenses Nikon produce and the clarity even with 200% cropping is top notch.
my 2 biggest complaints are the battery door which is very flimsy and I can see these getting broken fairly easily if not handled with care and my other gripe is the super high ISO setting of 12+ - 25000 the results for anyone after quality images are truly awful and I can only think they where added as a sales gimmick which was stupid .
Video is like most DSLR's fitted with it, a selling point rather than aimed at serious movie makers . it works very well and the HD images are great but DSLR'S are the wrong shape for video work. however it's nice to be able to flick over to video mode instantly and grab some action clips. when on a trip somewhere.
Overall i find the D7000 does nearly everything excellently, although at a price that is a bit steep (this will change by a couple of hundred quid at least IMO over the next six months having said that in the UK VAT is set to rise in the new year so this will offset much of any reductions in base price that happen.
Why not the full 5 stars? price mainly however its still a great camera and gives super results it also has enough controls to make it real fun to use for years
Good: Superb performance all round, so many features and options yet straightforward in use. Upgraded from D80 a huge step in features and quality.
Bad: Nothing that I can see......maybe the price at this moment
Comment: Early days but I have used video and stills at night (bonfire night) low light performance, briliant.
Good: One stop better in low light than D90, more focus points.
Bad: nothing compared to D90 except costs twice as much.
Comment: Looks like a great camera, but it doesn't have enough for me to change from my D90. At twice the cost of a D90 body I will upgrade my D80 to a D90, I was waiting until the D7000 was released expecting it to be priced much closer to the D90.
Good: Finally a 1080HD cam that preserves the investment in those prized Nikon lenses.
Bad: Lack of 50 or 60 fps frame rates.
Comment: Can't wait to see video straight out of this camera. ( The HD examples showing on YouTube are highly compressed so no indicator of quality.) The original review shows indicates "Bad: No stereo sound", however since an audio on the camera would be highly likely to pick up camera noises, I would doubt it would be of much use. The preferred method of recording would be to use a microphone to pick up production sound and the D7000 does indeed a stereo input; kudos to Nikon for adding that feature.
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