Nikon D7000 Review
To be fair we are not looking for blow-minding features neither that bold redesign, what we are looking in this Nikon D7000 device is the final photograph (and perhaps video). When you start to shoot with the latest Nikon D7000 you will get that beautifully photographic tingle and we haven’t felt this for way too long. To be fair in this review the usual adage can be applied here: it’s not the right camera for everyone and it’s not best at everything.
The combination of design, performance, photo quality, feature set are very good, but the great news comes from the device’s price, at this chapter the Nikon D7000 is very hard to beat to be truly fair. This daddy bring a variety of new Nikon tech in the D7000 over older models.
The thing that impressed me is that much more sophisticated auto-focus system and the new metering sensor that is available on the device now. The D7000 is the first dSLR to rise up to 1080p HD video but although only 24fps and with the “added bonus” of full-time auto-focus during video capture.
Here comes that body construction that simply kills, when you take a look at this new version from Nikon, you might say that it looks like the Nikon D300 well is not quite the same story here because this device comes incorporated with an all-metal chassis with magnesium alloy covers (by the way the rest of the body is polycarbonate) and is sealed against dust and moisture exactly like the Nokia D300s.
Yes the photo quality is single handed the best yet (despite the resolution increase) it stands up very well against most competitors and against Nikon D300s. The JPEG photos from this Nikon D7000 are clean as the sun rise reaching up to ISO 800 and can keep the good quality through ISO 1,600 but wen it reaches by ISO 3,200 the shadow detail gets a little bit of noisy.
This Nikon D7000 is punching in to the saturation a bit in, its default Standard Picture Control making the display of the wholesale color shifts not available, like we used to see in the older Nikon versions.
When you try to compare that Neutral setting with the rest of the others devices, you will inevitably tell that the D7000 did pushed the contrast to the point where you actually lose shadow detail. The video looks good but not the standout we did expect, is in fact quite sharp but but there’s a little more color noise and moire than we’d like.
The rolling shutter works simply great no problem here, but the full-time auto-focus didn’t make it all the way instead is quite useless. To be fair is it too easily confusing, like most contrast autofocus systems and you can encounter a problem when your subject is moving to fast the dive will simply hunt a lot. Our special advise on this matter is to get an external microphone with it because the lens noise is very obvious.
In a couple of reports we did learn that some users have reported issues with colored/dead pixels in the low light video. We did test it and we didn’t experience any problems, though we’ll definitely keep a watch on the issue.
For most professionals photographs the video part of the device might be a good reason not to buy the D7000 but for the average users we can tell is an amazing device to try. For the purposes of comparison the D7000 is more burst shooting then the 60D, but the fact that the D7000 and the 60D are so fast makes the devices trust wordy.
The time of the shooting of the Nikon D7000 is much like the D90, take this example: it can take about 0.3 seconds to focus and shoot in a good light plus the fact that it rises to only 0.5 second in dim light. Usually it can take about 0.6 second for two sequential raw shots (0.5 for JPEG), bumping up to 0.7 second with flash enabled.
This D7000′s burst rate is impressive and to tell it right this is quite a good deal for the fact that the D7000 is a non-pro camera with 5.7fps burst rate. Here comes the auto-focus and it brings with him a bunch of options: Single-point AF; 9-, 21- or 39-point dynamic; 3D tracking; and full auto. So if you start to simply shoot with that standard single-point auto-focus this will feel instantaneous most of the time, the automatic AF is equally fast too but it can get bad all other auto AF systems, chronically picking the wrong subjects.
On the Nikon D7000 we did some test on the various dynamic AF options, the surprise came from the fact that AF during continuous shooting seems to deliver similar performance to the D90 meaning that this is simply great but during the test we did saw the same problems that typically plague tracking AF systems.
One of the greatest feature of the Nikon D7000 is that it packs a hole bunch of useful options on core features rather than whizzy but less essential capabilities. In this new version of this pretty awesome device you will find two SDXC card slots, which is both unusual and welcome, and you can configure them in functional ways such as:
JPEG vs rqw.
Still vs video.
That card to card copy it made the whole process a little bit annoying.
In case you start to copy a directory then you will probably notice the same thing we did, in the process there might be the risk of the device simply crashing, the camera did die in the middle of some process.
Now we can start reviewing the video capture on this awesome device and we’ve got the entire manual exposure controls and a handful of microphone sensitivity settings.
We strongly advise you to read a full accounting of the D7000′s features and operation, start by downloading the PDF manual.
Enjoy taking amazing quality pictures while using the latest from Nikon.