The New Nikon D7000: Simply Amazing

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In August 2008, Nikon changed the landscape of DSLR technology with the introduction of the Nikon D90, the world's first DSLR to offer HD video capture. Fast-forward two years and Nikon is once again churning the soil with the Nikon D7000, a new DSLR that ups the ante as per what serious shooters will be expecting from camera manufacturers from here on out.


Nikon's D7000 features a new 16.2-megapixel DX (APS-C) format CMOS sensor, backed by Nikon's new EXPEED 2 imaging processor, which can capture up to 100 still images (14-bit A/D conversion) at speeds up to 6 frames per second. Add to this 50-millisecond shutter response times, an all new 39-point Multi-Cam 4800DX AF module with 9 center cross-type sensors configurable in combinations of 9, 21, 39 or a 21-point ring configuration to match any number of shooting situations and a new 2,016-pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering system for deadly accurate exposures.

But the biggest breakthrough has to do with video capture, which in the case of Nikon's D7000, boils down to full 1080p HD video WITH FULL-TIME AF and MANUAL CONTROL. In addition to full-time autofocus, the D7000 also features variable frame rates and resolution, 1080p recording at a cinema-like 24 fps, or for Web use, 720p at a choice of 24 or 30 fps for clips up to 20 minutes long.

Other video-recording features include face priority tracking for up to 35 faces, subject tracking and normal or wide-area autofocus. The D7000 also offers you the time-saving option of editing and trimming video clips in-camera in order to save post-production processing time. And yes, there's a stereo input jack as well as the ability to use wireless or hotshoe-mounted microphones for pro-quality sound. In a nutshell, Nikon's D7000 simply shatters all competitors in its class.


Nikon's D7000... simply amazing!

In terms of construction, the D7000 is equally up to par and features weather-resistant magnesium-alloy construction with silicon seals all around. The layout of the D7000 camera controls and command dials have been reconfigured to enable quicker, more intuitive on-the-fly camera operation. Along with a bright optical viewing system that affords 100% of the total viewing area, the D7000 also features a 3.0", 921,000-dot LCD with Live View (and 100% viewing area) for real-time composing, viewing and editing of stills and video. 

The newest pro-level Nikon has a native ISO range of 100 to 6400 and can be extended upwards to an equivalent of ISO 25,600 in Hi-2 mode when shooting under extremely low-light conditions. For recording stills and video, the D7000 features dual SD/SDHC/SDXC-compatible card slots that can be configured to record your efforts in several variations including separate JPEG, RAW and/or movie files. As for power, the D7000 is equally up to par and features a new EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery that's good for up to 1,050 shots per charge.

As one would expect, the D7000 can capture JPEGs, RAW or a combination of RAW+JPEG, and RAW files can be processed in-camera along with special effects from the camera's Retouch menu, which includes color filters, distortion controls for fisheye effects, perspective control and a new sketch filter that renders sketch-style imagery, all of which are saved as separate new files, leaving the original files unaltered. In addition to these creative filters, the Nikon D7000 also includes a full roster of Scene Modes and color-rendition filters.

The new Nikon D7000 is available as a body only or with an AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR lens, and is expected to be in stock by mid-October, 2010.

And without a doubt, we look forward to conducting a full hands-on review of this neat machine as soon as one comes our way.

Note - The Nikon D7000 hasn't shipped yet, but we are accepting orders.

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Oooooooooohhh baby! Gotta get one! (Maybe Two!!!)

 very goooogd Ia have one

More interested in how the D7000  performs as a camera vs video ability

keith wrote:

More interested in how the D7000  performs as a camera vs video ability

As soon as we get a test camera we'll be happy to tell you about both sides of the coin... in detail no less.

Allan Weitz wrote:

keith wrote:

More interested in how the D7000  performs as a camera vs video ability

As soon as we get a test camera we'll be happy to tell you about both sides of the coin... in detail no less.

Allan, Chase Jarvis was given one and posted his tests here:

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2010/09/nikon-d7000/

And why not in FX format? Why is Nikon so tardy in creating an equivalent (in cost and performance ) of the 5D MkII?

mark wrote:

And why not in FX format? Why is Nikon so tardy in creating an equivalent (in cost and performance ) of the 5D MkII?

Totally agree in frustration!!!

mark wrote:

And why not in FX format? Why is Nikon so tardy in creating an equivalent (in cost and performance ) of the 5D MkII?

Relax Mark, according to reliable un-named sources the folks at Nikon plan on building one as soon as they finish a well deserved lunch break. It ain't easy work designing and building these complex machines, so give 'em some slack.

Allan Weitz wrote:

mark wrote:

And why not in FX format? Why is Nikon so tardy in creating an equivalent (in cost and performance ) of the 5D MkII?

Relax Mark, according to reliable un-named sources the folks at Nikon plan on building one as soon as they finish a well deserved lunch break. It ain't easy work designing and building these complex machines, so give 'em some slack.

Allen, Hi. Relaxed I am; I just continue to be amused and mildly frustrated by the piece-meal metering-out of digital technology that always seem to leave us wanting and waiting for the next best thing that in all likelihood already exists. I'm convinced it's the marketing machine and not the Nikon guys in white coats that is responsible for this situation. I've used Nikon for 35 years and it took long enough for all my old prime lenses to become fully useful with DSLRs. Everything is getting better but resale is pathetic so I just can't keep buying into the game every release, as tempting as these toys are. cheers, mark.

mark wrote:

And why not in FX format? Why is Nikon so tardy in creating an equivalent (in cost and performance ) of the 5D MkII?

The D700 is the FX format 5D MkII competitor and it existed before the 5D MkII as far as I know.

The D7000 is in the D90 prosumer space, not professional so don't expect FX any time soon in that factor.

Alwyn wrote:

mark wrote:

And why not in FX format? Why is Nikon so tardy in creating an equivalent (in cost and performance ) of the 5D MkII?

The D700 is the FX format 5D MkII competitor and it existed before the 5D MkII as far as I know.

The D7000 is in the D90 prosumer space, not professional so don't expect FX any time soon in that factor.

yes, but the D700 has no video function, therefore not equivalent.

mark wrote:

Alwyn wrote:

mark wrote:

And why not in FX format? Why is Nikon so tardy in creating an equivalent (in cost and performance ) of the 5D MkII?

The D700 is the FX format 5D MkII competitor and it existed before the 5D MkII as far as I know.

The D7000 is in the D90 prosumer space, not professional so don't expect FX any time soon in that factor.

yes, but the D700 has no video function, therefore not equivalent.

My camera rep who I have been buying cameras from since 1999 thinks a D700 replacement is going to be released shortly.   No hard evidence, just a gut feeling.

have you seen the D700??

mark wrote:

And why not in FX format? Why is Nikon so tardy in creating an equivalent (in cost and performance ) of the 5D MkII?

the 5D MkII is an awesome camera...full HD, 21MP, full-frame sensor...but for a good photographer, 12MP will do more than enough...

Anonymous wrote:

have you seen the D700??

mark wrote:

And why not in FX format? Why is Nikon so tardy in creating an equivalent (in cost and performance ) of the 5D MkII?

Good question, but it is photography tradeshow season for the next couple of months, so I'd wait til the end of the year to see if Nikon plays catchup to the 5D MK2.  Still love my D300 and people are amazed by the photos all the time.

mark wrote:

And why not in FX format? Why is Nikon so tardy in creating an equivalent (in cost and performance ) of the 5D MkII?

Para nós fotógrafos e muito bom ter tanta diversidade.

Looks interesting.  Some info I didn't see:

1. Does it have a focus motor so it can use AF-D lenses, or does it require the use of AF-S lenses?

2. Price?

3. Flash commander?

Doug Crist wrote:

Looks interesting.  Some info I didn't see:

1. Does it have a focus motor so it can use AF-D lenses, or does it require the use of AF-S lenses?

2. Price?

3. Flash commander?

1) it has a in-body focus motor as shown in pictures if you follow rumor sites.

2) 1195.95 at this time.

3) Looks like it.

4)auto focus tuning.

Yes, has a motor.

$1199 body $1499 kit

Yes, commander

Doug Crist wrote:

Looks interesting.  Some info I didn't see:

1. Does it have a focus motor so it can use AF-D lenses, or does it require the use of AF-S lenses?

2. Price?

3. Flash commander?

Doug Crist wrote:

Looks interesting.  Some info I didn't see:

1. Does it have a focus motor so it can use AF-D lenses, or does it require the use of AF-S lenses?

2. Price?

3. Flash commander?

1.) Yes, it has focus motor. It also uses AF-S lenses.

2.) $1,119, body only.

3.) Yes, it functions as flash commander just like D90, D300(s) and D700.

So what's the price, and why in **** don't you tell us?

BTW, a feature these high end camera really need is a 3-way live view back screen, so we could shoot from almost any camera position. It should be adjustable so that you can have a vertical photo with a vertical screen, and shoot from about waist level or even lower, which is what you want to do for full length fashion shots.

It is idiotic for Nikon to force us to kneel, just to be able to shoot from a model's waist level or so.

But then, Nikon never has had much interest in feedback from gaijin, have they?

[quote=Jason Jones]

So what's the price, and why in **** don't you tell us?

BTW, a feature these high end camera really need is a 3-way live view back screen, so we could shoot from almost any camera position. It should be adjustable so that you can have a vertical photo with a vertical screen, and shoot from about waist level or even lower, which is what you want to do for full length fashion shots.

It is idiotic for Nikon to force us to kneel, just to be able to shoot from a model's waist level or so.

But then, Nikon never has had much interest in feedback from gaijin, have they?

Hi Jason,

The price is $1,200.00

Jason Jones wrote:

So what's the price, and why in **** don't you tell us?

$ 1,199.95 www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/735002-REG/Nikon_25468_D7000_DSLR_Camera_Body.html

Jason Jones wrote:

So what's the price, and why in **** don't you tell us?

Click the link to the product page. Its listed at $1199.95

Jason Jones wrote:

So what's the price, and why in **** don't you tell us?

BTW, a feature these high end camera really need is a 3-way live view back screen, so we could shoot from almost any camera position. It should be adjustable so that you can have a vertical photo with a vertical screen, and shoot from about waist level or even lower, which is what you want to do for full length fashion shots.

It is idiotic for Nikon to force us to kneel, just to be able to shoot from a model's waist level or so.

But then, Nikon never has had much interest in feedback from gaijin, have they?

Man up and stop whining --Jeeez what a wossss This is not a high end camera-- read the literature first and get a d-5000 if you are too lazy to kneel and want a movable screen for 1/2 the price of this camera--LOL

The real questions: did they fix the sensor overheat issues from the D90? Did they improve rolling shutter problems (I know all dSLR's have it, but the Canon's handle it WAY better than the D90)? Is compression codec closer to the 5D Mark II's quality?

If they fixed those issues, I'll really consider sticking with Nikon. But in all honesty I'm really close to jumping ship and trading in my D90 for a 60D or 7D from Canon. I'll wait and see...

Travis wrote:

The real questions: did they fix the sensor overheat issues from the D90? Did they improve rolling shutter problems (I know all dSLR's have it, but the Canon's handle it WAY better than the D90)? Is compression codec closer to the 5D Mark II's quality?

If they fixed those issues, I'll really consider sticking with Nikon. But in all honesty I'm really close to jumping ship and trading in my D90 for a 60D or 7D from Canon. I'll wait and see...

You sound like one that spends more time taking issue with nitpicking items instead of just shooting.  The D90 is a fantastic camera and the end results speak for themselves.

Steve wrote:

Travis wrote:

The real questions: did they fix the sensor overheat issues from the D90? Did they improve rolling shutter problems (I know all dSLR's have it, but the Canon's handle it WAY better than the D90)? Is compression codec closer to the 5D Mark II's quality?

If they fixed those issues, I'll really consider sticking with Nikon. But in all honesty I'm really close to jumping ship and trading in my D90 for a 60D or 7D from Canon. I'll wait and see...

You sound like one that spends more time taking issue with nitpicking items instead of just shooting.  The D90 is a fantastic camera and the end results speak for themselves.

Seriously, Steve? I'm not nitpicking major design flaws in the camera system. I use the camera all the time and my frustration is due to the REAL WORLD limitations of this camera. I'm glad that you are enamored enough with Nikon to ignore the problems of the D90, or maybe you just don't really use all of the camera's features? I shoot still and video with this thing. I love the stills. I love the video, most of the time. But when it's bad, it's REALLY bad. Get your head out of your... *****.

Travis wrote:

The real questions: did they fix the sensor overheat issues from the D90? Did they improve rolling shutter problems (I know all dSLR's have it, but the Canon's handle it WAY better than the D90)? Is compression codec closer to the 5D Mark II's quality?

If they fixed those issues, I'll really consider sticking with Nikon. But in all honesty I'm really close to jumping ship and trading in my D90 for a 60D or 7D from Canon. I'll wait and see...

try D700 vefore jumping on 7D. I had the 7D adn wouldn't go back

Anonymous wrote:

Travis wrote:

The real questions: did they fix the sensor overheat issues from the D90? Did they improve rolling shutter problems (I know all dSLR's have it, but the Canon's handle it WAY better than the D90)? Is compression codec closer to the 5D Mark II's quality?

If they fixed those issues, I'll really consider sticking with Nikon. But in all honesty I'm really close to jumping ship and trading in my D90 for a 60D or 7D from Canon. I'll wait and see...

try D700 vefore jumping on 7D. I had the 7D adn wouldn't go back

The Canon 7D y better than Nikon d7000??????

Anonymous wrote:

Travis wrote:

The real questions: did they fix the sensor overheat issues from the D90? Did they improve rolling shutter problems (I know all dSLR's have it, but the Canon's handle it WAY better than the D90)? Is compression codec closer to the 5D Mark II's quality?

If they fixed those issues, I'll really consider sticking with Nikon. But in all honesty I'm really close to jumping ship and trading in my D90 for a 60D or 7D from Canon. I'll wait and see...

try D700 vefore jumping on 7D. I had the 7D adn wouldn't go back

The Canon 7D y better than Nikon d7000??????

Travis wrote:

The real questions: did they fix the sensor overheat issues from the D90? Did they improve rolling shutter problems (I know all dSLR's have it, but the Canon's handle it WAY better than the D90)? Is compression codec closer to the 5D Mark II's quality?

If they fixed those issues, I'll really consider sticking with Nikon. But in all honesty I'm really close to jumping ship and trading in my D90 for a 60D or 7D from Canon. I'll wait and see...

Hey Travis,

I was worried about the rolling shutter too, but then I found this short film which was filmed by this camera and it looks pretty darn close to the canon 5D mark 2... if not better in certain aspects of clarity in low light conditions. Check it out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMbBKukJzBk

It's unfortunate that the 7000 doesn't support real video HD frame rates like 60p. 

 doesn't shoot 60fps   that's stupid.  don't get this one, wait. 

Give me now. Please. AHHHHH! I can't wait to get my grubby paws on this puppy.

 I have a D-90. I'm an event videographer. The D-90 is used for stills and as a backup when I need a 4th video recorder. I find myself needing it for video pretty often these days but I'm completely handycapped by the maximum allowable clip length. 20 minutes at low resolution and 5 at 720P. I have to babysit the camera and its a nightmare in post. 

I see the D7000 will allow up to 20 minutes at 720p and I assume even less time at 1080p. Still not good enough. I need to be able to stick it on a tripod and let it roll for an hour +. 

Maybe I'm missing something here. Are these the same type CMOS sensors used in high end video cameras? Why are there set clip lengths? 

It is a limitation of the software running the cameras, they have not moved beyond using the FAT file system, which has a 4gb limit on file sizes - so it is not limited by recording time (though some due to heat) but by the file size. So a sofware rewrite using a newer file system that can create larger file sizes is required. And they are definitly not the same CMOS censors as high end vid cameras...

George Ross wrote:

I see the D7000 will allow up to 20 minutes at 720p and I assume even less time at 1080p. Still not good enough. I need to be able to stick it on a tripod and let it roll for an hour +. 

Maybe I'm missing something here. Are these the same type CMOS sensors used in high end video cameras? Why are there set clip lengths? 

Then why don't you just use a VIDEO camera?

George Ross wrote:

 I have a D-90. I'm an event videographer. The D-90 is used for stills and as a backup when I need a 4th video recorder. I find myself needing it for video pretty often these days but I'm completely handycapped by the maximum allowable clip length. 20 minutes at low resolution and 5 at 720P. I have to babysit the camera and its a nightmare in post. 

I see the D7000 will allow up to 20 minutes at 720p and I assume even less time at 1080p. Still not good enough. I need to be able to stick it on a tripod and let it roll for an hour +. 

Maybe I'm missing something here. Are these the same type CMOS sensors used in high end video cameras? Why are there set clip lengths? 

If Canon is smart  it will add Full-Time AF to the 7D and 60D. Methinks it's firmwarely possible.

Well Nikon has finally roped me in. My latest camera is the Canon EOS 40D (and its predecessors) and I've always romanticized about Nikon after my ex-wife invested almost $1,000 on a traditional film Nikon in the late 1970's. I kept waiting and alas, the Holy Grail has finally looked favorably on Nikon and blessed her with a serious competitor to Canon. Scary times we live in! ;)

Love Nikon but this is not for me....if I want a movie camera I will buy one. Put that money into making the still camera better, not adding more stuff that is not dedicated to still photography.  I can't wait till they include a cell phone and a GPS on the next model.

.... putting the price up with this post would sure have been nice for those who are interested in it.   This article says the body only is $1199.

 http://www.breakingglobalnews.com/nikon-d7000-price-and-specs/12215275

Anonymous wrote:

Love Nikon but this is not for me....if I want a movie camera I will buy one. Put that money into making the still camera better, not adding more stuff that is not dedicated to still photography.  I can't wait till they include a cell phone and a GPS on the next model.

Wahhhhh.  Get with the program.  Video recording is here to stay in consumer DSLRs.  If you want a camera without video, soon your only choice will be a pro body.  Then you can truly be dedicated to still photography.

" If I want a video camera I will buy one."  If you want a video camera that can deliver the quality of 1080p footage you can capture with this body and the full variety of SLR lenses, take a stroll over to the video section and let me know how much you need to spend.  You are getting near to the best of both worlds in this body which you can have for a price lower than what you would have paid for a D300 when it came out.

Progression of Technology.  Time to get on board with the program.

Can I use the same batteries on the D90 for the new D7000?

dahlias80 wrote:

Can I use the same batteries on the D90 for the new D7000?

Nope.. Tech specs are on nikonusa.com.  I looked 'cuz I have a few for my D90.  The 7000 uses the EN EL15.

Here's the link to the 7000: http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/Product/Digital-SLR/25468/D7000.html

i love to see this go up agenst  the new pentax k-5 i am in the market to buy my first dslr i am torn between these 2

One mo' thing:  the D90 was plagued with severe problems, i.e. the shutter freezing and getting the errr message, or taking totally black shots.  Is it possible for you to test this out when you do a more in-depth review?

dahlias80 wrote:

One mo' thing:  the D90 was plagued with severe problems, i.e. the shutter freezing and getting the errr message, or taking totally black shots.  Is it possible for you to test this out when you do a more in-depth review?

I have the D90 and have never had these problems.

It's nice to see Nikon starting to catch up video-wise, but at this late in the game this should have been a full frame camera. This is just another crop sensor camera with 1080p video, Canon has a bunch of them. I want Nikon up to speed (the LENSES certainly are!), but until then, my 5D Mark II remains the only FF camera with 1080p HD video which means incredible low-light video imagery and 14mm really being 14mm. C'mon Nikon, get up to speed!

VERY NICE, BUT WHY DOES EVERY SINGLE NIKON CAMERA HAVE TO HAVE A DIFFERANT FREAKING BATTERY AND FLASH, WHY CAN'T ALL NIKON PRODUCTS BE COMPATIBLE TOGETHER!!!

DENIS wrote:

VERY NICE, BUT WHY DOES EVERY SINGLE NIKON CAMERA HAVE TO HAVE A DIFFERANT FREAKING BATTERY AND FLASH, WHY CAN'T ALL NIKON PRODUCTS BE COMPATIBLE TOGETHER!!!

i've been talkin about gettin compatible together for years now, but nobody's been listening or takin me seriously. especially the batteries.

at least nikon's been making good cameras. give 'em credit for that!

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