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D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens
 
4.8

(based on 455 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (370)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (358)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (303)
  • Easy to use (301)
  • Large clear LCD (276)
  • Fast shutter speed (270)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (18)
  • Short battery life (11)
  • Poor in low light (10)
  • Lag / shutter delay (7)
  • Weight (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (290)
  • Family photos (282)
  • Travel (252)
  • Low light (238)
  • Sports/action (215)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (167), Semi-pro photographer (106), Casual photographer (72), Pro photographer (30), Photography student (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (346), Yes (39)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A superb gear to last for lifetime

I am a semi pro photographer, and looking for an upgrade from Nikon D70s for a long time. I shoot macro, street, nature, but no flash pictures.Nikon D7000 with 18-105 kit...Read complete review

I am a semi pro photographer, and looking for an upgrade from Nikon D70s for a long time. I shoot macro, street, nature, but no flash pictures.Nikon D7000 with 18-105 kit was indeed a addition great to my kit. Taking about the camera body itself, people like me who are using 1st gen camera's, will be highly amazed with the capabilities of D7000. In D70 I could not push ISO beyond 400 and expect acceptable result. D7000 has superb low light performance enabling me for low light photography. Second the dynamic range is far far beyond what D70s provided. The 39 point focus is very helpful. These are the three most improvement I perceive. And there are tons of other improvements, like high FPS, better metering, D Lighting, etc. On Cons side for the camera body, I found the right hand grip is little smaller than D70s, and my camera still gives me better comfort. I think its more to do with my 8 years association with D70s.Talking about the lens, 18-105 is a sharper lens than 18-70. It gives VR facility that can save some F Stops.Complaints? None about lens or the body. But I would like to point tk Nikon that when a consumer spends more than 1300 USD on a camera, I would expect them to give a better neck strap, and not be greedy only on Nikon advertisements on the strap. I bought a [$] strap from Vivitar, which is far more comfortable.My overall feedback is Nikon D7000s rocks.By the way, who are still in DX/FX dilemma, please consider two points. 1. D7000s is good for most of the situations, and hardly makes any difference from FX. 2. Apart from a monumental cost of camera body, do consider how much you need to spend on glass to make justice to your camera body. And technology change? It will be ever changing. So please focus on how and what you shoot instead of grumbling about my camera is getting outdated on the day I purchase it.Happy Clicking!ThanksAurobindo

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pros and Cons - by user

(I have owned this camera for 2 weeks)First, let's start with all that is good about the D7000, especially in relation to the D90.For a strictly photo camera, this one is...Read complete review

(I have owned this camera for 2 weeks)First, let's start with all that is good about the D7000, especially in relation to the D90.For a strictly photo camera, this one is one of the better ones out there. For those that do not tweak camera settings a lot, the D7000 has one of the best out of box default settings and color renderings. Body look and feel:The styling of the body is like an aggressive square that has been smoothed into something more organic. Looking at it, it seems to be bigger than a D90, but when they are side by side, they are pretty much the same. I am 6'2" so it ends up looking like a toy in my hands. That said, I really appreciate the light weight compared to bigger bodies such as D300s and 5DmkII.I prefer the Canon 60D grip. But the D7000 is not bad. Weather sealing is good, but hard core photogs may desire more.Image Quality:-Again, the default color renderings are very nice. They make caucasian skin-tone less red and blotchy, and trees a more pleasant green. Canon seems to have a flatter color curve and the reds pop a bit more on them. Both both brands allow customization.-Dynamic range is good. You won't find any other camera producing jpegs with much more dynamic range than this. Although, sometimes that makes images appear flat and un-interesting, so occasionally for certain subjects you may want to add some contrast or saturation. The D-lighting function works well. It is not HDR, but it give the user a little more dynamic range when needed.-ISO performance is one of the best for crop sensor cameras. But the D7000 develops hot pixels. You will notice an improvement, but if you are used to the D90, than it will not explode your mind, but you will see a tangible difference in noise performance.The ISO on Nikon is brighter than Canon. (not better necessarily, just brighter)- Lens compatibility with AIS lenses is fun. I have a lot of old lenses and i can program them in and the camera will recognize f-stop. So the user can use AIS lenses in Aperture priority mode. - Auto Focus with the kit 18-105mm lens is good. A wurrr of the motor and your there. The focus speed will depend on your lens to a certain degree. But even with the kit lens it is good. Better than the T2i with kit lens, but may not stand up to the 7D and D300s. So, very good.-Auto mode was a tad bright in exposure for me, but I think if I were giving the camera to a novice, they would be better of with that kind of exposure. So, I think it is very nice. You cannot set EV exposure compensation in auto, it is full auto, which gives a certain amount of confidence. A and S modes do very well, and you can always use exposure compensation when in a tricky lighting situation.-Mode Dial:-The new U1 and U2 user programmed presets are wonderful.-The new dial under the main mode dial frees up space on the camera body for other buttons by putting fps rate, time delay, bulb, remote settings on a dial. It is quick and easy to use with bare hands, but may be a bit tricky with gloves.-The 6fps is fast enough for all but the most special applications. But this is not an unheard of frame rate in this price bracket. Also, the new mirror-less cameras will have much faster frame rates to come (like 40 fps burst). The mirror cameras will not be able to keep up in the frame rate war, but 6fps is plenty fast enough for most photography.-The quiet shutter and mirror lock-up is what I missed in the D90. The D90 was responsive, but loud.VIDEO MODE:The video is sharper than the Canons, but has more aliasing and stair stepping on fine details.It has nice dynamic range, and great nikon color rendering. For the cons on the video read below.CONS:OK, the cons, or more appropriately the CON, as there is one main issue, and then a few others.The D7000 I purchased had hot pixels at all ISO levels!!! This is unacceptable! Even the sample photo at imaging resource showed a hot pixel at ISO 100!Not only did it have hot pixels out of the box, but it developed a few more over the following week. I started with 2 hot pixels on opposite ends of the frame, but then had 8 hot pixels through out, with two bright blue ones right in the middle. This means more time in post, but it also means that the video function will have persistent hot spots.The work arounds for hot pixels:The faster the shutter speed, the less apparent the hot pixel.The lower the ISO, the less bright the hot pixel.Software can eliminate these once you edit them in the computer.I do not know how wide spread this issue is, and at the same time, there are many dslr's that exhibit hot pixels.For the most part, the hot pixel is not an issue for photography, since shutter speed frequently exceeds 1/200th. However, in video mode, shutter speeds above 120 look strobee and so shutter speed of 150/ is preferred, however the hot pixels are more apparent at slower shutter speeds.It would be nice if Nikon started using pixel mapping in their camera bodies. As, I do not know when manufacturing processes will allow us to make perfect sensors with out hot pixels.Hot pixels are evident in video mode.I do not know how prevalent this issue is, but I would just bring it up.Other smaller gripes:- The shutter release button is to close to the edge of the camera, and this requires me to arch my finger drastically, or bring my trigger hand slightly under the body. I am 6'2", but I do not have huge hands, so I imagine many males and larger females may notice this too. But I was able to get used to it. The D90 is slightly more comfortable possibly.-Some do not like the mushy shutter release on the D7000, because it does not give enough feedback to the operator as to whether the button is half pressed or fully pressed. I am sensitive enough that it does not bother me. The D90 always felt a but to 'clicky' on the shutter release, but some prefer that positive feed-back. I like the mushy feel of the D7000 better.Movie mode still has no 25p 30p in 1080 or 60p in any mode. This is more important for film makers.Final words:So, to sum it all up, the D7000 is great camera, but it has some draw backs for those that wish to use it for the video. Once the price comes down on this new camera, I'm sure satisfaction rate will go up.The hot pixels I got on mine, have made me wonder about the quality of the D7000 sensor. Most casual users will not notice or care about hot pixels. And they will not be noticeable in daytime photography.The three star rating is because of the prevalent hot pixels ( I have and counting).If there were no hot pixels and $200 dollars cheaper, it would easily have a 5 star rating. As is, the technology for this generation of camera at this price range does not strike me as anything extraordinary, but is worth the buy if you must adopt this camera early. Overall a really excellent photography camera tainted by hot pixel issue. Sorry, maybe I just got a bad one.

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5.0

Great Camera

By Justin

from Boston, MA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

    We got this camera as a gift, absolutely love it. I have taken many pictures of waterfowl, very nice qualify of pictures.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    4.0

    Great Camera

    By Paulette

    from New England

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

      Step up from my Nikon D90.
      Takes great pictures.Feel of camera is nice to hold. Great Image Quality...All around great camera

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Love this camera

      By Adam's Wife

      from Duff, TN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

        This camera allows you to take great pictures straight out of the box. Sure, it's nice to fiddle with the exposure triangle most of the time to get your shot. But sometimes you simply just want to take a picture. This camera can do that without risking you trashing the whole picture.

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        • No

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        5.0

        loving this camera

        By sen

        from california

        Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

        great camera got alot of epic shots with my 50mm lens

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        5.0

        Nikon D7000 procision power

        By Phoenix

        from Buffalo, NY

        Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

        This is the most amazing camera I've ever owned. The incredible crispness and clarity is stunning. I highly recommend this camera.

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        4.0

        Great for photo

        By dforco

        from Buenos Aires

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

          I used to have a D90 and the improvements on dynamic range are noticeable, especially for night photography. The automatic white balance also work better, nevertheless I always shot RAW.
          I recommend this camera for photography's passionate, but not for video.

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          • No

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          4.0

          A great camera

          By Nathan Nguyen

          from Texas

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos

          Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

          I am a real amateur so far. I just got this camera two days and still be excited to explore it. It's the first DSLR camera that I have. The testing shoots are giving great photos. I am very exciting to use this camera on the commencement ceremony next week.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Excellent all-around DSLR

          By PhotoJohn

          from Bellevue, WA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fine Gear At Great Value
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

          • LCD doesn't tilt

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

          An excellent DSLR I use:
          - For 1.5X greater focal length when an FX lens is attached,
          - As a dedicated panoramic camera,
          - And is the backup camera (I have 2 D7000s), to my D800E.

          At 16MP, it is fine for 95% of what images will be used for (i.e. - magazine, book, calendar and notecard publications, website images) and doesn't overwhelm my computer processing multiple images to create horizontal panoramic prints.

          It is weather-sealed, important for an outdoor photographer.

          The only thing I wish it had is the separate LCD tilt-screen that lower-end models have.

          Even tho it is technically surpassed by newer generation models, it is a great value for the $.

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          4.0

          Fantastic Camera

          By Clashrhino

          from Boston

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

                This is my first DSLR.Previously I'd only shot film or point and shoot digitals. Absolutely blown away by the speed, accuracy and ease of use of this camera.

                My only regret is that it is not compatible with NIKON's wireless plug in device so I can't transfer photos to mobile device as quickly as other models.

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                • No

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                5.0

                D7000 got me interested in Photography

                By snoozer

                from McHenry, IL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Can use old lenses
                • Easy To Read Instructions
                • Easy To Use
                • Easy To Use Memos
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Grandchild Pictures
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

                Camera produces great pictures and got me interested in photography again. The instruction book is easy to read and explains the functions. I read the book over twice and practiced with the camera to learn all the things it would do. I like using the bracketing system for getting the right exposure for the situation. Battery life is excellent.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Glad I made the upgrade.

                By Mosquito State Shooter

                from Lake Worth, FL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

                  Five years is an eternity in digital, so when I decided to buy a new DSLR to replace my ancient D100, this was my choice.

                  What a sweet little camera. So easy to shoot with, so many convenient and useful features: memory buffer, two caed slots, large LCD, full information display, etc, etc...

                  I've used it for wildlife, sports, portraits and just fun, Never disappoints.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  recommend this product to everyone

                  By deusenir.idcriacoes@gmail.com

                  from 1Criacoes

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

                    the product is very good. I use to photograph products and people

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Nikon D7000- It Aims To Please

                    By katherinejoline

                    from Barefoot Bay FL

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

                      I am using this camera both for my college classes and in starting up my own small business. I like how easy it was to learn to use, I was able to head out on a school assignment almost directly from the box without having to invest a great deal of time in studying the users manual. The quality of the images is great, and the lens this kit came with is adequate for my current needs, although I will have to invest in more glass down the road. I don't care for the camera bag that was included, it is too boxy and too bulky for me to want to use on a regular basis, I'll be buying another bag more suited to my needs.

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                      4.0

                      easy to use, shoots great photos

                      By AWS

                      from Tahoe CA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Good Image Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

                        Nikon delivers once again with this easy-to-use mid-size camera. I use it for work and play and have no complaints thus far.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Camera

                        By HarryP

                        from Granite Falls, NC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

                          Excellent Camera in this category and price range. I've had this camera 3 weeks and am well pleased with the performance. The dynamic range and image quality is very good. The kit lens is the best I have seen matched with crop cameras. So far, I have been well pleased with this camera.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Excellent kit for photography

                          By Judy

                          from Lake Worth, FL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                          • Short Battery Life

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

                          Things the are great about it you get a good camera, lens and other accessories very useful

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 9
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Very nice camera

                          By Maufisio

                          from São Paulo, Brazil

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                          • Fixed Lcd

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

                          I had a SONY Alpha series A350, a good camera. But comparing to this Nikon, it is unfare. The camera has much more than a non professional photographer would like to have. The focus is very very quick and you will have everything to take amazing pics.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Fabulous camera

                          By Katherine

                          from Raleigh, NC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

                            I am still learning how to use this camera, but it takes fabulous pictures! There are a lot of settings to learn to use, but it's fairly easy to use them once you know where they are. This is a big step up from my last camera, so I knew it would take some time. I am completely happy with this camera so far.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 8
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            strongly recommended

                            By fallcreek

                            from ithaca, new york

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Poor In Low Light

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

                            i got the camera four days after the order and fell in love with it at once. i've been carrying it to take pictures of the fall around the campus. the pictures are super.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Outstanding Camera

                            By Pete Junior

                            from Farmington,NM 87401

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                            • Does Not Feel Like F-5

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Special Toy Like F-2
                            • Travel

                            Comments about D7000 DSLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens:

                            Simple to use and can be used in professional shoots.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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