Nikon D7000, the FULL review!

Last April after a loong winter waiting for a Nikon D90 update that just never came, I broke down and sprung for a Canon T2i. Back at Photokina last September Nikon finally announced the D7000, which actually isn’t a D90 replacement. It lives somewhere between the D90 and the awesome D300s. Some of the features even improve on those found on the D300s. I always liked Nikon and thought that’s what I’d end up with, but the more I learn about DSLRs and lenses, the more I think I’ll stick with Canon. The big issue with Nikon — for me, anyway — is the remarkable cost of their lenses. They’re way more money than the top of the line Canon L glass. And with the L glass, you can use it on both full frame and crop sensor Canon DSLRs. That’s pretty appealing, frankly. Nonetheless, I can’t help but pine a little over this tasty D7000, but no more than I’m pining over the new Pentax K5 — another outstanding entry by Pentax. Bottom line, my next camera purchase won’t be a crop sensor DSLR. It’s going to a full frame body, either by Nikon or — most likely — Canon. If you’re interested in a crop sensor DSLR, however, you can’t go wrong with this new Nikon.

So on to the news of the day. I’ve been waiting weeks for dpreview.com to finally post their in-depth review of the new Nikon D7000, and today they finally did, all 22 pages worth. The Nikon is an outstanding choice if you’re looking for a new rig, but then there’s the Canon 7D, which is another remarkable camera. And don’t forget to check out Pentax. That new K5 sounds like a real killer rig and I hear Pentax makes some truly awesome glass. Can’t wait for the in-depth review of that baby, too.

To read the whole D7000 review, visit dpreview.com

For a first-hand owner’s review, I suggest checking out John Grigg’s blog at Entropic Remnants Photography, where he’s posted some amazing high ISO shots with his new D7000.

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7 Responses to Nikon D7000, the FULL review!

  1. justsomedude says:

    i currently have a d40 and i’m debating between the d7000 and the d90. what do you recommend?

    • Both are great cameras, but since you already have a D40 (rather than moving up to your first DSLR from a point & shoot), I can’t help but think you’d find a D7000 more rewarding in the long run. Also, the higher pixel count of the D7000 means you’d have more room to crop your photos when necessary without worrying about losing detail. If, however, you find you shoot a lot of low light interior photos or night photography, then maybe the D90 would be a good call — it’s great for low light photography. Also, if budget is a big consideration for you, then the D90 is again worth a look. Right now there are plenty of sales on for it. Lastly, I’d strongly suggest comparing the feel of both cameras in your hand. The comfort factor is definitely something worth considering. The D7000 is a tad larger than the D90. Hope that helps, and thanks for popping by.

  2. John Griggs says:

    You really can’t go wrong with either Canon’s or Nikon’s best glass for sure. Actually, you can use Nikons “gold ring” professional lenses on crop frame cameras as well as full frame also. I have the 16-35mm VR and the 70-200mm VR II and use them on my D200 and my new D7000 — as well as my Nikon film cameras! Their cost can be enormous though, I agree. I’m just not in a position to change camera brands at this point.

    I did want to chime in on the D7000. I’ve had it about a week and though it has annoyances (as does my D200 and any other camera) the image quality is striking. I think that DPReview got it right in some areas, but underestimated the image quality because they tested with that marginal 18-105 lens — a lens I like not at all. I bought mine with it as a kit and sold it to a guy at work with a D90 who needed a “walkabout” lens.

    I don’t see the D90 as being much behind the D7000 except for the D7000’s weather sealing and better ISO performance. I usually wait a couple of generations before upgrading cameras (hence my other cam being a D200), but the upgrade from the D90 to the D7000 is not so dramatic.

    Still, the very low noise and high ISO performance creates opportunities if you shoot in low light as I do. Even if you don’t use the high ISO capability, the wide dynamic range and low noise allows more room for dodging in Lightroom (or your editor of choice) when shooting RAW.

    I agree that buying the D7000 is a no brainer if the $400 more in price is not a barrier.

    Nice blog post and I appreciate someone who is not such a partisan they can only recommend one brand! My choices now are Nikon based on the economics of investing already in Nikon glass; but I could shoot Canon, Pentax and others if I had them. I love shooting my little Canon S90. My favorite film cameras are my old Minolta’s.

    On my blog I have a bit of a D7000 review, but it’s a more subjective thing with a lot of sample shots and not the detailed extravaganza of the DPReview one. I do show how good this cam is at ISO 6400 — a revelation to us old first generation CCD shooters!

    • Thanks for your first hand account and for setting me straight on the fact — unknown to me — that top-end Nikon glass can also be used on crop and full frame Nikon cameras. I thought that was just a Canon thing. That Canon S90 p & s is a great little camera, I hear. Personally, I like the new Panasonic LX5. I’m going to pop by your blog and read your review. Thanks for dropping by and sharing tonight.

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  4. torshi says:

    Very nice camera looking forward to purchase one .

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