The Nikon D7000 is one of the most talked-about cameras of the year. With a new 39-point AF system and 2,016 pixel RGB metering sensor, can the D7000 live up to the hype? What Digital Camera's Nikon D7000 review finds out...
Value & Verdict
Nikon D7000 review – Value
Price is just as critical as any other element and the D7000’s initial RRP is towards the top-end. To explain: Canon’s 7D plus 18-135mm lens available for around £100 more and Canon’s highly competitive 60D is some hundreds of pounds cheaper at the time of writing. The price balance scale could tilt either way depending on preference of specific features (screen vs autofocus for example) and there are even other options such as the Pentax K-5 or weather-proofed Olympus E-5 for similar prices. This isn’t to challenge its worth however: the D7000 easily feels like more than a grand’s worth of camera in the hand.
Nikon D7000 review – Verdict
The D7000 is an absolutely exceptional DSLR that, although categorised under Nikon’s ‘consumer’ bracket, offers a lot of pro-like specification. There’s a lot out there to compete with, not least that Canon’s 7D can be found for a few hundred pounds more, and the D7000 does a good job of balancing between consumer and pro. Its part magnesium, part polycarbonate body is testament to this.
The new 39-point AF system is fantastic, the images are of exceptional quality right into the high ISO setting and the only slight drawbacks are the relatively high price point, fairly shallow buffer for Raw shooting and slight overexposure in unexpected circumstances.
Otherwise the D7000 succeeds in carving out a new niche in the DSLR category and provides bags of power for the money.