Nikon D7000 Review
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Nikon recently expanded its D series camera line with the introduction of the Nikon D7000 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR with 3.0-Inch LCD screen. A feature-rich camera designed for the genuine novice photographer that offers capabilities for both creative photography and videography.

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The nice part about the Nikon DSLR is that it did not follow the trends of the rapid growth of the DSLR camera market that provided amateur level cameras with only a few added features to make them attractive to consumers in the market for a beginning to mid-grade camera.  The Nikon D7000 defies this notion by offering many new and improved features without being over-equipped for the novice photographer.

Nikon D7000 Features

The following attributes of the Nikon D7000 will provide you with an overview of why it is considered to be feature-rich for a mid-level unit.

  • DX-Format CMOS Sensor: This is a new and improved sensor that offers 16.2 Megapixels and more sensitivity than previous sensors.  The sensor has a base ISO-range of 100-6400 ISO with the option to increase the sensitivity to 25600 ISO.
  • Increase in Effective Pixels: The Nikon D7000 breaks the trend of amateur series cameras with an increase in Megapixels with the Nikon line offering a resolution ranging from 10 to 16.2 Megapixels in the D7000 where most amateur line DLSR cameras on the market have 12.

  • D7000 Lens Mount and Lens: One of the winning features is the Nikon F lens mount which is bayonet-type with many possible functions thanks to the AF Nikkor glass which is high end technology by Nikon.  Although you can apply a number of different high end lenses the Nikon D7000 is equipped with a 5.8x kit lens that includes a vibration reduction feature which provides you with a great start.
  • Expeed 2 Processor: The new and improved Megapixels resolution utilizes a fast Expeed 2 processor which makes up the mainstay of the camera and is capable of performing intricate calculations.  This feature is advantageous for delivering high resolution photos and full high definition 1080p video which offers video recorded in MPEG4 H.264 which can be enhanced when you connect an optional external stereo.
  • Built-In Video Editing: The Nikon D7000 has a nifty built-in editing feature that allows you to edit video to your liking and right on location.  If you do a lot of serious editing you will need special video editing software however, the built-in feature is an effective solution for light duty editing.
  • High Resolution Display: The 3-inch display is high resolution and boasts a 170 degree viewing angle with 100 percent frame coverage.  In addition to these great features, the screen also supports Live View and offers a standard contrast A-F and a contrast A-F with face detection that is capable of identifying more than 30 faces in a time frame of only 0.08 seconds.
  • SDXC Memory Card Support: The Nikon D7000 contains two different memory card slots that can be used simultaneously to save photos on one card and full high definition videos on the other card.  This setup can also be configured so that one card slot acts as a backup.  Memory cards that are supported by the Nikon D7000 include SD, SDHC, and the more recent SDXC memory cards.

Sturdy and Solid Build

In addition to being packed with features the Nikon D7000 has a very substantial build with a professional finish and is equipped with protection against dirt and moisture.  It has the customary red accent on the grip with a few other carefully placed Nikon logos.

When you look a bit closer you will find a second LCD readout on the top of the unit that allows you to check the settings without having to place the camera up to your face.  The shutter buttons and controls are conveniently placed to reduce fumbling and make shooting on the fly easy and hassle free.  The bottom of the Nikon D7000 contains the battery compartment, a place for a tripod mount, and an additional location for applying an optional battery pack.

Conclusion

If you look elsewhere in the DLSR market you would be hard pressed to find a semi-professional camera that offers the features of the Nikon D7000.  If you are a discerning amateur photographer the Nikon D7000 will most likely fit the bill and is the perfect upgrade from a beginning level model.  The Nikon D7000 is perfectly placed in the Nikon D series so it exceeds your expectations as an amateur photographer and at the same time does not go overboard with options and features that you pay for but never use.  Overall, it is an ideal middle level camera that offers just the right amount of features to fulfill your expectations.

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