Review: Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 Review by Alan Trammel


I purchased the Nikon D7000 as I progressed to a more serious photo enthusiast.  It was a nice upgrade from the Nikon D90 I had been using and a significant step up in technology. 

The D7000 is small, very small, that’s the first thing that I noticed when picking it up, that makes it easy to carry around all day.  While convenient, its small size can become odd when placing large lenses on it.  It seemed out of place when mounting the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 and 1.7x teleconverter.  Smaller lenses like the 35 f/1.8 DX feel right at home. 

The D7000’s large buttons and button layout make it a pleasure to use.   Improved battery life and the addition of a second memory card slot are other noticeable, and appreciated, improvements from my Nikon D90.  The autofocus is quick and accurate.

 My D7000 seemed to overexpose images so I had to keep that in mind when shooting.   The noise started to get more than my liking at ISO 1000.  The big disappointment of this camera for me was the small buffer when shooting 6FPS (frames per second).  After a short initial burst that lasts less than two seconds, the camera starts to crawl, even with the fastest Class SD cards.  I sure didn’t win any battles with hummingbirds.

A fully capable camera for many needs but it does have limitations for sports and wildlife shooters.  I sold mine after making the jump to full frame.

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