The D7000 was Nikon's most advanced camera at any price in 2010. Today the is the same thing in a bigger package with a larger sensor, and the is the same thing with a white finder LCD instead of green. If money matters, this D7000 is still your best buy in 2014.
Yes, the and are more expensive, but also a lot more clumsy. The Nikon D7000 handles better than any of them, and has more resolution than the $6,500 D4s.
Among the many things I love about the D7000, in addition to how much better and faster it handles than any other Nikon DSLR (and I also own a professional ), is that the pictures I make with the D7000 simply look better than what I've ever gotten with any other digital camera. The effects are subtle, but as a prolific photographer, I see that the colors are simply better, especially under difficult light under which my D3 just doesn't look as good.
Unlike 2009's crappy , Nikon really did their homework these past couple of years on the D7000, and everything about it just works better than older cameras, technically, artistically and ergonomically.
The D7000 certainly replaces the old , at a lower price for even higher technical and ergonomic performance.
This reminds me of 2004 when the new, less expensive came out to replace 2002's . Nikon quickly realized it could keep selling the older, inferior D100 at a higher price, so it kept the D100 in the catalog. Nikon actually did this in the mid-2000s, hoodwinking the less informed into paying more for the older D100.
Even though the D7000's technical image quality and ergonomics are stellar, and it's viewfinder is as good as Nikon has ever made for DX, it's still much smaller than the finders of . Those of us who shoot all day, every day, prefer the huge viewfinders of FX cameras. We also prefer how we can shoot both and with exactly the same set of lenses. For most people, the D7000 is the camera to get, regardless of price, while FX is still the go-to camera for full-time pros. See also .
Forget the technical mumbo-jumbo; pick up and shoot a D7000, and it just feels better and runs faster than every other Nikon. It's a lightweight, fast, quiet and refined powerhouse. If this were a , LEICAPHILES would be fainting over the D7000's extraordinary image quality, its refined manners, and the intoxicating experience that is the D7000.
There is a focus motor in the D7000, so it works with every made since 1986.
Even better, there's an aperture-ring feeler, so it meters with all and newer (1977-on) manual-focus lenses. The D7000 also gives full-color Matrix metering and EXIF data with manual-focus lenses if you share the lens' data in a menu. More at .
Manual focus lenses work extraordinarily well, with extraordinarily precise and accurate manual focus, especially for ultra-fast lenses like the which tax other camera's more simple focusing systems.
You're always on your own with off-brand lenses like Sigma. Readers tell me that their Sigma 105 Macros don't work on the D7000. Potential incompatibility with future cameras is one of the steep prices one pays for trying to save a few dollars yesterday on a cheap lens. Nikon shares nothing with its competitors about lens compatibility, so if you want to buy a Tamron or Sigma, you're gambling that it will work with tomorrow's camera. Good luck.
U1 and U2 Instant Recall Modes!!!
Nikon D7000 mode dial
New: U1 and U2 positions on the D7000's mode dial.