Nikon upgrades most everything in its launch of a new midlevel flagship.
The Nikon D7000 is a pleasure to use, and it carries on the tradition of the company’s very impressive advanced midrange DSLRs. If you have Nikon glass and are ready to upgrade, you won’t regret it.
However, if you are looking to enter the DSLR world at this level and are not yet committed to a particular brand, you should read our Canon 60D test to learn about a model that’s very competitive with the D7000 in performance and features.
IMAGING: 16.2MP effective, APS-C sized CMOS sensor captures images at 4928x3264 pixels with 14 bits/color in RAW.
STORAGE: SD/SDHC/SDXC stores JPEG, NEF RAW, and RAW + JPEG files.
VIDEO: Up to 1920x1080p, 24 fps or 1280x720p, 30 fps, MOV H.264 format files; built-in mono mic, stereo mic input, contrast-detection AF with continuous and subject tracking modes.
BURST RATE: Full-sized JPEGs (Fine mode), up to 31 shots at 6 fps; RAW (14-bit), up to 10 shots at 6 fps.
AF SYSTEM: TTL phase detection with 39 illuminated focus points (9 cross-type); single-shot and continuous AF with 3D predictive tracking. Tested sensitivity down to EV –1 (at ISO 100, f/1.4).
LIVE VIEW AF: TTL contrast detection.
SHUTTER SPEEDS: 1/8000 to 30 sec, plus B (1/3-EV increments); 150,000-cycle rating.
METERING: 2,016-pixel RGB sensor TTL metering, evaluative, centerweighted, and spot (approx. 2.5% of frame), EV 0–20 (ISO 100).
ISO RANGE: ISO 100–12,800 (in 1/3-EV increments), expandable to ISO 25,600 (in 1-EV increment).
FLASH: Built-in pop-up with i-TTL autoflash, GN 39 (ISO 100, feet); wireless flash control of off-camera units; flash sync to 1/250 sec.
VIEWFINDER: Fixed eye-level pentaprism.
LCD: 3-inch TFT with 921,000-dot resolution.
OUTPUT: Hi-Speed USB 2.0, mini-HDMI video, composite video, remote/GPS jack.
BATTERY: Rechargeable EN-EL15 Li-ion, CIPA rating 1050 shots.
SIZE/WEIGHT: 5.2x4.1x3.0 in., 1.7 lb with an SD card and battery.
STREET PRICE: $1,200, body only; $1,500, with 18–105mm f/3.5–5.6 VR lens.