Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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D7000 - Very, very good indeed
Member Name: colinbmw
Advantages: Excellent Sensor, Well built without being heavy, Very Flexible, esp. 2 SD slots
Disadvantages: Takes time to learn, Getting a better eyecup from Nikon difficult
The D7000 is an excellent camera, ideal for those bordering on professional level photography who cannot quite justify paying for the totally-professional digital camera system. It will take anyone a good amount of time to fully explore what the D7000 can do and after some getting used to the camera will give you excellent results. While more megapixels does NOT equal better, the D7000's 16.2 MP will be more than you need for just about anything.
The design of the camera controls, both on the body and the menu system make the camera very flexible. The 2 SD card slots are particularly useful, especially where you can save 2 different types of files (with different resolutions). The Body is sturdy without being uncomfortably heavy (unlike some of the Nikon pro models). While I recommend buying a spare battery, it is exceedingly unlikely you will use up a battery charge in a single day of photography unless you use the screen constantly.
The D7000 has a DX sensor (Nikon-speak for their sensor smaller than a 35mm film frame) which means that if you by the DX lenses for it they will not work very well with 35mm film or FX (ie full frame sensor) cameras. I have bought 3 DX lenses and am happy with the results, but if you are thinking of upgrading to a full frame sensor, or want compatibility with film cameras, spend the extra money for the FX lenses.
If you are thinking about buying the D7000 as your first 'proper' camera, it does have 2 automatic modes (with and without flash) which does a perfectly adequate job for the kind of photos you would take with a compact digital camera. I would say that the D7000 would not be a bad camera to learn photography, but if you do this buy a 'how to' type book for the D7000, and go on a photography course as the user manual will not get you to the point where you can get the kind of results you will be happy with.
If you are used to film SLRs you need to spend some time getting used to the D7000s differences when it comes to dynamic range (ie it's ability to capture low vs. Bright light in the same photo) I have found it to be quite a bit lower than film but not to the point where it matters for the vast majority of photos. It is also a good idea to find one of the online lists of things to do before taking your camera out for the first time (ie don't let the camera take photos without any cards in the camera to save them!)
So: overall, an excellent camera, but one that takes investment in how to get the most out of.
Summary: Excellent, _Almost_ pro level camera
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