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Nikon D7000 Review
D7000 A Beast For Crop Sensor
While there are some things to be desired, the d7000 is all in all a good camera and fantastic as a starter camera. I took it as far as I could take it with some high quality glass, solid compositions and tasteful artistic touches, and I was satisfied with what I was able to create. They say it's more about the skill of the artist than the quality of gear, and while that is subject to a few exceptions, it is true for the most part. If you are on a budget and wondering whether to spend more on the camera or the lens, go for the better lens. Always go for better glass. Anything with a decent sensor will let you get amazing captures with a good quality lens. You may not be able to enlarge your images to 60 inches or tight crops in post without sacrificing a little quality, but you could still do 40+ inch wall art with a crop sensor. It's a good buy for a beginner. My biggest gripe was that it struggles to lock perfect focus in tricky lighting situations, but if you have your subject properly lit and don't plan to do a lot of backlit, low contrast subjects, you should be fine.
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Although ergonomically, the D7000 is a very close match for the D90, its overall 'feel' is considerably more serious, thanks to a magnesium alloy body shell and slightly thicker rubber coating on the hand grip and rear of the camera. At 16.2MP the D7000 offers the second highest resolution of any Nikon DSLR, behind only the 24Mp D3X. All of these pixels are packed onto a newly developed CMOS sensor, which offers a 'standard' ISO span of 100-6400, expandable up to the equivalent of ISO 25,600. The new camera boasts a 39-point AF array with 9 cross-type AF points and works in collaboration with a new 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor to allow 3D AF tracking. Other changes include the same combined live view/movie switch control as the 3100, and a significantly upgraded movie specification, up to 'full HD' - 1920x1080 resolution at 24fps. The Nikon D7000 produces high quality output in almost any shooting situation. Default JPEGs are clean of artifacts and with natural colors and tonality. At a pixel level low ISO images are very slightly soft but still show very good detail which can be further increased by shooting in RAW. There is one negative though: in bright, high-contrast conditions the camera has a tendency to overexpose - unfortunately by quite a large degree.