Professional photographers tend to demand a lot out of their camera. The needs of a hobbyist might be different from a studio photographers, which in turn will be different from photographers who shoot in the field. The Nikon D7000 is a professional level camera that will have you covered in a full range of shooting situations.
Many say that the D7000 is the successor to very popular Nikon D90, which is a great camera, but in many ways the D7000 is better. The D90 offered 12 megapixels. The D7000? It has a 16 megapixel sensor. The D90’s quickest shutter speed? 1/4000 of a second. The D7000’s quickest shutter speed? 1/8000 of a second. The D7000 easily wins in those categories.
The ISO range on the D7000 is 100-25600 which also makes it a great camera for low light situations. Images captured at ISO 6400 are very sharp without much noise. Images captured at ISO 25600 are certainly usable, however if you find yourself constantly working in very dark situations, you might need to use either the built in flash or a high quality external flash.
There are two LCD screens available on this camera. The top LCD and the rear LCD screen. They display essential settings like ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
There might be instances where you will only get one opportunity to get photos for your clients. It’s one thing to shoot stationary objects like buildings or interiors. It’s a whole other animal when it comes to shooting wedding photos, high profile sporting events, or any event where you will only get once chance to get the shot or shots. You probably want to have every advantage at your disposal.
One of the advantages of the Nikon D7000 is its autofocus system. The Nikon D7000 comes equipped with 39 auto focus points. A very popular entry level DSLR only has nine. Another professional DSLR in the same class as the D7000 only has 19. Those cameras are great, but if you plan to shoot fast moving, unpredictable subjects, you won’t be disappointed at the performance of the D7000 and its barrage of autofocus points. There are several autofocus modes that you can set the camera to, based on your situation.
Most entry level DSLR’s have one SD card slot. The Nikon D7000 has a dual SD card slot which can be configured in a few ways. To be more specific you can decide what the second SD card does. In one mode you can use the second card slot for overflow. So if you tend to do events where you take massive amounts of shots, this might be a mode that you use. Once the first SD card fills up the 2nd card starts capturing your photos. The second mode for the 2nd card slot is a backup mode. If you have a camera with only one card slot, and your SD card crashes, you will be out of luck. The backup mode prevents something like that from happening by automatically saving duplicates of all your shots to the 2nd SD card. This feature alone is worth purchasing this camera. Finally the third mode available for the 2nd card slot is RAW + JPEG which is convenient for shoots where you want the two formats already separated.
Most of the current DSLR cameras shoot HD video. The D7000 won’t let you down when it comes to video. Many popular movies and television shows are often shot on DSLR cameras, a testament to the quality of the video footage that DSLR cameras are capable of producing. It shoots in HD 1080p. During tests with the nikon D7000 it tracked faces in video and it also tracked moving subjects during still photography. If you intend to use the D7000 for more cinematic situations, you might opt to use manual focus, rather than the continuous auto focus, to keep your video sharp. Focusing manually tends to be a little faster and keeps the noise of the autofocus motor silent or mute. A small price to pay in exchange for more cinematic looking video. If you intend on capturing higher quality audio, an external mic input is available.
There are many other small details that make the D7000 a solid investment. One detail that might go unnoticed is the 100% viewfinder. When you look through the viewfinder you will see exactly what the camera will be capturing. No need to worry about what might enter the frame unintentionally with this viewfinder. The body is made of magnesium alloy. Which makes for a sturdier camera when it comes to accidental drops.
The Nikon D7000 has the full range of PASM modes and other automatic modes on its dial. But almost every DSLR has that. It’s all of those other features that make you want to take home 2 or 3 of these cameras. There’s more about this camera that we could discuss. Instead you should just buy it right now. It’s that good. The Nikon D7000 is available with a 18-105mm lens.