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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible NIkon, Worth the Wait, October 16, 2010
This review is from: Nikon D7000 16.2 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm Lens (Black) (Camera)
I won't go in to lots of words, but I will tell you I have used a number of DSLR cameras (Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D50, D70, D70s, D80, D90, and now the D7000 as well as Canon 20D, 30D, 40D, 500D and 550D) and the Nikon D7000 may be one of the finest DX cameras I have ever used. In the past 24 hours I have logged 250 pictures and and I am impressed with the quality of the picture, and the ease of use with the camera. You might be tempted to think it's just a glorified D90, but you would wrong. It's better than the D90, and from what I am reading, better than the D300s which is more money. The camera feels good in the hands, has a solid feel, is weatherproof, and overall speaks professional photographer. For $1,500 in a kit, it is money well spent.

I waited for the D7000 over any other DSLR for one reason: Auto-Focus in video mode. It was worth the wait. I had almost dropped the $1,400 on the Canon 60D but hesitated because the 60D was dumbed down in many ways by Canon so as to not impede on 7D sales. Nikon went all out and demolished the need for the D300s, while making a DSLR worth having. The video mode allows you to run auto-focus while shooting, which no other DSLR has done to this point. Additionally, you can now shoot 1080p in 24 frames (23.97 actually) per second, which is cinema quality. Also, you can shoot up to 20 minutes of video in one shoot, versus only 12 minutes for the Canon 60D, T2i, and T1i. You may think you are buying the D7000 for photography only, but wait until you see what you can do with video. Being able to do DOF shooting makes the DSLR video even more valuable, allowing you to do things you would have to spend thousands on in a professional camera.

The D7000 may very well be Nikon's best DSLR in quite some time. I have used many, but this has quickly become my favorite.
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Initial post: Oct 17, 2010 5:06:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2010 5:10:47 PM PDT
It's unfortunate that the HD video capabilities are as of yet unavailable in a full frame camera as the depth of field on a crop body doesn't give the same DOF as FF. As for the comparisons with the D300S, the D300S has a MUCH better AF, whereas the newer D7000 outdoes it on the metering front. For high framerate photography a gripped D300S will outdo the D7000.

What you ARE getting over the D300S is more megapixels (whether this is considered an "advantage" is debateable), higher ISO performance (marginally, but sample photos are promising after some NR) and HD video capability that truly outdoes any Nikon offering up to this point--whether that is compelling enough to draw converts from the Dxxx body line remains to be seen. Additionally, the lack of CF support, is also a thorn in the side of anyone with a large CF card collection--something Nikon could have avoided with a CF/SD dual slot.

The AF may be a deal-breaker for some users, such as myself, but I will need more time with the body before I can make a judgment whether to downgrade to the D7000 instead of waiting for a D300S replacement, which this camera isn't. The technology in it, though, should definately be included in the D300S and D700 replacements, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2010 3:05:01 PM PDT
Gerald says:
I think the main stream reviews always focus on the core features and the d7000 does in fact trump the d300s in many ways however the d300s still delivers better on some things as you pointed out. If you're into HDR photography, the d300s bracketing is significantly better. I believe flash support is also better on the d300s. These and other features may target more towards the advanced / pro user but the point being that the d300s still brings some thunder of its own when compared. That being said, if you own neither but are looking at both (me), I couldn't imagine choosing the d300s over the d7000.

If someone already owns a d300s and utilizes it to its fullest, it might be a good option to hold off and see what its replacement will offer. It will no doubt deliver beyond the d7000. One prediction I think we can start making is that it will shoot better fps at 1080. The 24fps though good enough for cinema, is pretty minimal now days. This would likely be insignificant to the many users but to some (me) it may be a big deal.
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