The Nikon D7000 is an excellent digital SLR, and an important player in Nikon's digital camera lineup. It's my first choice for anyone serious about getting great shots of their family, a great choice for the enthusiast photographer, and a great starter camera for anyone wanting to get more serious about still or video photography.
Its higher resolution sensor answers a desire many Nikon shooters
have had, yet it's done so carefully that high ISO performance is
improved over the Nikon D90, despite the resolution increase. I
appreciate Nikon's conservative approach. The truth is in the printed
results: You can easily print 20x30 inch sheets from ISO 100 up to ISO
800, and the highest ISO setting of 25,600 produces a nice 5x7. Can't
complain about that.
Nikon's controls are easy to use, and accessing Live view and
Movie modes couldn't seem more natural. I love the grip, as well as the
compact body, which makes the camera feel nimble, and makes it easier to
bring along. Having two SD card slots is another natural choice for the
avid shooter, one I hope other companies will adopt.
As the feature set has grown, the learning curve has steepened a
bit with the Nikon D7000. I recommend spending a little time with the
manual to better acquaint yourself with the extensive capabilities of
the D7000. It'll be rewarding, because the D7000 has a lot to offer the
The Nikon D7000 is one of those cameras that's easy to recommend.
The only reason to recommend a D3100 or D5000 over the D7000 is a
buyer's budget, and perhaps a need for more accessible Scene modes, and
the only reason to recommend the D300S or D700 is the need for more
professional features. Most enthusiast photographers will be extremely
pleased with the Nikon D7000. It's a certain, and highly recommended