DSC8471 Nikon D7000 Review: A great mid class, high spec DX format camera

Our review unit came in a standard retail box and the package content include the following items:

  • Camera body (Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Camera)
  • 18-105mm (f/3.5-5.6 G ED) kit lens with lens hood and bag
  • Re-chargeable Li-ion battery (EN-EL15)
  • Battery Charger (MH-25) with power cable
  • Documentation and user manual with Software CD
  • Nikon Neck Strap
  • USB cable
  • Audio and Video cable
  • Hotshoe cover and body cap

Quite the standard set of items, now let’s explore the camera body.

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At first glance, the D7000 resembles its sibling, the D90. And at the front, you will find the lens unlock button, Function switch and Depth-of-view preview button. You can also find the sub command dial and auto-focus lamp too.

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On the right of the D7000
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On the left of the camera body, we find the flash mode, bracketing and autofocus mode buttons, and a focus mode lever. Notice that the lens attachment indicator is now raised, compared to the Nikon D90.

There are also two rubber covers here. The larger one houses the connectors, we see the A/V Out, USB and HDMI ports, while the smaller cover below it holds the accessory terminals containing the microphone and external accessories ports.

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On the right of the D7000 are the dual-slot card reader that supports SD/SDHC and the new SDXC format. If there are two cards installed, you can set the secondary card as overflow storage, backup, or to store a specific file type (.NEF RAWs or movies)

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Moving to the top, we see the mode and release mode dials, the hotshot slot, power switch, metering, exposure compensation and shutter buttons.

The control panel screen is also located at the top of the D7000. And on the sides of the camera, we have the eyelets for the camera strap.

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From the back of the D7000, the playback button is just beside the delete button, followed by the usual Menu, White Balance, ISO and Quality buttons on the left of the display.

The viewfinder and dipoter adjustment control and the AE-L/AF-L button are on the upper right. The Live View is now a lever located at the top, with the movie recording button located at the center of the lever.

Like its predecessor, the D7000 maintains the placement of the multi-selector, OK button, focus selector lock, info button and the 3-inch TFT screen.

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The battery chamber is located at the bottom of the D7000. You will notice that D7000 has a battery latch, a feature not found in D90. The tripod socket along with the camera’s power specifications can also be seen here.