Is the D7000 a mere bump of features and specifications from the D90? Not quite.
Here is a comparison chart
|Body Construct||Magnesium Alloy||Polycarbonate|
|Image Sensor||16.2 megapixels||12.3 megapixels|
|Live-View||Lever-activation and noticeable faster auto-focus||Button-activation|
|Movie Recording||Up to 1080p, with auto-focus during recording. Supports basic movie editing|
– 1920 x 1080p (24fps)
|Up to 720p, no auto-focus during recording|
– 1280 x 720p (24 fps)
|RAW format (NEF)||14 or 12 bit selectable, with lossless or compressed formats||12 bit|
|AF Sensor||39 selectable AF points, 9 cross-type sensors (uses Multi-CAM4800DX)||11 selectable AF points, 1 cross-type sensor (uses Multi-CAM1000)|
|ISO||100-6400, H1 (12,800) and H2 (25,600)||200-3200, L1 (100) and H1 (6400)|
|Metering||TTL exposure metering with 2016-pixel RGB sensor||TTL exposure metering with 403-pixel RGB sensor|
|Storage format||SDXC / SDHC / SD on dual slots||SDHC / SD single slot|
|Continuous shooting||Up to 6 frames per second||Up to 4.5 frames per second|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 100% frame coverage||Approx. 96% frame coverage|
|Weight (With battery)||780 grams||704 grams|
The D7000 sports various core differences over D90 and some of the specifications made it a contender against Nikon’s DX flagship, D300S, mainly due to its better sensor technology.
Comparing the D90 and the new D7000, the latter has a different feel. Subjectively, the camera feels much sturdier and gives a “professional” touch to it. The grip is also great but no big changes here though.
Slight cosmetic differences are easily spotted by veteran Nikon users. The D7000’s shutter button has a softer feel and is black in color, compared to the hard solid press on the D90 and has a silvery chrome finish. It might be a turn-off for hardcore traditionalists but rest assured that such a change can be easily accustomed to.
The dials and buttons on the D7000 feels softer, an improvement for photographers who are looking to change modes effectively while looking through the viewfinder or inter-switching modes while the event mood changes suddenly.
On the whole, the D7000 sports slight yet obvious ergonomic differences over other cameras. All these efforts made gives the camera an overall sturdier and better ease-of-use.