Is the D7000 a mere bump of features and specifications from the D90? Not quite.

Here is a comparison chart

   D7000  D90
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)
– 1280 x 720p (30, 25, 24fps)
– 640 x 424p (30, 25fps)

Up to 720p, no auto-focus during recording

– 1280 x 720p (24 fps)
– 640 x 424p (24 fps)
– 320 x 216p (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
  • EN-EL15 battery (Li-ion 7.0V 1900mAh)
  • Supports MB-D11 battery pack
  • Non-CPU lens data registration (allows registration of up to 9 non-G lenses with manual apertures)
  • Dial-based drive mode selector with lock ((Single, Continuous High, Continuous Low, Timer, Remote Control, Remote Control With Timer, Mirror Up, Quiet mode)

  • EN-EL3e battery (Li-ion 7.4V 1500mAh)
  • Button-based drive mode selector (Single, Continuous High, Continuous Low, Timer, Remote Control, Remote Control With Timer)

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.