Nikon D7000: An APS-C Masterpiece

Launch SRP: S$1999

Design & Handling

Design & Handling

Controls on the D7000 have been slightly tweaked from the D90. It feels busier, with more going on at a glance. A second control ring for shooting modes has been added beneath the Mode dial, which is kept safe from accidental switching by a small release. Instead of a Live View button, live view is now turned on by flipping an LV switch that gives a satisfying spring action. A convenient Record button now sits right inside the switch and makes recording video easier.

The Nikon D90 and the D7000 side by side. Notice how similar they look from the front?

The most noticeable change on the back is the replacement of the Live View button on the D90 (left) with a lever on the D7000 (right).

The other significant change from a D90 is the addition of a shooting mode dial below the mode dial.

The D7000 adds two new preset modes on the Mode dial, which lets you configure settings beforehand and save them. This is very handy, especially if you've favorite settings for different kinds of shots at a single location. Another welcome addition is the dual SD card slots, with support for SDXC. And for all these new features, the D7000 is only just 2mm bigger than the D90 and a slight 70g heavier.

The dual SD card slots let you double your memory or back-up your images on the go.

Handling is smooth and easy; everything on the D7000 feels like it's where it should be. The auto-focus is dead-accurate and fast most of the time. In fact, we'd say handling is almost perfect…almost. For some curious reason, the AF mode switcher has been moved to an unmarked button found on the bottom left of the camera, beneath the lens release and sharing a space with the auto/manual focus switch. You can imagine this makes it a little hard to find. If you want to switch focus modes while shooting, you have to feel for the little spot with one hand while switching modes with the other hand. The camera helps by displaying which mode you're using in the gorgeous viewfinder (with approximately 100% coverage), but this is one odd strike against an otherwise great overall handling.

If you want to switch auto-focus modes, you've to reach for this unmarked button on the AF/M lever. What an odd position to place such a crucial button!

The Good
New magnesium alloy body
High ISO performance with low noise
Dual SD card slots
The Bad
Awkwardly placed AF mode switch button
Limited HD video frame-rates

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