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Nikon D7000

Review Date: Jul 18, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Loads of features, nice size and weight, good resolution, two customizable user settings that can be retrieved with a dedicated switch (HUGE bonus), good battery life.
No dedicated power supply for lab/studio shooting.

This is my first SLR camera I bought for myself. I work in a lab environment and so usually shoot boring things in controlled lighting situations. Having said that, the more I use the D7000 the more I appreciate the features it has, such as two dedicated, customizable settings (I keep one with an auto-exposure bracket that I couple with the high-speed release mode for grabbing quick sets on the go). I like the fact that I don't have to have an exotic memory card, but simply have two SD cards which most computers accept, saving me the need to buy a docking station. The image quality is amazing for a DX camera and whenever a bad shot is produced I have nothing or no one to blame but myself. I didn't realize how many cameras don't have both dedicated aperture and shutter speed dials (like the new D3200), which makes me appreciate the D7000 all the more.

My only gripe is that there is no plug in for a power cable. The camera we keep in the lab has a dedicated port for a wall socket power source, sparing the battery for when the camera is mounted above a light box or on a tripod, shooting specimens all day. I really wish Nikon had provided that option for the D7000 and took it for granted that it'd have it. I've started using the D7000 at work regularly and it wasn't until then that I discovered this deficiency. Nikon does sell a battery pack with a cable coming out from it that you can plug in the wall, which explains why there's that annoying flap of material near the battery pack which has a tendency to come undone. I find that weak. Why not just put a port and provide an adapter cable?

Having said that, that's my only complaint. The more I use the camera and the more I try other models out, the more I appreciate the gobs of features. I sat and researched a long time before pulling the trigger and really feared I'd get a case of buyer's remorse, but I haven't had a regret for a moment. The only way to move up from this camera is to go full sensor I think, which is bothersome given none of my current lenses will work well with the FX format. I have the DX 55-300mm (which I hardly use) and the DX 35mm (which is AMAZING, especially for the price). I am renting the DX 10-24mm to see if I think it's worth the money.

If you want an amazing DX format camera, I can't see you doing any better than the D7000.