Has Nikon discontinued the D7000? Why

Nikon D7000 in the test


  • Good housing quality
  • Good equipment

Nikon is reluctant to part with camera models. And so there is currently no talk of the Nikon D7000 with a new 16-megapixel sensor to replace the tried-and-tested Nikon D90 and Nikon D300s. Why also? After all, the D90 with a case price of less than 600 euros is currently a bargain with an excellent price-performance ratio. The decision between the D7000 and D300s is already more difficult for potential buyers. The new one should already cost a good 100 euros less when it is launched, has more resolution and, on top of that, offers full HD video. Does it also have an equivalent casingwhat is one of the main arguments in favor of the D300s?

Housing and viewfinder

The first time you pick up the Nikon D7000, you get a strong sense of value; the camera has Dimensions and lies comfortably in the hand, but by no means looks heavy or even clunky. The new D90 has the more compact dimensions, the D300s the Plastic-magnesium mix, which signals semi-professionalism, while the outer shell of the D90 is made entirely of polycarbonate.

However, the Nikon D7000 uses a little less magnesium than the D300s; For example, not only is the bracket for the pop-up flash unit made of plastic, but also the front section on which the Lens bayonet is located. According to the manufacturer, there should be no differences in terms of dust and splash protection; that is identical in both models. The camera also has the Nikon-typical self-cleaning system for the image sensor on board.

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The Pentaprism seeker the Nikon D7000 offers 100 percent field coverage and an effective magnification of 0.63, which is on par with the D300s. Grid lines can be displayed in the viewfinder. The necessary for it LCD element Incidentally, in the beam path it is also responsible for the fact that it is rather gloomy in the viewfinder of the D7000 if there is no charged battery for power supply in the camera - a peculiarity that is also known from other Nikon models.

39-point AF system

Compared to the D90, the D7000 has Autofocus system added, which now works with 39 measuring fields, including 9 cross-type sensors. The D90 has 11 measuring fields (1 cross-type sensor), the D300s to 51 AF sensors (15 cross-type sensors).

When it comes to shutter release delay including AF time, the D7000 is within the scope of what is usual for Nikon: 0.46 / 0.53 s at 3000/30 lux. The Nikon designers have come up with something new for the AF settings. The AF / MF selector switch Below the lens release button there is now a push button that you might overlook at first.

While you hold the button down, you can use the two rotary wheels for your index finger and thumb AF point configuration and AF mode to adjust. The settings can be checked on the upper LC display, which, as with the D90 / D300s, supplements the TFT monitor as a display instrument.

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For matrix measurement ("3D-Color-Matrix II") the camera can now use a resolution that is twice as high sensor access with 2016 pixels; We will probably never know whether and to what extent these number games are statistically reflected in even more hits than before. Of even greater practical value, the D7000 with a shortest Exposure time of 1/8000 s and 1/250 s flash sync time is now on par with the D300s.

Live view and video

What you already know from the Nikon D3100 is the lever / button combination on the back of the housing, with which you can use the Live view mode activated (lever to the right) and on the other hand a video sequence starts (press button). Recording data, a grid and a spirit level (artificial horizon) can be displayed in the live image.

The aforementioned setting button for the autofocus also works in live view. However, there is only focus using contrast AF with switchable face recognition. The im Live image displayed AF point can be freely moved and varied in its size. What you are looking for in vain is a live histogram.

The D7000 takes moving pictures in full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) and at 24 frames per second MOV file format on; It is compressed according to H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC. Here is the one too Contrast AF active and continuously adjusts the sharpness if desired. As a bonus for video fans, the camera offers elementary editing functions and the ability to extract JPEGs. Instead of the built-in microphone, which allows monophonic recordings, a stereo microphone can be connected if necessary.

Since large amounts of data are generated when filming, the two available slots are for SDHC / SDXC cards makes sense. If you don't want to use the second card as an "overflow", you can save images and videos in different formats at the same time and copy data from card to card.

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The TFT monitor with a 3-inch diagonal has a high resolution of 307,000 RGB pixels, which benefits both live view and image reproduction - especially when you zoom in on an image. In this way, you can also focus precisely manually in live view.

Flexible operation

The Operating concept the Nikon D7000 rests on several pillars. On the one hand, there are direct access buttons to frequently used settings such as image quality, white balance, ISO number, AF configuration and exposure compensation. You press the relevant button and then use one of the two rotary wheels to set the required information on the LC display. The freely configurable function key is also welcome.

In addition, you have the most important parameter Access via the info screen. The function fields visible there can be selected individually; with the confirmation button (OK) you then get to the respective submenu. However, values ​​cannot be changed directly on the info screen.

In contrast to the D90, there are two memory locations for the individual configuration of the camera (U1 / U2), which can be selected using the mode dial for the exposure programs. You can choose from the standards such as Auto, P, A, S, M and 19 scene programswhich can be selected using the dial on the back (thumb wheel). The selection of the motif programs is graphically nicely solved because, in addition to a dial, sample images are also displayed on the monitor. It would be an improvement, however, if the mode wheel could be locked to prevent it from being adjusted unintentionally, as is known from the EOS 60D, for example.

This has been expanded on the Nikon D7000 Image editing menu with a total of 18 entries, including a RAW converter, distortion correction, various filter effects or D-Lighting (contrast compensation). The D7000 also offers the latter as "Active D-Lighting"on the one hand, which works even more effectively and is available in 4 levels and an automatic mode. If Active D-Lighting is not required, it should be switched off so as not to provoke an increase in noise.

Cutbacks in image quality

The new one left behind in the laboratory test 16 megapixel sensor Nikon made an ambivalent impression: Above all, it lost the direct comparison with the 12-megapixel sensor of the D90. In terms of limit resolution, the D7000 starts with 1413 LP / BH high compared to the D90 (1215 LP / BH). On the other hand, the limit resolution drops more with increasing ISO number and only reaches 1160 LP / BH at ISO 1600 (D90: 1132 LP / BH).

Instead of 10 f-stops of maximum dynamics as with the D90, only about 9 f-stops are achieved. In terms of noise, the two models are almost equal, which Nikon obviously does with a more active one in the D7000 Noise filter Bought: The D7000 is a long way away from the very good kurtosis values ​​of the D90 with a maximum of 0.3 over the measured range or a Pentax K-5 (between 0.7 and 1.0).

In addition, the image quality between 100 and 1600 euros is no longer as constant as with Nikon's 12 megapixel models. You might call this "grumbling at a high level", but it is still a partial step backwards.

Test conclusion

In Housing quality and equipment the Nikon D7000 is a successful compromise between the semi-professional D300s and the high-quality consumer model D90 - apart from the lack of a swivel monitor, it is an equal competitor to the Canon EOS 60D.

However, the Nikon D7000 only brings a significant gain in measurable resolution at low ISO settings. The consistently higher loss of texture compared to 12-megapixel CMOS is extremely unpleasant. The D90 delivers a more uniform image quality from ISO 100 to 1600 and maintains the fine detail better. In addition, the D90 has the edge when it comes to object contrast.

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The better housing and the additional features justify a higher price for the Nikon D7000, but in terms of image quality, there are too many points of criticism against the higher resolution. Our recommendation goes to the Nikon D90, which is only half as expensive (49.5 points in the test).

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
Manufacturer Nikon
price 800.00 €
Rating 47.0 points
Test procedure 1.6

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