The Nikon D7000 features plenty of upgrades from the older D90 that it replaces. Its design and some of the key features are compared with its closest rival the Canon 60D in this discussion.
There are many advantages to the D7000 than meets the eye. Some like the twin memory card slots are a welcome change for those who want more freedom when they are really in their shooting grooves. The twin memory card slots will help users who prefer to have the flexibility of shooting for longer durations without having to constantly worry about running out of memory. One can use the memory cards in different modes; using one card to complement the other. Simply select to either shoot JPEG in one and RAW in the other or use as buffer or even as a backup.
The D7000 has an impressive fast continuous shooting mode that can shoot up to 6 frames per second. When compared to its main rival the Canon 60D, it is faster as the later shoots at only 5.3 frames per second. An extra dial just below the main dial at top left of the camera allows you to select from a continuous high or continuous low shooting modes. The main dial apart from allowing you to select aperture priority, shutter priority or the program or auto mode also allows you to save two user modes. These allows you to save two different combinations of your favorite shooting settings, including aperture, shutter speed, focusing point etc.; so the next time you need them you can simply turn the dial and ready to shoot.
The D7000 is a built in similar lines to some of the semi-pro models that Nikon has. They have used a magnesium alloy body to give the camera a bit more sturdiness and little bit of weight to carry around. It feels a lot more secure in the hands, though the final make good feeling may change from user to user. Again, the Canon 60D loses this race as it is built using plastic.
The fastest shutter speed of the camera is 1/8000 of a second and the slowest is 30 seconds for those motion blur captures or really long exposure shots. It features a 16.2 effective megapixels just losing out on the Canon 60D for its 18 megapixels sensor.
An area where the D7000 has improved over the D90 is the coverage of the viewfinder. The earlier model had a 96% coverage but the latest one has an approximately 100% coverage. This is an advantage for those serious photographers who like to see their final results exactly how they had composed them through the viewfinder.
Some photographers have complained that the Nikon D7000 does not have a better grip in the sense that the grip is not really that coarse enough to support the fingers when shooing. But what the D7000 really have is a pronounced bulge that allows having a firmer grip by accommodating all the fingers.
The 3" screen at the back of the camera has a resolution of 921K. It is a super density TFT LCD screen which provides a 170 degrees viewing angle. However some users have complained that it really suffers from the inability to be moved about like the hinged screen of the D5100 or the bitter rival Canon 60D.
Rajib Mukherjee is a freelance article writer specializing on technology topics such as digital cameras and web technologies. He is also an avid traveler who loves to document his travels in his articles and through his lenses.