A flick of the on/off switch encircling the shutter release button and we were able to be up and shooting with the D7000 as fast as our forefinger could swap places from one control to the other. So from the off we were expecting response times from the camera that were almost instantaneous. We weren’t disappointed and in truth this is as it should be with a mid-range DSLR – you don’t want to be waiting for it to catch up.
In single shot mode, whether shooting JPEGs or NEF (Nikon Raw) files, images are committed to card in a second or so, with a two second wait if shooting both in tandem. The noise of the shutter firing on the D7000 is just loud enough to signal that a shot’s been taken, without being overly intrusive for those attempting candid shots.
As we noted in our look at the D3100 from the same manufacturer, the option of shooting video requires first switching to Live View mode. You then hear the internal mirror mechanism flip out of the way, and can then press the red record button to record – so the capture of movie clips isn’t quite the instantaneous process it might be. As it stands, this is where mirrorless (Panasonic GF2, Sony NEX’s, Olympus E-PL1 Digital Pen) or translucent mirror (Sony Alpha A33 and A55) interchangeable lens alternatives have the advantage. Still, none of those models can boast the range of accessories and lenses that Nikon offers for the D7000 and budding videographer, to additionally include not only the battery pack but also the GP1 GPS unit. Black bands crop the screen when shooting video, the camera presenting a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio.
As the D7000’s optical viewfinder is large, clear and offers 100 per cent frame coverage we otherwise didn’t actually find ourselves utilising the 3-inch LCD for Live View that much. The spongy rubber eye relief is also comfortable. If we had one wish when it comes to composing shots then, it would be to provide a tilt and swivel LCD screen at the D7000’s rear for those otherwise awkward low or high angle shots – which would have seen us employing it a lot more. They’re an increasing popular feature on DSLRs these days and when you’ve come from handling one with this feature to a camera like the D7000 without, it’s an omission you notice.