This device is not just about taking pictures however; there’s a degree of creativity involved at the review stage. We get the usual comprehensive array of in-camera retouching options here, plus the now de rigeur smattering of digital effects filters for stills, here doing the job of variously warming or cooling an image. The tweaked photograph is saved as a JPEG alongside the original, so you can always change your mind later.
We were shooting mainly using natural light with the D7000 – both indoors and out – and were very impressed with the results we were getting from combination of sensor and supplied 18-105mm zoom lens. With an optic like that we did notice a degree of barrel distortion at maximum wide angle – better hidden when shooting natural subjects than man made ones – and to be picky images could do with being a tad sharper overall, whilst, as we found on the D3100, there’s a tendency to overexpose highlights if left to its own default settings. But, as we say, this feels like picking holes in an otherwise consistent and reliable performance, with colour rendition some of the most natural we’ve seen from a modern enthusiast DSLR. This is truly a camera for all seasons.
The D7000 is a fantastic step up camera for those who have outgrown entry level digital SLRs or for those who want to upgrade from older mid-range models, with the advantage this time around of a bang up-to-date feature set for the Nikon range; the obvious advantages of Full HD video and optional extras such as GPS making it a true tool for the multimedia age. It’s also a sensible option for those amateur enthusiasts who land the odd paid job now and again, but who wouldn’t want (or necessarily need) all the extras, nor expense, of an actual pro DSLR.
Inevitably in a review of this length we can only touch on our own personal highlights, and suffice to say, lack of angle adjustable LCD aside, there is plenty of scope to get as much out of this camera as creative imagination will allow.