Nikon used magnesium alloy to create the D7000's body and, as a result, it feels like a tank in hand
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Connectors: USB, HDMI, PictBridge
Lens included: Y
Live View compatible: Y
Memory type: 2x SD, SDHC, SDXC
When the D7000 was launched it stood between the enthusiast-aimed D300S and the higher-end D90.
Nikon’s cameras have always boasted excellent build quality and the D7000 is no different. A magnesium alloy has been used to create the camera’s body and thanks to this, it feels like a tank in hand.
While the magnesium alloy ensures the body of the D7000 is a reasonable weight, our test sample felt quite substantial in hand because of the added weight of the supplied Nikon DX 18-105mm lens. Thankfully, the camera is easy to handle thanks to its tight dimensions and contoured rubber grip.
Whereas most of the cameras in the grouptest have their major controls located to the right of the LCD screen, the D7000 has most of its buttons and controls to the left of the screen. At the same time the D7000’s mode-selector wheel is located to the left of the flash, whereas most other cameras have this to the right of the flash.
Using the Nikon for a week we were amazed with its overall image quality. No matter the scene and settings we tried, the D7000 produced high quality photos. Images shot with low ISO settings were packed with detail and were only slightly soft in terms of image crispness. On the flip side of the coin, shots at high ISO settings were detailed and surprisingly free from noise.