"Excellent camera, with significant drawbacks"3.0 starson by habubauza
Pros: Great high ISO performance, excellent build quality, great burst rate, excellent battery life, super bright LCD, extremely customizable, shoots 1080p HD video, very good kit lens, super quiet shutter, dual SD card slots, 3D tracking.
Cons: Many stuck pixels when viewing video shot against dark backgrounds and/or high ISO settings. Video record autofocus doesn't work well and is very audible when using internal microphone. You have to use manual focus to get good results.
Summary: I was really excited about getting this camera as it was going to be an upgrade to both my D200 and Canon HV20. It was going to be my first all in one and the reviews I had been reading were quite good. I was very surprised when I was able to find one at a local Best Buy and I picked it up right away. As soon as I took it out of the box all of the touted features became immediately apparent. Great build quality, excellent LCD screen in the back, dual SD card slots, very well laid out switches and controls, comparable to what you would find on a full frame camera. The 18-105 VR kit lens is a great walk about lens that takes excellent pictures. Everything I shot, especially at high ISO came out surprisingly well and sharp.
Now for the bad news. I was very excited to start shooting HD video with my new D7000 and as soon as I started shooting video with auto-Focus enabled (Full time Autofocus, Wide Area) I noticed that I couldn't really shoot anything consistently. The camera would simply ignore my focus point and would simply "hunt" on objects all around it. I was really confused as to why it was doing this. Nikon does list a plethora of areas where auto-focusing may have problems, such as "low contrast areas, areas of parallel lines, subject appears smaller than focus point, etc". However, based on what I actually experienced, the camera can't focus on anything properly. It will initially lock onto your focus point, but after a few seconds it just starts hunting. And if your subject is moving (which is the prime reason you would want full time auto focusing) the camera simply loses it all together. There are numerous videos online that will demonstrate this. The fix for this is to simply using manual focus, but that seems inadequate at best for the casual user who would like the ability to shoot an unplanned moment say with a child or a pet.
The other problem I had with this camera are the stuck pixels that are very apparent when shooting video against a dark background or utilizing high ISO's. I know that stuck pixels is not a new phenomenon, but with a new camera out the box it's not acceptable to have 5 or 6 stuck blue or red pixels on a screen while trying to view recently shot footage. Again, this is well documented on the internet.
So despite all the wonders this camera has to offer, I will be returning mine and I simply can't recommend that anyone buy's this, especially if they have their hopes set on utilizing the HD video recording feature.
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