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Nikon D7000 18-105 VR Kit review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £1179
inc VAT

The D7000 is a joy to use, and takes breathtaking photos and videos.


23.6×15.6mm 16.1-megapixel sensor, 5.8x zoom (27-157.5mm equivalent), 1.2kg

The improvements for photography aren’t as dramatic as for video, but they build on an already superb foundation. Continuous shooting is now a claimed 6fps – and we measured 5.7fps in our tests. We’ve seen faster cameras costing half as much, but the D7000’s large buffer and fast processor meant it kept going at 5.7fps for 100 shots. Raw continuous performance was less impressive, slowing to 1.4fps after 10 shots. Otherwise, the camera was extremely responsive, and never kept us waiting – except for the autofocus issues described above.

Automatic exposures were excellent, with digital processing handling shadows well and Nikon’s subtle tendency towards warmer tones flattering most subjects. Noise barely registered at ISO 1600 and remained reasonably unobtrusive at ISO 6400, allowing handheld shooting in low light with the kit lens. The much cheaper Canon EOS 550D matches it for noise levels, though.

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The 16-megapixel sensor and 18-105mm lens captured stunning details, and in-camera chromatic aberration correction worked wonders (see the trees in our sample gallery). However, we found that shutter speeds below 1/100s often resulted in small amounts of camera shake. Tests using a tripod suggested that the lens’s optical stabilisation actually added some shake, particularly at 1/30s. That’s annoying, but this is still a worthwhile kit lens that’s in a different class to the 18-55mm lenses bundled with cheaper SLRs.

If photography is a hobby rather than a profession, £1,200 is a lot to spend, especially when the Canon 550D offers comparable photo and video quality. There are plenty of reasons to consider the D7000, though: faster performance, more tactile controls, a bigger viewfinder, more sophisticated autofocus. The Canon 60D offers similar features, though – we’ll have our full review up shortly. As an upgrade to the D90, the D7000 is both extremely tempting and unnervingly expensive in exactly equal measure.

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Basic Specifications

CCD effective megapixels16.1 megapixels
CCD size23.6×15.6mm
Viewfinderoptical TTL
Viewfinder magnification, coverage0.94x, 100%
LCD screen size3.0in
LCD screen resolution920,000 pixels
Articulated screenNo
Live viewYes
Optical zoom5.8x
Zoom 35mm equivalent27-157.5mm
Image stabilisationoptical, lens based
Maximum image resolution4,928×3,264
Maximum movie resolution1920×1080
Movie frame rate at max quality24fps
File formatsJPEG, RAW; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slot2x SDXC
Mermory suppliednone
Battery typeLi-ion
Battery Life (tested)1,050 shots
ConnectivityUSB, AV, mini HDMI, microphone, GPS
HDMI output resolution1080i
Body materialmagnesium alloy
Lens mountNikon F mount
Focal length multiplier1.5x
Kit lens model nameAF-S DX Nikkor 18-105MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AccessoriesUSB and AV cables, neck strap

Buying Information

Warrantytwo-year RTB

Camera Controls

Exposure modesprogram, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed30 to 1/8,000 seconds
Aperture rangef/3.5-22 (wide), f/5.6-36 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution)100 to 25600
Exposure compensation+/-5 EV
White balanceauto, 6 presets with fine tuning, custom, 5 manual
Additional image controlscontrast, saturation, sharpness, brightness, hue, noise reduction, dynamic range, colour space
Manual focusYes
Closest macro focus45cm
Auto-focus modes39-point
Metering modesmulti, centre-weighted, centre, face detect (live view only)
Flashauto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, rear curtain, red-eye reduction
Drive modessingle, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, WB bracket, flash bracket

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