After the unboxing and once the battery was charged, I took the Nikon D7000 for a photo walk around the house and the yard.
I shot with the Nikon 50mm f1.4G, the Nikon 105mm f2.8G VR, and the Nikon 70-300mm VR to see how a variety of lenses performed.
I also shot the D7000 at a range of ISO settings, including 6400 ISO, to see how what kind of image quality and high ISO performance the Nikon D7000 is capable of.
While I was shooting, I was paying careful attention to auto focus, shutter lag, and over-all camera response of the D7000 to see how it compared against the Nikon D90 and even my Nikon D700.
Quick summary... the Nikon D7000 ROCKS! It's built like a tank. Feels like a smaller D700. Auto focus is quick and accurate. I'd say it's likely the equal of my D700 from my initial impressions.
The D7000 image quality is fantastic. Could be close to the Nikon D700 from what I'm seeing, but I plan on doing some head to head comparisons to see for sure.
Over-all, I'm very impressed! Watch the video for more of my thoughts and observations, but it's safe to say the Nikon D7000 is a HUGE SUCCESS!
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