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Nikon D7000 Digital Camera Review$1,199.99
The Nikon D7000 has the best motion performance we’ve seen from a Nikon DSLR, but it still couldn’t match the performance we’ve gotten from the best video-capable DSLRs on the market. The camera had low levels of artifacting in our video motion test, but the video was choppy and not very smooth. There was also noticeable blur and interference throughout our motion test. More on how CamcorderInfo tests motion.
The D7000 has a number of frame rate options—including 24p, 30p, and 25p modes—but it does not have a 60i or 60p setting. This may not bother most users who want to create a film-like aesthetic with a 24p mode, but it will be jarring to anyone who is used to solely recording with consumer camcorders with a 60i or 60p frame rate.
In contrast to the Nikon D7000, the Canon 60D put up one of the best motion performances we've seen from a video-capable DSLR. The camera can record using a variety of frame rates: 30p, 24p, and even a 60p mode when shooting at a 1280 x 720 resolution. The camera did have a similar amount of artifacting to the Nikon D7000, but we were more impressed with its lack of blur and smooth motion video.
The Sony A55V didn't show much artifacting in our test, which is good, and its video was quite smooth, but we were disappointed that the camera didn't offer a 24p record mode. The camera does have options for 60i and 30p recording, but the fact that it lacks a 24p mode is surprising. Strangely, this is almost the exact opposite reason we were disappointed with the D7000's frame rate options.
There's only one frame rate option on the Nikon D300S for recording video, and that frame rate is 24p. This is the big advantage that the D7000 has over previous Nikon DSLRs, as it is the first Nikon DSLR to offer 30p recording (and it offers 25p as well). Overall, the motion captured by the D300S wasn't bad, but the camera did have a problem with rolling shutter and it had more artifacting than the D7000's motion image.
The D7000 is Nikon’s first DSLR capable of recording a Full HD 1920 × 1080 image, so this is the first time we’ve really been able to evenly compare a Nikon DSLR with other manufacturers in terms of video sharpness. With that said, the Nikon D7000 didn’t do all that badly. The camera measured a horizontal and vertical sharpness of 650 lw/ph each, which is a big improvement over the Nikon D300S.The Nikon D7000’s sharpness score was also on par with what the Canon 60D showed us, while the Sony A55V did a bit better in this category. More on how CamcorderInfo tests video sharpness.
Low Light Sensitivity
The Nikon D7000 put up impeccable numbers in our sensitivity tests. The camera needed just 5 lux of light—which is almost nothing!—to record an image that was bright enough to register 50 IRE on our waveform monitor. This is an excellent score, even for a video-capable DSLR.