Nikon recently released a new DSLR, the D7000, capable of capturing 1080p video at 24 frames per second and 16 megapixel photos.  Those stats are impressive, but the real question for photographers is whether the videos and photos are actually better than the D7000’s predecessors, the Nikon D300s and the Nikon D90.  We’ve had our hands on all three cameras and are here to report the results.  The truth is that while the D7000 boasts full 1080p high definition video and a ton of megapixels, the older D90 and D300s still get the job done. 

Both cameras were breakthroughs just a few short years ago. While the settings and operation continue to improve on each camera, the quality of the photos and video has improved only marginally.  If you have the budget and are thinking of investing in the D7000, consider buying a new lens instead.  A lens that performs well in low light such as the 35mm f/1.8 and the 17-55mm f/2.8 is a much better way to spend your money. 

A $1,000 camera body should last you about five years, so invest in lenses that hold their value much longer and allow you to be more creative in your work, whether you are capturing special moments of your kids or a wedding.  If you really want to upgrade your camera body, consider saving and getting a full-frame D700 or D3.  The D7000, D300s and D90 all have an APS-C sized sensor, which does not perform anywhere near as well as their full frame older brothers at high-ISO’s in low light.  Don’t get us wrong, the D7000 is a great camera that autofocuses quickly, handles easily and takes great photos.  But before you invest, carefully consider your needs and think about buying a lens that could help meet your goals for many years to come.

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