If you’re into cameras and technology like I am, you might have some interest in one of the recent DSLR offerings from Nikon, the D7000. This model came out around November of 2010, I think, and it quickly sold out, leaving many folks on a waiting list to get one.
I recently upgraded to the D7000, and the design and engineering going into digital cameras now is exceptional. The still image quality is every bit as good as you would expect from Nikon, and the HD video from this thing is true 1080p High Definition. We’re just now seeing the maturation of video capabilities in the DSLR market, and it’s all good. A prosumer camera like this would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.
Detailed specs are here, but a few things stand out about this camera:
Some shots of my D7000 below (taken with an iPhone). The small lens in the first three shots is the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 prime, and the larger lens is the Nikkor 18-200mm VR II—an outstanding telephoto zoom (if I had to pick one lens to stay on my camera 100% of the time, this would be it). I also added the MB-D11 battery grip which allows for a second battery for extended shooting time, and also provides a nice extra bit of gripping surface and a second shutter button for rotating the camera into portrait orientation.
There are plenty of detailed reviews of this camera on the web, and they all come to the same conclusion: the D7000 is fantastic.