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Excellent Camera but sometimes there's a problem,
Amazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)I cannot add much to the excellent reviews already written about this camera. Having migrated from a three year old Pentax the improvement has been jaw-dropping. The autofocus is fast and accurate, the high ISO capability is amazing (even at ISO3200 the noise is minimal) and a fully programmable design enables the user to set up the camera just the way they want it.I have been shooting RAW images and they have been superb, if a little taxing for my computer to handle. I used the camera for a photoshoot at the Hay Literary Festival, where it easily handled moving objects in dimly lit theatres.
Quite early on I picked up the fact that the camera can overexpose, particularly when set to pattern metering, and a few images had blown out highlights.Switching to selective metering options and setting the camera to systematically underexpose by about half a stop helps. I call it instrument calibration rather than there being any problem.
Unfortunately I no longer have this camera. Amazon's excellent return scheme picked up my D7000 and refunded me. The reason is that dark spots began appearing in the bottom right corner of images and a sensor shot revealed liquid droplets on the low pass filter in front of the sensor. It seems, judging by the internet discussions, that few D7000s flick an oily liquid, nearly always in one corner of the sensor filter, when the shutter fires. Air blowing won't shift the contamination and wet-cleaning provides only a temporary solution as fresh spots appear when the camera is used again.
I don't want to scare people off because the problem seems to be quite rare, rare enough for Nikon to be a bit obstinate with the few affected D7000 owners (Pentax and Canon have handled similar problems far more transparently). I will buy another D7000 because I already miss it's brilliance...but I will wait a bit to see if this problem blows over. I have to say that Amazon handled this really well so do buy from them.