Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

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Nikon D7000

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Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,167 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 80.0 vs 73.0
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Around 10% better image quality
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.5 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Battery life Longer battery life 1050 shots vs 850 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Shutter lag Less shutter lag 208 ms vs 238 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.63x vs 0.62x
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Almost the same
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Weight Lighter 703 g vs 780 g
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Around 10% lighter
Size Slightly smaller 132x103x77 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $629.00 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $71 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D7000:1050 shots
              D90:850 shots
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D7000:400 ms
              D90:300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              D90:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7000:780 g
              D90:703 g
              Size Large Help
              D7000:132x105x77 mm
              D90:132x103x77 mm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D7000:16.1 MP
              D90:12.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D7000:6,400 ISO
              D90:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D7000:Contrast detection
              D90:None
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D7000:1080p @ 24fps
              D90:720p @ 24fps

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $579 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,478 with 28-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D90.

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              Avatar for Deep Das Deep Das (6:43 AM, October 18, 2013)
              D7000 is a just a beautiful and brilliant camera.It belongs to the newer
              generation like D800, D4 etc.Please dont underestimate the power of
              D7000.Currently for cropped body this is best and is a true beast.D7000
              is a professional camera too if you are a professional photographer.I
              exchanged D7000 for D90 because of its champion response for low
              light.Also with D90 i found it very difficult to get correctly exposed
              image with F1.4 lenses as the minimum shutter speed of D90 is 1/4000s and i had to step down to 1.8 or even higher unless i use ND filter
               
              Akelnw (11:39 PM, September 14, 2013)
              I think D7000 acceptable with this price and useful verymore D90
               
              Avatar for Albert Llubit Albert Llubit (2:21 AM, August 08, 2013)
              i just wanna know,the difference between canon powershot A2600 and

              Victor Camcorder Vc-11.but i think its missing in here.(snapsort)
              i want to know difference with all of their features.(including light sensitivity and frames per second)PLEASE REPLY!!!!!
               
              Sarath (4:25 PM, November 02, 2012)
              hi guys am a bigginer , i need to know that which one gives the better quality pics ? D90 or D7000 , can u guys plz help me......
               
              Alwyn (3:41 PM, September 20, 2012)
              Not quite sure if someone else commented. but the D90 also has video. Under reasons to buy D7000 you have that as a plus for the D7000. I just recently replaced my D90 with a D7000. If I could have the same warranty as I now have with the D7000 (5 years in South Africa) then I would have bought another D90 instead of the D7000. Don't be fooled by the megapixel race. 12 is enough. Also, don't be fooled by all this AF hoohah. All I'm gaining from the D7000 is the partial magnesium alloy body with weather sealing, increased frame rate and dual card slots. The D90 is a damn fine camera and will stay a damn fine camera until they take it off the market. For those wandering if it's still ok to go for instead of the D3100, 3200, 5100 ask yourself what you need from the camera. Do you need to join the mp race? You'll need better glass for that to see a real benefit. Don''t be fooled by it like I was at first. The D90 has built in AF motor and built in flash commander unit which the other 3 I mentioned don't. Just a pity the warranty isn't the same here as with the D7000.
               
              Un1qu3 (1:48 PM, May 05, 2012)
              Under "Reasons to get the D90" it says "has a built-in focus motor - works with a greater number of lenses".
              Well, so does the D7000.
               
              Mariusz (9:51 AM, April 07, 2012)
               I was upgrading from D80 and the choice I made was the same. And the reason the same too ;-)
               
              Songyi (4:06 AM, February 28, 2012)
              The D7000 was made to replace and eventually phase out the D90. The D5000 was an upgrade from the D60 (as the D3000 for the D40/D40X)
               
              Avatar for Ccashbha Ccashbha (4:13 AM, October 19, 2011)
              Isn't Nikon D7000 a new line up of Nikon and not a replacement of the D90 or any past DSLR?? Atleast thats what nikon said..something like how the D5000 came to be with swivel LCD..just a new line up.. confuse here 0.o
               
              Jimkartubi (3:25 PM, October 10, 2011)
              D7000 sensor made by sony, D90 too.... except D3, D700, D3S, & D3100 the sensor made by nikon,
              its that true?
               
              Jimkartubi (3:19 PM, October 10, 2011)
              D3S not D3D sorry...:D
               
              Jimkartubi (3:17 PM, October 10, 2011)
              D7000 sensor make sony, D90 too...except D3, D3D, & D3100.. it's that true???
               
              Debsander1 (5:18 AM, August 27, 2011)
              So glad to have found this site & particularly this discussion. Trying to decide between these 2 Nikons. Main hold-back against the D7000? I've read about some AF problems and other owners reporting OIL splashes/droplets inside the lens. ???

              At least the D90 has been around long enough to have any bugs worked out. (And I haven't heard of any, actually.)

              Can anyone confirm/refute these ugly rumors I've heard about the D7000?
               
              Richard (11:33 PM, February 13, 2011)
              I was torn between these two, upgrading from my D70S. I went for the D90 because of cost. I couldn't justify the extra £400 for the newer 7000 even with its improved features - the D90 doing very well and on its own being a good step up from the 70s.

              One significant feature is sensor cleaning which they both have. The 7000 also records movies for longer with focusing. On the 90 it's small snapshot movies but won't replace a camcorder. So the 7000 is the more polished and more complete product, but the 90 is very good and at the moment the price is the big decider.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:19 PM, November 29, 2010)
              Nhan Ngo recently decided between the D90 or D7000, he wrote:

              I was faced with the same decision a month ago: D90 or D7000?

              Because it was my first DSLR, I ended up buying a D90 for $680 CAD. The D7000 was nearly twice as much at $1250 CAD. Although the performance of the D7000 is superb, I was on a tight budget and wanted the best bang for my buck. The way I treated this dilemma, I compared to it buying a first car (start cheaper so you can better appreciate the more expensive ones in the future). Ultimately, this choice is up to you and will depend on how much you can spend for new technology.

              As for the prime lens, I would agree that it’s a great first lens. If I can also suggest the Nikon 35mm f/1.8, which is ~30% sharper than the 50mm f/1.8, but almost twice the cost. I got it for around $190 US, no warranty. (+$60 would have gotten me warranty but the lens is cheap enough to replace).
               
              John (7:18 PM, October 02, 2010)
              Nikon announced that D7000 body is gonna come out 29th of october at $1099.99 and Kit with Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 at $1299.99
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (8:50 PM, September 17, 2010)
              A couple of other differences:
              - D7000 has startup time of 0.13s, compared to 0.15s on the D90 (so both startup very fast :)
              - D7000's shutter lag is 50ms, down from 65ms on the D90 (to put this in comparison, the flagship D3s has shutter lag of 40ms)
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:32 PM, September 16, 2010)
              As you pointed out, Snapsort has the prices at the top, currently USD $1199 body only for the D7000 body only and USD $846 for the Nikon D90 body only.
               
              AJD (3:16 PM, September 16, 2010)
              Ooops, I jumped to the last page before reading the first page with price indicators. Sorry. :)
               
              Jdade8 (3:13 PM, September 16, 2010)
              Why is there no discussion of price even at the approximation or guess level?
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:23 PM, September 16, 2010)
              Hi Shiva, we've updated the site, it no longer makes recommendations without full data - we don't have have image quality scores for the D7000.

              The D7000 looks like an impressive upgrade over the D90. Some differences not captured by Snapsort above include:
              - 39 AF points with 9 cross-type (vs the D90's 11 AF points and 1 cross-type)
              - Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus module (vs the D90's Multi-CAM 1000), its hard to say what this means, but given the numbering I this points to faster and more accurate focusing, possibly even better than the D300s/D700/D3s lineup featuring Multi-CAM DX3500 and FX3500?
              - Magnesium alloy body (vs polycabonate)
              - Upgraded matrix metering system (2,016 pixels vs 420 pixels)

              Given the 2 f-stop increase in boost ISO (up to 25,600 from 6,400) and 1 f-stop increase in max ISO (up to 6,400 from 3,200), hopefully we'll see significant low light image quality improvements. Currently the D3s is about 2 f-stops ahead of the D90 (image quality on the D3s as ~3200 ISO is as good as on the D90 at ~800 ISO). I hope we might see the D7000 about halfway inbetween, shooting the same quality at 1600 ISO that the D90 does at 800 ISO.
               
              Shiva (2:45 AM, September 16, 2010)
              Does D7000 really scores so bad compared to D90? After reading about the better AF-Points, Sturdy Body, Higher resolution, Great shutter speed, Lens compatibility etc 53 looks like a bad score...
              Is it the price difference reason for the margin or D7000 still needs to be further rated?