As part of my upcoming review of the Nikon D7000, I am sharing some of the sample images that I’ve captured with the camera. Check them out below.
All images were captured in RAW format and processed in Lightroom 3 and/or Photoshop CS5 according to my own personal tastes. In most of these images, I’ve only made slight contrast, saturation, sharpness and vignetting adjustments. I have noted the basic shot info below each image. All images were made with the Nikon D7000’s 18-105mm kit lens.
Additionally, I’ve included an ISO range comparison for the D7000’s JPEG and RAW file processing results below.
Feel free to download any of these sample images for your personal inspection (not for republication). You can get the original files by right-clicking on any of the images and choosing “Save link as…”
In the following ISO range comparison, I captured a scene under tungsten lamps with custom white balance set in-camera. These images were shot in NEF + JPEG with default noise reduction settings applied to the JPEG images. RAW files were zeroed and exported from Lightroom 3 as JPEGs at the 100 quality setting (except for the ISO 25600 image, which was reduced to 90 quality to get under the 25MB file size cap on SmugMug. And by the way, SmugMug rocks! Use my referral code for $5 off – ?7jCtURK05RxCQ ). A second batch of the same RAW images received noise reduction settings of +50 for both luma and chroma noise, and then exported as 100 quality JPEGs from Lightroom 3.
For the sake of reference, here’s what the entire image looks like.
And, below, you will find 100% crops from near the center of the frame.
Below are links to the original files from the above 100% crops, which you can download for further personal inspection if you wish. Just right-click the link and choose “Save file as…”
- ISO 100: JPEG – RAW w/o NR – RAW w/ NR
- ISO 200: JPEG – RAW w/o NR – RAW w/ NR
- ISO 400: JPEG – RAW w/o NR – RAW w/ NR
- ISO 800: JPEG – RAW w/o NR – RAW w/ NR
- ISO 1600: JPEG – RAW w/o NR – RAW w/ NR
- ISO 3200: JPEG – RAW w/o NR – RAW w/ NR
- ISO 6400: JPEG – RAW w/o NR – RAW w/ NR
- ISO 12800: JPEG – RAW w/o NR – RAW w/ NR
- ISO 25600: JPEG – RAW w/o NR – RAW w/ NR
There are many things about the D7000 that impress me, not the least of which is overall image quality. While certain professional applications will find limitations with the sensitivity range, many enthusiast photographers will be pleased to use the D7000 up to ISO 3200 and ISO 6400 on a consistent basis.
I was impressed with the ability to take the rather slow f/5.6 kit lens into low-light environments and walk out with plenty of keepers. Add a fast lens like the 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/1.8, and the D7000 will shoot in lower light than your eyes can see.
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