ISO setting - would like to be able to change ISO without having to take my eye from the viewfinder a la aperture and shutter speed. If I could do the same with bracketing and WB, would be perfection
Try the Show ISO/Easy ISO setting in custom setting d3. This not only replaces the shots remaining counter in the viewfinder with the ISO value, but you can also adjust ISO with the unused command dial in A or S mode. I'm usually in M, but it's a nice feature when I'm not.
Here's my long list of first impressions. Sorry there's no real order to it. I came from the D300 and D90, just for reference.
-Mirror blackout (the time when the mirror flips up to allow for exposure) is incredibly short. My estimate is about 1/30s (that's the shutter speed where I can tell the blackout is longer). From the little I've tested the 3D AF tracking, having the image there almost the whole time is very useful for panning.
-The shutter sound is quiet in normal mode, sounds like a dof preview sound in quiet mode, where I half expected it to be a gimmick. When I'm around a D90 and D200 over Christmas I'll try to remember to record them for reference.
-Movie ergonomics are improved over the D90. It's now easy to start one.
-The HDMI interface is more polished and shows just the video in movie playback (I can't remember if D90 had overlaid info or not, but it seems like it did).
-Mirror up mode is back (from the D300, I mean). I missed that for tripod shooting.
-I like the new AF button. Logical placement, though it takes a while to get used to because my left thumb isn't used to doing anything.
-I love the idea of the user modes and will have one for action (3D tracking, auto-ISO, aperture priority with a minimum shutter speed of around 1/500s or so and max ISO of 3200 or so). The other I'm not sure what to do. I'll come up with something.
-The assignable DOF preview button is nice, but I find myself hitting it accidentally quite a bit. I've got it assigned to virtual horizon and the Fn assigned to the top My Menu item (on-camera flash settings).
-I'm not too happy that I had to replace my batteries, but I don't have enough experience to know if it's noticeably better. The charger is better (optional wire).
-The AF system is noticeably better: faster and more accurate, and the rangefinder icons are always active in the viewfinder when the meter is, which is great for manual focus (I had thought it would take the place of the exposure display like the virtual horizon indicator does). I can already tell the 3D tracking is better than I'll need, but I'm not a birder or anything (just a father of active kids) so take that with a grain of salt.
-The viewfinder is really accurate if you care about that. I've never cared about cropping a bit to tweak composition.
-The dual card slots are very well-implemented. This is actually the reason I upgraded from the D90. The peace of mind of having a backup copy of pictures on paid shoots will be worth the upgrade price. The rest of the features are icing on the cake.
-Oh, yeah, I can't believe I almost forgot to give a stuck pixels report. ;-) I see one blue pixel in high-ISO video in the center left of the frame. This isn't what I'll use for video usually, so I'm not worried. I didn't check for and was never worried about stuck pixels in stills because I use Lightroom.
Michael DeRose said:
...The only bad thing I can think of, is that it is just a bit too small for my hands. I must have freak hands, because everyone else i have talked to, said it was big or just right. This "issue" will be fixed when i get a battery grip...
I don't know if this is slightly bigger than the D90, but my right little finger doesn't slip off the grip anymore. It could also be a difference in materials. I think the D7000 is more rubbery and grippy. I'll still consider the grip, though.