>Have you noticed this note in the Live View section (page 53) >of the D7000 manual...? > ...
That's interesting, I wonder what the design goal is here with this bit "Metering in live view is adjusted to suit the live view display, producing photographs with exposure close to what is seen in he monitor"".
I found that same statement in two other full-frame camera manuals as well, so it is not unique to the D7000. Based on it's placement in the LiveView Photography section of the manual, the design goal doesn't appear to be solely targeted at video.
It sounds intuitive to be able to judge via the "live view display", although I do very much pay attention to histograms as well in these situations. Thom says in his D800 guide "So the one thing that I’d caution against doing is relying too much upon Live View to pre-evaluate color and brightness." which is probably good advice.
On the main thread, I'll chime in to say I really liked my D7000 exposure and results. Very nice sensor and metering system combination. IIRC it was the first of the 2000 point metering cameras produced by Nikon.