Yes, a a controversial subject with amateur photographers who don't realize the characteristics and potential of the D7000.
I recently came across this three part video about whether the D7000 overexposes comparing exposures to the Canon 7D. The author uses RAW files and Lightroom to analyze the question.
I have been readinng about the dynamic range and how great it is with pulling out detail from shadows and highlights if they are not blown out, which this analysis clearly shows. Hopefully this helps some that are just starting out or not yet proficient in post processing.
I posted links to that site a while back and think he does a very thorough job of testing in real world situations. The shadow noise and color demo of the 7D made me feel a little(very little) bit sorry for my friends with 7D's. The reviews by well known sites go into nowhere near as much detail in real world tests. The more thorough and more in depth the tests the D7000 looks better and better. Of all the cool features, the low ISO noise level was the most surprising and useful I've found. Stan St Petersburg Russia
The first week I had my D7000 I was in the camp of saying that it over-exposed, but qualified that in saying that I was not 100% familiar with the camera yet. I was also comparing this with my D200 with the settings as close as possible between the 2 cameras.
After a few months of shooting with the D7000, and getting to know what to expect out of the Matrix metering system, I no longer believe it over exposes at all, it just handles some scenes differently than I was used to with the D200, and quite frankly, handles them more accurately than the D200 did.
I can't begin to tell you how happy I am with this camera, possibly the most powerful photographic tool I have ever owned.
Since you own a D7000, shoot raw (NEF), and run Windows; you could perform some tests. At my site (URL in signature) there is a section titled 'Collaborations'. The relevant test for your query is ISO Collaboration. If you attempt this and have trouble let me know, my analysis program might be out of date.
Frank performed the "ISO Collaboration" listed at my site.
This test determines the ISO at which 18% of the sensor capacity, on average, is achieved. 18% is a common, but not universal, exposure metering criteria. Most Nikon DSLRs are lower than 18% but at least it's an apples to apples comparison.
Because I've been away from Nikonians for over 2 years, my analysis tool and instructions were out-of-date. But Frank persisted and we completed the (initial) analysis. (Thanks Frank.)
I got an ISO of 84 which is .25EV below ISO 100. You can compare this to other Nikon values in my Summary of Sensor Characteristics of Nikon DSLRs table. This is about a 15% rather than 18% metering. Note that the D3, D300, and D40 meter even lower.
It would appear that, if anything, the D7000 would underexpose rather than overexpose. Note however that an image with a wide dynamic range could easily be properly exposed at the mid-tone and overexposed in the highlights.
I meant to imply that someone else with a D7000 might be interested in some testing; either to verify our results or on some other aspect of the camera. I'd be happy to work on some other tests with you if you are curious to know more about the technical capabilities of the sensor. The results of my tests are not unlike those that can be found at other sites except performing one's own test is both educational and removes any hint that the results are commercially compromised. Of the other tests, the Photographic Dynamic Range and Gain are the most revealing.
So this is what, our 3rd thread specifically dedicated to this topic? At least it's the 3rd one that I am aware of, although I wouldn't be surprised if there have been many more.
I once argued that the D7000 does indeed overexpose, and I posted pictures to prove my point. You can do a search on this topic or on my user name and find the threads I speak of. I even vowed that I would stop using Matrix Metering as that seemed to be responsible for the overexposure.
As it turns out, and as pointed out by our own "Digital Darrell" Young, author of such books as, "Mastering the Nikon D7000" (and D300 and D5000 and D700 and...) that only when the picture settings are set to "Vibrant", or anything but "Standard" if I recall, then you might get such behavior. Otherwise, no.
I took him up on his position. First, I discovered that my picture setting certainly was on Vibrant! OK, lucky guess on his part. Then I re-performed my old test, which had previously demonstrated the over exposure, only now, the exposure was spot on!
So, in summary, the Nikon D7000 will overexpose IF you tell it to! Otherwise, no, it does not overexpose
One great thing about this new thread is the link to the site where the guy videos his testing... The one on comparing dynamic range between Nikon and Canon sensors is VERY informative, and shows how well Nikon engineers a camera.
>One great thing about this new thread is the link to the site >where the guy videos his testing... The one on comparing >dynamic range between Nikon and Canon sensors is VERY >informative, and shows how well Nikon engineers a camera.
I thought the overexposure video was more on target about exposure but you are right the dynamic range videos showing the D7000 range is impressive.
I bought my D7000 a week ago and have been taking a few shots here and there. I felt like it was overexposing, but then again, I'm not a master at photography, so I'm still learning how to play around with it to get the images how I want them to be.