That actually look like it may be a small access point. Notice that not only is the rubber sticking out but the whole plastic edge is sticking out. Also look at the picture that shows the bottom of the body the area in question is clearly different then the areas around it.
>>I think it is the power connector cover. >> >>See the diagram here: >> >>http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/digitalcamera/slr/d7000/compatibility03.htm >> >>#54. >> >>Jason > >Does anyone else have a problem with the Power connector >opening or getting in the way, whilst taking pictures? > >I am new to DSLR's and noticed that the connector keeps >coming-up whilst taking photo's. I first noticed it when a >friend was taking photo's at a party, only having had the >Camera a day.
That's no good! I have the same issue on my D1x. It just won't stay closed. The connector cover is totally on a different part of the camera from the D7000 and is large. Nikon seems to always have issues like this with rubber parts for some reason.
I've got a D7000 with over 1000 images. The power connector flap does not open or get in the way. It's not an issue at all. If a friend has an issue with it, there is probably some other issue. Perhaps it was never closed properly. There is a small ridge around the rubber flaps which keeps them from easily opening.
The grip is a separate part - and is also a magnesium frame and weather sealed. It should hold up just fine under normal use.