Well at least it livened up the D7000 thread a tad
I have seen lots of various reviews most seem to rate the D7000 fairly highly but there have been some issues raised, it appears to me that many come from users who have not given themselves time to get to know their camera fully and it certainly has alot of various things to learn the number of combinations of control perameters that can be set runs into thousands.
I cannot say that I have noticed any real problems with my camera other than a few minor design hiccups such as the small contact cover at the bottom of the finger rubber that (because I have largish fingers) keeps popping open, I suspect a tiny spot of super glue will cure that once the warentee runs out.
Focusiing seems to work fine for me ,if you want to wave it about it will hunt but so does any auto focus camera.
As for Hot Cold or indifferent Pixels its not something I have noticed so it is not a problem. Even if it has a few out of 16.9 million it would only show if you went pixel hunting and I refuse to fall into the trap that I did as a HIFi fanatic it the 60's were I ended up listening for hisses and pops rather than listen to the overall clarity of the music.
I have never had a camera that was perfect (that includes a Blad, Lieca & RB67) nor have I had a camera that didnt take (for me) several months to master thoughly to my satisfaction.
So as has been the case many reviewers revisit the camera after a period of use to give a better apraisal having had time to get to know the camera better.
Has the camera been released too soon as mr Hogan suggests? IMO its a camera that could be slighlty improved but the basic unit is very well equipped and built, and once you learn it's limitations can produce terrific results (with the previso of having a decent lens on the front)
Its about (imo) the best amateur DX camera that is on the market currently, so was it released at around the right time?. For me yes it was.