Nikon D7000 Review

Nikon D7000 Review

The new one between D90 and D300S is called Nikon D7000: For demanding photo amateurs

The D90 is one of the most successful long runners in the Nikon DSLR segment, our review alone has been read over thousands of times since its release. Now, with the D7000, she gets a bigger sister who, if the users like it, could become the next long runner. They have what it takes: 16.2 megapixel resolution, FullHD video recording, sealed housing with magnesium elements, 39-point autofocus, GPS connection, double SD card slot, 100% viewfinder, LiveView with contrast autofocus on a high-resolution 3″ screen, etc. And all this at a price of just under 1,200 EUR.

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Robust housing with splash water protection
  • Large scope of equipment, high customizability
  • Excellent optical viewfinder
  • Excellent image quality, even at high ISO values

Cons

  • Somewhat small buffer memory
  • No live histogram
  • Display neither foldable nor swivelable
  • Ergonomically not optimally shaped housing

The Nikon D7000 breaks with several traditions: Their image sensor resolves a good 16 megapixels – higher than any other APS-C camera from the traditional manufacturer. And for the first time in Nikon’s history, the sensor is produced in-house. Contrary to what the four-digit model name might suggest, the D7000 is not a beginner DSLR, but is positioned between the D90 and the D300S. Our test clarifies what the break with tradition means for image quality and what the D7000’s features and ergonomics are like.

The D90 was and is not so popular without reason, after all it offers a lot of performance for a reasonable price, i.e. a very good price/performance ratio. So the camera will continue to be sold, Nikon sees the D7000 more as a bigger sister or upgrade than as a direct successor. There’s a reason for that. The case of the Nikon D7000 is made of a very high quality material, e.g. some case parts (top and back) are made of a magnesium alloy, and it has as good weather protection as its bigger sister D300S. The housing is similar in size to that of the D90 – a good compromise between compactness and excellent ergonomics, to which the two thumb and index finger adjustment wheels should also contribute. The optional battery handle is even completely made of magnesium alloy and optionally accommodates an additional lithium-ion battery (one remains in the camera) or can be equipped with 6 AA/Mignon round cells (alkaline batteries, lithium batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries). The battery type EN-EL15 with 7.4 V and 1,030 mAh capacity is new. It has a security chip that is checked by the camera, so external batteries will not work in the D7000 for the time being. Panasonic also went this way “for the safety of the user” as “protection” against inferior batteries.

 

But Panasonic now has working third party batteries and Nikon will certainly have the same problem. A positive side effect of the new battery is the percent accurate remaining capacity display, so that you shouldn’t experience any nasty surprises when taking pictures.

The optical viewfinder of the D7000 is based on its larger sister, the D300S: a pentaprism made of glass offers 0.94x magnification and a field of view of 100%, and a diopter correction (-3 to +1 dpt) is also built in. The D7000 also offers a LiveView function including contrast autofocus and focus tracking (AF-F), the display is on the rear 3″ (7.6 cm) screen with a fine 921,000 pixels resolution. However, it is fixed and not movable like the D5000. An additional LC status display on the top provides information about the most important camera settings.

Another highlight is the effective 16.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor, which Nikon developed and produced itself. Physically, it even achieves 16.9 megapixels and has effective noise reduction mechanisms. Nikon has also thought of an integrated sensor cleaning function. The ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 6,400, in Hi 1 and Hi 2 settings even 12,800 and 25,600. The speed of the sensor in combination with the Expeed 2 image processor is also extremely high: 6 frames/s are achieved in continuous mode. The shutter should be suitable for at least 150,000 releases. But the D7000 can not only record photos, but also videos. A dedicated movie button ensures recording readiness at all times. FullHD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels at 24 fps is achieved, the sound is recorded in stereo, optionally even via an external microphone (via a 3.5 mm stereo jack connection). It is saved with H.264 compression in Quicktime format (MOV). If desired, the focus can be adjusted automatically (AF-F). A high sensor readout during filming should minimize the so-called rolling shutter effect, while a horizontal 3-pixel addition should help against false colors and moirés.

The exposure meter is completely new or further developed. Compared to the D90, this has almost 4 times the resolution, 2,016 RGB pixels and to be accurate. This allows the D7000 to accurately determine the exposure even at the distance transmitted by the lens, taking into account subject colors such as facial skin.

The light metering sensor thus also supports the new autofocus module, which has 39 metering points. The 9 central ones are high-quality cross sensors that respond equally to horizontal and vertical motif structures. The autofocus points can be selected individually or in groups, and the change from landscape to portrait format and vice versa is also taken into account. Together with the exposure sensor, the autofocus can be tracked very precisely because the color of a face, for example, indicates where the subject is moving to. In dark environments, a built-in auxiliary light helps the autofocus to take a leap.

Another feature makes the Nikon D7000 unique: It has a double SD card slot, i.e. two SD, SDHC or SDXC cards can be used simultaneously. As with Nikon’s professional cameras, the user has the choice of how these cards are to be equipped with image or film material: One after the other, parallel (as backup) or RAW separated from JPEG or movie recordings. Of course there is also a copy function. In general, the D7000 is adaptable: There are two user memories on the program dial, and 48 individual functions allow comprehensive configuration of the camera. Also the picture and even film editability does not come too briefly. Videos can be cropped and single frames can be solved out. Image processing functions include image reduction, Active-D-Lighting for shadow brightening and perspective correction. RAW images can also be developed directly in the camera. The removal of vignetting or edge darkening can even be done directly during recording, the D7000 takes the lens characteristics into account for optimum compensation.

The integrated flash unit has a guide number of 12 and covers an angle of view of 24 mm (KB). i-TTL flash units (Speedlight) can be connected via the system flash shoe. The shortest flash sync time of the without flash up to 1/8.000 fast shutter is 1/250 sec. Nikon’s own multifunction connector is also available, which can be used, for example, to connect a GPS to the camera. The HDMI connection, on the other hand, ensures high-resolution display on flat-screen televisions, and thanks to HDMI CEC compatibility, the camera can be controlled from the TV remote control.

Ergonomics and workmanship

At first glance, it seems that Nikon simply planted a new interior into the case of the D90, and the D7000 was ready. Nikon didn’t make it that easy, though. The body of the D7000 (strictly speaking only the front shell) consists of a magnesium-aluminium chassis like the APS-C flagship D300S. And so the D7000 makes a very robust impression, which is reinforced by its decent weight of about 780 grams (body ready, without lens). Consequently, Nikon has also provided splash-proof flaps and switches. In the end, only the slim case shape reminds of the Nikon D90, which isn’t always an advantage with the D7000: The grip bead is quite narrow, for large photographer hands the grip might be a bit more pronounced. The thumb rest, too, is only very discreetly shaped, but overall the D7000 can still be held securely with just one hand. As usual with Nikon, the main switch is arranged as a ring around the trigger. The front dial is located deep underneath, a mix-up of dial and main switch is hardly possible (unlike the current DSLRs from Sony). However, the index or middle finger of the Nikon solution must be angled uncomfortably wide to reach the front dial.

In the style of a professional camera, the Nikon D7000 is richly equipped with dedicated buttons and switches. At first glance, their arrangement appears to have been poorly thought out – for example, the “bracketing” button on the front of the case. But it soon becomes apparent that Nikon has carefully distributed the keys over the case so that they can be reached “blindly” even when looking through the viewfinder. After a short training period, this works out excellently. Only the Fn key is unhappily placed in the trench between the grip bead and the bayonet: All too easily it is accidentally released by the middle finger of the grip hand. Negative was also the smooth-running shutter release, so that it came again and again to erroneously triggered shots. The pressure point of the trigger is likely to be even more clearly defined.

The Nikon D7000 is very informative. First of all, there is a large display on the top of the camera that shows the most important camera settings. Those who are not so good at capturing the wealth of information on this status display can use the “Info” button to get it to the rear main screen. Its display is very clear, a further press on the “Info” button also makes it possible to directly control many parameters that cannot be reached via the keys and switches. Even when looking through the viewfinder, the Nikon D7000 always leaves you clear about the current selected settings. In LiveView mode, the camera fades in an artificial horizon or grid lines if desired, while the exposure bar takes over this function in the viewfinder. The quality of the viewfinder image is beyond criticism: With 0.94x magnification and 100% coverage, the bright viewfinder is one of the best currently available on an APS-C camera! The image quality of the rear display is also up to date: at a diagonal of three inches, it resolves 920,000 pixels (full VGA resolution). Even the finest image details can be evaluated directly in the camera.

Unfortunately, the fact that the display is rigidly mounted and can neither be folded nor swivelled proves to be a hindrance in everyday recording practice. Unusual perspectives, such as ground-level shots, are thus made more difficult despite the good LiveView function of the Nikon D7000. The main menu of the camera is a bit confusing – but this is mainly due to the immense amount of adjustment possibilities. So it’s only to be welcomed that Nikon has kept two positions on the main dial of the D7000 free for user-defined settings. The tripod connection made of stainless steel offers no cause for criticism – it sits in the optical axis and far enough away from the battery compartment that its flap can also be opened when the removable disk is attached. By the way, one battery charge provides energy for a good 1,000 recordings, as long as LiveView is not used.

Equipment

The Nikon D7000 is so richly equipped that the camera leaves hardly a photographer’s wish unfulfilled. Only novices in DSLR photography may miss one or the other assistance function. After all, after pressing the “?” key, the camera shows informative explanatory texts for numerous (unfortunately not all) menu commands. In addition, the Nikon D7000 offers the inexperienced photographer everything he needs to quickly get convincing photos. These include 19 motif programmes, including specialities such as “Interior” or “Silhouette”. In addition, the “iAuto” function is a classic snapshot program that relieves the photographer of every decision. Almost every decision at least – because ISO sensitivity can also be specified in fully automatic mode, which could sometimes prove to be a source of error.

Those who like it comfortable and still want to quickly intervene in the values given by the automatic system from case to case will find the ideal function in the automatic program. As befits a semi-professional camera, the Nikon D7000 offers a program shift function – the automatic time/aperture combination can be overridden at any time. In addition, automatic aperture and time control are on board, and of course the exposure can also be controlled completely manually in “M” mode. For creative exposure control, the D7000 offers pretty much all the possibilities that today’s DSLRs have. This includes, for example, series of shots with different exposures (“bracketing”), a measured value memory independent of AF storage and overriding of the preset values (“exposure compensation”). The exposure metering in the Nikon D7000 is carried out by a newly developed sensor with a resolution of 2016 pixels, twice as high as its Nikon D300S counterpart.

The ISO sensitivity, white balance and flash function are extremely easy to configure. For example, the D7000’s ISO automatic can be set – as with the D3S professional car – so that the camera only increases sensitivity when the exposure time falls below the photographer’s specified value. What is missing, however, is a “Auto” setting that aligns the longest exposure time to the focal length of the lens. On the other hand, the limits within which the camera may vary the ISO values can of course be specified.

With a guide number of 12.5, the internal flash is as powerful as is usual in its class and opens wide enough to illuminate without shadows at focal lengths of up to 16 millimetres (24 mm corresponding to 35mm). In terms of flash functions, the camera knows everything that technology has to offer today: Synchronisation to the second curtain, for example, long-term synchronisation (where the longest shutter speed can be freely selected), preflash to reduce red eyes and, as a special treat, the internal flash can also remotely control unleashed system flashes. The Nikon D7000 only lacks a PC socket for connecting a studio flash. Under the hood of the D7000 the variety of equipment continues. The camera has two card slots for SD memory cards. The second card can not only expand the storage capacity, it is alternatively possible to create a backup of all recordings on it. Or to record JPEG files on one card while the second card is recording the same images in RAW format.

Since the D7000 can also record videos, Nikon has consequently provided it with a 3.5mm jack socket for an external stereo microphone. This is also necessary because the internal microphone only records video sound in mono. In addition, there is a connection socket for the external GPS receiver GP-1, via which the position data are written directly into the EXIFs of the image files. The list of professional equipment features could be continued almost endlessly, for example with the fade button, the real mirror lock-up, a special “quiet” mode with extremely damped mirror impact, etc. pp. Videos can also be recorded by the D7000. The camera records in Full HD resolution (1080p) and stores the movie in contemporary H.264 compression. For video recording, the camera can be controlled completely manually, but automatic exposure and autofocus are also available on request. Video can be edited directly in the camera in playback mode.

When it comes to taking photos, the D7000 gets down to business with up to six frames per second. However, she can only keep up this pace for about ten recordings. Then the buffer memory is full, new photos can only be taken at the speed at which the D7000 empties the buffer and writes the files to the memory card. This means in concrete terms: For JPEG files, the series continues at around 2.5 frames per second, while the D7000 only processes RAW images at a lame 0.5 frames per second.

Lens

As always, we have also tested the Nikon D7000 with a lens with which the camera is available as a set. In this case it is the AF-S NIKKOR 18-105 mm 1:3.5-1:5.5 VR. The lens thus covers a focal length range from 27 to approx. 160 millimetres in relation to the 35mm format. The abbreviation “VR” in the lens designation refers to the integrated image stabilizer, with Nikon the shake protection is traditionally a matter of the lens. The advantage of this method is that the viewfinder image is also stabilized, and the quiet viewfinder image facilitates image composition, especially with long telephoto focal lengths. With its weight of about 420 grams Nikon’s set lens looks quite robust, although the bayonet is made of shabby plastic and not solid metal. Thanks to the built-in voice coil motor, the autofocus is whisper quiet, although not inaudible. Nikon has unfortunately placed the microphone on the D7000 somewhat unhappily, so that focal length changes perpetuate themselves as audible scraping noises on the soundtrack of a video recording.

The AF module of the Nikon D7000 is completely new. With 39 sensors, it has three times as many measuring points as the D90. If desired, each AF point can be controlled individually, and the measuring fields in the periphery can also be switched off. However, the measuring fields cannot be grouped together. By the way, the Nikon D7000’s autofocus has inherited the “3D tracking” function from the professional models, so the camera can also perfectly focus on objects that move across the image. If the available light is not sufficient for precise focus measurement, the D7000 illuminates the scene with a bright white LED, which is sometimes perceived as somewhat obtrusive.

The autofocus speed of the D7000 with the set lens is a cause for criticism: our test lab measured an average of 0.8 seconds, which is how long the camera takes to focus and release the shutter – the autofocus is therefore quite leisurely. In practice, with sufficient light, the D7000 focuses faster and above all very accurately. A Sony Alpha 55 used for comparison, however, was much quicker to focus in twilight. The autofocus of the D7000 becomes really alive only with powerful lenses such as the AF-S 70-200/2.8 G ED VR II. Once focused, the D7000 triggers with virtually no time delay. The contrast AF in LiveView mode also works sufficiently fast only with sufficient light. In the twilight of an evening room lighting, the LiveView AF then reaches its limits, drives around helplessly for seconds to finally give up or record a blurred image.

When it comes to imaging performance, the set lens does not quite live up to the promises its outer appearance promises. For example, the edge darkening at open aperture is already visibly high at -1.5 EV, and there is also clearly pronounced barrel distortion in the wide-angle range. In honor of this, the D7000 can digitally correct a number of lenses, including the AF-S NIKKOR 18-105, i.e. the imaging errors are ironed out directly in the camera by image processing. If this digital correction is switched on in the D7000, the pictures taken with the set lens are quite pleasing. This is certainly also due to its rounded aperture slats, which ensure a surprisingly soft and thus appealing reproduction of blurred image areas. In addition, the lens shows hardly any tendency to color fringing on hard contrast edges, and its susceptibility to aperture spots with point-shaped light sources remains within acceptable limits.

When it comes to imaging performance, the set lens does not quite live up to the promises its outer appearance promises. For example, the edge darkening at open aperture is already visibly high at -1.5 EV, and there is also clearly pronounced barrel distortion in the wide-angle range. In honor of this, the D7000 can digitally correct a number of lenses, including the AF-S NIKKOR 18-105, i.e. the imaging errors are ironed out directly in the camera by image processing. If this digital correction is switched on in the D7000, the pictures taken with the set lens are quite pleasing. This is certainly also due to its rounded aperture slats, which ensure a surprisingly soft and thus appealing reproduction of blurred image areas. In addition, the lens shows hardly any tendency to color fringing on hard contrast edges, and its susceptibility to aperture spots with point-shaped light sources remains within acceptable limits.

Picture quality

Until now, Nikon has been known to occupy an extremely conservative position in the megapixel race. With the D7000, Nikon is now breaking new ground: The engineers have packed a good 16 million pixels onto the camera’s APS-C sensor. This makes it the DSLR with the highest pixel density in Nikon’s portfolio, only the full format bolide D3X delivers an even higher resolution. The D7000’s sensor breaks with another tradition: Nikon has so far purchased sensors for its DSLRs from Sony or had them manufactured to its own specifications, for example by Renesas. According to Nikon, the D7000 sensor is the first that Nikon not only developed itself, but also manufactures in-house.

 

Fears that the high pixel density might have a negative effect on image noise are quickly dispelled. Although the D7000 with ISO 800 or higher has a slightly higher noise level than the D300S with its 12 megapixel sensor, the D7000 has a higher noise level than the D300S with its 12 megapixel sensor. Adjusted for the resolution, however, the difference is negligibly small. Above all, however, Nikon has completely re-tuned the noise reduction on the D7000. The camera suppresses interfering pixels, especially in flat image areas, while image areas with many details are spared. Thus, Nikon manages to ensure that the D7000 retains most of the image details of all 16-megapixel DSLRs at high ISO numbers – without the images appearing more noisy than those of its competitors. The picture noise up to high ISO 3.200 has a pleasant character: It is very fine, colour disturbances practically do not occur. Only at ISO 12.800 does the image noise become unpleasantly spotty and visible splashes of colour flicker into the image.

The tonal value reproduction of the Nikon D7000 is tuned directly professionally. The curve is almost linear, only the shadow parts are a bit soft. The JPEG files of the Nikon are therefore very image processing friendly. On the other hand, this renunciation of effects showmanship also means that the recordings with the Nikon D7000 should be “spiced up” before the printout. As an alternative to the reserved standard tuning, the “Picture Control” default “Brilliant” can be selected, with which the camera delivers photos optimised for printing with richer colours and crisper contrasts.

When it comes to “input dynamics”, the Nikon D7000 is also up to date. Up to high ISO 6,400, it processes at least eight f-stops of contrast range. The picture is not quite as nice with the output dynamics: Like so many cameras, the Nikon D7000 also reproduces black rather than very dark grey – although the error is still within limits. The camera, on the other hand, is virtually exemplary when it comes to sharpening: Typically Nikon sharpens the D7000 very cautiously. This effectively prevents any sharpness effects on hard contrast edges, but on the other hand creates a rather soft image impression. However, the set lens can’t quite convince in terms of “resolution”: the 18-105/3.5-5.6 delivers an acceptable resolution performance at the short end in the image center with about 80 percent of what is theoretically possible. In telescopic position, however, it hardly exceeds 60 percent. There is also a significant drop in resolution towards the edges of the image, which can hardly be minimized by dipping down. A NIKKOR AF-S 85 mm 1.4 G used for comparison shows just how high the optical requirements of a 16 megapixel sensor in APS-C size are: This top lens also has a lot of trouble delivering the same resolution at the image edges as in the centre – although it has an image circle calculated for “full format”. The full potential of the D7000 can therefore only be exploited with high-quality optics optimized for digital cameras.

Fortunately, the weaknesses in measurement technology do not play such a significant role in photographic practice. Much more important in daily use, for example, is that a camera can reliably expose and adjust the white balance to the prevailing color temperature. The D7000 masters the latter with flying colours. Particularly under artificial light, it does not produce yellow- or orange-stitched shots like many other cameras, but leaves it at a moderately warm tint. All in all, the D7000 is also distinguished by its reserved color rendering, does not saturate the photos at all and thus preserves color details excellently. In contrast, the camera is sometimes a bit bitchy when it comes to exposure. Above all, bright motifs without strong contrast, like a snowy landscape on a cloudy day, she exposes a little too abundantly. Overall, this tendency to “exposure to the right” is not wrong. But if, as in the case of the Nikon D7000, there is a danger of burning lights, you should consult the histogram for critical subjects and possibly take a second picture with corrected exposure data. Or even better, record RAW files – in case of doubt they offer significantly more dynamic reserves.

Bottom line

With the D7000, Nikon remains true to its rather conservative attitude in many respects, without the camera looking old-fashioned. On the contrary, your 16-megapixel sensor is the best APS-C sensor currently available in this resolution class, without any ifs or buts. So the D7000 always delivers a first-class image quality, the shots do without any showmanship. However, the set lens isn’t able to exploit the excellent performance of the image sensor, first-class lenses are almost mandatory on the D7000. In keeping with Nikon’s tradition, the D7000 offers an excellent optical viewfinder. The scope of equipment of the camera leaves – apart from the somewhat tight buffer memory – hardly anything to be desired. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to the ergonomics: The rigidly mounted display makes LiveView use unnecessarily difficult, and the camera body should fit a little more comfortably and above all more securely in the hand. The bottom line is that the D7000 is priced exactly between the D90 and D300S, but not in terms of performance. This is where the D300S comes into its own, even outstripping it in some respects. Thus, the D7000 may currently be the offer with the best price/performance ratio from Nikon.

Fact sheet

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Nikon
Model D7000
Price approx. 1.200 EUR**
Sensor Resolution 16.9 megapixels
Max. Image resolution 4.928 x 3.264
(aspect ratio) (3:2)
Lens AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105 mm VR
Filter threads 67 mm
Viewfinder Pentaprism
Field of vision 100 %
Enlargement 0,94-fold
Diopter compensation -3 to +1 dpt.
LCD monitor 3″
Disbandment 920.000
rotatable
swivelling
as seeker yes
Video output PAL/NTSC, HDMI
as seeker yes
Program automation yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
manual exposure yes
BULB long-term exposure yes
Motive programmes
Portrait yes
Children/Babies yes
Countryside yes
Macro yes
Sports/Action yes
more 13
Exposure metering Multi-field, Centre-weighted Integral, Spot
Flash yes
Guide number 12.5 (measurement)
Flash connection System flash shoe
Remote release Cable, Infrared
Interval shooting
Storage medium SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video mode
Size MOV
Codec H.264/MPEG-4
Resolution (max.) 1.920 x 1.080
Frame rate (max.) 24 images/s
Sensitivity
automatic ISO 200-25.600 (upper limit adjustable)
manually ISO 100-25.600
White balance
Automatic yes
Sun yes
Clouds yes
Fluorescent lamp yes
Light bulb yes
Other Shadows, manual color temperature selection
Manual yes
Autofocus
Number of measuring fields 39 (including 9 cross sensors)
AF auxiliary light white LED
Speed** approx. 0.8 s
Languages German
more 20
Switch-on time < 0,2 s
One-hand operation
(zoom and shutter release)
Weight
(Ready)
approx. 783 g (housing only)
approx. 1,200 g (with lens**)
Continuous shooting function*
Number of series images 11 (JPEG, RAW)
Frequency
(frames/s)
6.2 (JPEG)
6.3 (RAW)
Endurance run
(frames/s)
2.5 (JPEG)
0.5 (RAW)
with flash
Zoom
Zoom adjustment at lens
Zoom levels continuously variable
Time WW to Tele
Memory speeds*
JPEG 1,5 (7,5 MByte)
RAW 2.7 s (19 MByte)
Triggering during
.Save as possible.
yes
Battery life approx. 1,050 images (according to CIPA)

4 GBytes Patriot Class 6 SDHC memory card**
with lens AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105 mm VR

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Robust housing with splash water protection
  • Large scope of equipment, high customizability
  • Excellent optical viewfinder
  • Excellent image quality, even at high ISO values

Cons

  • Somewhat small buffer memory
  • No live histogram
  • Display neither foldable nor swivelable
  • Ergonomically not optimally shaped housing

Nikon D7000 Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm (crop factor 1.5
) 16.9 megapixels (physical) and 16.2 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 4.8 µm
Photo resolution
4.928 x 3.264 pixels (3:2)
3.696 x 2.448 pixels (3:2)
2.464 x 1.632 pixels (3:2)
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Colour depth 36 bits (12 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard (version 2.0)
Video resolution
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 30 p
640 x 424 (3:2) 30 p
Maximum recording time 20 min
Video format
MOV (Codec H.264)
Audio format (video) WAV

Lens

Lens mount
Nikon F

Focusing

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 39 sensors, 9 cross sensors
Autofocus Functions Single autofocus, Continuous autofocus, Tracking autofocus, Manual, AF Assist Light
Focus control Fade out button, Live View

Viewfinder and Monitor

Reflex viewfinder Reflex viewfinder (prism viewfinder) (100 % image coverage), 19 mm eye relief, diopter compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 dpt), replaceable focusing screens, grille can be faded in
Monitor 3.0″ TFT LCD monitor with 921,000 pixels
Info display additional info display (top)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 2,016 fields, spot measurement (measurement over 3 % of the image field)
Exposure times 1/8,000 to 30 s (Automatic
)Bulb function
Exposure control Program automatic, Aperture automatic, Time automatic, Manual
Bracketing function Bracket function with maximum 2 shots, step size from 1/3 to 2 EV
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 6.400 (automatic
)ISO 100 to ISO 25.600 (manual)
Remote access Remote tripping
Shooting modes Auto, Landscape, Night Portrait, Close-up, Portrait, Sports/Action, 0 more Scene Programs
Picture effects Blue tint, skylight, warm tone
White balance Auto, White balance bracketing, Fine tuning, From 2,500 to 10,000 K, Manual
Continuous shooting 6.0 fps at highest resolution, or 1-5 fps adjustable
Self-timer Self-timer with 2 or 20 s interval
Shooting functions Live histogram

Flashgun

Flash built-in flash (hinged
)flash shoe: Nikon, standard center contact
Flash number Guide number 12 (ISO 100)
Flash functions Auto, Fill Flash, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Flash On Second Shutter Curtain, Red-Eye Reduction

Equipment

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
SD
second memory card slot
SD
GPS function GPS external
Power supply Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Nikon EN-EL15 (Lithium ion (Li-Ion), 7.4 V, 1.030 mAh
)Nikon MB-D11 Rechargeable battery/battery handle
Playback Functions Red eye retouching, image index, slideshow function with music, zoom out
Voice memo Voice memo (WAV format)
Picture parameters Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Special functions Live view
Ports Data interfaces: USBUSB type
:USB 2.0 High Speed
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Micro (Type D)
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″
Features and Miscellaneous middle AF-measuring field widenable automatic
AF-measuring field grouping AF-measuring range
:LW -1 to LW 19AF metering memorySpot metering

can be linked to active AF metering fieldExposure metering memoryPlayback

zoomHighlighting automatic
image orientationReal-time noise reductionFAT

16/32 supportSharpeningimage contrastImage brightnessColor saturationColor balance Simultaneous

recording of JPEG and RAW/NEF image files is possible48
Individual functions Manual
text inputColor space setting
(sRGB-Ia,

AdobeRGB-IIa, sRGB-IIIa)
D-Lighting technology for camera-internal compensation between bright and dark image areasPicture mount functionPicture parameter presets2

Memory card slots with copy function or distribution of RAW/JPEG/MOV files to specific cardsPicture processor
Expeed 2 video function
with continuous contrast autofocus (AF-F)
Integrated sensor cleaning

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 132 x 105 x 77 mm
Weight 780 g (ready for operation)

Other

included accessories Nikon AN-DC1 Storage AccessoriesNikon
BM-11 (Monitor Cover)
Nikon BS-1 (Hot Shoe Cover)
Nikon Capture NX SoftwareNikon
DK-21 (Eyecup)Nikon

DK-5 (Eyepiece Cover)
Nikon EG-D2 Audio / Video CableNikon
EN-EL15 Special BatteryNikon
MH-25 Charger for Special BatteriesNikon
UC-E4 USB CableFinder Shell
DK-21Eyecup Cover
DK-5Camera Software
Nikon Picture Project

optional accessory Nikon CF-DC3 Camera bagNikon
EH-5a Power supplyNikon
EN-EL15 Special batteryNikon
EP-5B Battery compartment Adapter cableNikon
MB-D11 Battery handleNikon
MC-DC2 Remote cable releaseRemovable memory cardAF-SDX Nikkor 18-105 mm 1:3

.5

-5.6G ED VR (set up)
SB-900/800/700/600/400 System FlashesML-L3
Infrared Remote ControlGPS Receiver
GP-1Nikon System Accessories
(Flashes, Lenses, etc.)

Nikon releases firmware update for the D7000 to v1.02: Update

Nikon fixes video playback problems with the D7000 firmware update to v1.02, which occurred when working with the GPS receiver G-P1, when the camera was connected directly to a TV set. In addition, the compatibility of the generated video files with video editing programs has been improved. A bug was also fixed which occurred with the “Image Montage” function and RAW data when these were subsequently processed with Nikon ViewNX2. Improved noise suppression for exposure times of one second and more, and an error that occurred when a function key was assigned an artificial horizon display. In addition, two errors in the help functions and help texts were corrected. Since firmware updates are performed at your own risk, it is recommended that you follow the update instructions exactly, or contact your Nikon service representative or dealer of your choice.

 

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I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.