Nikon D7000 Review

The Nikon D7000 sports a CMOS sensor with 16.2 million pixels, making it the highest resolution of all Nikon APS-C (DX) format DSLRs. In fact, the top-end Nikon D3X, which has 24.5 million pixels on its full-frame (FX) sensor, is the only camera that can match it in this regard.

  • The D7000, on the other hand, is positioned between the 12 and 18
  • With a list price of $999.95, the DSLR lineup includes the 3-million-pixel Nikon D300S and D90.

Although it has many features with the Nikon D90, including a comparable control layout, the D7000 is built more like the Nikon D300S than the D90 because both cameras have a magnesium alloy body shell as opposed to the latter’s polycarbonate body.

The Nikon D7000’s specifications are superior to those of the D300S in some aspects, not the least of which is pixel count. In addition, the Nikon D7000 has a 2,016-pixel sensor, making it the most advanced metering system of any Nikon DSLR. It is also only the second Nikon DSLR to use Full HD video technology, the first being the D31000.

Build Excellence & Design

The D7000 feels a touch more durable in the hand than the D90, despite the fact that neither camera is particularly flimsy. This may be due to the magnesium alloy body shell and the thicker textured rubber at the camera’s major grip areas.

The primary handle is just tall enough for individuals with somewhat small hands to fit the remaining three right-hand fingers with the index finger on the shutter release button. Little fingers of photographers who use mittens that resemble shovels naturally slide under the camera body.

While the D7000’s control layout initially appears to be quite similar to the D90’s, there are a few little adjustments that have a significant impact on handling. The modification to how the AF and AF point selection modes are chosen is among the most significant.

The addition of the AF mode button at the center of the focus mode selection switch, which is located at around the 4 o’clock position near the lens mount, has led to this (as you look at the front of the camera).

These options can now be chosen by pressing the AF mode button while rotating the sub-command dial underneath the shutter release button on the front of the camera, as opposed to using a switch like on the D300S to set the AF mode (Single point, Dynamic, or Auto Area) and dipping into the menu to set the number of AF points to use in continuous AF mode or to choose the 3D-tracking mode.

Although this requires two hands to operate, it may be done while holding the camera up to the eye because the different settings are shown in both the top LCD panel and the viewfinder. Compared to other Nikon DSLRs, this one has a lot more seamless integration of the AF modes, and we anticipate seeing it in more recent models.

Controls & Features

The 16.2 million pixel sensor of the D7000 is most likely identical to—or extremely comparable to—the one in Sony’s Alpha 55. Nikon had previously insisted that 12 million pixels are more than plenty for any DX-format camera, thus this pixel count represents a big change for the firm.

Although adding more pixels can improve detail acquisition, smaller photodiodes frequently provide weaker signals and necessitate more amplification, both of which can lead to increased image noise. Examining the photographs taken with the D7000 will be interesting.

Less important than the 12-point differential might imply is the transition from the 51 AF points of the D300S to the 39 points of the D7000. There are four AF point selection modes, including Single-point, Auto-area, Dynamic-area, and Dynamic-area, just like other Nikon DSLRs (3D-tracking). The Single-point mode is preferred in Single-servo AF because it allows the user to choose which AF is used.

Image Quality

The photographs we took for this test show that the D7000’s matrix metering system is not readily tricked into underexposing the scene by bright regions. The Active D-Lighting (AD-L) really has a tendency to slightly overexpose occasionally when it is set to its default, normal, setting.

While the highlights are typically not affected, the midtones occasionally benefit from a little post-capture darkening. However, the 2,016-pixel matrix metering system performs admirably most of the time.

Photographs captured with the highest (Extra High) AD-L level contain more discernible shadow detail than images captured with the lowest (Low) setting, as we should expect (it is also possible to turn AD-L off). This is true despite the fact that according to our tests, the camera uses an exposure that is one stop longer when the Low setting is chosen than when the Extra High setting is.

Resolution

Our resolution chart was taken using the Sigma f/1.4 50mm lens as part of our testing of the Nikon D7000’s image quality.

At ISO 100, the 24 is able to resolve up to about 18 (line widths per image height x 100) in its highest quality JPEG files, as can be seen, if you view our crops of the resolution chart’s center part at 100% (or Actual Pixels).

Nikon D7000 Specifications

Body colorBlack
Sensor*• 23.6 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
• Nikon DX format (1.5x FOV crop)
• 16.2 million effective pixels*
• RGB Color Filter Array
• 14-bit A/D converter*
Anti-dust measures• Image sensor cleaning system
• Image dust off from reference frame (using optional Capture NX software)
Image sizes*• 4928 x 3264 (L)*
• 3696 x 2448 (M)*
• 2464 x 1632 (S)*
Image quality• NEF (12/14-bit compressed RAW)
• JPEG fine (1:4)
• JPEG normal (1:8)
• JPEG basic (1:16)
• NEF (RAW) + Fine JPEG
Movie sizes*• 1920 x 1080 24fps*
• 1280 x 720 30fps*
• 1280 x 720 25fps*
• 1280 x 720 24fps*
• 640 x 424 24fps*
Movie format• MOV, H.264, mono sound recording (PCM)
Color space• sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Lens mountNikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Lens compatibility*• AF-S, AF-I, Type G or D AF Nikkor
• Other AF Nikkor/AI-P Nikkor• Type D PC Nikkor• Non-CPU• IX Nikkor/AF Nikkor for F3AF
• AI-P NIKKOR-All functions supported- All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
– All functions supported except some shooting modes
– Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data. Up to 9 lenses can be registered.
– Cannot be used
-All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
Autofocus*• 39 area (9 cross type) TTL phase detection with AF fine tuning*
• Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX focus module
• Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature)
• Manual focus [M], Electronic range finding supported
Lens servo*• Single-servo AF (AF-S)
• Continuous-servo AF (AF-C)
• Automatic AF-S/AF-C (AF-A)
• Full time AF (AF-F)*
• Manual focus (MF)
AF Area mode• Single Point AF
• Dynamic Area AF (9, 21 or 39-point)
• Auto Area AF
• 3D Tracking (39 points)
Focus trackingPredictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF
Focus areaCan be selected from 39 focus points
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AF AssistWhite light lamp
Exposure mode*• Auto
    – Auto
    – Flash off
• Scene Modes
onereview menu 1Portrait
onereview menu 1Landscape
onereview menu 1Child
onereview menu 1Sports
onereview menu 1Close up
onereview menu 1Night portrait
onereview menu 1Night landscape
onereview menu 1Beach/snow
onereview menu 1Sunset
onereview menu 1Dusk/dawn
onereview menu 1Pet portrait*
onereview menu 1Candlelight*
onereview menu 1Blossom*
onereview menu 1Autumn colors*
onereview menu 1Food*
onereview menu 1Silhouette*
onereview menu 1High Key*
onereview menu 2Low key*

• Programmed auto (P) with flexible program
• Shutter-priority auto (S)
• Aperture priority auto (A)
• Manual (M)
• U1 (custom)
• U2 (custom)
Metering*TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor*
• Matrix :3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
• Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame; diameter of circle can be changed to 6, 10 or 13 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (fixed at 8 mm when non-CPU lens is used)
• Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering range• EV 0 to 20 (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
• EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)
Meter couplingCPU coupling
Exposure comp.• +/- 5.0 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
AE LockExposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
AE Bracketing2 to 3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 1 ,1,1/3, 1,2/3 or 2EV increments
Sensitivity*• Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
• ISO 6400
• ISO 12800 (Hi1)*
• ISO 25600 (Hi2)*
Auto ISO options*• On/Off
• Maximum ISO (100 to Hi2)*
• Minimum shutter speed (1 to 1/8000 sec)
Shutter• Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
• 30 to 1/8000 sec (1/3 EV steps)
• Flash X-Sync: up to 1/250 sec (up to 1/320 sec in Auto FP)
• Bulb
White balance*• Auto (TTL white-balance with 2016 pixels RGB sensor)
• Auto2 keep warm lighting colors*
• Twelve manual modes with fine-tuning
    • Incandescent
    • Fluorescent
onereview menu 1Sodium-vapor lamps
onereview menu 1Warm-white fluorescent
onereview menu 1White fluorescent
onereview menu 1Cool-white fluorescent
onereview menu 1Day white fluorescent
onereview menu 1Daylight fluorescent
onereview menu 1Daylight fluorescent
onereview menu 2Mercury-vapor lamps
    • Direct sunlight
    • Flash
    • Cloudy
    • Shade
• Preset white balance (up to 5 presets can be stored)
WB fine tuningYes, (except preset manual)
Image parameters• Picture controls: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape
• Quick Adjust: 5 settings (adjusts Sharpening, Contrast and Saturation by preset amounts)
• Sharpening: Auto, 10 levels
• Contrast: Auto, 7 levels
• Saturation: Auto, 7 levels
• Hue: 7 levels
Viewfinder*• Optical fixed eye-level
• Pentaprism type
• Built-in dioptre adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5 m-1)
• Eye point: 18 mm (at -1.0 m-1)
• Frame coverage 100% (approx.)*
• Viewfinder magnification approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
• Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
LCD monitor• 3.0″ TFT LCD
• 921,000 dots
Built-in flash• Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up, Night portrait, Party/indoor,
• Auto flash with auto pop-up,
• Manual pop-up in P, S, A or M modes
• Guide number approx. 12/39 at ISO 100 (am/ft)
• Guide number approx. 13/43 at ISO 100 (m/ft) in manual mode
Sync contactX-contact only; flash synchronization at shutter speeds of up to 1/250 sec
Flash control• TTL flash control by 2016-segment RGB sensor. i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR available when CPU lens is used with built-in flash, SB-400, SB-800, and SB-600
• Auto aperture with SB-800 and CPU lenses
• Non-TTL auto with SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27 and 22s
• Range-priority manual with SB-800
Flash mode• Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up: Auto, auto with red-eye reduction; fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional Speedlight
• Night portrait: Auto, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction; slow sync and slow sync with red-eye reduction available with optional Speedlight
• Landscape, Sports: Fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional Speedlight
• P, A modes: Fill flash, rear-curtain with slow sync, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction
• S, M modes: Fill flash, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction
Flash compensation• -3 to +1 EV
• 1/3 steps
Nikon Creative Lighting system• Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700 or SU-800 as commander and SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes; Auto FP high-speed sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Shooting modes*• Single frame shooting (S) mode
• Continuous shooting (CH) mode: approx. 6.0 frames per second*
• Continuous shooting (CL) mode: selectable from 1-5 frames per second*
• Self-timer
• Quick-Response Remote
• Delayed Remote
Continuous buffer• Unknown
Self-timer• 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec
Remote control• Using optional MC-DC2 cable via GPS socket
Text inputUp to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input is available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in EXIF header
Playback functions• Full frame
• Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
• Playback with Playback zoom
• Slide Show
• Histogram Display
• Highlights
• Auto Image Rotation
• Image Comment (up to 36 characters)
Orientation sensorYes (Rotates user interface when using camera in portrait orientation)
Storage *• SD / SD HC / SDXC (dual slots)*
• FAT / FAT32
• Supports firmware update via SD card
Video outputNTSC or PAL selectable
Connectivity• USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
• Mass storage / PTP selectable
• A/V out
• HDMI out
• DC-IN (optional AC adapter and adapter connector)
LanguagesChinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
PowerRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15
Working environment• 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
• Less than 85% humidity
Dimensions132 x 105 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)
Weight (no batt) *690g (1.5 lb)*
Weight (inc. batt) *780g (1.7 lb)*
Supplied accessories*• Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15
• Quick Charger MH-25
• Eyepiece Cap DK-5
• Rubber Eyecup DK-21
• USB Cable UC-E4
• Audio Video Cable EG-D2
• Camera Strap AN-DC1
• Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1
• LCD monitor cover BM-11
• Body Cap BF-1B, Software Suite CD-ROM
Optional *accessoriesRemote Control MC-DC2, Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D11, Capture NX2, Camera Control Pro, Power Connector EH-5a, AC Adapter EH-5a, Speedlight SB-900/600/400/T041/R1C1

Conclusion

Our testing demonstrates that the Nikon D7000 is a top-notch camera that can capture fine detail at all sensitivity levels. To get the most out of it, though, a little bit more is needed than what is included in the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR kit package.

Despite having a flexible effective focal length range of 27 to 157.5mm, this lens interferes with the camera’s autofocus function in less-than-optimal circumstances. When a professional lens is attached, the D7000 demonstrates that it has a superb AF system that can produce precise results in extremely challenging circumstances.

The menu and control mechanisms of a camera are under more pressure due to an ever-expanding feature set. The D7000 is simple to use, showing that Nikon has given this some thought.

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The Nikon D7000 sports a CMOS sensor with 16.2 million pixels, making it the highest resolution of all Nikon APS-C (DX) format DSLRs. In fact, the top-end Nikon D3X, which has 24.5 million pixels on its full-frame (FX) sensor, is the only camera that...Nikon D7000 Review