Nikon D7000

Nikon has recently unveiled their new highly anticipated D7000 Digital SLR (DSLR) camera for the digital photographer enthusiasts, putting itself between the D90 and D300s lineup. Was it up to our expectations? VR-Zone takes a look at this mid-class, high-spec DX-format camera.

This new Nikon D7000 digital SLR (DSLR) camera was officially retailing in November last year, and was positioned in-between the D90 and D300s lineup. It is also Nikon’s most advanced DX-format DSLR to date, offering a wide range of rich features and advanced image technology.

Indeed, it is a tough time for camera manufacturers as they try to break the technology barrier in terms of the product’s performance and features. Instead of mere design tweaks and bloated features, the D7000 is one example that excels and stands out amongst its other DX siblings.

Let us look at a quick breakdown of the specification chart by Nikon

Nikon Digital SLR Camera D7000 Specifications

Type of Camera


Single-lens reflex digital camera


Effective Pixels


16.2 million


Image Sensor


Nikon DX format (23.6 x 15.6 mm) CMOS sensor


Image Size (Pixels)


4,928 x 3,264 [L], 3,696 × 2,448 [M], 2,464 × 1,632 [S]; D-movie:1920 x 1080 / 24p, 1280 x 720 / 30fps, 1280 x 720 / 25fps, 1280 x 720 / 24fps, 640 x 424 / 24fps




ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.5, HI-0.7, HI-1, HI-2 (ISO 25600)


File Format


NEF (12 or 14-bit lossless compressed or compressed RAW), JPEG (Baseline-compliant); MOV movie (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression format with Linear PCM sound; Stero sound with external microphone)


Storage Media


SD memory card (SDHC and SDXC compliant)


Shooting Modes


1) Single frame shooting [S] mode, 2) Continuous low shooting [CL] mode: 1-5 fps, 3) Continuous high shooting [CH] mode: 6 fps, 4) Quiet shutter-release[Q], 5) Self-timer mode, 6)Remote Control 7) Mirror-up mode


White Balance


Auto (TTL white-balance with main image sensor and 2016-pixel RGB sensor), Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, preset manua, choose color temperature


LCD Monitor


3.0″, 921,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD, allows up to 170-degree viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment


Playback Function


1) Full-frame, 2) Movie Playback, 3) Thumbnail (4/9/72, calendar) playback, 4) playback zoom, 5) Faces detected during zoom, 6)Slide show 7)Histogram display 8)Highlights, 9) Auto image rotation, 10) Image comment


Delete Function


Single image, Selected images, images taken on a selected date, All images (except protected images)




USB 2.0 (High-speed), Video output, HDMI output (Type C mini-pin connector),Accessory terminal, Stereo mini-pin audio input


Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent)


Approx. 1.5x lens focal length




Fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1.0 m-¹)


Focusing Screen


Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II screen with AF area brackets


Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)


Approx. 100%/ Approx. 0.94x




TTL phase detection, 39 focus points (9 cross-sensors) by Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus module; Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)


Focus Modes


1) Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous servo AF (AF-C); Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status 2) Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used


Exposure Metering System


1) 3D color matrix metering ? (type G and D lenses), color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses), 2) Center-weighted (weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame), 3) Spot metering (meters 3.5-mm circle centered on selected focus point)


Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68°F/20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)


1) 0 to 20 EV (3D-Color Matrix or Center-weighted metering), 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering)


Exposure Control


1) Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Auto [Flash Off], 2) Scene ( portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food; silhouette; high key; low key); , 3) Programmed Auto [P], 4) Shutter-Priority Auto [S], 5) Aperture Priority Auto [A], 6) Manual [M], 7) U1 (user settings 1) ,8) U2 (user settings 2)


Auto Exposure Bracketing


2 to 3 exposures in increments of 0.3, 0.7, 1.0, 1.3, 1.7, or 2.0 steps to (+-) 2.0 EV




Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter; 30 to 1/8000sec in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV plus bulb time(with ML-L3) and X250


Sync Contact


X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec


Flash Control


1) TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-900, SB-800,SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400, 2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-900 or SB-800 and CPU lens, 3) Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S, 4) Distance-priority manual: Available with SB-900, SB-800 and SB-700


Flash Sync Modes


1) Front-curtain sync, 2) Red-eye reduction, 3) Slow sync with red-eye reduction, 4) Slow sync, 5) rear-curtain sync




Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1–9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s


Depth of Field Preview Button




Remote Control


Via Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)




via GP-1 GPS Unit (optional)


Supported Languages


Total of 22 languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish


Power Requirements


Rechargeable EN-EL15 Li-ion battery, EH-5a AC adapter (available separately; requires optional EP-5A power connector )


Battery Life (on a fully charged battery)


Approx 1,050 shots


Tripod Socket


1/4 in. (ISO1222)




Approx. 132 × 105 × 77 mm


Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap)


Approx. 690g


Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area)


Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL15, Quick charger MH-25, Rubber Eyecup DK-21, Camera strap AN-DC1, Body cap BF-1B, Eyepiece cap DK-5, Accessory shoe cover BS-1, USB Cable UC-E4, Video Cable EG-D2, View NX 2 CD


Other Features


Expeed 2 Image Processing Engine, D-Movie (Full HD recording; external stereo microphone input; in-camera movie editing), Full-time servo AF (AF-F) movie recording, Dual card slots for SD memory cards

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