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Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
Nikon D7000 with 50mm/1.4 AF-D NIKKOR lens
TypeDigital single-lens reflex
Released15 September 2010
LensInterchangeable, Nikon F-mount
Sensor23.6 mm × 15.6 mm Nikon DX format RGB CMOS sensor, 1.5 × FOV crop, 4.78 μm pixel size
Maximum resolution4,928 × 3,264 (16.2 effective megapixels)
Film speedISO 100–6400 in 1/3 EV steps, up to 25600 with Hi (boost) menu item
Recording mediumSecure Digital, SDHC, SDXC compatible (Dual Slot) and with Eye-Fi WLAN support. Supports Ultra-High Speed (UHS-I) cards.[1]
FocusManual, Auto, Focus-lock, Electronic rangefinder,
Live preview and video modes: Subject-tracking, Face-priority, Wide-area, Normal-Area
Focus modesInstant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); Full time AF (AF-F); manual (M)
Focus areas39-area AF system, Multi-CAM 4800DX AF Sensor Module
Area modes: 3D-tracking, Auto-area, Dynamic-area, Single-point
Exposure modesAuto modes (auto, auto [flash off]), Advanced Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Close-up, Night Portrait), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M), quiet (Q)
Exposure meteringTTL 3D Color Matrix Metering II metering with a 2,016 pixel RGB sensor
Metering modes3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-weighted and Spot
FlashBuilt in Pop-up, Guide number 13m at ISO 100, Standard ISO hotshoe, Compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System, featuring commander mode for wireless setups
Flash bracketing2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
ShutterElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range30 s to 1/8000 s in 1/2 or 1/3 stops and Bulb, 1/250 s X-sync
Continuous shooting6 frame/s up to JPEG 100 frames or NEF 10-14 frames
ViewfinderOptical 0.94× Pentaprism, 100% coverage
Image processing
White balanceAuto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Kelvin temperature, Preset
LCD screen3.0-inch 921,000 pixel (VGA x 3 colors) TFT-LCD
BatteryNikon EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion battery
Optional battery packsNikon MB-D11 battery grip
WeightApprox. 690 g (1.52 lb) without battery, 780 g (1.72 lb) with battery
Made in Thailand
SuccessorNikon D7100
Nikon D7000 product homepage

The Nikon D7000[2] is a 16.2-megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) model announced by Nikon on September 15, 2010. It replaced the D90 as the top end consumer camera, by using much of the technology and controls from the earlier D5000, in a larger more robust body similar to the flagship D300 series. In some ways it was superior to the D300S, though for several years the two cameras were both available with the D300 positioned as the flagship in Nikon marketing materials.

The D7000 offers numerous professional-style features over the D90, such as magnesium alloy body construction, weather and moisture sealing, a 2,016-segment color exposure meter, built-in timed interval exposure features, 39 rather than 11 focus points, dual SD memory card slots, virtual horizon (in live view and viewfinder) and compatibility with older non-CPU autofocus and manual-focus AI and AI-S Nikon F-mount lenses (including an electronic rangefinder with three-segment viewfinder manual focus indication) as well as tilt-shift PC-E lenses. Other built-in features are a wireless flash commander, two user-customizable modes, full HD video with autofocus and mono audio (With support for an external stereo microphone), automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration and support for GPS and WLAN.

In 2011, the D7000 received four major awards, the Red Dot product design, TIPA's "Best D-SLR Advanced" category, EISA's "European Advanced SLR Camera 2011-2012" and the CameraGP Japan 2011 Readers Award.[3][4][5][6]

The D7000 was superseded by the D7100, announced on February 20, 2013.[7] However, Nikon kept the D7000 in its product lineup for at least several months.[8]

Feature list

  • Sony IMX071[9] 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, Nikon DX format with a pixel size of 4.78 μm.
  • Nikon EXPEED 2 image/video processor.
  • Full HD 1080p (at 24 frame/s) movie mode with auto-focus while filming, mono sound, and stereo external mic support. (30 frame/s or 25 frame/s or 24 frame/s when recording at 720p)
  • Automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration for JPEGs. Correction-data is additionally stored in RAW-files and can be used by Nikon Capture NX, View NX and some other RAW tools.
  • Enhanced built-in RAW processing with extended Retouch menu for image processing without using a computer.
  • Active D-Lighting and Active D-Lighting bracketing; also D-Lighting which can be applied to a JPEG using an Image Editing feature in Playback mode; Nikon Capture NX and View software include tools for applying D-Lighting to NEF format photos.
  • Two user-customisable modes
  • Many WB options including WB Bracketing and two auto white balance modes, one of which maintaining warm lighting colours
  • 3-inch TFT LCD with 921,000-dot resolution (640×480 VGA) and 170-degree ultra-wide viewing angle with toughened glass screen
  • Live View shooting mode (activated with a dedicated lever)
  • Inbuilt time-lapse photography intervalometer
  • Continuous Drive up to 6 frames per second for 100 JPEG frames (but not necessarily all at the same frame rate).[10]
  • Memory Buffer Capacity: Varies with image format, 10 image capacity in NEF (RAW) Lossless Compressed 14-bit format (Highest resolution available format) and can store up to 100 with JPEG.[11]
  • 2,016-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System.
  • 3D Tracking Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with 39 AF points, including nine cross-type points.
  • Face detection, Wide Area, Normal Area, and Subject Tracking autofocus options in live view mode.
  • ISO sensitivity 100 to 6400 (up to 25600 with boost).
  • Bracketing
  • Dual SD memory card slots with support for SDXC cards, UHS-I bus, and Eye-Fi Wireless LAN
  • Weather-resistant, sealed body that has Magnesium-alloy top and back panels.
  • Built-in Sensor cleaning system
  • Support for optional GPS unit direct connect.
  • File formats: JPEG, NEF (Nikon's RAW, 12/14-bit also lossless compressed), MOV (H.264, PCM).
  • EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery, Battery Life (shots per charge) approx. : 1,050 shots (CIPA).
  • Lens compatibility: Nikkor F Mount, AF-S, AF-I, AF-D, Manual Nikkor AI/AIS (metering use built-in coupling on D7000)

Optional accessories


The Nikon D7000 has dozens of available accessories such as:[12]

Third-party radio (wireless) flash control triggers[27] are partly supporting i-TTL,[28][29] but do not support the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS).[30][31] See reviews.[32][33]
  • Tethered shooting with Nikon Camera Control Pro 2,[34] Adobe Lightroom 3 [35] or other partly free products including apps.[36][37][38]
  • Other accessories from Nikon and third parties, including protective cases and bags, eyepiece adapters and correction lenses, and underwater housings.





Since its release, the D7000 has received many favorable reviews, with some commenting that the D7000 is a viable alternative to the more expensive D300S and an upgrade over the D90.[39][40][41] Digital Photography Review awarded the camera an overall score of 80%, praising its feature set and image quality.[41] The D7000 received four out of five stars and the Editor's choice award in CNET's review.[42]

DxO Labs awarded its sensor an overall score of 80,[43] above much more expensive competitors.[44][45] The main point of criticism by reviewers is the small buffer which limits the number of shots in burst mode especially when shooting RAW.

There are image comparisons with many cameras at all ISO speeds in JPEG[46] and RAW.[47]

Matrix Metering II and detected faces


The 3D Color Matrix Metering II tends to overexpose minor parts of the image (e.g. sky or bright back-lights) if it detects faces near the image center that are darker (e.g. in shadow) than these minor parts.[48] This feature is sometimes surprising due to reliable scene recognition and face detection (including side-view of faces) of the new high-resolution sensor, even if there are only strangers (in the dark) near the image center.[49]

If not wanted, the metering can be changed with exposure compensation, two-point (average) metering, metering on the bright lights or use of center-weighted or spot metering, fill flash or RAW images.[50][51] Increasing the dynamic range by use of Active D-Lighting or reducing the contrast settings (the default contrast is higher compared to previous Nikon DSLRs) aids when shooting JPEGs. After taking the image, contrast and brightness can easily be changed in camera.

User response


The D7000 was very much anticipated by Nikon consumers. The hype around its release made it very hard to find during the first months on the market.[52][53] Supplies of this camera were also limited after the destruction of some Nikon manufacturing facilities in Thailand by the flooding in October 2011.[54] Many users have complained about back-focus problems on the D7000, as well as dust and oil spots on early production models

Firmware hacks


Several hacks have been published by Simon Pilgrim on Nikon Hacker internet forum and Vitaliy Kiselev on his personal website. Nikon Hacker has several people working on the hacks. The published hacks, among few others, include removing the time limit for video recording, clean HDMI and LCD on LiveView, disabling automatic hot-pixel removal (also known as Nikon Star Eater) and higher data rate for video recording. Several other hacks are under development but not yet published.

June 2013 Simon Pilgrim was able to enable RAW video recording but the frame rate (roughly 1.5 frames per second) is not high enough to be useful. The hack is not yet published.[55][56]


  1. ^ Nikon D7000 RAW Burst Test (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I card speed review) Archived 2014-08-05 at the Wayback Machine The Sports Photo Guy
  2. ^ "Nikon D7000". Nikon Corporation. September 15, 2010. Archived from the original on March 17, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  3. ^ "Four Nikon products receive the "red dot award: product design 2011" Nikon D7000, COOLPIX P7000, COOLPIX S1100pj, EDG 8x42" (Press release). Nikon Corporation. April 13, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
  4. ^ "Best D-SLR Advanced: Nikon D7000". TIPA. Archived from the original on 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Nikon D7000 Wins the CameraGP2011 Readers Award" (Press release). Nikon Corporation. May 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
  6. ^ "European Advanced SLR Camera 2011-2012 - Nikon D7000". EISA. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  7. ^ "Nikon unveils D7100 mid-level 24MP APS-C DSLR with no low-pass filter". Digital Photography Review. February 20, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  8. ^ Laing, Gordon (February 2013). "Nikon D7100 preview". Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  9. ^ "Teardown of the Nikon D7000 DSLR". Chipworks. January 20, 2011. Archived from the original on March 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  10. ^ Lars Rehm; Barnaby Britton (December 1, 2010). "Nikon D7000 Review: 11. Overall Operation and Performance". Digital Photography Review. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  11. ^ Nikon D7000 SDHC Memory Speed Tests/ The Cultured Woman, LLC., February 25, 2011
  12. ^ "D7000 accessories". Nikon USA. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  13. ^ Eye-Fi Wi-Fi network: how it works Archived 2012-07-22 at the Wayback Machine Eye-fi
  14. ^ PHOTTIX CLEON II Wired and Wireless shutter Archived 2014-08-19 at the Wayback Machine Phottix
  15. ^ Solmeta Geotaggers Solmeta
  16. ^ Dawn di-GPS Products Archived 2013-03-14 at the Wayback Machine Dawn
  17. ^ EasyTag GPS and Wireless Bluetooth Modules Archived 2011-08-28 at the Wayback Machine Easytag
  18. ^ Foolography Unleashed Bluetooth Geotagging Foolography
  19. ^ Gisteq PhotoTrackr Plus for Nikon DSLR (Bluetooth) Archived 2011-08-25 at the Wayback Machine Gisteq
  20. ^ Phottix Geo One GPS Archived 2012-06-26 at the Wayback Machine Phottix
  21. ^ Nikon DSLR GPS Smack Down Results Archived 2011-08-09 at the Wayback Machine Terrywhite
  22. ^ Review: Geotagging with Easytag GPS module (Nikon GP-1 compatible) Archived 2013-07-31 at the Wayback Machine Trick77
  23. ^ Review: blueSLR Wireless Camera Control & GPS Geotagging Archived 2011-08-09 at the Wayback Machine Terrywhite
  24. ^ Battery Packs Archived 2011-10-23 at the Wayback Machine Phottix
  25. ^ Product search: Nikon D7000 Battery grip Google
  26. ^ Flash Units Compatible with Nikon's CLS including Wireless Master Archived 2013-08-02 at the Wayback Machine Dpanswers
  27. ^ Radio Triggers for Flash and Camera Archived 2013-05-27 at the Wayback Machine Dpanswers
  28. ^ Knight For Nikon Flashgun I-TTL Trigger Archived 2013-01-15 at the Wayback Machine Pixel
  29. ^ Radio Transmitters, Receivers and Accessories Archived 2013-08-03 at the Wayback Machine Pocketwizard
  30. ^ The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Wireless, Remote, Through-the-Lens Metered (iTTL) Flash! Imaging Resource
  31. ^ Guide to Nikon TTL Flashes
  32. ^ Pixel Knight TR-331 and TR-332 TTL Radio Triggers Archived 2013-06-21 at the Wayback Machine Dpanswers
  33. ^ Pixel Knight TR-331 Review Part III Archived 2014-04-18 at the Wayback Machine Inside the Viewfinder
  34. ^ Camera Control Pro 2 Nikon
  35. ^ "Light Room 3 now supports tethered capture for Nikon D7000". Blog Archived from the original on 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
  36. ^ Choosing Tethered Shooting Software for Nikon DSLR Cameras The Photo Geek
  37. ^ Tethered Shooting Sofortbild
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  46. ^ Imaging Resource Comparometer (needs Javascript enabled)
  47. ^ Dkamera Image Comparison Nikon D7000 (German)
  48. ^ Nikon D7000 Test Image (showing overexposed sky due to faces in shadow) Imaging-resource
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  54. ^ 5th Notice on the damage from the flood in Thailand
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  56. ^ "Nikon D7000 hacked to record LiveView RAW video". Nikon Rumors. 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
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