The Nikon D7000 is a 16.2-megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) model announced by Nikon on September 15, 2010. At the time of announcement, it replaced the outdated D300/D300s & D90. 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.
Nikon D7000 with 50mm/1.4 AF-D NIKKOR lens
|Type||Digital single-lens reflex|
|Lens||Interchangeable, Nikon F-mount|
|Sensor||23.6 mm × 15.6 mm Nikon DX format RGB CMOS sensor, 1.5 × FOV crop, 4.78µm pixel size|
|Maximum resolution||4,928 × 3,264 (16.2 effective megapixels)|
|ASA/ISO range||ISO 100–6400 in 1/3 EV steps, up to 25600 with Hi (boost) menu item|
|Recording medium||Secure Digital, SDHC, SDXC compatible (Dual Slot) and with Eye-Fi WLAN support. Supports Ultra-High Speed (UHS-I) cards.|
|Focus||Manual, Auto, Focus-lock, Electronic rangefinder,|
Live preview and video modes: Subject-tracking, Face-priority, Wide-area, Normal-Area
|Focus modes||Instant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); Full time AF (AF-F); manual (M)|
|Focus areas||39-area AF system, Multi-CAM 4800DX AF Sensor Module|
Area modes: 3D-tracking, Auto-area, Dynamic-area, Single-point
|Exposure modes||Auto 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 metering||TTL 3D Color Matrix Metering II metering with a 2,016 pixel RGB sensor|
|Metering modes||3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-weighted and Spot|
|Flash||Built 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 bracketing||2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV|
|Shutter||Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter|
|Shutter speed range||30 s to 1/8000 s in 1/2 or 1/3 stops and Bulb, 1/250 s X-sync|
|Continuous shooting||6 frame/s up to JPEG 100 frames or NEF 10-14 frames|
|Viewfinder||Optical 0.94× Pentaprism, 100% coverage|
|Custom WB||Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Kelvin temperature, Preset|
|Rear LCD monitor||3.0-inch 921,000 pixel (VGA x 3 colors) TFT-LCD|
|Battery||Nikon EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion battery|
|Optional battery packs||Nikon MB-D11 battery grip|
|Weight||Approx. 690 g (1.52 lb) without battery, 780 g (1.72 lb) with battery|
|Released||Sep 15, 2010|
|Nikon D7000 product homepage|
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.
- Sony IMX071 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 (640x480 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).
- 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.
- 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).
- 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)
The Nikon D7000 has dozens of available accessories such as:
- Nikon WT-4A Wireless Transmitter for WLAN. Third-party solutions available.
- Nikon ML-L3 Wireless (Infrared) remote control or third-party solutions.
- Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit for direct GPS geotagging. Third-party solutions partly with 3-axis compass, data-logger, bluetooth and support for indoor use are available from Solmeta, Dawn, Easytag, Foolography, Gisteq and Phottix. See comparisons/reviews.
- Nikon MB-D11 Multi Power Battery grip or third-party solutions.
- Nikon CF-DC3 Soft Case.
- Various Nikon Speedlight or third-party flash units. Also working as commander for Nikon Creative Lighting System wireless (slave) flash.
- Third-party radio (wireless) flash control triggers are partly supporting i-TTL, but do not support the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS). See reviews.
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. Digital Photography Review awarded the camera an overall score of 80%, praising its feature set and image quality. The D7000 received four out of five stars and the Editor's choice award in CNET's review.
DxO Labs awarded its sensor an overall score of 80, above much more expensive competitors. The main point of criticism by reviewers is the small buffer which limits the number of shots in burst mode especially when shooting RAW.
Matrix Metering II and detected facesEdit
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. Supplies of this camera were also limited after the destruction of some Nikon manufacturing facilities in Thailand by the flooding in October 2011. Many users have complained about back-focus problems on the D7000, as well as dust and oil spots on early production models
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.
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- Eye-Fi Wi-Fi network: how it works Eye-fi
- PHOTTIX CLEON II Wired and Wireless shutter Phottix
- Solmeta Geotaggers Solmeta
- Dawn di-GPS Products Dawn
- EasyTag GPS and Wireless Bluetooth Modules Easytag
- Foolography Unleashed Bluetooth Geotagging Foolography
- Gisteq PhotoTrackr Plus for Nikon DSLR (Bluetooth) Gisteq
- Phottix Geo One GPS Phottix
- Nikon DSLR GPS Smack Down Results Terrywhite
- Review: Geotagging with Easytag GPS module (Nikon GP-1 compatible) Trick77
- Review: blueSLR Wireless Camera Control & GPS Geotagging Terrywhite
- Battery Packs Phottix
- Product search: Nikon D7000 Battery grip Google
- Flash Units Compatible with Nikon's CLS including Wireless Master Dpanswers
- Radio Triggers for Flash and Camera Dpanswers
- Knight For Nikon Flashgun I-TTL Trigger Pixel
- Radio Transmitters, Receivers and Accessories Pocketwizard
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- Guide to Nikon TTL Flashes photo.net
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- Pixel Knight TR-331 Review Part III Inside the Viewfinder
- Camera Control Pro 2 Nikon
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