Nikon D7000


Stelian Pavalache

Look into my eyes; look deep into my eyes… Oh, right – this is the Internet – You can’t see my eyes. And even if you could, being the well-informed lover of photography that you are, you wouldn’t need me to hypnotize you in order to believe all the wonders of Nikon’s D7000 DSLR Camera (Body Only), would you? No, of course you wouldn’t.

Anyway, my dear reader let’s cut to the chase and take a look at the wondrous D7000 in all its glory. Here’s a quick hit in case you need the skinny now: 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS sensor that works together with Nikon’s EXPEED 2 image processor, 1080p HD video with full time autofocus, 6FPS burst shooting, a 39-Point AF System, autofocus fine tuning, a 3″ LCD display and pentaprism optical viewfinder, and dual SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots. Breathe. I repeat: breathe. (Yes, Nikon took it to the mat with the D7000)

Nikon assures us that the D7000, “concentrates primarily on image quality above all else”, giving the DSLR photographer and filmmaker what the company calls “a new class of Nikon camera”. So, when it came to video recording, Nikon didn’t skimp out on capabilities. The D7000 boasts 1080p HD video capture, while providing a number of other recording options including manual exposure control. Capture video with the cinema quality 24fps or record Internet-friendly video at 720p in 24 or 30fps – up to 20 minutes per clip. To enhance your video utilize an optional wireless or hot shoe mounted microphone using the stereo mic input. The camera also features, full time autofocus, and Live View for video capture. When you’re all done shooting and ready to share on the big screen, there’s an HDMI output for one-cable connection to your HDTV.

Let’s return to the camera’s main focus – digital stills, shall we? We shall. The 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor and Nikon’s proprietary EXPEED 2 image processing engine help you to make beautiful, engaging, gorgeous, and bewitching RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG images. It’s true! You’ll have enough pixel-power to make wall-sized murals of – well, anything really – if that’s your sort of thing. But even if it’s not on your agenda to make photo wallpaper, the D7000’s imaging capabilities give you the tools you need to create detailed, bright, and pro-quality images.

Helping the sensor and processor take those stunning photos are functions like Nikon’s RGB 3D Matrix Metering System, the built-in i-TTL flash with Speedlight compatibility, and a 39 point AF system. The latter just so happens to make the D7000 compatible with over 60 NIKKOR lenses. Other helpful functions include: 14-bit analog/digital conversion, a 100-6400 ISO setting, 6 frame-per-second burst speed for up to 100 images, along with numerous other features.

No matter – video or still – as mentioned above, the D7000 records to durable and easy-to-use SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. The camera has twin memory card slots – meaning there’s no need to change media mid-shoot. Just move onto the second card without interruption.

What else can I possibly impart onto you about the Nikon D7000? Well, in addition to the major bells and whistles the camera also gives you its Picture Control system. Choose from scene settings like vivid, monochrome, and landscape. You can also utilize scene modes with names like child, close-up, and night portrait. Other creative controls include in-camera RAW image processing and the ability to add in special effects like fisheye and a miniature effect.

 

16.2MP DX-Format Sensor + EXPEED 2 Image Processing System

  • With its 16.2MP CMOS image sensor and Nikon’s new EXPEED 2 image processing system, the D7000 DSLR delivers superior image quality with low noise. The EXPEED 2 image processing engine combined with a 14-bit analog/digital conversion brings a new level of even tonal gradations while managing color, contrast, exposure, and noise resulting in brilliant image quality. EXPEED 2 also manages the D7000’s speedy 5-millisecond shutter response, blazing AF speed and rapid six frames-per-second (fps) burst speed for up to 100 images

Full 1080p High Definition Video Capture with the D-Movie Function

  • Building upon the popular D90 DSLR, the Nikon D7000 captures breathtaking full 1080p HD movies with full-time autofocus and manual exposure control using the D-Movie function. To keep critical HD focus, users can choose to engage a variety of AF functions, including face priority to track up to 35 human faces, subject-tracking and normal or wide-area autofocus
  • Advanced movie features also allow exposure adjustment on the fly while recording. The D7000 DSLR offers variable frame rates and resolutions, and can record 1080p at a cinema-like 24fps, or a web-friendly 720p at either 24 or 30fps for up to 20 minutes per clip. Once recorded, users are able to edit and trim video clips in the camera to save time in post production. Whether utilizing a wireless or hot shoe mounted microphone, sound can be recorded via the stereo microphone input for professional audio results
  • To further simplify movie shooting, Live View is activated by a single dedicated switch, and HD video recording is achieved by pressing a single button. The D7000 DSLR also incorporates a built-in HDMI output CEC compliant (Consumer Electronic Control) that allows users to connect it to a HDTV and playback with most HDTV remote controls
  • By adding versatile NIKKOR lenses to the equation, photographers can create a variety of photo perspectives with video such as isolating subjects with a shallow depth of field, and recording in low light conditions. Combining the D7000 DSLR with NIKKOR lenses also delivers the sharpness essential for HD video, and Nikon’s innovative Vibration Reduction (VR) II technology helps to eliminate the effects of camera shake

39 Point AF System

  • The D7000 DSLR features a 39 point AF System, which includes nine center cross-type sensors that operate with more than 60 NIKKOR lenses. The 39 points in the new Multi-CAM 4800DX AF module work together to provide superior subject acquisition and fast tracking capabilities, allowing photographers to confidently capture a player stealing third from the sideline to fast-moving wildlife. Additionally, photographers can activate dynamic or single point AF, configurable in combinations of 9, 21 or 39 or a 21 point ring to match a variety of shooting styles and situations. Photographers can activate 3D tracking, which continuously follows moving subjects within the 39 AF points, highlighting the activated AF point in the viewfinder
  • An additional feature of the autofocus system is AF fine tune. Photographers sometimes require an extra level of ultra-fine AF tuning. This feature allows you to individually fine-tune and register the autofocus position for up to 12 lens models, then apply that compensation whenever the same lens is attached. You can also register adjustments uniformly regardless of the type of lens used

3D Color Matrix Metering System + Scene Recognition System

  • Utilizing Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System, the camera analyzes subject information from a database containing more than 30,000 images to optimize focus, exposure and white balance. To assist in creating amazing imagery, the Scene Recognition System reads data from a groundbreaking 2,016 pixel 3D color Matrix Metering sensor that examines the scene’s brightness and color data then optimizes the camera’s performance prior to the actual exposure. Another revolutionary Nikon first, this system interprets scene data for improved control of light metering and i-TTL flash output. Additionally this sensor allows for an “Ambient” white balance setting which can be activated to allow warm rendering in Automatic White Balance

Built-In i-TTL Flash + Speedlight Compatibility

  • The built-in iTTL Speedlight pops up in a flash, and it offers wide-angle flash-coverage that accommodates 16mm lenses. The camera also has Wireless Commander support so users can maximize the potential of Nikon’s creative lighting options. Using the integral flash set to Wireless Commander in combination with one or several off-camera Nikon Speedlights, the shooter can create a unique look for each and every photograph. Up to 8 Speedlights can be fired at once – including Nikon’s flagship SB-900, as well as others in the series, including the SB-600 and SB-800/SB-700

Low Light Image Capture

  • The D7000 DSLR continues Nikon’s tradition of providing photographers the confidence to shoot in low light, knowing they will capture high quality low-noise images. The camera’s native ISO range of 100-6400 affords the versatility to photograph in challenging lighting conditions, such as when indoors or in the evening. The ISO range can be expanded to a Hi-2 setting of 25,600, which was previously found only in Nikon FX-format territory. The camera allows more light to be gathered, resulting in a correctly exposed image that has less noise and finer grain

Enhanced Build Quality, Durability, and Usability

  • The compact design is lightweight enough for a full days use, but has a reassuring heft that hints at Nikon’s reputation for reliability. The durable camera body consists of a magnesium-alloy top and rear covers and a 150,000 cycle-rated shutter system. Additionally, the D7000 DSLR is dust and moisture sealed and features Nikon’s dust reduction system to remove image-degrading particles from the image sensor. Among the well laid out ergonomics, users will immediately notice a Mode Dial that eschews traditional Scene Mode icons for more advanced manual functions and two user-defined settings (U1 and U2) to adapt to a users shooting style on the fly. Placed under the control wheel is a Release Mode dial, which allows access the burst modes, timer, or the Quiet Shutter, to soften the cameras operation when shooting in sensitive environments such as a ceremonies or nature

Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder + 170° 3″ LCD Display

  • When framing lush landscapes or tight telephoto shots from afar, users will appreciate the large, bright glass pentaprism optical viewfinder has approximately 100% frame coverage and approximately 0.94x magnification. The 3″, 921,000 dot super-density LCD monitor with 170° viewing delivers bright, crisp image playback and precise Live View and movie shooting

Twin Memory Card Slots

  • The D7000 DSLR features twin SD card slots with SD, SDHC, SDXC memory card compatibility that offers a several recording options including designating separate NEF (RAW) JPEG and movie files

Long Life EN-EL15 Battery

  • The D7000 was designed to provide maximum performance with minimized power usage. The camera employs a new EN-EL15 battery which enables up to 1050 shots when fully charged

Creative Controls

  • The D7000 DSLR contains many features aimed at empowering the user with creative freedom including the ability to process RAW images directly in the camera, and add in special effects using the retouch menu. Among the many editing options are color filters, distortion control for a fisheye effect, perspective control for a miniature effect, or a new color sketch filter that creates a sketch-styled image. As always, manipulated images are saved as copies while the original is retained
  • The Picture Control system also allows the choice for standard, neutral, vivid, monochrome, portrait, or landscape settings to apply a personal look and feel to their pictures, and it’s versatile scene modes let them choose from portrait, landscape, child, sports, close-up or night portrait for stunning results even in challenging conditions

Optional Multi-Power MB-D11 Battery Pack

To guarantee great performance for longer, the D7000 also has a dedicated Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D11 (optional) that enables seamless switching of power supply with the in-camera battery, vertical shooting and further stabilizes the body when using a long telephoto lens
Camera Type DSLR (with 1080p video)
Imaging
Resolution 16.2MP
Sensor Nikon DX-Format (23.6 x 15.6mm) CMOS Sensor
With Nikon’s dust reduction system
Bit Depth 14-bit
File Formats Stills: RAW, JPEG, RAW + JPEG
File Size Large: 4,928 x 3,262
Medium: 3,696 x 2,448
Small: 2,464 x 1,632
Color Spaces Not specified by manufacturer
Creative Color Modes Not specified by manufacturer
Image Stabilization N/A
Crop Factor 1.5x (Nikon DX format)
Optics
Lens N/A
Zoom N/A
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount (With AF coupling and AF contacts)Compatible with DX AF, D/G type AF (excluding IX), AF (other than D/G type, excluding lenses for F3AF, all functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II), AI-P (all functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II), Non-CPU (can be used in modes A and M; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data (AI lenses only), Electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster)
Focus Type Auto and manual
Focus Range N/A
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount N/A
Shooting Controls
Sensitivity 100-6400 ISO
Can be set up to approximately 2 EV (Hi-2, ISO 25,600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Shutter Speeds 1/8,000 to 30s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Bulb time – requires optional remote control
Metering 3D Color Matrix Metering II: matrix, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Modes Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P)
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Manual (M)
Auto
Auto (flash off)
Advanced Scene Modes
U1 (user setting 1)
U2 (user setting 2)
White Balance Auto (2 types)
Incandescent
Fluorescent (7 types)
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Cloudy
Shade
Preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored)
Auto (TTL white balance with 2,016-pixel RGB sensor)
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting (2,500 K to 10,000K)
Seven manual modes with fine-tuning
Mirror Lock-Up Yes – mirror up mode
Burst Capability 6 frames per second; up to 100 images
Self Timer 2, 5, 10, 20 seconds
Timer duration electronically controlled
Interval Recording Not specified by manufacturer
Remote Control Optional ML-L3 remote
Flash
Built-in Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range Not specified by manufacturer
External Flash Connection Hot shoe or Wireless Commander support
Max Sync Speed 1/250
Memory
Built-in Memory N/A
Memory Card Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Twin memory card slots
Still Images per GB Not specified by manufacturer
A/V Recording
Video Recording Yes
Recording Formats H.264/MPEG-4, MOV
Video Resolution NTSC:
1920 x 1080/24p
1280 x 720/30p
1280 x 720/24p
640 x 424/30pPAL:
1920 x 1080/24p
1280 x 720/25p
1280 x 720/24p
640 x 424/25p
Video Clip Length Maximum recording time: approximately 20 minutes
Audio Recording Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone recording
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism optical viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage Approximately 100% – Approximately 0.95x magnification
Display 3″ LCD with 170° viewing
Multi-Channel Playback Yes
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity USB 2.0
A/V out
HDMI
Mic input
GPS connection
System & Software Requirements For ViewNX 2 SoftwareWindowsCPU
Display, playback, and editing of still images and movies (MotionJPEG):
Intel Celeron / Pentium 4 / Core Series, 1.6GHz or above
Playback and editing of H.264 movies:
Pentium D 3.0GHz or above (during playback)
Core 2 Duo 2.6GHz or above (during editing)OS
Windows 7 Home Basic/Home
Premium/Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate
Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Enterprise/Ultimate (Service Pack 2)
Windows XP Home Edition/Professional (Service Pack 3)
This application requires a computer with a pre-installed operating system. If you use 64-bit version Windows 7 or 64-bit version Windows Vista, operation takes place under 32-bit compatibility environmentHard Disk Space
500MB or above for OS startup disk unit (1GB or above is recommended)
For OS installation: 50 MB or aboveInstalled RAM
Windows 7 or Windows Vista: 1GB or above (1.5GB or above is recommended)
Windows XP: 512MB or above (1GB or above is recommended)Display
Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels (XGA) or more
Display color: 24-bit color or aboveInterface
USB: Only built-in USB ports supported
Connect the camera directly to the computer; do not use a hub or USB keyboardMiscellaneous
An internet environment is required to use “Nikon Message Center 2”, the [GeoTag] feature and my Picturetown
The installation requires the CD-ROM drive on your PC
To use all the functions, you need Google Earth Plug-in, QuickTime 7 (or later), and DirectX 9 (or later) For playback and editing of H.264 movies
A computer with a graphics board of 128MB or above installed is recommendedMacintosh

Processor
Display, playback, and editing of still images and movies (MotionJPEG): Power PC G4 1GHz or above / PowerPC G5 / Intel Core series / Intel Xeon series
Playback and editing of H.264 movies: PowerPC G5 Dual 2GHz or above / Core Duo 2GHz or above (during playback)
Core 2 Duo 2.6GHz or above (during editing)

OS
Mac OS X (Version 10.4.11, 10.5.8, 10.6.4)

RAM
512MB or above (1GB or above is recommended)

Hard Disk Space
500MB or above for OS startup disk unit (1GB or above is recommended)
For OS installation: 50 MB or above

Monitor Resolution
Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels (XGA) or more
Display color: Millions or above

Interface
USB: Built-in USB ports and FireWire ports supported
Connect the camera directly to the computer; do not use a hub or USB keyboard

Miscellaneous
An internet environment is required to use “Nikon Message Center 2”, the [GeoTag] feature and my Picturetown
The installation requires the CD-ROM drive on your PC
For playback and editing of H.264 movies
A computer with a graphics board of 128MB or above installed is recommended
During editing or playing of a high-definition movie using Nikon Movie Editor on a PowerPC model, the performance of the computer might become extremely slow

Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Not specified by manufacturer
Weatherproofing Moisture sealed
Durability Dust sealed
Magnesium-alloy top and rear covers
Power
Battery Type EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Power Adapter AC adapter optional
Physical
Dimensions 5.2 x 4.2 x 3″ (13.2 x 10.6 x 7.6cm)
Weight 1 lb 11.5 oz (779g)
With battery and memory card

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