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Nikon D7000 is a 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR features Newly developed Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor, Magnesium alloy employed for the body/Superior weather-resistant and anti-dust capabilities, AF system featuring high-density 39 focus points, image-processing engine “EXPEED 2”, Full HD (1,920×1,080, 24p) movie-recording function, ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400 and a 3.0 Inch LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment. The camera measures (W x H x D) 5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in./ 132 x 103 x 77mm and weighs 24.3 oz. (690g).
Nikon D7000 Reviews
Nikon D7000 vs Pentax K-5 Comparison Review by NeoCamera;
“Both cameras are very responsive and show good performance for most operations. There are two situations where these DSLRs sufficiently differ in terms of speed. The time-to-first-shot is faster on the Nikon D7000. The time-to-instant-review is also faster on the Nikon”
MacWorld reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“Still image quality is good in automatic mode and first-rate when using manual controls. Rich colors and generally spot-on exposures are the norm, but aesthetic preferences for more vivid (or subtle) color, for example, are easily achieved, as are adjustments to contrast, sharpness, and white balance.”
Photoblographer reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“The D7000 is not considered a pro camera like the D300S, D700 or the D3S buts its great image quality says otherwise. You can shoot a wedding, film, portraits and anything else you can think of with this camera.”
Adorama reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“The D7000 is a remarkable camera that should be given serious consideration by any photo enthusiast who wants it all, including great HD movies, superb still images, a full feature set, and robust construction, all at a mid-level DSLR price. “
DCRP reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“The D7000 is one of those cameras that doesn’t require that extra paragraph of “issues that don’t fit anywhere else”. In other words, it’s pretty darn good. Its combination of photo quality (once you get used to its love of overexposure), performance, build quality, and manual features make it a camera that enthusiasts will really enjoy….Nikon D7000 has earned my recommendation.”
PhotographyReview reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“My overall experience with the D7000 was very positive. As a backcountry action sports photographer, I really like the D7000′s balance between packability and performance. Pair the D7000 with the Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm VR II lens and you’ve got a winning all-purpose camera kit for travel, mountain biking or backcountry skiing.”
HardwareZone reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“Its strong and weatherproof body lets you take it almost anywhere with peace of mind, its capable resolution and high sensitivity lets you shoot against most situations, and dual SD slots mean you can double your storage or even create backups right as you’re shooting. Oh, and let’s not forget full HD 1080p video recording. This is one camera that’s been well worth the wait.”
PhotographyBay reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“I love the Nikon D7000. It’s one of the best DSLRs I’ve used to date. Sure, there are a few quibbles like the aperture adjustment in live view and movie mode, along with the rather lame buffer for continuous RAW image capture (particularly since the D7000 is compatible with UHS-I SD cards). However, where the rubber meets the road, the D7000 is a rock solid enthusiast camera that’s sure to turn the heads of plenty pros looking to add another Nikon body to their arsenal.”
BuynShoot reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“Nikon have delivered an outstanding camera with its D7000. With better build quality ever to been seen at this end of the market, some of the best image quality in all lighting conditions delivered from a cropped sensor, plus an auto focusing system that is fast, efficient and quiet, there is very little to truly complain about..”
DigitalTrends reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“Having extensively tested the Nikon D7000, it’s easy to understand why this camera ranks up there in popularity, even with a $1,200 price tag. Simply put, if you’re serious about photography, you want this camera. As for the video, it’s a nice feature, but not the raison d’être for this very impressive DSLR.”
BJP reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“Client perception of a “non-pro” body aside, I’d have no fears taking this for a paid shoot. As a backup to a medium-format or D3x setup, it’s a bargain; as an introduction to Nikon’s pro range, it’s perfect.”
MacWorld.uk reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“The D7000 in playback mode is impressive. There’s a comprehensive array of retouching options, including fun digital effects filters, so you can, for example, add warmth to an image in-camera.”
Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“The D7000 exceeded almost all of my expectations, with only a few “issues”, such as the strong exposures it created outdoors. Its high ISO capabilities are almost unmatched in my opinion, and the camera’s shooting performance in both single and bursts modes is smoking fast. “
TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“We were shooting mainly using natural light with the D7000 – both indoors and out – and were very impressed with the results we were getting from combination of sensor and supplied 18-105mm zoom lens….with colour rendition some of the most natural we’ve seen from a modern enthusiast DSLR. This is truly a camera for all seasons. “
PhotoReview.au reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“Video quality was similar to other 1080p-capable, APS-C sensor DSLRs we have reviewed. In bright conditions, clips were well-exposed and moving subjects were recorded smoothly. We found few instances of the ‘rolling shutter’ effect that can occur with fast pans or subjects moving quickly across the frame.”
PCWorld.au reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“The Nikon D7000 combines good usability and handling with excellent image quality in addition to a versatile ISO range. If you’re looking to buy a digital SLR but want a camera that’s more versatile than the current crop of entry-level offerings, we think this is a great option — in our opinion the Nikon D7000 easily equals the Canon EOS 60D.”
DCI reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“We found that the D7000 performed very well in our tests, achieving high scores for color accuracy, noise, low light shooting and dynamic range. The only test that it struggled with was resolution, where we found that the images it captured were not as sharp as cameras such as the Canon 60D or 7D. “
CameraLabs reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“So overall the D7000 is undoubtedly an impressive DSLR, although one where almost all the features come with conditions you should be aware of. It’s also important to note while some of the specifications imply semi-pro performance at a mid-range price, the experience falls short in most respects. “
About.com reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“The D7000 is a great enthusiast’s camera in most respects, producing good images even in low-light conditions. It will certainly appeal to existing Nikon users, and it even gives the D300s a run for its money. It’s just a shame that the D7000 isn’t more competitively priced, particularly as users will need to invest in some good quality glass to get the most out of it. “
CNET reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“The good: Excellent performance for its class; great viewfinder; control locations and operations streamlined over previous Nikon dSLRs; double SDXC-compatible card slots. The bad: No 1080/30p video. The bottom line: An excellent dSLR for experienced shooters or Nikon professionals looking for a relatively cheap option, the Nikon D7000 delivers on almost all counts.”
CNET.uk reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“Nikon’s D7000 allies rugged build quality with all the bells and whistles expected of a mid-range digital SLR. All things considered, it’s a thoroughly competent camera.”
PocketLint reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“The new 39-point AF system and 6fps burst mode are both superb, the resulting images look great and 1080p movie is of top quality too. There’s very little to moan about indeed and, although it’s not exactly a cheap buy, you’d be hard pressed to find a much better model on the market at this price point “
WDC reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“There’s a great clarity to images from ISO 100-800 and, although colour and some luminance noise becomes noticeable hereafter, it’s not wildly disruptive to final quality. In fact, even images at ISO 3200 produce a grain-like quality that provides a good textured quality to prints.”
PhotographyReview reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“I think pros and amateurs should both look seriously at purchasing the D7000. As a pro I can already see many opportunities to use the video functions of the camera on a daily basis and even some of the still photography capabilities. “
AmateurPhotographer reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“Even at ISO 1600, in-camera JPEGs reach 26 in our resolution test. Colour noise does start to become visible in ISO 3200 images in the form of slight coloured patches in shadow areas. That said, even at ISO 6400 there is still a good level of detail, with minimal colour noise and only slight luminance noise. “
PhotoRadar reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“Our tests reveal that the Nikon D7000 is an excellent camera that is capable of capturing a high level of detail across the full sensitivity range. However, getting the best from it requires a little bit more than is provided in the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR kit box.”
KenRockwell reviews the Nikon D7000 and writes;
“The D7000 is Nikon’s best DSLR. It handles better than any other Nikon, and has image quality second only to the $7,500 D3X, which weighs about four times as much. The D7000 outperforms every other Nikon, and weighs less than most of them. “
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Nikon D7000 Features
Meet the new Nikon D7000, a camera ready to go wherever your photography or cinematography takes you. Experience stunning images with sharp resolution and smooth tonal gradation, thanks to the 16-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor and a powerful EXPEED 2 image processing engine. Take advantage of its wide ISO range of 100 to 6400 (expandable to 25,600) and its incredibly low levels of noise. Expect your images tack-sharp and accurately exposed, thanks to the camera’s 39-point AF and Scene Recognition System using a 2,016-pixel RGB matrix metering sensor. And with an approx. 0.052-second release time lag and approx. 6 frames-per-second shooting, you won’t miss a moment.
You’ll see exactly what you’re capturing with the approx. 100% frame coverage viewfinder, and for those who want to shoot both stills and movies, the D7000’s D-Movie capabilities now include Full HD 1080p capture with full-time autofocus and manual exposure. All of this advanced imaging technology is kept safe beneath the magnesium alloy covering the top and rear chassis of a compact body, whose sealing has been severely tested against moisture and dust. The D7000 is ready to shoot indoors and out, and at 150,000 cycles tested, the camera’s durable shutter unit helps you keep shooting. Combine all this with the unmatched NIKKOR lens lineup and Creative Lighting System and you have everything you need to explore your imagination to its fullest. Where can creative freedom like this take you? Find out, with the D7000.
Stunning image details: 16.2 effective megapixels
Whether you want to make large prints or crop tightly in an image, the D7000 delivers the resolution you need. At its heart is a DX-format CMOS image sensor with 16.2 effective megapixels, optimally engineered to gather more quality light through sharp NIKKOR lenses. Coupled with 14-bit A/D conversion (12-bit selectable), the D7000 produces stunning images that are richer in tone and detail than previously possible in DX format. The A/D conversion happens within the sensor, thereby maintaining exceptional image integrity without sacrificing shooting speed or energy efficiency. Combine these with the agile DX format and its signature 1.5x focal length telephoto potential and you can begin to see where this kind of shooting power can take you.
Improved image quality and speed: EXPEED 2 image processing engine
Sometimes you want to capture the subtle tones of a sunset. Other times you want to freeze the action. The D7000 delivers both, thanks to the newest generation of image processing engine, EXPEED 2, which performs multiple tasks with more speed and power. Expect smoother tonal gradations, even in difficult shadows and highlights, for a greater sense of depth in your images. Shoot continuously at 6 frames per second so you can capture the action you’ve been missing. Focusing performance such as face recognition in Live View mode is also further improved, letting you concentrate on your composition.
Standard ISO 100 to 6400, expandable to ISO 25600 equivalent
With improved pixel quality of the image sensor comes a wider ISO range from the DX-format — ISO 100 to 6400 has now become standard with the D7000, enabling you to handle a wider range of lighting situations: from the bright and sunny outdoors to low-lit evenings and interiors. Nikon’s renowned noise reduction technology has been upgraded even further. Throughout the range, the D7000 delivers sharp images with minimized color noise. And thanks to the higher processing speed, even when High ISO noise reduction is activated, you can keep shooting continuously without stress. Quality high-ISO performance can also enhance a lot for movie shooting, allowing you to capture the mood of a scene using only available light.
Capture Full HD 1080p D-Movie with full-time autofocus and manual exposure
The D7000 welcomes in a new era of movie capture: Full HD 1080p and movie editing functions for exceptional cinematic reproduction and quality. In addition to smooth-moving images, the camera can compensate for distortion and other image-degrading problems. Besides auto exposure mode, the D7000 offers manual exposure mode, which locks in the exposure value when shooting scenes with varying contrast levels, such as when panning from a bright window to a dark interior. Aside from a built-in monaural microphone, the D7000 incorporates an external microphone jack for high-quality stereo sound recording options.
Improved quality in highlight and shadow: Active D-Lighting
Nikon’s exclusive Active D-Lighting offers the ability to preserve details in the highlights and shadowy areas of images shot in high-contrast scenes.
Whether you’re dealing with bright skies and a dark foreground or deep shadows where you can’t use a flash, the EXPEED 2 image processing engine renders those scenes with smoother tones — even at its highest settings. Simply select Auto in Active D-Lighting mode and the camera can adjust to the scene’s contrast levels or bracket them into three frames of varying strength levels. Even when Active D-Lighting is activated, you can still maintain the continuous shooting rate.
Now even more precise: The Scene Recognition System
The D7000 incorporates a built-in exposure-metering sensor with a far larger pixel count than any other D-SLR camera before it. The 2,016-pixel RGB sensor reads the scene’s brightness and colors more accurately, and then applies this reading to optimize not only exposure, but also autofocus, white balance and i-TTL flash calculations — all in mere milliseconds prior to the actual exposure. With more pixels, the D7000 can recognize even smaller subjects — both moving and stationary. The newly improved Scene Recognition System delivers better photographs in every way.
Wide-area coverage, powerful 39-point AF
The D7000’s strategically positioned 39 AF points cover a significantly wide area of the frame, giving you flexible compositional possibilities. The nine AF points in the center utilize powerful cross-type sensors — especially useful when you need tack-sharp focus such as with portraits and macro work. And unlike other manufacturers’ systems, the D7000’s nine cross-type sensors work with all AF NIKKOR lenses f/5.6 or faster. The D7000 offers a variety of AF area modes, including dynamic-area AF using 9, 21, 39 points. Switch between the three, depending on the predictability of your subjects’ movement, and the selected AF point and surrounding points will track your intended subject automatically.
There is also 3D tracking, which continuously follows moving subjects within the 39 AF points, indicating the activated AF point in the viewfinder. Utilizing Nikon’s Scene Recognition System, Auto-area AF properly judges the main subject within 39 AF points and focuses on it. Therefore, no matter what the situation or composition calls for, the D7000’s autofocus system will be ready to meet your focus needs.
39-point AF & 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
Stay focused on what matters most.
Sophisticated AE with highlight analysis
After the incredibly accurate 2016-pixel RGB sensor reads a scene’s lighting information such as brightness and colors, the D7000 cross-references what it sees with imaging data from 30,000 real-world shooting situations. This way, the renowned 3D Color Matrix Metering II delivers exposure results that are faithful to how you see light and shadow interplay, even in difficult lighting situations. This intelligent metering technique also delivers exceptionally accurate i-TTL flash exposures, and it all happens within milliseconds for both speed and precision.
Informed auto white balance (AWB)
Based on its massive collection of shooting data compiled from various light sources, the D7000’s intelligent AWB algorithm renders white as truly white — even when shot under a wide range of light sources, including the difficult mercury vapor lighting. The D7000 also carries another AWB mode that maintains incandescent warmth in your images.
Contrast AF for live view and D-Movie
Live View and D-Movie users can rejoice, because with the D7000, face-priority AF is now faster and more powerful than ever. Up to 35 people can be. For moving subjects such as pets, subject-tracking AF keeps them in focus. Normal-area AF is recommended for pinpoint focus and wide-area AF for handheld shooting. All are effective both for Live View shooting and movie recording.
6 Frames Per Second Shooting up to 100 Images
Say farewell to missed opportunities. The D7000 incorporates a new driving mechanism to conduct its remarkably fast and precise mirror movements, giving you an approx. 0.052 second release time lag and an approx. 0.13 second start-up time. What’s more, you can continuously shoot at approx. 6 frames per second at both 14-bit and 12-bit A/D conversion for RAW shooting.
Rugged and protected: compact magnesium alloy body and sealing against dust and moisture
With a top and rear cover of durable magnesium alloy, the D7000 is ready for the outdoors. Nikon engineers paid meticulous attention to where exterior parts join by employing durable sealing against moisture and dust. The compact body has also undergone severe environmental tests to prove its rugged reliability.
Approx. 100% frame coverage viewfinder
With approximately 100% frame coverage in the viewfinder, what you see is what you exactly capture. The specially coated glass pentagonal prism and precision-crafted finder screen offer not only a bright viewfinder image, but also enable you to easily confirm when a subject is in focus.
Precision and durability: 150,000 cycles tested shutter unit
The D7000 has a shutter speed range of 1/8000 to 30 seconds, with a top flash synchronization speed of 1/250 second. And just like with professional models, the shutter unit is tested for 150,000 cycles in severe conditions, proving precision and durability.
Intuitive operation: strategically located dials, buttons and switches
Each and every control on the D7000 has been strategically placed for streamlined operation. The exposure mode dial and release mode dial are stacked on the same axis for easier access. Two new user settings can be assigned to the exposure mode dial. The release mode dial now offers a quiet shutter release mode for near-silent operation and one-touch Live View and movie recording are now possible, thanks to a newly designed switch and button structure.
921k-dots, 170-degree viewing angle, 3-inch LCD monitor
The D7000 features an expansive 3-inch VGA LCD monitor with reinforced glass. Its approx. 921k-dot resolution assures clear, detailed display of images, which proves invaluable when confirming focus or assessing image sharpness. The wide 170° viewing angle and bright display make it easy to review images or confirm menu settings when shooting outdoors.
Electronic Virtual Horizon
Especially useful for landscape shooting, the virtual horizon indicated in the LCD lets you know when the camera is level. The virtual horizon can also be displayed during Live View shooting.
Twin SD card slots (cards not included)
Two memory card slots offer a number of advantages: sequential recording; recording the same images simultaneously on two cards; recording RAW and JPEG separately onto two different cards; and duplicating images from one card to another. It’s also possible to designate a specific card with more memory for use at the time of movie recording.
Intelligent power management
After carefully scrutinizing every aspect of the camera’s circuitry, Nikon engineers have designed the D7000 for maximum performance with minimized power usage. With the newly designed Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15, 1,050 frames* can be taken on a single charge.
*With EN-EL15, based on CIPA standards.
Nikon Creative Lighting System
The D7000 has a built-in pop-up flash that covers a 16mm lens perspective without vignetting. The flash is fully compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and delivers well-balanced flash exposures thanks to the innovative i-TTL flash control. The built-in flash also offers Commander mode to trigger remote flash units when using Advanced Wireless Lighting. The dual advantages for i-TTL technology and wireless capability make sophisticated remote flash control simple and inspiring. One simple remote flash from the side using the SB-900, SB-700 or SB-600 creates more texture, dimension and mood in ways that available light cannot. For more sophisticated creative effects, the small and intelligent SB-700 has been designed to make the control of remote multiple flashes even easier.
Picture Control: Portrait
You can transform the look of an image simply by selecting from the camera’s Picture Control menu. Choose from the following settings: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Landscape, and Portrait. You can even adjust parameters such as sharpness and saturation and then save them as Custom Picture Controls.
Optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D11
The dedicated battery pack MB-D11 ensures longer battery power. You can expect more than 2,010 shots*. The MB-D11 is equipped with a shutter release button, command dials and a multi-selector useful for vertical composition shooting. It also provides better camera balance when a long telephoto lens is used.
*With two EN-EL15 (one in camera and one in MB-D11), based on CIPA standards
ViewNX 2 — Your imaging toolbox
Browse and organize images easily and efficiently with ViewNX 2. This bundled, all-in-one software helps you view, edit, store, and share both photos and movies. Attach labels to your images for simpler searching and browsing, or choose from an array of editing functions such as resize, crop, rotate, straighten and auto red-eye correction. You can even delete scenes from movies taken with your D7000. ViewNX 2 also works effortlessly with Nikon’s photo-sharing website, my Picturetown, making uploading and viewing your images more enjoyable than ever.