With its 16.2-million-pixel CMOS sensor, Full 1080p HD video capture and a 2,016-point metering system Nikon’s latest enthusiast DSLR hints at what is to come in its professional DSLRs. Richard Sibley tests the Nikon D7000

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Nikon D7000 review


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Our verdict

Nikon DSLR users have been waiting a long time for the D7000, not so much as an upgrade for the D90 but as a hint at exactly what Nikon is planning to do with its higher end DSLRs. From what I have seen in the D7000, they shouldn’t be disappointed.The improved build and handling make the D7000 feel solid, in much the same way as the D300S, and there is of course the new AF system, too. While the specification of the metering system is also improved on paper, there are still a few minor creases to iron out. Hopefully, this can be done easily and quickly via a firmware upgrade.

If you don’t factor in the 39-point AF system, which has fewer points than the D300S, then to all intents and purposes the D7000 feels more like a replacement for that camera. With this in mind, it should provide an excellent upgrade of the D90 and D5000, and for many D300S users, too. In fact, it should also make a good reasonably priced backup for professional photographers.Although the resolution is two million pixels fewer than on competing Canon models, the D7000’s image quality is comparable – I’m looking forward to a comparison test of the D7000 and EOS 60D. Nikon users should also be looking forward to seeing exactly how the new features of the D7000 are implemented higher up in the range.

Nikon D7000 – Key features

Shooting mode
This dial will be familiar from Nikon D300 and D3-series cameras. It makes it easy to switch between single and continuous shooting, as well as self-timer and quiet mode

AF switch
Situated on the front of the camera, the automatic/manual-focus switch now has a new button in the centre that allows the AF mode to be changed. This is a lot faster than having the button situated on the back of the camera

Dual SD card slots
The D700 has two SD cards slots. These can be used so that raw and JPEG images can be saved on different cards, or so that images and video can be kept separate

Live View
The D7000 has a dedicated switch to access the Live View mode. In the centre is a video-capture button that starts and stops video recording

Nikon has tested the shutter unit of the D7000 for 150,000 cycles. So, even if you take 15,000 photos every year, the camera shutter should last for at least ten years, by which time it will no doubt be very old technology.

Cross-type AF points
The D7000 has nine cross-type AF points, which can measure the level of focus across two axes. This helps improve speed and accuracy. The nine cross-type points are located in the centre of the imaging frame.

Interval timer
Built into the D7000 is an intervalometer timing system. This allows you to take a series of time-lapse images by specifying the number of images you want shot over a set period of time. The camera can then be left to perform the task automatically. You can even specify a start time.

AF in Live View and video
Continuous AF is available when shooting in both Live View and video-capture modes. As phase-detection AF is unavailable, the camera relies on the contrast-detection AF. It is one of the better contrast-detection focus systems we have seen and although it does seek back and forth, the action is fairly smooth and fast.


White Balance:Auto with ‘keep warm lighting colours’ setting, six presets (with fine-tuning), five manual settings, plus Kelvin setting.
Dioptre Adjustment:-3 to +1 dioptre
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 12m @ ISO 100
Memory Card:2x SD, SDHC, SDXC
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane
Viewfinder Type:Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Output Size:4928x3264 pixels
Field of View:Approx 100%
LCD:Fixed 3in TFT with 920,000 dots
AF Points:Single-point, 9, 21 or 39-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking
Sensor:APS-C (DX format) CMOS sensor with 16.2 million effective pixels
White Balance Bracket:2-3 frames, in 1, 2 or 3 steps
Weight:780g (including battery and memory card)
Exposure Modes:PASM
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
Max Flash Sync:1/250
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion battery (supplied)
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000sec in 1⁄3 steps plus B
File Format:Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Drive Mode:Single, continuous (Hi/Lo] 6fps for 100 JPEG images, 11 12-bit NEF images, 10 14-bit NEF and raw+ JPEG images
Lens Mount:Nikon F
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
ISO:ISO 100-6400, expandable to ISO 25600
Focusing Modes:Manual, single-shot AF, continuous AF
DoF Preview:Yes
Metering System:2016-pixel RGB sensor with 3D Matrix Metering II , centreweighted, spot
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed/HDMI
Exposure Comp:±5EV in 1⁄3 EV steps
RRP:£1,099.99 (body only)
Tested as:Enthusiast DSLR
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Auto white balance
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Autofocus
  8. 8. Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  9. 9. Dynamic range
  10. 10. Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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