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
White balance and colour
The default colours produced by the Nikon D7000 will be familiar to anybody who has used a Nikon DSLR. As standard, the colours produced aren’t very saturated and look quite muted and natural. I found that I used the camera in its vivid mode for JPEG files. The landscape scene mode also increases colour saturation, most noticeably that of green and blue colours. Each of the standard, neutral, vivid, monochrome, portrait and landscape picture control settings can be adjusted in-camera. Using the included Nikon View NX2 software, custom picture styles can also be created and added to the in-camera settings, installed via a memory card.
A new auto white balance setting in the D7000 is simply entitled ‘keep warm lighting colours’. Rather than neutralising warm colour casts, it keeps them to maintain a level of realism. For more on this, see the Features in use panel opposite.For the most part, the standard AWB setting works very well; the two AWB settings mean that there are few situations when one of these two won’t provide a suitable white balance. Of course, there is also a full complement of standard white balance settings in the D7000, each of which can be adjusted to the user’s preference.