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4

Nikon D7000


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Price as Reviewed:

£1,099.00

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

Dynamic range

Image: Even the colour and contrast of JPEG files can be edited to reveal shadow details, without introducing chroma noise

Although there is a great amount of detail in shadow areas and some recoverable detail in the highlights, the D7000’s dynamic range can appear to be a little lower than that on other digital cameras. However, when editing the raw images it is clear that a lot more detail is captured than is visible in JPEG files. With this in mind, I would suggest adjusting the contrast (via the picture controls) to recover some of this detail. Obviously, if you have more time, shooting and editing raw images allows details to be recovered.

The Nikon D7000 also has an Auto D-Lighting feature, which alters the contrast curve to lighten shadows and darken highlights in JPEG images. When set to its normal setting, I found that the results are quite subtle and serve to act as a slight lift. Even in its high setting, the D-Lighting looks natural and, thankfully, it doesn’t produce a pseudo-HDR effect. Again, if you shoot JPEG images it is a good idea to combine the D-Lighting effect with a tweak of the picture control settings to get the most out of the camera’s dynamic range.

  • 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
  • Dimensions: 132x105x77mm
  • 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

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