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Nikon D7000

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Exoskeleton       top

Most of the D7000's body is magnesium alloy.

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 and MB-11 Grip Magnesium Cores.


AF: 39 Point Field

39-point AF

39 points.

Only the 9 central sensors can see horizontal lines; the rest only see vertical lines, just like the single focus sensor of the Nikon SP.


Nikon D7000

Multi-CAM 4800DX AF Module.

New Multi-CAM 4800DX AF module.

Dynamic or single point AF.

Configurable in combinations of 9, 21 or 39 or a 21-point ring.

3D tracking, which continuously follows moving subjects within the 39 AF points, highlighting the activated AF point in the viewfinder.

Fine-tuning, for the occasional oddball lens.

AF Illuminator.

AF motor in body for use with all AF lenses, as well as AF-I and AF-S.


Finder       top

D7000 Prism

D7000's glass pentaprism.

Glass pentaprism.

100% coverage

0.53x magnification with standard 28mm (for DX) lens. (0.94x with 50mm lens, which is a telephoto on a DX camera.)

19.5mm eyepoint.

-3 to +1 diopters.

Trade name of screen: "Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II with AF Area Brackets." Wow!


Meter       top

2,016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System, center-weighted or spot.

Variable-size center-weighted circle.

Canon's best cameras still only see in black-and-white, and Canon's newest 7D only sees in two colors, not full-color as have most Nikons since the F5.


Flash       top

Maximum speed with flash (sync speed)


Trick FP high-speed sync mode.


Built-in Flash

The built-in flash can be used as a remote commander to control Nikon's better external flashes.

Covers a 16mm DX lens.

GN 12 meters (39 feet).


Hot Shoe

i-TTL system for use with SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400.


PC (Prontor-Compur) Sync Terminal (for studio strobes)

No, but Nikon will sell you a Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 to add it.

Heck, I use an old Nikon SB-30 flash on my cameras as a remote trigger for my studio strobes instead of a PC cord.


Shutter       top

Nikon D7000 Nikon D7000 Shutter

Nikon D7000 Shutter Assembly. enlarge.

Maximum speed with flash (sync speed): 1/250.

1/8,000 to 30 seconds, and Bulb. (30 minutes maximum in Time)

Time, if you buy the excellent $20 ML-L3 infra-red remote.

Single, Continuous High and Low and Quiet advance modes.

"150,000 cycle-rated"



2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds.

1 to 9 exposures each time, delayed by 1/2, 1, 2 or 3 seconds each.


Remote Control

Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote

Nikon ML-L3 Remote (larger than actual size).

The Nikon D7000 uses this tiny $16 infrared remote. It's the best $16 you'll spend with Nikon, because it also works with most of Nikon's other less expensive DSLRs. (Nikon's expensive SLRs only work with the dorky cords, sorry; only the inexpensive ones work with this better wireless remote.)

For instance, the D300s requires you buy a $150 receiver system in order to work with a wireless remote. Otherwise, you have to use an expensive cord!


Sensor and Image       top

Nikon D7000 Sensor Assembly

Nikon D7000 Sensor and Filter Assembly. enlarge.


Nikon D7000 Sensor Assembly

Nikon D7000 Sensor, assembled. enlarge.

16 MP CMOS DX (23.6 x 15.6 mm)

4,928 x3,264 pixels native, also 3,696 x 2,448 [M] and 2,464 x 1,632 [S] settings.

Sensor cleaner.

14-bit ADC.



Auto, 100-6,400 in half or third stops.

Also ISO 8,000, ISO 9,000, ISO 10,000, ISO 12,800 and ISO 25,600 as "Hi+" trick modes.


White Balance

Two types of Auto White Balance!

Also Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 types), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade,
preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored, yay!), Kelvin (2,500 K to 10,000

All offer fine tuning.

White balance bracketing: 2 to 3 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3.


Picture Controls

Gen 2: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified.


Adaptive Dynamic-Range Control

Yes, ADR is as expected in Gen 2.

Sets as Auto, Extra High, High, Normal, Low or OFF.


Video       top

1,920 x 1,080/23.976p (no 25p, 29.97 or 59.94 ability.)

1,280 x 720/29.97p, 25p and 23.976p. (no 59.94 ability.)

640 x 424/29.97p and 25p (640 x 424 is a useless 3:2 aspect ratio!)

It's interesting to note that Nikon just can't keep up with the video resolution of Canon's DSLRs like the 7D and 5D Mark II. At 1,920, the Nikon can't run at 25p or 29.97p, which is OK since Hollywood shoots at 23.976 anyway. At the faster 25p or 29.97p rates, this Nikon can only shoot at 1,280! Canons also shoot at 59.94p in 640 and 1,280 for fluid motion, something completely absent in Nikon.

Maximum Recording Time: 20 minutes.

.MOV files holding H.264/MPEG-4 data.



Mono microphone.

Stereo input jack for external microphones (3.5mm).

Linear PCM.


In-Camera Editing

Can clip from the beginning or end of a movie.


LCD       top


921,000 dots, same as D90, D300s and D3s.

(D3100 is only 230,000 dots.)


Storage       top

Two slots!

SD, SDHC or SDXC cards, up to at least 64GB, as of late 2010.


Connections       top

Nikon D7000 COnnections

NTSC/PAL, USB, Type C mini-pin HDMI connector, 3.5mm Mic, and GPS.


Power       top

Nikon EN-EL15 battery

New Nikon EN-EL-15 Li-Ion Battery.

EN-EL15 Li-Ion battery, first seen with the D7000, and now also used in the D800, D800E and D600.

Complain that the EN-EL15 is incompatible with the popular EN-EL3e of last generation's cameras, but the new battery lasts forever, so who cares? The EN-EL15 is slightly smaller then the EN-EL3e, and packs 13.3 Watt-hours, compared to the EN-EL3e's 11.1 Watt-hours.

Rated for 1,050 shots.

Nikon MH-25 charger

Nikon MH-25 corded charger. enlarge.



Nikon MH-25 Charger and Stub (USA).

MH-25 battery charger.

In the USA, the charger comes with both a cord and a more portable semi-folding stub.

Optional MB-D11 grip takes the EN-EL15 battery, or 6 AA cells.

Optional AC adapter EH-5a and EP-5 power connector.


Size       top

5.2 × 4.1 × 3.0 inches.

132 × 105 × 77 millimeters.

(D3100 is 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.9 inches or 124 X 96 X 74.5 millimeters.)


Weight       top

27.295 oz. (773.8g), measured with battery, strap rings and one card.

Nikon specifies 27.5 oz. (780 g) with battery and card, but no caps or straps.

Nikon specifies 24.3 oz. (690 g), stripped naked.



Environment       top

0 ~ 40ºC (32 ~ 104ºF).

Less than 85% RH, non-condensing.


What's Included

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15.

Battery Charger MH-25

Eyepiece Cap DK-5.

Rubber Eyecup DK-21.

USB Cable UC-E4.

Audio Video Cable EG-D2.

Strap AN-DC1.

LCD Cover BM-11.

Body Cap BF-1B (the new style).

Classic BS-1 Hot Shoe cover. (Why bother to cover a hot shoe? That went out in the 1960s, which is why Nikon calls it BS today.)


The Box       top

Nikon D7000 Box

Nikon D7000 Box.


Box End, Nikon D7000

Box End, Nikon D7000 (USA). enlarge.

The rest of this diuscusiuon about USA models only applies in the USA. Legitimate USA versions say D7000 (U) above the UPC code on the lower right.

Non-USA gray-market imports say (UK), (E) or (EP). If you're in the USA, return anything marked this way immediately; you have NO WARRANTY from Nikon USA if you need help or service, and with digital cameras, you will need service, or at least firmware updates, in the future. (UK) is for the UK.

When you open your D7000, the plastic bag holding your two fat, printed users manuals (one in English and one in Spanish) should have a "U-S" (or "U-K" for the kit with lens) sticker on it. This tells the packers in Thailand that this is the manual set for the US version:

Nikon D7000 Quick Start GUide

"U-S" sticker on D7000's user's manual package. "U-K" is also OK.

Just for laughs, in the UK, the manual set has a sticker saying "B-S!"


When you open the manuals, hidden in between the Spanish and English manuals is a small, folded, offset-printed USA warranty sheet:

Nikon D7000 Warranty

Nikon D7000 USA Warranty Sheet.

The key points are that:

1.) It lists Nikon Inc. as the warrantor. Nikon Inc. is Nikon in the USA, unrelated to Nikon Corporation, who are in Japan.

2.) It says it is valid in the USA.

3.) It provides addresses in New York and California for warranty service. Gray-market products list a zillion worldwide locations on their international warranties, but not these USA addresses.

4.) Of course the warranty only applies to legitimate products. All because you have a copy of this easy-to-reproduce one-sided black-and-white sheet, you won't get any help from Nikon with this warranty form unless you really have a USA-version D7000, identified to you and I by the (U) on the box and the box' serial number matching the serial number of your D7000.

If your camera lacks this and you're in the USA, you got screwed. Different cameras may use different forms, but USA cameras will list Nikon Inc. and at least Nikon Inc.'s New York address.

More at The Gray Market.



Optional Accessories       top

MB-D11 grip

MB-D11 front

Nikon MB-D11, front, showing weather-sealing points. enlarge.


MB-D11 front

Nikon MB-D11, back, showing weather-sealing points. enlarge.

Takes one Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN- EL15 or six R6/AA size alkaline, Ni-MH or lithium batteries


ML-L3 Wireless Remote

Nikon ML-L# woreless remote

Nikon ML-L3 Remote.


Remote Cord MC-DC2


WT-4A Wireless Transmitter

Also works with the D7000, and the D3 series, D300/s and D700.


GPS Unit GP-1

I hear that the D7000 can update its clock automatically via the GP-1, too.


Made in       top



Announced       top

15 September 2010.


Shipping Since       top

A very few arrived in October 2010, while most people started getting theirs in November 2010.


Price       top

May 2014: $550 used, $750 new ($1,000 new with 18-105mm) or $1,000 refurbished.

March 2014: $600 used, $750 new ($1,000 new with 18-105mm)

October 2013: $649, refurbished, body-only.

September, 2013: $729, refurbished, body-only.

August 2012: $997, body-only.

January 2012: $1,099, body-only.

November 2010: D7000 body-only, $1,199.95, and with the 18-105mm lens for $1,499.95.


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