Nikon D7000 Review

 
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Nikon D7000 vs other "prosumer" Nikon SLRs
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon Nikon
Model D90 D7000 D300s
Imaging System
Sensor Manufacturer
Sony Sony Sony
Sensor Type
CMOS CMOS CMOS
Color Filter Array
RGB RGB RGB
Total Megapixels
12.9 16.9 13.1
Effective Megapixels
12.3 16.2 12.3
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
23.6 x 15.8 23.6 x 15.6 23.6 x 15.8
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
~1.5x
(Nikon DX)
~1.5x
(Nikon DX)
~1.5x
(Nikon DX)
Ultrasonic Dust Reduction
Yes Yes Yes
Image Processor
EXPEED EXPEED 2 EXPEED
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level pentaprism Eye-level pentaprism Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage
96% 100% 100%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
0.94x 0.94x 0.94x
Eyepoint (mm)
19.5 19.5 19.5
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)
-2.0 to +1.0 -3.0 to +1.0 -2.0 to +1.0
Focusing Screen
Type-B BriteView clear matte screen Mark II, with on-demand grid lines Type-B BriteView clear matte screen Mark II, with on-demand grid lines Type-B BriteView clear matte screen Mark II, with on-demand grid lines
Depth of Field Preview
Yes Yes Yes
Live View (on LCD)
Yes,
Contrast Detection AF only: Face priority, Wide-Area, Normal-Area modes
Yes
Contrast Detection AF only: Face priority, Wide-Area, Normal-Area, Subject Tracking modes; AF-F full-time continuous AF
Yes
2 Modes:
Hand-held mode uses conventional AF sensor;
Tripod mode uses contrast detect AF from image sensor
Recording System
Recording Media / Quantity / Slot Type
Secure Digital card
(SDHC compatible)
Dual Secure Digital cards (SDHC/SDXC compatible) Dual slots:
Type I CF card (UDMA supported)
Secure Digital card (SDHC compatible)
Compatible File System
FAT 16 / FAT 32 FAT 16 / FAT 32 FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW 12-bit (compressed NEF), JPEG RAW 12-bit or 14-bit
(lossless compressed or compressed NEF), JPEG
RAW 12-bit or 14-bit (uncompressed, lossless compressed or compressed NEF), TIFF (32-bit), JPEG
Maximum Resolution
4288 x 2848 4928 x 3264 4288 x 2848
Reduced Resolutions (JPEG only)
3216 x 2136;
2144 x 1424
3696 x 2448;
2464 x 1632
3216 x 2136;
2144 x 1424
RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution / compression Yes, selectable JPEG resolution / compression Yes, selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Color Space, Image Parameters & White Balance
User-Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Processing Parameters (Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Hue) / # of Increments
11 options for sharpening, 8 options for contrast, 3 options for brightness, 8 options for saturation, 7-step hue adjustment. 11 options for sharpening, 8 options for contrast, 3 options for brightness, 8 options for saturation, 7-step hue adjustment. 11 options for sharpening, 8 options for contrast, 3 options for brightness, 8 options for saturation, 7-step hue adjustment.
Picture Control System
Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable High ISO NR
Yes,
4 levels
Yes,
4 levels
Yes,
4 levels
Preset WB Settings
Six presets with fine tuning, color temperature, one manual preset Six presets with fine tuning, color temperature, five manual presets Six presets with fine tuning, color temperature, five manual presets
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
2,500 ~ 10,000K in increments of roughly 10 mired 2,500 ~ 10,000K in increments of roughly 10 mired 2,500 ~ 10,000K in increments of roughly 10 mired
WB Adjustment Range
±6 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
±6 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
±6 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
Autofocus System
Type
TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM1000 autofocus module TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM4800DX autofocus module TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM3500DX autofocus module
# of Focusing Points (Focusing Point Type)
11 points, 1 wide or normal center point (1 cross-type, 10 line type) 39 points (9 cross-type, 30 line type) 51 points (15 cross-type, 36 line type)
Superimposed Focus Point Display
Yes Yes Yes
AF Working Range
EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100) EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100) EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
AF Servo Modes
AF-S (single one-shot), AF-C (continuous tracking),
AF-A (for auto selection of AF-S or AF-C modes)
AF-S (single one-shot), AF-C (continuous tracking),
AF-A (for auto selection of AF-S or AF-C modes)
AF-S (single one-shot), AF-C (continuous tracking).
AF Area Modes
Single area, Dynamic area, Auto area, 3D tracking (11-points) Single point (39 or 11), Dynamic Area [9 points, 21 points, 39 points, 39 points (3D-tracking)], Auto area Single point (51 or 11), Dynamic Area [9 points, 21 points, 51 points, 51 points (3D-tracking)], Auto area
AF-assist Beam
Yes
Bright incandescent lamp
Yes
Bright incandescent lamp
Yes
Bright incandescent lamp
AF Fine-tuning Front/Back Focus Adjustment
No Yes (settings for up to 12 lenses) Yes (settings for up to 12 lenses)
Exposure Control
Shooting Modes
11 - Program, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual, Auto, Auto with flash off, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night Portrait. 27 - Program, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual, Auto, Auto with flash off, Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait, Night landscape, Party/indoor, Beach/snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors, Food, Silhouette, High key, Low key), U1, U2 (user settings). 4 - Program, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual mode.
Metering Zones
420 2,016 1,005
Metering Modes
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); metering performed by 420-segment RGB sensor.
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8 or 10 mm dia. circle in center of frame.
3) Spot: Meters 3.5 mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area.
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed by 2,016-segment RGB sensor.
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10 or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame.
3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used).
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed by 1,005-segment RGB sensor.
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10 or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame.
3) Spot: Meters 3mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used).
Metering System Working Range
1) EV 0 ~ 20 (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 ~ 20 (spot metering)
(ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
1) EV 0 ~ 20 (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 ~ 20 (spot metering)
(ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
1) EV 0 ~ 20 (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 ~ 20 (spot metering)
(ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
Nikon Scene Recognition System
Yes Yes Yes
ISO Range / Extended
100 / 200 ~ 3200 / 6400 100 ~ 6400 / 25600 100 / 200 ~ 3200 / 6400
Exposure Compensation
+/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments +/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments +/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
2 or 3 shots, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV steps 2 or 3 shots, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV steps 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Active D-Lighting
Yes
4 levels + Auto
Yes
5 levels + Auto
Yes
5 levels + Auto
Shutter Speeds, Frame Rate
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled mechanical Electronically controlled mechanical Electronically controlled mechanical
Shutter Speed Range
1/4000 ~ 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb 1/8000 ~ 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb 1/8000 ~ 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth
4.5 fps / >20 JPEG large/fine
4.13 fps / 10 RAW (12-bit)
5.92 fps / 19 JPEG large/fine
5.88 fps / 10 RAW (14-bit)
7.1 fps / 26 JPEG large/fine
or 17 (12-bit) RAW
2.67 fps / 22 (14-bit) RAW
(up to 8 fps with optional MB-D10 battery pack)
Flash
Built-in Flash / Guide Number (m) at ISO 100
Yes
(12, manual 13)
Yes
(12, manual 13)
Yes
(12, manual 13)
Max flash x-sync speed. (sec.)
1/200 1/250
(up to 1/320 at reduced GN)
1/250
(up to 1/320 at reduced GN)
Flash Exposure Compensation
-3 to +1 EV, 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps -3 to +1 EV, 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps -3 to +1 EV, 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Slow-sync Flash
1st or 2nd curtain 1st or 2nd curtain 1st or 2nd curtain
PC Sync Terminal
Hot shoe only Hot shoe only Yes
Nikon Advanced Wireless Lighting Support
Yes, camera can act as wireless controller with multiple groups, modes and channels Yes, camera can act as wireless controller with multiple groups, modes and channels Yes, camera can act as wireless controller with multiple groups, modes and channels
Playback System
LCD Size / Pixel Count
3.0 in LCD / 920,000 pixels 3.0 in LCD / 920,000 pixels 3.0 in LCD / 920,000 pixels
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
1.1 - 27x for large images, 20x for medium images, or 13x for small ones / Yes 1.1 - 31x for large images, 23x for medium images, or 15x for small ones / Yes 1.1 - 27x for large images, 20x for medium images, or 13x for small ones / Yes
Calendar View
Yes Yes No
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
7 steps 7 steps 7 steps
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes Yes Yes
Video Out
Analog NTSC/PAL, HDMI Analog NTSC/PAL, HDMI (CEC) Analog NTSC/PAL, HDMI
Other Features
Computer Connection
Yes, USB 2.0 High-Speed Yes, USB 2.0 High-Speed Yes, USB 2.0 High-Speed
Direct Printing (PictBridge-compliant printers)
Yes Yes Yes
Menu Languages
16 (Japanese, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean) 22 (Japanese, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Danish, Norwegian, Arabic, Czech, Indonesian, Thai, Turkish) 17 (Japanese, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Danish, Norwegian)
Camera Default Reset
Yes Yes Yes
Custom Functions (Quantity)
Yes (41) Yes (48) Yes (48)
Multiple Exposures
Yes
(2~3 shots)
Yes
(2~3 shots)
Yes
(2~10 shots)
In-camera Image Retouching
Yes Yes Yes
Remote Control
Yes, accessory terminal for optional MC-DC2 wired remote, or ML-L3 wireless remote Yes, accessory terminal for optional MC-DC2 wired remote, or ML-L3 wireless remote Yes, 10-pin remote terminal for optional MC-20/30/36 remote cords or WT-4 wireless remote
Info LCD Panel / Illumination
Yes / Yes
(power switch)
Yes / Yes
(power switch)
Yes / Yes
(power switch)
Number of Command Dials
2 2 2
Optional GPS Support
Yes, via optional GP-1 Yes, via optional GP-1 Yes, via optional GPS Adapter Cord MC-35
Programmable function button
Yes Yes Yes
In-camera Lateral C.A. Correction
Yes Yes Yes
Geometric Distortion Correction
No Yes No
D-Movie Modes
1280x720p@24fps (16:9)
640x424p@24fps (3:2)
320x216p@24fps (3:2)
with monaural audio (internal microphone only)
1920x1080p@24fps (16:9),
1280x720p@30/25/24fps (16:9)
640x424p@30/25fps (3:2)
320x216p@30/25fps (3:2)
with monaural audio (internal microphone) or stereo audio (external microphone) w/ 3.5mm jack
1280x720p@24fps (16:9)
640x424p@24fps (3:2)
320x216p@24fps (3:2)
with monaural audio (internal microphone) or stereo audio (external microphone) w/ 3.5mm jack
Movie Format
AVI Motion JPEG MOV H.264/MPEG4 AVI Motion JPEG
Dedicated Movie Button
No Yes No
Virtual Horizon
No Yes Yes
Intervalometer
No Yes Yes
Articulating LCD
No No No
Body Structure
Body Cover/Chassis
Largely Polycarbonate Largely Magnesium Alloy Largely Magnesium Alloy
Environmental Seals
No Yes Yes
Power System
Battery Compatibility
EN-EL3e,
optional MB-D80 battery pack
EN-EL15,
optional MB-D11 battery pack
EN-EL3e,
optional MB-D10 battery pack
CIPA Rated Shooting Capacity (shots)
850 1050 950
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
132 x 103 x 77 132 x 105 x 77 147 x 114 x 74
Weight (body only)
620 g 690 g 840 g
Operational Environment
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40°C 0 ~ 40°C 0 ~ 40°C
Operating Humidity Range
< 85% < 85% < 85%
Kit Lens
Focal Length / Aperture
18-105mm
f/3.5-5.6G VR
18-105mm
f/3.5-5.6G VR
-
Lens Compatibility
Meter Coupling
CPU Combined CPU and AI Combined CPU and AI
In-body AF Motor
Yes Yes Yes
Lens Mount / Compatibility
  1. DX Nikkor: All functions supported;
  2. Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported;
  3. Micro Nikkor 85mm F2.8D: All functions supported except some exposure modes;
  4. Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
  5. AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR and autofocus;
  6. Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster.
  7. IX Nikkor Lenses cannot be used.
  1. DX Nikkor: All functions supported;
  2. Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported;
  3. Micro Nikkor 85mm F2.8D: All functions supported except some exposure modes;
  4. Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
  5. AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR and autofocus;
  6. Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure mode A and M with metering; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster. Up to 9 non-CPU lenses can be registered.
  7. IX Nikkor Lenses cannot be used.
  1. DX Nikkor: All functions supported;
  2. Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported;
  3. Micro Nikkor 85mm F2.8D: All functions supported except some exposure modes;
  4. Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
  5. AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR and autofocus;
  6. Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure mode A and M with metering; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster. Up to 9 non-CPU lenses can be registered.
  7. IX Nikkor Lenses cannot be used.
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