Nikon D7000 Review

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Nikon D7000 Modes and Menus

Nikon D7000 Exposure Modes

The mode dial on the left side of the D7000's top panel provides access to its various exposure modes, with the usual Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, and Manual operating modes found on all Nikon DSLRs, plus an Auto mode, a total of seven Scene modes, and a Guide mode that helps beginners get to grips with their first DSLR. Here's a list of what's available:

  • Program: Puts the camera in charge of aperture and shutter speed, though all remaining camera settings are available. You can vary the combination of aperture and shutter speed the camera has selected, while retaining the same exposure level, by rotating the Main Command dial. Called Flexible Program in Nikon parlance, this function is otherwise known as Program Shift, and is a great way to quickly bias your exposure without needing to switch to a Priority mode.
  • Shutter Priority: The user controls shutter speed, from 1/8,000 to 30 seconds, while the camera sets the aperture value.
  • Aperture Priority: The opposite of Shutter Priority mode, this mode lets the user control the aperture, while the camera sets the shutter speed.
  • Manual: Gives the user complete control over the exposure (both shutter and aperture settings). Also provides access to the camera's Bulb shutter setting (for exposures longer than 30 seconds), and x250 setting (which fixes the D7000 at its 1/250 second flash sync speed.)
  • Auto: The camera sets almost everything. Used for snapshots, or users who just don't want to be bothered with the details of how the camera will do its work. The AF-assist light will come on if needed, and the camera selects the AF point covering the closest subject.
  • Auto (Flash Off): Nearly identical to the Auto mode, but the flash is disabled, and the camera will use higher sensitivities to capture images using available light. By default, the autofocus assist light will come on if needed, although this can be manually disabled. This mode is great for museums and other places where flash isn't permitted, more natural-looking indoor shots, etc. (Do note though, that you may need to use a tripod, as the shutter speeds may still be on the slow side, depending on available light levels.)
  • Scene: This single Mode dial position provides access to all 19 of the D7000's scene modes. The Main Command dial is used to select the active scene mode when the Mode dial is in the Scene position, and the precise selection of restrictions and available functions varies depending on the Scene type selected. Available scene modes are 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, and Low Key.
  • User 1: The Nikon D7000 allows most camera settings -- including Custom settings, Exposure mode, and even aperture / shutter speed when in A/S/M modes -- to be saved for later recall. Settings are saved through the Setup menu by first configuring the camera as desired, and then selecting the U1 or U2 memory positions from the Save User Settings option. Switching the Mode dial to the U1 position recalls User Settings group 1.
  • User 2: Identical to the User 1 position, but recalls User Settings group 2.

Nikon D7000 Menus

Pressing the Menu button provides access to the camera's full menu system. The D7000's menus are arranged in a vertical tab structure, with icons for each tab along the left side. The multi-selector is used to navigate the menus. 

Playback Menu Options
- Selected
- All
- Select Image(s)
Deletes pictures from the camera memory card. Hidden and protected images will not be deleted.
- Select Date
- Select Date(s)
- All
- Slot 1
- Slot 2
Playback Folder
- D7000
- All
- Current
Select a folder for playback. The camera will show images in all folders created by a Nikon D7000, but not those in folders created by other cameras.
Hide Image
- Select / set
- All
- Select Image(s)
Reveal or hide selected images.
- Select Date
- Select Date(s)
- All

Reveal all hidden images?
- Yes
- No

Display Mode
- Done

Allows you to select what shooting information is displayed with the picture during playback. Each listed parameter may be enabled or disabled.
- Basic photo info
- Focus point
- Detailed photo info
- Highlights
- RGB histogram
- Data
Copy Image(s)
- Select source
- Slot 1
- Slot 2
Allows specific images or folders of images to be copied between cards, to either a new or an existing one. Only available when multiple cards are inserted in the camera.
- Select image(s)
- Select source folder
- Deselect all
- Select all images
- Select protected images
-- Select additional images
- Select destination folder
- Folder number entry screen
- Existing folder list
- Copy images?
- Yes
- No
Image Review
- On
- Off
Lets you choose to see each image right after shooting it or not.
After Delete
- Show next
- Show previous
- Continue as before
Lets you choose which remaining picture will be displayed after an image is deleted.
Rotate Tall
- On
- Off
Rotates pictures that were shot in portrait orientation to be right side up on the LCD monitor.
Slide Show
- Start

- OK
Allows you to create a slide show of existing pictures with your choice of interval between pictures. Hidden pictures will not be displayed.
- Frame interval

- 2 s
- 3 s
- 5 s
- 10 s
Print Set (DPOF)
- Select/set

- Select image screen
-- Done
-- Data imprint
-- Imprint date
Allows you to select which pictures will print on a DPOF compatible printer.
- Deselect all?
Remove print marking from all images?
- Yes
- No


Shooting Menu Options
Reset Shooting menu
- Yes
- No
Restores all shooting menu options to their default values.
Storage Folder
- Select folder by number
- 100-999
Choose the active folder name where your images will be stored.
- Select folder from list
- 100D7000
- 101D7000
File Naming
- File naming
- On-screen keyboard
This is used to change the file name prefix. To distinguish files shot in the sRGB or Adobe RGB color spaces, sRGB have an underscore added after the prefix, and Adobe RGB have an underscore added before the prefix.
Role Played By Card In Slot 2
- Overflow
- Backup
- Raw Slot 1 - JPEG Slot 2
Selects whether the secondary slot should serve as an overflow once the primary card is filled, a backup (duplicate) of data written to the primary card, or whether the primary card should receive Raw files while JPEGs are written to the secondary card. If either of the latter two options is selected, the "shots remaining" display will refer to the card with less capacity remaining, and the camera won't take any more pictures once either of the cards fills up.
Image Quality
- NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine
- NEF (RAW) + JPEG normal
- NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic
- JPEG fine
- JPEG normal
- JPEG basic
Choose the type(s) of file you want to capture.
Image Size
- Large (4,928 x 3,264; 16.1 M)
- Medium (3,696 x 2,448; 9.0 M)
- Small (2,464 x 1,632; 4.0 M)
Choose the images size you want to capture. Only applies to JPEG images, and only available when JPEG or Raw+JPEG modes are selected in the previous option.
JPEG Compression
- Size priority
- Optimal quality
Compress images based on a fixed file size or on the best quality. Only applies to JPEGs, but unlike the previous option, the setting can be changed even if you're only shooting Raw images.
NEF (RAW) recording
- Type

- Lossless compressed
- Compressed
Choose the type and bit depth of the Raw images you want to capture.
- NEF (RAW) bit depth
- 12-bit
- 14-bit
White Balance
- Auto
- Incandescent
- Fluorescent (Sodium-vapor, Warm-white, White, Cool-white, Day white, Daylight, High temp. mercury-vapor)
- Direct Sunlight
- Flash
- Cloudy
- Shade
- Choose color temp.
- Preset manual
- Adjustment screen (all modes except "Choose color temp" which allows you to choose color temp from 2500K to10,000K)
Adjusts the white balance to match the conditions you are shooting in.
Set Picture Control
- Standard
- Neutral
- Vivid
- Monochrome
- Portrait
- Landscape
- C-1
- C-2
- C-3
- C-4
- C-5
- C-6
- C-7
- C-8
- C-9
- Quick adjust
- Sharpening
- Contrast
- Brightness
- Saturation
- Hue
- Filter effects
- Toning
Picture controls allow the look of images to be tweaked, adjusting the intensity of sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. For Monochrome presets, the filter effects and toning options replace saturation and hue. All presets can be further adjusted by the user, and the quick adjust function varies the cumulative strength of the other sliders.. The C1 through C9 options only appear when created by the user through the Manage Picture Control menu item, and can be renamed.
Manage Picture Control
- Save/edit
- Rename
- Delete
- Picture control selection screen
Allows up to nine new picture controls to be created in-camera at any one time. Picture controls can be renamed, copied, and saved to or read from a flash card, allowing them to be shared between cameras.
- Load/save
- Copy to camera
- Delete from card
- Copy to card
Auto Distortion Control
- On
- Off
Corrects for barrel or pincushion distortion, when shooting with type-G or type-D lenses, excluding PC, fisheye, and certain other models. Reduces burst shooting rate when enabled.
Color Space
- sRGB
- Adobe
Determines which color space should be used for JPEG files.
Active D-Lighting
- Auto
- Extra high
- High
- Normal
- Low
- Off
Selects whether Nikon's Active D-Lighting technology should be applied automatically, disabled altogether, or applied with a preset strength. Active D-Lighting attempts to optimize visual dynamic range by adjusting the exposure, and then selectively tone-mapping to preserve highlight and shadow detail.
Long Exp. NR
- On
- Off
Enables or disables dark current noise reduction when using exposures longer than eight seconds. If enabled, the total time to capture each image is doubled.
- High
- Normal
- Low
- Off
Disables or selects the strength of noise reduction. Even when set to off, images shot at ISO 1,600 or greater will have high ISO noise reduction applied.
ISO Sensitivity Settings
- ISO sensitivity

- Auto
- 100
- 125
- 140
- 160
- 200
- 250
- 280
- 320
- 400
- 500
- 560
- 640
- 800
- 1000
- 1100
- 1250
- 1600
- 2000
- 2200
- 2500
- 3200
- 4000
- 4500
- 5000
- 6400
- Hi 0.3
- Hi 0.5
- Hi 0.7
- Hi 1
- Hi 2

Allows manual selection of ISO sensitivity, as well as control over the range of sensitivities available under automatic control. The precise selection of sensitivities offered varies depending on the ISO sensitivity step value set in Custom Setting b1. If Auto ISO sensitivity control is enabled, then the camera will override the user's selection automatically if optimal exposure can't otherwise be achieved. The maximum sensitivity setting applies only when automatic control is enabled, and will override a higher manual setting by the user. The minimum shutter speed marks the point at which the camera will automatically raise sensitivity up to the selected sensitivity limit, when in program or aperture-priority modes.
- Auto ISO Sensitivity auto control
- On
- Off
- Maximum sensitivity
- 200
- 400
- 800
- 1600
- 3200
- 6400
- Hi 1
- Hi 2
- Minimum shutter speed
- 1/4,000 s
- 1/3,200 s
- 1/2500 s
- 1/2000 s
- 1/1600 s
- 1/1250 s
- 1/1000 s
- 1/800 s
- 1/640 s
- 1/500 s
- 1/400 s
- 1/320 s
- 1/250 s
- 1/200 s
- 1/160 s
- 1/125 s
- 1/100 s
- 1/80 s
- 1/60 s
- 1/50 s
- 1/40 s
- 1/30 s
- 1/15 s
- 1/8 s
- 1/4 s
- 1/2 s
- 1 s
Multiple Exposure
- Done
- OK
Allows you to shoot either 2 or 3 exposures, and combine them into a single multiple-exposure image. Up to 30 seconds is allowed between exposures (plus the time set in Custom Setting c4, "Monitor Off Delay"), and the exposures can either be averaged by setting gain to "On", or the brightness values from each image simply added together.
- Number of shots

- 2
- 3

- Auto gain
- On
- Off
Movie Settings
- Quality
- 1080 * 24 (1,920 x 1,080, 24 fps, high quality)
- 1080 24 (1,920 x 1,080, 24 fps, normal quality)
- 720 * 30 (1,280 x 720, 30 fps, high quality)
- 720 30 (1,280 x 720, 30 fps, normal quality)
- 720 * 24 (1,280 x 720, 24 fps, high quality)
- 720 24 (1,280 x 720, 24 fps, normal quality)
- 424 * 30 (640 x 424, 30 fps, high quality)
- 424 30 (640 x 424, 30 fps, normal quality)
Allows setup of the camera's movie recording. Maximum clip length is 20 minutes or 4GB, whichever is reached first. Microphone sensitivity can be set to one of three levels, Auto, or off. Movies can be recorded to either card slot, but not both simultaneously. The selection screen lists an estimation of the recording time currently available on each card. Manual movie settings can be enabled or disabled, and if enabled, the Mode dial must also be set in the appropriate position (M or A) prior to enabling live view.
- Microphone
- Auto Sensitivity (A)
- High Sensitivity (3)
- Medium Sensitivity (2)
- Low Sensitivity (1)
- Microphone Off
- Destination
- Slot 1
- Slot 2
- Manual movie settings
- On
- Off
Interval Timer Shooting
- Choose start time
- Now
- Start time
Allows automatic capture of images at a pre-determined interval. (Intervalometer function.) You can delay the start time or have shooting start "now" (in actual fact, roughly three seconds after settings are completed). The interval between shots, the number of shots per interval, and the total number of intervals before capture stops can also be set. Exposure, flash, Active D-Lighting and white balance bracketing are all possible, and all but the latter will override the shots per interval setting. Interval capture can be paused and resumed through the menu. A viewfinder cover should be used during interval shooting to prevent stray light through the eyepiece from affecting the exposure.
- Start time
-- (00:00 to 23:59)
- Interval
-- (1s to 24h00m00s)
- Select intvls X no. of shots
-- (Intervals 1-999)
-- (Shots 1-99)
- On
- Off
Remote Control Mode
- Delayed remote
- Quick-response remote
- Remote mirror-up
Determines how the camera should respond when the shutter is triggered remotely -- either fire with a two-second delay, fire immediately, or raise the mirror on the first press, then trip the shutter on the second press.


Custom Menu a Options
Reset Custom Settings
- Yes
- No
Restores custom settings to their default values.
a - Autofocus
- a1 AF-C priority selection

- Release
- Focus

For continuous servo AF, determines whether photos can always be taken regardless of focus lock, or only when focus lock is achieved.
- a2 AF-S priority selection
- Release
- Focus
For single servo AF, determines whether photos can always be taken regardless of focus lock, or only when focus lock is achieved.
- a3 Focus tracking w/lock-on
- 5 (Long)
- 4
- 3 (Normal)
- 2
- 1 (Short)
- Off
Determines whether the camera should refocus immediately when the subject distance changes, or with varying levels of delay, to avoid losing focus when an object passes in front of the subject.
- a4 AF point Illumination
- Auto
- On
- Off
Determines whether the active AF point should always be highlighted in the viewfinder, never be highlighted, or only highlighted when the camera determines that there is sufficient contrast to see the illuminated point.
- a5 Focus point wrap-around
- Wrap
- No wrap
Determines whether focus point selection should wrap around from top to bottom or left to right of the camera, and vice versa.
- a6 Number of focus points
- AF39 39 points
- AF11 11 points
Determines whether all 39 AF points should be available for selection, or only a subset of eleven points evenly distributed across the frame.
- a7 Built-in AF-assist illuminator
- On
- Off
Enables or disables the camera's built-in AF assist illuminator.
- a8 Live view / movie AF
- Autofocus mode (AF-S / AF-F)
- AF-area mode (Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF)
Determines how autofocus operates in live view / movie shooting. AF-S is single-servo (focuses with a half press of the shutter button until a lock is achieved or the camera gives up). AF-F is full-time AF, which focuses all the time until the shutter button is half-pressed, then acts similarly to AF-S until it is released. Face priority detects up to 35 faces in a scene, then focuses on the closest one. Wide-area and Normal-area AF provide two different fixed point sizes. Subject-tracking will follow a subject around the frame after you press the OK button with the subject under the AF point.


Custom Menu b Options
b - Metering / Exposure
- b1 ISO sensitivity step value
- 1/3 step
- 1/2 step
Selects the step size for ISO sensitivity adjustment.
- b2 EV steps for exposure cntrl.
- 1/3 step
- 1/2 step
Selects the step size for shutter speed, aperture and bracketing. (Note, though, that if setting b3 below is set to a smaller step, exposure comp will be made in steps of that size, but the exposure readouts will only indicate changes in steps the size set here in b2.)
- b3 Easy exposure compensation
- On (Auto reset)
- On
- Off
Selects whether the exposure compensation button is needed to adjust the compensation level. Auto reset and On both allow adjustment without first pressing the exposure compensation button. Auto reset retains the compensation value only until the camera or exposure meters are turned off. On retains the value until the user cancels it.
- b4 Center-weighted area
- 6 mm
- 8 mm
- 10 mm
- 13 mm
- Average
Determines what area at the center of the frame should be given greater weight in the center-weighted metering mode.
- b5 Fine tune optimal exposure
- Matrix metering
- Center-weighted metering
- Spot metering
Allows separate fine-tuning of the camera's matrix, center-weighted and spot metering modes by +/-1EV in 1/6EV increments. As the camera warns, this shift is not shown in the exposure compensation readout, but applies to all exposures in each mode.


Custom Menu c Options
c - Timers / AE Lock
- c1 Shutter-release button AE-L
- On
- Off
Determines whether the metered exposure should be locked only the AE-L:/AF-L button is pressed, or also when the shutter button is half-pressed.
- c2 Auto meter-off delay
- 4s
- 6s
- 8s
- 16s
- 30s
- 1 min.
- 5 min.
- 10 min.
- 30 min.
- No Limit
Determines the period of inactivity that must elapse before the camera powers off its exposure meters to save battery life. The meter doesn't turn off when the camera is running on AC power.
- c3 Self-timer
- Self-timer delay (2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s)
- Number of shots (1 - 9)
- Interval between shots (0.5s, 1s, 2s, 3s)
Determines how many seconds delay should elapse before the shutter is fired in self-timer mode, how many shots should be captured after the timer has elapsed, and what the time between shots should be.
- c4 Monitor off delay
- Playback
- Menus
- Information display
- Image review
- Live view
The time-out for the LCD monitor can be set separately for four different scenarios - playback, menus, info display or image review. Options for all but live view are four, 10 or 20 seconds, one, five or 10 minutes. Live view options are five, 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes. When running on AC power, this setting is ignored and the monitor always remains on for ten minutes of inactivity.
- c5 Remote on duration
- 1 min
- 5 min
- 10 min
- 15 min
Determines how long the camera should remain at stand-by power in remote release mode. After this timer has elapsed, the shutter button must be half-pressed before the remote will control the camera.


Custom Menu d Options
d - Shooting / Display
- d1 Beep
- Volume (3, 2, 1, Off)
- Pitch (High, Low)
Determines whether the single-servo AF focus lock beep and self timer beep should have a high or low pitch, and what the volume should be, or whether they should be disabled altogether. The camera will never beep in quiet shutter release mode, when operating in release priority, or during movie recording.
- d2 Viewfinder grid display
- On
- Off
Enables or disables the on-demand grid display in the viewfinder, helpful for precise alignment of subjects in the frame.
- d3 ISO display and adjustment
- Show ISO sensitivity
- Show ISO / Easy ISO
- Show frame count
Determines whether ISO sensitivity or frame count should be shown in the viewfinder and top panel LCD displays. If Easy ISO is selected, also allows quick adjustment of ISO sensitivity in P and S modes with the sub-command dial, and in A mode with the main command dial.
- d4 Viewfinder warning display
- On
- Off
Enables or disables a warning of low battery levels in the viewfinder.
- d5 Screen tips
- On
- Off
Enables or disables "tool tips" help info for items in the information display.
- d6 CL mode shooting speed
- 5 fps
- 4 fps
- 3 fps
- 2 fps
- 1 fps
Determines the camera's burst rate in frames per second when set to the Continuous Low shooting mode.
- d7 Max. continuous release
- Select 1 - 100
Determines the maximum number of frames possible in a burst of continuous mode shooting. If the buffer fills before this limit is reached, burst shooting will continue at a reduced rate.
- d8 File number sequence
- On
- Off
- Reset
Determines whether file numbering should continue or be reset when the card is formatted, the active folder changed, or the card changed. On always continues the numbering, Off always resets it, and Reset only resets the numbering when recording is switched to an empty folder.
- d9 Information display
- Auto
- Manual
Determines whether the information display should change based on light levels (as seen by the exposure system), or be manually set. Manual options are black lettering on a light background, or white lettering on a dark background. Auto selects black on light in bright conditions, and light on dark in dark surroundings.
- d10 LCD illumination
- On
- Off
Determines whether the control panel backlight should be active only when the power switch is rotated to the backlight position to reduce distraction and save battery life, or whether the control panel should be backlit whenever the camera's meters are active.
- d11 Exposure delay mode
- On
- Off
When set to on, shutter operation is delayed for one second after the shutter button is pressed and mirror raised, to reduce camera shake. (Handy if the camera is propped on something or on a rickety tripod.) When set to off, the shutter is triggered immediately.
- d12 Flash warning
- On
- Off
When set to on, the flash symbol will blink in the viewfinder when the camera determines that flash is needed to achieve the metered exposure.
- d13 MB-D11 battery type
- LR6 (AA alkaline)
- HR6 (NiMH)
- FR6 (AA Lithium)
When AA batteries are inserted in the optional MB-D10 battery pack, tells the camera what their chemistry is, allowing more accurate determination of remaining battery life.
- d14 Battery order
- Use MB-D11 batteries first
- Use camera battery first
Selects which batteries should be used first, and which should be reserved until the other batteries have been completely drained.


Custom Menu e Options
e- Bracketing / Flash
- e1 Flash sync speed
- 1/320 s (Auto FP)
- 1/250 s (Auto FP)
- 1/250 s
- 1/200 s
- 1/160 s
- 1/125 s
- 1/100 s
- 1/80 s
- 1/60 s
Selects the flash sync speed. In the first two options, the Auto FP high-speed sync will match the actual shutter speed if using an SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200 flash unit. Other flashes will default to the selected speed in the Auto FP modes.
- e2 Flash shutter speed
- 1/60 s
- 1/30 s
- 1/15 s
- 1/8 s
- 1/4 s
- 1/2 s
- 1 s
- 2 s
- 4 s
- 8 s
- 15 s
- 30
Determines the slowest available shutter speed in Program or Aperture priority modes when using red-eye reduction or front / rear-curtain sync.
- e3 Flash cntrl for built-in flash
- Manual
- Repeating flash
- Commander mode
Determines whether the built-in flash should determine exposure automatically, fire with a manually-set strength, fire repeatedly with reduced strength for a strobe effect, or act only as a wireless commander up to two remote strobes, using Nikon's Creative Lighting System. (Its own light can either contribute to exposure or not) Manual power can be set from full to 1/128th full power. Repeating flash allows the output strength to be set from 1/4 to 1/128th full power, the frequency to be set from 1 to 50 Hz, and the number of times the flash should fire from as few as two to as many as 35 times, depending on the strength selected.
- e4 Modeling flash
- On
- Off
Determines whether a modeling flash should be emitted when depth of field is previewed with the SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200 flash units attached.
- e5 Auto bracketing set
- AE & flash
- AE only
- Flash only
- WB bracketing
- ADL bracketing
Determines which settings should be bracketed when auto bracketing is in effect - exposure and flash level together, exposure only, flash level only, white balance only, or Active D-Lighting only.
- e6 Bracketing order
- MTR > under > over
- Under > MTR > over
Determines the order of bracketed exposures. Options are metered / under / over, or under / metered / over.


Custom Menu f Options
f - Controls

- f1 Backlight switch
- LCD backlight
- LCD backlight and information display

Determines whether rotating the Power switch to the backlight position should only illuminate the control panel for six seconds, or also display shooting information on the main LCD display.
- f2 OK button (shooting mode)
-- Select center focus point
-- Highlight active focus point
-- Not used
Determines the function of the multi-selector's central OK button in shooting mode.
- f3 Assign Fn button

- Preview
- FV lock
- AE/AF lock
- AE lock only
- AE lock (Hold)
- AF lock only
- Flash off
- Bracketing burst
- Active D-Lighting
- +NEF (Raw)
- Matrix metering
- Center-weighted metering
- Spot metering
- Framing grid
- Viewfinder virtual horizon
- Access top item in My Menu
- 1 step speed / aperture
- Choose non-CPU lens number
- Playback
- Start movie recording

Determines the Function button's purpose.
- f4 Assign preview button
- Preview
- FV lock
- AE/AF lock
- AE lock only
- AE lock (Hold)
- AF lock only
- Flash off
- Bracketing burst
- Active D-Lighting
- +NEF (Raw)
- Matrix metering
- Center-weighted metering
- Spot metering
- Framing grid
- Viewfinder virtual horizon
- Access top item in My Menu
- 1 step speed / aperture
- Choose non-CPU lens number
- Playback
- Start movie recording

Determines the depth-of-field preview button's purpose. Options are the same as those for the Function button.

- f5 Assign AE-L/AF-L button
- AE/AF lock
- AE lock only
- AF lock only
- AE lock (Hold)
- FV lock
Determines the AE-L / AF-L button's purpose.
- f6 Customize command dials
- Reverse rotation
- Change main/sub
- Aperture setting
- Menus and playback

Controls operation of the main and sub-command dials. Reverse rotation selects which rotation direction should increase or decrease values, and applies to the dials on the MB-D11 battery pack as well. Change main/sub chooses which dial should control shutter speed, and which should control aperture. Aperture setting determines whether the command dial or lens aperture ring should adjust aperture, and precludes use of live view when set to use the aperture ring of an attached CPU lens. When set on, Menus and playback allows the command dials to be used in place of the multi-selector to navigate menus and playback mode.

- f7 Release button to use dial
- Yes
- No
Selects whether related buttons must be held in while rotating the command dials to change values, or whether the button can be pressed once and then the command dial turned to change the value.
- f8 Slot empty release lock
- Release Locked
- Enable Release
Selects whether the shutter can be triggered without a memory card in the camera. Pictures captured without a flash card can be displayed on the monitor, but cannot be stored. When connected to a computer using the optional Camera Control Pro 2 package, this setting is ignored and photos are transferred directly to the computer without being written to the flash card.
- f9 Reverse indicators
- + 0 - display
- - 0 + display
Determines whether the exposure indicators should read left to right from high to low, or low to high.
- f10 Assign MB-D11 AE-L / AF-L button
- AE/AF lock
- AE lock only
- AF lock only
- AE lock (Hold)
- FV lock
- Same as Fn button
Determines the purpose of the duplicate AE-L / AF-L button on the MB-D11 battery grip. Options are the same as those for the AE-L / AF-L button on the camera body, except for the addition of an option that allows the grip's button to mirror the Function button's operation.


Setup Menu Options
Format Memory Card

- Slot 1
- Slot 2
- Yes
- No
Formats camera memory card. This can also be achieved by holding the delete and exposure mode buttons in simultaneously for two seconds.
Save User Settings

- U1
- U2
- Save Settings
- Cancel
Saves the current camera settings in one of two slots for future recall. The settings are recalled by selecting either the U1 or U2 position on the Mode dial.
Reset User Settings

- U1
- U2
- Reset
- Cancel
Clears the current camera settings in either of the two user slots, returning them to their default values.
LCD Brightness
- -3/+3 adjustment
Adjusts LCD brightness darker or lighter 3 arbitrary units each way.
Clean Image Sensor
- Clean Now
- Cleaning activated
Cleans dust from the image sensor immediately, or configures when this should be done automatically.
- Clean at startup/shutdown
- Clean at startup
- Clean at shutdown
- Clean at startup and shutdown
- Cleaning off
Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
- Start
This locks the mirror up to allow manual cleaning of the imaging sensor. This should only be done on AC power or with a fully-charged battery, The camera will try to warn you two minutes before the battery runs out by beeping and flashing the self-timer lamp, so if this happens, remove your tools immediately before the shutter closes on them causing damage to the camera!
Video Mode
Selects the standard definition video output mode for display on a TV
- Output resolution
- Auto
- 480p (progressive)
- 576p (progressive)
- 720p (progressive)
- 1080i (interlaced)
Selects the high definition video output mode for display on HDMI-compatible displays, and enables or disables Consumer Electronics Control functionality, which allows certain playback features to be controlled using the attached display's remote unit. (Note that an HDMI cable is not included.)
- Device control
- On
- Off
Flicker Reduction
-50 Hz
- 60Hz
Reduces live view or movie flicker from fluorescent or mercury vapor lighting by matching the frequency of the local AC power supply.
Time Zone and Date
- Time zone
- Graphical time zone selector
Selects the time zone and date format that you want to use and sets the camera to use Daylight Savings time or not
- Date and time
- YMD and HMS
- Date format
- Daylight saving time
- On
- Off

- Czech
- Danish
- German
- English
- Spanish
- French
- Indonesian
- Italian
- Dutch
- Norwegian
- Polish
- Portuguese
- Russian
- Finnish
- Swedish
- Turkish
- Arabic
- Traditional Chinese
- Simplified Chinese
- Japanese
- Korean
Selects the language that the camera will use for menus and messages.
Image Comment
- Done
- OK
Allows comments to be added to a picture. (Comments are viewable in Nikon's ViewNX or Capture NX 2 software.)
- Input comment
- Data entry screen
- Attach comment
- Set
Auto Image Rotation
- On
- Off
Decides if the camera will record information at capture time allowing it to orient your picture properly for viewing during playback in camera, or with software that supports this feature.
Image Dust Off Ref Photo
- Start
- Clean sensor then start
- Take photo of bright featureless white object 10cm from lens. Focus will be set to infinity
Captures the reference data used to filter out dust electronically
Battery Info
- Batt. meter %
- Pic. meter (nnn)
- Battery age
Gives very detailed information about battery condition, age and shots fired on the current battery / batteries. If using an MB-D11 battery grip with AA batteries, only the battery level will be shown.
Wireless Transmitter
- Mode
- Transfer settings
- Print
- Device info
- Device settings
Select various settings for use with a wireless network (Menu available only when WiFi transmitter is attached)
Copyright Information
- Done
Allows copyright info to be embedded in the headers of images. Artist names can be 36 characters long. Copyright holder names can be 54 characters long. Attachment of copyright info can be temporarily enabled or disabled without clearing the entered names.
- Artist
- Data entry screen
- Copyright
- Attach copyright information
Save/Load Settings
- Save settings
- Load settings
Allows you to save most settings to or restore them from the memory card. This includes all custom settings. (Handy for getting the camera back to some predetermined state, after making changes.)
- Auto Meter off
- Enable
- Disable
When a GPS unit is connected to the camera it can record or display latitude, longitude, altitude, time and heading information, and correct the camera's internal clock. Since the GPS takes time to become ready after the camera's meters are powered on, pressing the shutter button fully with the meters powered off can result in a picture with no GPS info. Disabling auto meter off altogether prevents this, at the cost of reduced battery life. See manual for specific GPS units the camera has been tested with; the cable is an optional extra.
- Position
- Use GPS to set camera clock
- Yes
- No
Virtual Horizon

- Virtual horizon display screen
Displays a single-axis (roll) "virtual horizon" on the LCD display, aiding in precise alignment of the camera in that axis. Works for both portrait and landscape orientations, and even when the camera is completely upside down. However, it doesn't indicate pitch, and if the camera is tilted too far forwards or backwards, the roll display is disabled.
Non-CPU Lens Data
- Done
- OK
Allows you specify data for lenses without CPUs to allow them to use some functions of CPU equipped lenses. Up to 9 lenses can be entered. See manual for full details.
- Lens Number
- 1 thru 9
- Focal Length
- 6 thru 4000
- Maximum aperture
- f1.2 thru f22
AF Fine Tune
- AF fine tune
- On
- Off
Allows you to enter focus correction factors to fine tune focusing with lenses that you define via this menu. See manual for full details.
- Saved value
- -20 thru + 20 units
- Default
- -20 thru + 20 units
- List saved values
- previously saved values
Firmware Version
- A
Displays which firmware versions the camera is using
- B


The Nikon D7000's Retouch Menu lets you modify images in-camera. NOTE that it always saves the results as a new image, so your original images are preserved.

Retouch Menu Options

- Picture selection

- Normal
- High
- Low

Uses Nikon's D-lighting to brighten shadows or compensate for under-exposed images.

Red-Eye Correction

- Picture selection

Automatically removes red-eye from your pictures, and allows preview of the results with pan and zoom.
- Picture selection
- Trim screen
Allows you to crop a picture, with control of crop size, aspect ratio (3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 1:1, or 16:9), and crop position. The cropped area can be previewed, then the new picture can be saved as a copy, while retaining the old one.
- Black-and-white
- Sepia
- Cyanotype
- Selection screen
Allows you to make copies of pictures as black and white, sepia or cyanotype
Filter Effects

- Skylight
- Warm filter
- Red intensifier
- Green intensifier
- Blue intensifier
- Cross screen
- Soft

- Selection screen
Allows you to make copies of pictures as if taken with a various filters attached.
Color Balance

- Selection window

- Adjustment screen
Allows you to change the color balance with green / magenta and blue / amber bias via the adjustment window. An RGB/luminance histogram is shown alongside the image, corresponding to the currently-viewed area, which you can zoom in and out and pan around.
Image Overlay
- Selection window
- Image overlay screen
Allows you to take 2 Raw images and combine them into a third picture. Gain for each image can be adjusted from 0.1 to 2.0, and a live preview is shown.
NEF (RAW) Processing

- Selection window

- Image quality
- Image size
- White balance
- Exposure compensation
- Set Picture Control
- High ISO noise reduction
- Color space
- D-Lighting
Creates JPEG copies of NEF Raw files, changing a wide range of exposure parameters in the process.
- Select image
- Selection window
Creates a low-resolution version suitable for email or web use. Sizes are 1,920 x 1,080, 1,280 x 856, 960 x 640, 640 x 424, or 320 x 216 pixels.
- Choose destination
- Slot 1
- Slot 2
- Choose size
- 2.5M
- 1.1M
- 0.6M
- 0.3M
- 0.1M
Quick Retouch
- Selection window
- Adjust amount (low, normal, high)
Enhances saturation and contrast, and applies Active D-Lighting as required to brighten dark or backlit subjects.
- Rotate image in +/- 20 steps (+/- 5 degrees in 0.25 degree steps)
Correct tilted images (or deliberately tilt them for artistic effect) in-camera. Image is cropped to a rectangle fitted inside the rotated image.
Distortion Control
- Auto
- Manual
+/- 5 step adjustment
Corrects pincushion or barrel distortion. Auto corrects for you and then allows fine-grained adjustment, manual provides a coarser adjustment with no initial auto-adjust.
- +10 step adjustment
Mimics the effect of a fisheye lens
Color Outline
- Selection window
Creates a copy with only the outlines of an image showing.
Color Sketch
- Selection window
Creates a copy that appears similar to a pencil drawing
Perspective Control
- +/- 20 step adjustment on horizontal and vertical axes
Corrects for diverging horizontals / verticals such as a shot of a tall building from ground level.
Miniature Effect
- Choose area in focus
- Preview copy
- Cancel
- Create copy
Creates a graduated blur effect on either side of a user-specified area, which yields an artificially strengthened effect similar to narrow depth of field, reminiscent of a photograph of a miniature.
Edit Movie
- Choose start point
- Choose end point
- Save selected frame
- Movie playback dialog with play, fast forward, rewind, frame forward, frame rewind, pause, and crop controls
Allows basic editing of movies, and saving of frames as still images.


This option lets you create a custom menu screen, with your most-used camera options on it. (This animation shows some menu items already added.)

My Menu Options
Add Items
- Playback menu
- Delete
- Playback Folder
- Hide Image
- Display Mode
- Copy Image(s)
- Image Review
- After Delete
- Rotate Tall
- Slide Show
- Print Set (DPOF)
This lets you add options to create a customized list of options.
- Shooting menu
- Reset Shooting Menu
- Storage Folder
- File Naming
- Role played by card in slot 2
- Image Quality
- Image Size
- JPEG Compression
- NEF (raw recording)
- White Balance
- Set Picture Control
- Manage Picture Control
- Auto distortion control
- Color Space
- Active D-Lighting
- Long Exposure NR
- High ISO NR
- ISO Sensitivity Settings
- Multiple Exposure
- Movie Settings
- Interval Timer Shooting
- Remote control mode
- Custom setting menu
(Select any item from any Custom Settings Menu)
- Reset Custom Settings
- a Autofocus
- b Metering / Exposure
- c Timers / AE Lock
- d Shooting / Display
- e Bracketing / Flash
- f Controls
- Setup menu
- Format Memory Card
- Save user settings
- Reset user settings
- LCD Brightness
- Clean Image Sensor
- Lock Mirror Up for Cleaning
- Video Mode
- Flicker reduction
- Time Zone and Date
- Language
- Image Comment
- Auto Image Rotation
- Image Dust Off Ref Photo
- Battery Info
- Wireless Transmitter
- Image Authentication
- Copyright Information
- Save/Load Settings
- Virtual Horizon
- Non-CPU lens data
- AF Fine Tune
- Firmware Version
- Retouch menu
- D-Lighting
- Red-Eye Correction
- Trim
- Monochrome
- Filter Effects
- Color Balance
- Image Overlay
- NEF (RAW) Processing
- Resize
- Quick retouch
- Straighten
- Distortion control
- Fisheye
- Color outline
- Color sketch
- Perspective control
- Miniature effect
- Edit Movie
Remove Items
- Done
- Select item
Select the item(s) you wish to delete, then select Done to delete.
This lets you remove options to create a customized list of options.
Rank Items
- Select item
- Move
- OK
Select item and move it using Up or Down on the multi-selector.
This lets you move My Menu items up or down in the list.
Choose Tab
- My Menu
- Recent settings
Disables the My Menu, and replaces it with a tab listing the twenty most recently used settings.


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