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The D7000 is a mid-class DX-format camera with a compact body loaded with a number of advanced functions. As the D-SLR market expands, D-SLR users are...

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published 14/01/2011 | AimeeLou13
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Pro Very easy to use, variety of modes to choose from & not heavy
Cons Still working out how to change a few settings but I haven't read the manual yet!
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"Fantastic Update to the D90"

I've had my Nikon D7000 for about 2 weeks now and absolutely love it! I bought it from Jessops on their 0% finance deal because I was impatient!

The D7000 is so easy to use. My previous DSLR was a Nikon D60 but I was able to take the camera out the box and know how to use it straight away.

One massive bonus to the D7000 that I'm looking forward to playing with is Bracketing. This option isn't available on some cameras and can be rather time consuming, but being able to do this on the camera automatically is a big help.

It has a number of SCENE modes like what you would find on most cameras, such as, Pet mode, Sports mode, Night scene and Snow just to name a few.

The camera has a bit of weight to it - not too much that it feels like a brick but enough to know that if it took a knock, or if you dropped it, it wouldn't shatter into a million pieces!

What I love most, which is a new feature, is that it now comes with 2 memory card slots, so its possible to have thousands of images stored within your camera. It is also not only suitable for SDHC cards but is also designed to accept the new SDXC memory cards.

It's very simple to switch between standard viewfinder mode and the live view mode, which is particularly useful in videoing. It's a great little feature for those who don't like to look through the viewfinder, and the pictures look great through the large LCD screen.

Filming is very easy to do on the D7000. Simply switch to Live View mode and hit the recording button and you're away! If you half press the shutter release it will also auto focus to where you want to look, rather than having to manually change the focus yourself. The only downside I have had with this is that you can hear the camera autofocusing on your video file, which maybe fine if you're in a particularly noisy environment.

The camera also has a selection of other modes to switch between such as continuous release where the camera will take a series of pictures in one go, remote shutter mode, where you can release the shutter with a wireless remote, and my favourite which is Quiet mode. This simply makes the shutter release quieter. The camera isn't even that noisy at taking pictures but it's cool how quiet it can go.

I paid just over £1000 for my D7000, and it was just before the VAT increase, even though Jessops are freezing their VAT until the end of January 2011, and I feel that perhaps that the price is a bit much considering it was the body only, but I don't regret not waiting. It's such a great camera and I want to take it with me everywhere.

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The D7000 is a mid-class DX-format camera with a compact body loaded with a number of advanced functions. As the D-SLR market expands, D-SLR users are becoming more diverse to include those who demand the ability to capture images with greater definition and image quality, those looking for more advanced shooting functions, and those looking for the ability to record movies with the rich power of expression that is only possible with SLR cameras. The D7000 is a high-quality mid-class D-SLR that responds to user demands with a variety of the latest camera technologies and functions for high-quality, high-definition shooting, all in a durable, high-performance, yet compact body.

Product Details

Long Name: D7000

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 16.2

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card

LCD Display Size: 3

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Manufacturer: Nikon

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, movie recording

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included ), 1 x Nikon EN-EL15 Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Lens Included: AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, Body only, AF-S DX 18-200mm VR lens, AF-S DX 16-85mm VR lens, AF-S DX 18-105mm and AF-S 70-300mm VR lenses, 17-70mm lens

Product Description: Nikon D7000 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, Nikon D7000 - digital camera - body only, Nikon D7000 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-200mm VR lens, Nikon D7000 - digital camera AF-S DX 16-85mm VR lens, Nikon D7000 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-105mm and AF-S 70-300mm VR lenses, Nikon D7000 - digital camera 17-70mm lens

Image Processor: EXPEED 2

Weight: 0.69 kg, 690 g

Dimensions (WxDxH): 13.2 cm x 7.7 cm x 10.5 cm

Colour: Black

Viewfinder: Optical - fixed eye-level pentaprism

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Sensor Resolution: 16.2 Megapixel

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Memory Card Slot: Dual SD card

Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7

Max Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Display: LCD display - 3"

Lens System: 5.8 x zoom lens - 18 - 105 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX ED VR, 11.1 x zoom lens - 18 - 200 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX ED VR II, 5.3 x zoom lens - 16 - 85 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX VR, 4.1 x zoom lens - 17 - 70 mm - f/2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM

Min Focus Distance: 45 cm, 50 cm, 38 cm, 22 cm

Lens System (2nd): 4.3 x telephoto zoom lens - 70 - 300 mm - f/4.5-5.6

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 0 - 85% (non-condensing)

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included ), 1 x Nikon EN-EL15 Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Battery Type: Nikon EN-EL15

Miscellaneous

Protection: Splashproof, dust resistant

Included Accessories: Eyepiece cover, battery charger, dust cap, body cap, lens cap, neck strap, USB cable, LCD display cover, eyecup, shoe cap, audio / video cable

Compatible with Windows 7: "Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Body Material: Magnesium alloy

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Operating System Support: MS Windows 7, Apple Mac OS X 10.4.11, MS Windows XP SP3, Apple Mac OS X 10.5.8, MS Windows Vista, Apple Mac OS X 10.6.4

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Nikon ViewNX 2

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x remote control

Memory Card Slot: Dual SD card

Exposure & White Balance

Exposure Range: EV 0-20 ( ISO 100 )

X-sync Speed: 1/250sec

White Balance Bracketing: Yes

Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec

White Balance Presets: Incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, sunlight, Flash, shade, 2500K - 10000K

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Neutral, Vivid, fisheye, monochrome, landscape, portrait, miniature, Colour sketch, Colour outline

Shooting Programs: Autumn colour, landscape, portrait mode, silhouette, close-up, party/indoor, beach/snow, night portrait, PET, Children, food, night landscape, dawn/dusk, sports mode, sunset, candle, high key, low key, blossom

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, i-TTL program flash

Exposure Metering: Centre-weighted, spot (2.4%), 3D colour matrix II

Light Sensitivity: ISO auto, ISO 100-25600

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 0.69 kg, 690 g

Height: 10.5 cm

Depth: 7.7 cm

Width: 13.2 cm

Memory / Storage

Image Storage: 4928 x 3264 ¦ 3696 x 2448 ¦ 2464 x 1632

Memory Card Slot: Dual SD card

Video Capture: H.264 - 1920 x 1080 ¦ H.264 - 1280 x 720 ¦ H.264 - 640 x 424

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Lens System

Features: ED glass, Silent Wave Motor (SWM), aspherical lens, VR (Vibration Reduction)

Lens System Mounting: Nikon F

Filter Size: 67 mm, 72 mm

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Max View Angle: 76 degree(s), 83 degree(s), 72.4 degree(s)

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Lens Construction: 11 groups / 15 elements, 12 groups / 16 elements, 11 groups / 17 elements, 13 groups / 17 elements

Type: 5.8 x zoom lens - 18 - 105 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX ED VR, 11.1 x zoom lens - 18 - 200 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX ED VR II, 5.3 x zoom lens - 16 - 85 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX VR, 4.1 x zoom lens - 17 - 70 mm - f/2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM

Min Focus Distance: 45 cm, 50 cm, 38 cm, 22 cm

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 27 - 300mm, 24 - 127.5mm

Additional Features

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec, 5 sec, 20sec

Additional Features: Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, depth-of-field preview button, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, cropping an image, resizing an image, GPS ready, LCD live view mode, in-camera red-eye fix, face-priority AF function, highlight point display, in-camera film editing, Active D-Lighting technology, 1080p Full HD movie recording, Dust Delete Data system, Scene Recognition System (SRS), Exif Print support, face zoom, text input to Exif header

Continuous Shooting Speed: 5 frames per second, 6 frames per second

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Frames: Autofocus frame

Dioptric Correction Range: -3 to +1

Magnification: 0.94x

Field Coverage: 100%

Viewfinder Type: Optical - fixed eye-level pentaprism

Display

Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 921,000 pixels

Type: 3" LCD display

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

General

Image Processor: EXPEED 2

Optical Zoom: 5.8 x, 11.1 x, 5.3 x, 4.1 x

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, movie recording

MPN: VBA290K001, VBA290AE, VBA290K002, 25474, 575767, VBA290KU01, VBA290K003, VBA290KG02, D7000SET, 767930, 18208254682

Lens Included: AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, Body only, AF-S DX 18-200mm VR lens, AF-S DX 16-85mm VR lens, AF-S DX 18-105mm and AF-S 70-300mm VR lenses, 17-70mm lens

Enclosure Colour: Black

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 39

Auto Focus: TTL contrast and phase detection

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Max Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW + JPEG, NEF (RAW)

Sensor Features: Self Cleaning Sensor Unit

Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes

Field of View Crop Factor: 1.5

Optical Sensor Size: 15.6 x 23.6mm

Effective Sensor Resolution: 16,200,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 16,900,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

AE/AF Control: Dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking AF, Auto-area AF, Face-priority AF

Sensor Resolution: 16.2 Megapixel

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Digital Video Format: H.264, MOV

Face Detection: Face-priority AF function

Camera Flash

Flash Modes: Rear curtain sync, slow synchro, red-eye reduction

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation, wireless off-camera control

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 12

Lens System (2nd)

Features: Internal focusing system, ED glass, Silent Wave Motor (SWM), VR (Vibration Reduction)

Filter Size: 67 mm

Lens Construction: 12 groups / 17 elements

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 105 - 450mm

Type: 4.3 x telephoto zoom lens - 70 - 300 mm - f/4.5-5.6

Min Focus Distance: 1.5 m

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