Nikon D7000 Digital SLR

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80% Silver Award
The Nikon D7000 is an excellent enthusiast's DSLR, producing great image quality in most shooting situations, including low light. It feels swift and positive in general use, even in Live View mode, thanks to greatly improved contrast-detection AF.”

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Key Features

  • 16.2MP DX-format sensor
  • 39-point AF system with 3D tracking
  • ISO 100-6400, expandable to 25,600
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 100% viewfinder
  • 2,016 pixel metering sensor
  • Dual SD card slots
  • 12 and 14-bit Raw shooting

Product Description

The Nikon D7000 is built around a 16.2MP DX-format sensor, providing an ISO range of 100-6400, with expansion up to an equivalent of ISO 25,600. The D7000 boasts a 39-point AF system with a contrast-detection AF-F mode for full-time auto focus in live view. Full 1080 HD video recording is offered, with the option to trim clips in camera. It boasts a sturdy magnesium-alloy construction, with welcome control layout touches like a locking mode dial and plenty of customizable function buttons. The D7000's JPEG files are clean and color reproduction is natural, and Raw shooters will appreciate greater potential when it comes to detail reproduction and dynamic range. Although it has recently been supplanted by the 24MP D7100, the D7000 remains rightfully popular among Nikon DX users.


Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 4928 x 3264
Other resolutions 3696 x 2448, 2464 x 1632
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 2
ISO 100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (100 - 25600 with boost)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (5)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 39
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.95×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive 6.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2 or 3 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3 mired)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24, 25, 30 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Environmentally sealed Yes (Weather and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1050
Weight (inc. batteries) 780 g (1.72 lb / 27.51 oz)
Dimensions 132 x 105 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.13 x 3.03)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Movie / video mode
Silver Award
Silver Award
80 %
Overall Score

The D7000 produces great image quality and feels very responsive in most shooting situations. It shines, especially in low light. From a specification point of view, a 16.2 MP resolution sensor, 6 frames per second continuous shooting, 1080p Full HD video, and an abundance of customization options place this camera at the upper end of the mid-range segment of the market.

Good For

Demanding enthusiast photographers who need a camera for all occasions

Not So Good For

User Reviews

  • LeLamb, Jan 15, 2013 GMT:

    I took this camera after using for several years the nikon d3000. The difference was astonishing great camera and great reviews on this site. Problems: The Iso button regulator is not in a good position to make quick changes, i suggest using one of the customizeble buttons to avoid this inconvenient

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  • Barry Fitzgerald, Nov 19, 2012 GMT:
    Disappointing AF performance spoils a great camera

    Almost everything you could want in a camera bar the ability to take sharp in focus shots. Great body comfy well built, good on body controls and feel in the hand. Excellent specification overall and has almost everything you could want in a DSLR including a 100% viewfinder. Sensor is excellent as is the jpeg engine which you can use with ease even in lower light without worrying. Buffer is a bit small for this class of camera, but probably ok if you are shooting jpegs. Everything would be ...

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  • Vivian Bedoya, Nov 13, 2012 GMT:
    A major disappointment!

    The design of the camera with its many dials and settings is fabulous and so is the feel of it in the hand, especially if yours are small like mine. Unfortunately, it cannot deliver a sharp image and for me that is a total deal breaker. I've spent a lot of time adjusting the AF fine tuning, shooting with different lenses and going through a dozen hoops only to have it continue to fall short. I want to put my time into shooting not into becoming a Nikon technician! I'm seriously considering ...

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  • badart, Nov 9, 2012 GMT:
    A frustrating experience! Bad auto focus, soft images. Camera --> Service

    What a frustrating experience so far! My first post here and it will not be a happy one, but I wanted to share the experience. Let me start by saying that I am not a professional photographer but I have a technical background. I owned a Canon 550D with a 18-55 kit lens which I decided to give to my girlfriend and I would 'upgrade' to a better body, etc. I was very happy with the 550D but needed a change. After a lot of research on the net I decided to go for the D7000 due to very good specs ...

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Questions & Answers


Printing on metal

Was wanting to Print on Metal and was wondering what would be the best look for these images and also was wondering what would be the best web site to go threw? And I also wanted to print pretty big but i don't know how big, the panorama come out to about 70mb and the regular pictures were shot off a 17mp nikon d7000 should i export tiff to get the best results? Thanks for any advice!

8 months ago


I think my last two 'metal prints' were exported in jpeg for ease of sending via Comcast. Metal is very cool! But very fragile' examine them closely upon receipt for bends in shipping. And be very careful in handling them, they are very fragile around the edges. Good luck...Brent Continue Reading

axcentphoto answered
8 months ago

Bay photo is very good and will help you determine the best size.  They do an excellent job and pack the print very good so damage is unlikely. As four you images, they are beautiful.  I would do a bit more editing though prior to printing.  In number one the shadow area on the far left is to dark and the gray shadow area looks a bit on the red side so would adjust it a bit darker and remove the red. Number 2 I would correct the distortion of the leaning trees and sharpen a bit more. Number 3 is spectacular.  Here I would lighten up the bottom black area until it is more blue than black, use the healing brush on the white specs, lighten up the shadow area on the far left, and the top of the peak in the reflection.  Here too I would then sharpen it a little more using USM. I did the above on all three and can show you if you like.  Dave Continue Reading

David Nall answered
8 months ago

The MPix metal was delivered yesterday.  I like the extra 0.020 of aluminum - it did not seem to add a lot to the weight and helped stability.  The mounting seems a bit more stable too, but it's a big flat surface (maybe 1/4 the size of the overall print) next to the wall, so I'm not sure how that will play out over time. CPLittleton Continue Reading

cplittleton answered
7 months ago


Nikon D7000 - Exposure Bracketing at Night

I've just recently been trying to explore the bracketing feature on my D7000. It's been working fine during the day, but I've been trying some night-time shots (playing around with HDR), and the bracketing hasn't been working. I've set it for 3 shots. One under, one normal, one over exposed. I set the camera to aperture priority (f/11 for maximum sharpness with my 16-85mm), ISO to 100. When I fire off those three shots, it basically just gives me three identical 30 second exposures. Hardly useful. So, what I'm guessing is happening here is this: The metering has decided that no matter how long the exposure time, the shot will be underexposed, so it's just maxing it out regardless, giving me three identical images. In order to mitigate, this I've just been sticking the camera in full manual and manually choosing shutter speeds, which works fine: But, I'd love to be able to use exposure bracketing in this situation. Am I doing something wrong here? Am I asking the bracketing feature ...

floobie asked
1 year ago


You are hitting the time limit of an exposure without doing it manually.  It won't go longer than 30 seconds in Aperature Priority so you either have to use an f/ stop or ISO which allows f/30 to be the longest exposure of your bracketing or do it manually.  If you are already at 30 seconds, it can't give you a brighter exposure. Continue Reading

JeffryZ answered
1 year ago

Just as I thought. Thanks for the prompt, concise answer! Continue Reading

floobie answered
1 year ago

I believe you are correct. Try this...take the shot normal (f11). Does it give you a 30sec exposure? If so set the camera for manual (f/11 30 sec) and look at the meter? Is it centered or showing under exposure? If centered or under...the scene is indeed outside a 3 bracket 30 sec range. You could try spot metering for a highlight in the scene (medium bright lighted area) and see if that gets you a 3 shot bracket (normal being less than 30sec shutter).  The best way to do it with long exposure scenes is calculate the shutters speed yourself for the bracket and do it manually with a remote release. Continue Reading

Mako2011 answered
1 year ago


Nikon D7000 AF Cheat Sheet??? Requesting feedback/input

As anyone who frequents these threads knows, there are many questions about how the Nikon AF systems work. There are very good texts out there that posters reference. However, understanding a topic such as this can sometimes be aided by a cheat sheet - which summarizes the functionality in a compact way so that all permutations can be visualized more easily - and thus, perhaps, helping in understanding. So I thought I would put together a rough draft cheat sheet and ask all the good folks here for feedback and input. Do not use the attached sheet for reference, it has not been checked for accuracy or comprehensiveness. I put it together based on my D7000, the Nikon manual and other references. I am certain there are many mistakes, ommisions, inaccuracies etc. But my point is simply to see if I can get the ball rolling. As you can see I tried to list all the common permutations and combinations possible using the main D7000 commands and then indicate what some common effects would be. ...

edispics asked
11 months ago


I updated the downloadable version of the spreadsheet to try and incorporate that information. Will need better words or larger cells for better explanations: Continue Reading

edispics answered
11 months ago

The downloadable version now has extended reference materials as clickable hot links. Continue Reading

edispics answered
11 months ago

Hi. My first contribute. We have had a general discussion in another thread about tracking in the dynamic modes. It seems, that only in the 3D-Tracking mode, the camera will actually be tracking a moving subject - in the other dynamic modes, the camera will keep a moving subject in focus, when you move the camera (pan) to keep the subject in the choosen (primary) point, even the distance when you are panning will change. Meaning the focus will not shift from one point to another. It's descriped in this: and was told us in this thread by Mako. Though something will happend to the primary focuspoint, when panning. It will, if neccesary expand its FoV for a short time to nearly reach the next focuspoint. The primary focuspoint will only change, if done by you. I don't know, how you can put that in the scheme, but I find it important. I'll try to find the thread for you. BirgerH. Continue Reading

BirgerH answered
11 months ago


  • D7000 Camera Body
  • Lens kit includes either AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II OR AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-25 Quick Charger
  • EG-D2 Audio Video Cable
  • UC-E4 USB Cable
  • BM-11 LCD Monitor Cover
  • AN-DC1 Camera Strap
  • DK-21 Rubber Eyecup
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • Nikon ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

Warranty Information

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