Engineered as an ideal balance of durability and functionality, the D7000 features a multitude of new enhancements and updated Nikon technologies to help photographers produce exceptional photos and full 1080p HD (High Definition) movies.
Continuing the tradition of innovative technology that began with the revolutionary D90, the first digital SLR to capture HD movie, the D7000 features a new 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with low-light ability never before seen in a DX-Format (APS-C) camera. The new EXPEED 2 ô image-processing engine fuels the enhanced performance of the D7000 along with a new 39-point AF system and groundbreaking new 2,016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System to deliver amazing image quality in a variety of shooting conditions. Additionally, the D7000 provides full 1080p HD movie capability with full-time auto focus (AF), enabling users to capture their world with both striking still and moving images.
With its new 16.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor and Nikonís new EXPEED 2 ô image-processing system, the D7000 delivers superior image quality with low noise. The EXPEED 2 ô image-processing engine combined with a 14-bit Analogue/Digital conversion brings a new level of even tonal gradations while managing colour, contrast, exposure and noise, resulting in brilliant image quality. It also manages the D7000ís speedy 50-millisecond shutter response, blazing AF speed and rapid six frame-per-second (fps) burst speed for up to 100 images.
The D7000 features an all-new 39-point AF system, which includes nine centre cross-type sensors that operate with more than 60 NIKKOR lenses. The 39 points in the new Multi-CAM 4800DX AF module work together to provide superior subject acquisition and fast tracking capabilities, allowing photographers to confidently capture everything from a player stealing third base to fast-moving wildlife. Additionally, photographers can activate dynamic or single-point AF, configurable in combinations of 9, 21 or a 39-point ring to match a variety of shooting styles and situations. When enabled, 3D tracking continuously follows moving subjects within the 39 AF points, highlighting the activated AF point in the viewfinder.
Utilizing Nikonís exclusive Scene Recognition System, the camera analyzes subject information from a database containing more than 30,000 images to optimize focus, exposure and white balance. To assist in creating amazing imagery, the Scene Recognition System reads data from a 2,016-pixel 3D Colour Matrix Meter RGB sensor which examines the sceneís brightness and colours then optimizes the cameraís performance prior to the actual exposure. This system also interprets scene data for improved control of light metering and i-TTL flash output, another revolutionary Nikon first. Additionally, the new sensor allows for a new ďAmbientĒ white balance setting, which can be activated to allow warm rendering in Automatic White Balance.
The D7000 continues Nikonís tradition of providing photographers the confidence to shoot in low-light conditions, knowing they will capture high quality low-noise images. The cameraís native ISO range of 100-6400 affords the versatility to photograph in challenging lighting conditions. The ISO range can be expanded to a Hi-2 setting of 25,600, which was previously found only in Nikon FX-format digital SLRs. The resolution of the camera allows for a pixel size of 4.78 Ķm, which allows more light to enter, resulting in a correctly exposed image that has less noise and finer grain. Building upon the D90, the Nikon D7000 captures breathtaking full 1080p HD movies with full-time auto focus and manual exposure control. To keep critical HD focus, users can choose to engage a variety of AF functions, including Face Priority to track up to 35 human faces, Subject Tracking and normal or wide-area auto focus.
Advanced movie features also allow exposure adjustment on the fly while recording. The D7000 offers variable frame rates and resolutions, and can record 1080p at a cinema-like 24 fps, or a web-friendly 720p at either 24 or 30 fps for up to 20 minutes per clip. Once recorded, users are able to edit and trim video clips in the camera to save time in post production. Whether utilizing a wireless or hot shoe mounted microphone (sold separately), sound can be recorded via the stereo microphone input for professional audio results.
To further simplify movie shooting, Live View is activated by a dedicated switch and HD video recording is achieved by pressing a single button. The D7000 also incorporates a built-in HDMI output CEC compliant (Consumer Electronic Control) that allows users to connect it to an HDTV and playback with most HDTV remote controls.
By adding versatile NIKKOR lenses to the equation, photographers can create a variety of photo perspectives to video such as isolating subjects with a shallow depth of field and recording in low-light conditions. Combining the D7000 with NIKKOR lenses also delivers the sharpness essential for HD video, and Nikonís innovative Vibration Reduction (VR) II technology helps to eliminate the effects of camera shake.
The compact design is lightweight enough for a full dayís use, reinforcing Nikonís reputation for reliability. The durable camera body consists of a magnesium-alloy top and rear covers and a 150,000 cycle-rated shutter system. Additionally, the D7000 is dust and moisture sealed and features Nikonís dust reduction system to remove image-degrading particles from the image sensor. Among the well-laid out ergonomics, users will immediately notice a new Mode Dial that eschews traditional Scene Mode icons for more advanced manual functions and two user-defined settings (U1, U2) to adapt to usersí shooting style on the fly. Placed under the control wheel is a Release Mode dial that allows access to the burst modes, timer, or the Quiet Shutter, to soften the cameras operation when shooting in sensitive environments.
When framing lush landscapes or tight telephoto shots from afar, users will appreciate the large, bright glass pentaprism optical viewfinder that has approximately 100 per cent frame coverage and approximately 0.94x magnification. The 3-inch, 921,000-dot super-density LCD monitor with 170-degree viewing delivers bright, crisp image playback and precise live view and movie shooting.
The D7000 comes with twin SD card slots offering SD, SDHC, SDXC memory card compatibility and several recording options including designating separate NEF (RAW) JPEG and movie files. The built-in i-TTL Speedlight flash offers coverage for lenses as wide as 16mm and has Wireless Commander support so users can choose how to light their subjects. The D7000 was designed to provide maximum performance with minimized power usage and also employs a new EN-EL15 battery which enables up to 1,050 shots when fully charged.
The D7000 digital SLR contains many features aimed at empowering users with creative freedom including the ability to process RAW images directly in the camera, and add in special effects using the retouch menu. Among the many editing options are colour filters, distortion control for a fisheye effect, perspective control for a miniature effect, or a new colour sketch filter which creates a sketch-styled image. As always, manipulated images are saved as copies while the original is retained.
The Picture Control system also allows the choice for Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait or Landscape settings to apply a personal look and feel to their pictures, and its versatile Scene Modes let users choose from Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for desirable results even in challenging conditions.