Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 front

Nikon D7000 overview

Nikon D7000 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR digital camera initially announced on November of 2010. It comes with a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 4928 x 3264.

Nikon brought out this model in an effort to upgrade the previous Nikon D90 (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently introduced the newer Nikon D7100 (Read Full Comparison) in order to upgrade this model.

The D7000 stands at #42 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all-around #252 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can use our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your customized factors.

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The following is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D7000 history

The Nikon D7000 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D7500 front thumbnailNikon D7500
D7000 vs D7500
21MPAPS-C8.0 fps2017
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D7000 vs D500
21MPAPS-C10.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D7200 front thumbnailNikon D7200
D7000 vs D7200
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2015
Nikon-D7100 front thumbnailNikon D7100
D7000 vs D7100
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D7000 front thumbnailNikon D700016MPAPS-C6.0 fps2010
Nikon-D300S front thumbnailNikon D300S
D7000 vs D300S
12MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D90 front thumbnailNikon D90
D7000 vs D90
12MPAPS-C4.5 fps2008
Nikon-D300 front thumbnailNikon D300
D7000 vs D300
12MPAPS-C6.0 fps2008
Nikon-D80 front thumbnailNikon D80
D7000 vs D80
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Nikon-D200 front thumbnailNikon D200
D7000 vs D200
10MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Nikon-D50 front thumbnailNikon D50
D7000 vs D50
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
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Nikon-D70s front thumbnailNikon D70s
D7000 vs D70s
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Nikon-D70 front thumbnailNikon D70
D7000 vs D70
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2004
Nikon-D100 front thumbnailNikon D100
D7000 vs D100
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2002

Nikon D7000 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of good and bad points of the Nikon D7000 based on aspects which are typically seen as crucial in a digital camera.

comes with phase detect autofocus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
does have HDMI support
does have microphone jack
exports RAW files
flash built-in
good battery power (1,050 shots)
good min ISO (100)
has dual storage slots
has Top LCD screen
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes face detect autofocus
includes tracking focus
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
nice screen size (3")
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
very good screen resolution (921 thousand dot)
weather sealing
you can focus manually
does not have image stabilization
max fps low (6.0 fps)
no headphone jack
screen does not articulate
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Nikon D7000 Sensor information

The Nikon D7000 features the Expeed 2 chip. The size of the sensor in the Nikon D7000 is 23.6mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 371 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4928 x 3264 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. The ISO can be expanded electronically to a maximum of 25600. RAW format is saved which means that the user has more margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the D7000's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The D7000 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is highlighted in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D7000 dimensions

Nikon D7000 weighs 1.72 lb (780 gr / 27.51 ounces) & the overall size of the camera is 132mm x 105mm x 77mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0"). The weight of general Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr so the Nikon D7000 is very similar as compared to various rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Nikon D7000 with a soft drink so you can get a sense of its size.

Nikon D7000 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button design on the D7000.

Nikon D7000 topview buttons dials

Nikon D7000 Lens information

The D7000 uses the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses on sale. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the D7000.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Irix-45mm-F1.4-Nikon-F-Mount lensIrix 45mm F1.445mmf/1.4925g
Sigma-50-500mm-F4.5-6.3-DG-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM50-500mmf/4.5-6.3 1970g
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Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-70-200mm-f2.8G-ED-VR-II lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II70-200mmf/2.8 1540g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-85mm-f1.8G lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.8G85mmf/1.8 350g
Sigma-150mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM150mmf/2.9-2.8 895g
Tokina-AT-X-Pro-11-16mm-f2.8-DX-Nikon-F-DX lensTokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f2.8 DX11-16mmf/2.8 560g
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Sigma-85mm-F1.4-EX-DG-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM85mmf/1.4 725g
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Nikon D7000 Connectivity

The D7000 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to copy files and oftentimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Nikon D7000 Video information

The highest video resolution in the Nikon D7000 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in video quality vs file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with any room to downsample. Although the body offers a microphone jack, it is sadly lacking a headphone jack which means that you won't have the ability to check your audio levels.

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Nikon D7000 Weather Sealing

Nikon D7000 has weather sealing making it a very good selection for use in tricky environments. This is particularly valuable any time you are not sure about the elements you might face in outdoor photography.

Nikon D7000 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon D7000 comes with a 3 inch fixed display with a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Please note that the display screen has no touch support. The D7000 also comes with a Top LCD screen in order to quickly view camera settings.

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The View Finder specifications for Nikon D7000 are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.64x

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are very useful.

Nikon D7000 Shutter information

Nikon D7000 is able to shoot continuously at 6.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Nikon D7000 Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon D7000 features both inbuilt flash along with external flash ability. The highest flash sync is 1/250 sec.

Nikon D7000 Autofocus information

Nikon D7000 features both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & precise than Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detection which is useful for people photography.

The Sensor comes with 39 focus points to choose from. It also has Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Nikon D7000 comes with manual focus if needed in low light or you need to have more exact focus control.

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Nikon D7000 Battery life

The battery power (EN-EL15) on the Nikon D7000 is made to last for 1050 clicks with respect to the CIPA specifications which is higher than average in comparison to its class. The typical Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has the highest (2260) battery life in this category of cameras.

Here is a collection of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D7000 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D7000 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes

Nikon D7000 for specific types of photography

The following illustration gives a overview of the Nikon D7000 for specific types of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Nikon D7000

The Nikon D7000 receives a rating of 73 which is very good, and means the camera is a respectable pick to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW files along with the ability to work with off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
decent megapixels (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats

Nikon D7000 as a Street photography camera

Having a reasonable points total of 58, the Nikon D7000 is reasonably suitable for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
weather sealing
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization

Nikon D7000 Sports photography information

A above average sports photography score of 66 suggests the Nikon D7000 is a good fit for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have great autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather sealing
good battery life (1,050 per charge)
supports phase detect AF
low frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D7000 Travel photography details

Weight is super important in choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Nikon D7000 gets a nice 66 for a travel camera which makes it a fine choice to take on your travels.

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good battery power (1,050 shots)
environment proof
decent MP (16MP)
has built in flash
screen is not selfie friendly

Nikon D7000 Landscape photography highlights

If you find yourself planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon D7000 with it's very good grade of 73 as a landscape camera is a fine choice within the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3")
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment proofing
better than average battery power (1,050 CIPA)
2 card slots
lack of image stabilization

Nikon D7000 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging really should posses a moving display screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon D7000 is simply not good for vlogging as it delivers a lousy rating of 29.

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features face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes mic support
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D7000 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the D7000, below is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall within the category of Advanced DSLR.

The graph below shows you a bird's eye view of the D7000 vs it's highest scored competitors mentioned earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might regard as alternate options. To read through a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon D7000
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Expeed 2
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.6 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
4928 x 3264
RAW images
Highest native ISO
Highest boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mount
Nikon F
Total lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen tech
TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync
1/250 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24, 25, 30 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
780 grams (1.72 lb)
132 x 105 x 77mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0")
Battery life
1050 photos
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Storage slots
Price at launch