Nikon D5200 DSLR Cameras Hands On Preview

Dan Eitreim

March 26, 2015

It back in 2010, on the 15th of September, when the Nikon D7000 was announced and a lot of people were taken by surprise. The company’s first DSLR camera was the D90, and the D7000 is a perfect representation of the evolution of technology. As far as most of the controlled layout, size and weight are concerned, the D7000 is the same as its predecessor. However, a magnesium alloy, water-sealed construction similar to that of the D300S has been adopted by the D7000. For those who are ready to leave behind entry level digital SLR cameras or those who need an upgrade for a mid-range camera, the D7000 is an outstanding step up camera.

The Main Specifications of the D7000

Some of the most notable specifications of the D7000 include:

– 16.2MP CMOS sensor
– 1080p HD video recording
– 3.0 inch 921k dot LCD screen
– 27.7 oz or 786 g weight ( including batteries )
– Built-in HDMI connection
– Built-in intervalometer
– Continuous shooting up to 6fps
– Electronic virtual horizon
– Full-time AF in Movie/Live View modes
– New 2016 pixel metering sensor
– Shutter tested to 150K actuations
– Twin SD card slots

The Main Features of the Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Camera

As far as the feature set and functionality is concerned, the D7000 was released to fill the void between the D300s and the D90 models. In comparison to the D90, the D7000 is not as compact and lightweight, but in comparison to the D300s, it is still much smaller and lighter.

The 18-105mm 5.80x zoom VR kit lens that comes with this DSLR camera seems quite well-balanced on it. For those who do not have any Nikon lenses, the 18-105mm VR lens is a comparatively affordable and versatile alternative. The D7000 has an astonishing silent shutter release action.

The overall control layout and functionality of the D7000 are somewhat the same as the D90. The AF mode, ISO sensitivity, metering and white balance can be controlled using the dedicated buttons and two control wheels the camera is equipped with.

A new EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery is used by the D7000, while a battery charger and battery grip also come along with the camera. Images are recorded on the SD/SDHC cards by the D7000, and the large right-hand side compartment contains two memory card slots.

A conventional DSLR design is followed by the Nikon D7000, where the top of the camera has a shooting mode dial. The Exposure Compensation button is right beside the shutter release. Just like the D90, the D7000 also has a monochromatic status LCD.

A 16.2 megapixel CMOS chip in the D7000 has superseded the 12 megapixel CMOS sensor in the D90. Thus, the D7000 can provide Live View feed, record Full HD video and capture full-resolution stills. High-frequency vibrations also clean up the sensor automatically.

Like the D90, the same remarkable 3-inch, 920,000-dot monitor has been inherited by the D7000 as well. The menu can be navigated and the pictures can be reviewed on the screen, while it also acts as a secondary status display.

Out of the 39 auto-focus sensors of the D7000, 9 of them are cross type. The D7000 is ideal for flash photography. A built-in speedlight is also present in the camera too. Just like Nikon’s latest DSLR cameras, Live View is offered off the main sensor.

When taking still images in live view, Main Focus is not the only focusing option. Two AF modes, namely AF-A and AF-F can be used in Live View. Even the movie mode of the D7000 employs Live View. Full high-definition and wide-screen video is recorded by the D7000 in 1920×1280 pixel resolution.

Mini HDMI and USB / VideoOut ports are some of the connectivity options that D7000 is equipped with. The menu of the camera is easy to navigate, which actually makes this capable camera easy to use. The camera comes with a 325-page manual, so users can always refer to it if they get stuck with using the camera.


Thus, it is apparent how Nikon expanded the feature set of its cameras with the release of the D7000. In comparison with its predecessors, the D7000 is certainly more advanced and capable in numerous aspects. In fact, since the D7000 has such vast capabilities, it might take a bit of time to get acquainted with this digital SLR camera. As for buyers, the D7000 is certainly worth purchasing and offers excellent value for its price.

Article Source: EzineArticles.com

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