The D7000's large number of external buttons and dials, added to the versatility of the interactive Info screen means that after the initial setup of your camera, you shouldn't need to dive into the menus too often. As an enthusiast-oriented model the D7000 lacks the innovative 'GUIDE' mode found on the entry-level D3100, but it remains relatively uncomplicated, assuming that you're coming from a reasonable knowledge base. Beginners beware though - the D7000 is a complicated camera with a lot of functionality, and some aspects of its operation, especially the plethora of information in the 'info' screen, might be overwhelming at first.
Interactive Info screen
A press of the INFO button on the back of the camera brings the INFO screen up on the rear LCD. It gives you an overview of a large number of shooting parameters. A second press of the same button takes you into 'interactive' mode where you can change the settings in the two rows at the bottom of the screen. These are mostly settings that don't have their own dedicated hard button.
Record review and play displays
In the play menu you can choose the review screens and information you want to be available in image review.
In image review mode, this is the basic metadata view - file name, and date and time when the shot was taken.
In this full shooting data view you get to see all essential shooting parameters and a histogram along a thumbnail version of the image.
The focus point can be added to the standard view.
There is also a full metadata view stretching over three screens of EXIF information.
Blinking highlights can be activated in the play menu.
Last but not least an RGB histogram option is available for those who prefer to see a separate histogram for each color channel.
Play thumbnail index and magnification
Thumbnail and magnification views can be entered using the magnifying glass buttons to the left of the rear LCD. The D7000 offers four thumbnail display screens, the final one, shown here on the right, being a calendar view that groups images according to the date on which they were taken. Caution is called for here though, because pressing the delete button in this mode deletes all of the images taken on whichever day is highlighted.
The D7000 offers eight steps of magnification up to 100%. You use the zoom button to select the zoom amount the multi-selector to move around the magnified image. Unfortunately, unlike the D300S and higher-end models, it is not possible to customize the 'OK' button to provide one-touch magnification.
Live view/Movie displays
This is the standard live view screen, showing a selection of key shooting information.
An electronic spirit level is on hand to make sure that your horizons are straight.
A 16-segment grid can be overlaid on the live view screen to aid composition.
If you prefer a less cluttered display, you can turn off all of the on-screen furniture. Annoyingly though, there is no live histogram option in either live view or video shooting modes...
A video preview screen with grayed out top and bottom areas is also available. When you press the red video button on the back of the camera movie shooting is initiated. Unfortunately, it is not possible to directly adjust aperture in either live view or movie shooting modes - aperture must be set prior to live view being initiated.
The D7000's movie mode offers a number of options. Apart from choosing from various resolutions and frame rates you can activate manual controls while recording, save movies on a separate memory card to stills and adjust the sensitivity of the microphone.
When the mode dial is set to 'Scene' you can browse through the available modes using the rear dial.
In-camera RAW processing with a number of essential image parameters is available.
The function of a number of buttons and dials can be customized. Here you can see the functions that are available on the Fn-button.
Pressing the '?' button while you're in the menus gives you a short description of each setting.