Under the Hood/What's New

Currently the second highest resolution sensor in Nikon's DSLR lineup, the D7000's 16.2MP CMOS offers a standard ISO range of 100-6400 and 1080p HD video recording. NEF (Raw) files can be recorded in either 12-bit or 14-bit quality. The D7000's shutter is tested to 150k actuations - the D90's shutter, by contrast, is tested to 100k actuations.
Brand new in the D7000 is a 39-point AF system. This is the Multicam 4800DX sensor... ...and this is the focusing array, as seen through the D7000's viewfinder - all 39 points indicated here for clarity. This is 12 points fewer than the system used in Nikon's D300S, but 28 more than the D90. Of the total 39 points, 9 are cross-type.
A pentaprism distinguishes the D7000 from it's lower-end cousins the D3100 and D5000, which use pentamirror viewfinders. Pentaprisms are heavier, and add to the cost of the camera, but offer a brighter viewfinder image. Although not a 'new' feature as such, the D7000 is a much more capable video camera than the D90 and D300S. As well as quality and sound options it is also possible to trim movies in-camera (which isn't an option on the D90).
The D7000's Fn button can be assigned to a range of different functions, including a viewfinder virtual horizon display, framing grid and as a shortcut to enable use of one of 9 non-CPU lenses. The D7000 provides a virtual horizon type electronic spirit level - shown here in Live View mode. It can also be displayed in the viewfinder 'on demand' (using the Fn button - see below) at which point it takes over the exposure compensation bar.
New in the D7000 is a fine-tunable 'Auto2' AWB setting, designed to give slightly warmer color rendition. Available separately is a new MB-D11 battery grip for the D7000. Unlike the D300 and D300S, adding the grip doesn't make the D7000 any faster, but it does aid handling. Like the camera, the grip is constructed from magnesium alloy, and is weather-sealed.
The D7000's EN-EL15 battery is new too, and in this view you can see the safer, short-proof contacts... ...and here's its new dedicated charger - the MH-25.