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Nikon D7000 18-105 VR Kit review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £1179
inc VAT

The D7000 is a joy to use, and takes breathtaking photos and videos.


23.6×15.6mm 16.1-megapixel sensor, 5.8x zoom (27-157.5mm equivalent), 1.2kg

The fly in the ointment is that some buttons have alternate functions during image playback, so pressing them while the previous shot is shown on the screen changes playback rather than shooting settings. The Auto ISO settings are clumsy, too. We love the ability to define the behaviour of the Auto ISO function but hate how it’s easy to think you’re adjusting the ISO speed manually when it’s set to Auto elsewhere.

The camera also behaves unpredictably when switching from the viewfinder to live view. In manual exposure mode, the shutter speed jumps to 1/30s if it’s previously set to a slower speed, and the aperture becomes locked. In aperture priority mode, the aperture can be adjusted in live view but the on-screen image doesn’t give a depth-of-field preview.

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The video mode is a vast improvement on the D90. Recordings are at 1,920×1,080 at 24fps, and the 21Mbit/s AVC files are largely free of compression artefacts. The full complement of exposure and image-processing controls used for photos are available for videos too. Details were pin-sharp, automatic exposures reacted smoothly to changing light and the narrow depth of field produced sumptuous, film-like footage. Noise levels were extremely low, too. Shooting at ISO 3200, there was a gentle shimmer of noise but details and colours remained crisp and vibrant. Our only criticism with video picture quality is that repeating patterns sometimes resulted in moiré interference.

Continuous autofocus is available for videos, but because it relies on contrast detection rather than the 39-point phase-detection system, it was slow and clumsy. It also obliterated the soundtrack with clicks and whirrs, which were just as loud as people speaking in the room. Thankfully, there’s a microphone input to avoid this problem. The microphone level can be set manually, but with no level meter or headphone output, there’s no way to know if the microphone is distorting or if its battery has run out. The built-in mono microphone is fantastic, with rich high frequencies and warm, detailed bass. Unlike on the D90, the HDMI output is only active during playback and not while recording.

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Basic Specifications

CCD effective megapixels16.1 megapixels
CCD size23.6×15.6mm
Viewfinderoptical TTL
Viewfinder magnification, coverage0.94x, 100%
LCD screen size3.0in
LCD screen resolution920,000 pixels
Articulated screenNo
Live viewYes
Optical zoom5.8x
Zoom 35mm equivalent27-157.5mm
Image stabilisationoptical, lens based
Maximum image resolution4,928×3,264
Maximum movie resolution1920×1080
Movie frame rate at max quality24fps
File formatsJPEG, RAW; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slot2x SDXC
Mermory suppliednone
Battery typeLi-ion
Battery Life (tested)1,050 shots
ConnectivityUSB, AV, mini HDMI, microphone, GPS
HDMI output resolution1080i
Body materialmagnesium alloy
Lens mountNikon F mount
Focal length multiplier1.5x
Kit lens model nameAF-S DX Nikkor 18-105MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AccessoriesUSB and AV cables, neck strap

Buying Information

Warrantytwo-year RTB

Camera Controls

Exposure modesprogram, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed30 to 1/8,000 seconds
Aperture rangef/3.5-22 (wide), f/5.6-36 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution)100 to 25600
Exposure compensation+/-5 EV
White balanceauto, 6 presets with fine tuning, custom, 5 manual
Additional image controlscontrast, saturation, sharpness, brightness, hue, noise reduction, dynamic range, colour space
Manual focusYes
Closest macro focus45cm
Auto-focus modes39-point
Metering modesmulti, centre-weighted, centre, face detect (live view only)
Flashauto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, rear curtain, red-eye reduction
Drive modessingle, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, WB bracket, flash bracket

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