Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor [NEW]
At the heart of the D7000 is a DX-format CMOS image sensor with 16.2 effective megapixels, optimally engineered to gather more quality light through sharp NIKKOR lenses. With 14-bit A/D conversion (12-bit selectable) operating within the sensor, the D7000 realizes stunning images that are richer in tone and detail than previously possible in DX format without sacrificing shooting speed or energy efficiency. Combine these with the agility of the DX format and its signature 1.5x focal length telephoto potential and you can begin to see where this kind of shooting power can take you.
New image-processing engine "EXPEED 2"
The D7000 employs the new image-processing engine "EXPEED 2". This achieves higher-performance noise reduction, improved color reproduction, high-speed image processing and enhanced movie-processing performance and efficient energy saving with a smaller engine chip than that of the D90. And there is no reduction in continuous shooting frame rate even when high ISO noise reduction or Active D-Lighting is activated.
Wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 6400
The ISO sensitivity range of the D7000 is wide, from ISO 100 to 6400 at normal setting, and it can be raised up to Hi 2 (ISO 25600 equivalent). It delivers sharp images with minimized noise while maintaining resolution even at high ISO setting. The D7000 lets you select a faster shutter speed and expands creative possibilities in lowlight situations and sports scenes without worrying about image-degrading noise.
Active D-Lighting with refined image processing
Nikon's exclusive Active D-Lighting offers the ability to preserve details in the highlights and shadowy areas of images shot in high-contrast scenes such as those that are backlit. ADL levels are selectable from "Auto", "Extra high", "High", "Normal", "Low" and "Off". The D7000 employs a new image-processing system that produces less color phase shift even when the ADL level is increased. Furthermore, it realizes high-speed, real-time processing with high accuracy within image-processing pipelines. The D7000 also allows you to bracket for up to 3 frames.