All the basic settings of the D7000 summarised and clearly explained. They cover what is helpful or necessary before you start shooting.
What | The camera mode transforms the D7000 into either a straightforward, easy-to-use camera or a sophisticated tool for advanced and expert photographers.
It determines the overall behaviour of the D7000 – whether and how it makes adjustments automatically, and what you can or have to adjust manually.
Where | Select the camera mode with the wheel at the top left.
AUTO and : Easy to use full automatic mode, with flash switched on/off automatically resp. permanently off.
SCENE: Scene modes = also fully automatic mode, but optimised for typical shooting situations or image effects.
Nikon has provided the D7000 with 19 (!) different scene modes. To select one, turn the rear dial in camera mode SCENE and watch the display on the camera monitor.
P, S, A, M: programmed auto, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual control – the camera modes for advanced and expert photographers.
You need to use them if you want to take full control of manual settings. They differ in how you control aperture and shutter speed, I explain this in the chapter about exposure.
U1, U2: Here you can permanently save one of the other camera modes – P, S, A, M or an automatic one – together (almost) all camera settings as you would prefer to find them as defaults. Two sets of your preferred settings instead of Nikon's.
The ”U“ stands for user defined settings.
In U1/U2 you can try out settings at will or change what you need for your photos – a turn of the dial to another camera mode and then back to U1/U2 always brings all settings back what you have saved.
Attention: The exposure metering must be active, watch if the the LCD display shows exposure time and aperture. If not, briefly touch the shutter release button.
If you turn the camera mode from U1/U2 to another and back again when the exposure metering is off, the current settings will not be reset to your saved values.
I suspect this little trap is a software bug. It makes no sense and the original manual directly from Nikon does not mention it.
Also turning the D7000 off and on does not reset the current camera settings to your saved values.
What | If you are familiar with the D7000 and know which combinations of settings you like to use, you can make your camera a personal tool tailored to you. U1/2 then include
How & where | The assignment of U1 and U2 is done in the system menu .
Later you can adjust details in your U1 or U2 mode with the same process: Start in U1/U2, change what you want and write your changes permanently intu U1/U2 withmenu.
More details | U1 and U2 really do save almost all camera settings: Exposure control, shooting menu, all custom settings menus and everything that can be accessed with a button on the body and the dials.
It is clearer to list the settings that are not permanently saved, they are:
Reset camera mode U1 or U2 | This can be done with the system menu if required. It restores U1 or U2 completely with Nikon's default values and camera mode P.
If you wear glasses but want to use the camera without them, you can set a correction of the viewfinder image for your personal visual acuity. The inconspicuous wheel at the top right of the viewfinder is responsible for this.
The best way to do this is to point the camera at a bright, preferably low contrast background and turn the wheel until the fine lines in the viewfinder appear with maximum sharpness for you. Or you can focus on any subject by pressing the shutter release button and turn the small wheel until the viewfinder image has maximum sharpness.
If the viewfinder image remains strangely out of focus, this wheel may have turned inadvertently, e.g. from rubbing against a camera bag.
What | A number of common camera settings – not all! – can be reset in one stroke with a reset. In camera mode U1 and U2 these are the values you last saved, otherwise Nikon's default settings.
How & Where | Find the two buttons with a green dot next to them, bottom left and top right. Hold both down at the same time for about two seconds until the LCD display flashes briefly.
More details | The reset includes a number of settings that are commonly adjusted depending on the shooting situation:
A more complete reset including all menus and to your, not Nikon's, default settings can be achieved with the camera modes U1 and U2 described above. I use them and prefer to turn the wheel for the camera mode forth and back to do a reset.
You can adjust the monitor brightness in the setup menu .
There are two options how to do this:
The D7000 considers the upper memory card as the first, the lower as the second.