Exploring the Nikon D7000

This chapter covers the key components of the Nikon D7000. These are the features that are most readily accessible because they are situated on the outside of the camera: the buttons, knobs, switches, and dials.

Although most Nikon dSLRs are relatively similar to each other, the D7000 has had an extensive redesign. Even if you're familiar with other Nikon dSLR cameras, you may want to read through the chapter to acquaint yourself with all the new features of the D7000.


Getting to know all your camera's menus, buttons, and dials allows you to capture your images just as you envision them.

Key Components of the D7000

This section doesn't cover the menus, only the exterior controls. Although you can access many features using menu options, oftentimes you can change the same settings with just the push of a button. Knowing exactly what these buttons do can save you loads of time and keep you from missing a shot.

Top of the camera

You find some of the most important buttons and dials on the top of the D7000. This is where you can change the Shooting mode and press the Shutter Release button to take your photo.

  • Shutter Release button. In my opinion, this is the most important button on the camera. Halfway pressing this button activates the camera's autofocus and light meter. Fully depressing this button releases the shutter and a photograph is taken. ...

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