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Nikon D7000 Setup Tutorial

Jared Polin January 27, 2011 29

I put together this series to help you set up and understand your Nikon D7000. Some of the information may be basic but this is a really good way to get to understand your cameras buttons and menus.

In part one I discuss what each buttons function is as well as how it works. Part 2 discusses at length the menu set up and what the important settings are for you to set. If you have any questions feel free to leave your comments below.

If you have a Nikon D90 this video will also help you set up your camera as the menu systems are very similar.

Part 1

Part 2

To pick up one of these cameras call Allen’s Camera and Video and ASK for the FRO PRICE 215-547-2841 or pick up on AMAZON


  1. Dave January 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm -

    So that’s how you turn it on. 😉

  2. hecta January 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm -

    can i have the plastic?
    lol i considered the d7000 but got a sweet deal on a new d90 so went with that. dual sd cards why not CF cards?

  3. Amer January 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm -

    Bigs thanks Jared. I’ve had the d7000 for about 2 weeks now and it’s a great camera. Thanks to you i’ve still got it, you know what I mean. I’ve set the settings to my liking already but really keen to know how you will set your camera so I can understand certain things better. Keep it coming man.


  4. Jesper January 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm -

    Hi Jared…

    another great educational video, keep up the good work.

    See ya

    cheers from Denmark

  5. Warren January 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm -

    Thanks for the video tutorial Jared

    I would have thought one needed a drivers lisence to operate it but you make it so simple.. having seen the video 2 times now.. it is!

    Look forward to video 2!

  6. Peter Dudek aka Wishmaster January 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm -

    Good stuff. Have you got any news about D800??

  7. Andrew January 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm -

    i’m having trouble deciding between the Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 DX and the Nikon 24-70mm. Now I know the difference between Dx and Fx, and the the zoom range will be different, but in terms of future proofing, which lens would be ideal?

    • Gregory Cazillo January 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm -

      Do you plan on upgrading to FX? Do you have a superwide to fill the 17-24mm range? If not buy the 17-55. It is a great lens and will hold its value upon resale.

  8. Sabrina Alexander January 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm -

    Thanks! I have the D90 but much the same :-)
    Very heplful

  9. Barilla January 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm -

    I always wondered what’s the difference between program and auto modes, since program does everything automatically too.

  10. Rick January 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm -

    Nice. Very thorough! But I think you missed the dedicated DOF preview button. 😉 I think you mentioned setting DOF preview for the Fn button, but there is a dedicated button for that below the Fn button, kind of tucked in below the lens.

    Random thought: Your desk is friggin’ cool. I never paid attention to it before, but I watched this video in HD and noticed the nice wood grain. Is it built-in to the wall or a regular stand alone desk? Looks like it might be built into the wall.

    • Jared Polin January 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm -

      Ah yes i didnt even see the button down there thank you.

      Yes its great wood grain from the late 70’s aka laminate lol.

      • Rick January 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm -

        Haha. Thanks for the vid, man. Look forward to more.

  11. Matt January 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm -

    Thanks a lot for this, Jared. I’m hoping to pick one up soon… and this has pretty much set on on the D7000 for sure. Looks amazing.

    One questions which is kind of off topic.

    Not that I do this… Is it (really) bad for the camera to change the lens while the camera is still ON? Is it okay? When I’m shooting concerts especially, I find myself becoming impatient while the camera turns off and stuff.

    Just wondering! Thanks!

    • Jared Polin January 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm -

      I turn the camera off every time I switch lenses.

  12. Jody January 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm -


  13. Pat January 28, 2011 at 3:37 am -

    great video. I’m looking forward to part II. And in my mind the video isn’t too long.

  14. Rob January 28, 2011 at 10:20 am -

    great part 2!

  15. Joel Lopata January 28, 2011 at 11:42 am -

    Tutorial #2 is very helpful.
    Cheers from Canada, Jared!

  16. Pat January 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm -

    thanks jared. Great and very helpful video. Hopefully you will do a fotoshooting with this camera like you did with the 3100 and lil:) – explain the settings, shooting and finally you are going to tweak the images. Maybe it is possible to do this with small window in the corner in the top like in this video. This would be great. Thanks.

  17. Warren January 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm -

    Just watched video number 2.. very extensive Jared, I can see why it took half hour to film.

    Another great helpful walkthrough.. keep up the great work!

  18. Greg January 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm -

    When you do the review can you compare the 3100 to the 7000 in low light performance?



  19. Tom Hackett January 29, 2011 at 6:22 am -

    You might want to do some audio tests with the camera on a non-auto setting, vs the auto setting.
    I think if youre using an external mic you might find you get cleaner sound by not leaving it on auto.
    I know on my Canon that Auto sound level adjustment is the only option until a firmware update. Auto on mine produces more background noise in the recording because the camera raises the level when you’re not talking, and lowers it when you are, producing a lot of background sound. Some people have come up with hacks to get around it with some Canon DSLRs, but you can set a D7000 to manual right from the factory.

  20. Feather January 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm -

    I wish there was something like this for Canon…

  21. Todd January 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm -

    Hey Jared….awesome video since I have the d7000. What setting would you put on U1 and U2 and how to do it. I think you mentioned you would tell us but you were tired from the video being long haha.

  22. Lorena February 1, 2011 at 12:35 am -

    OMG I friggin love you!! I picked up my D7000 a couple of weeks ago and needed to learn fast. Fro Knows Photo University has been my absolute favorite past time :) THANK YOU!!

  23. Aidan February 1, 2011 at 6:04 am -

    Currently an Canon 450D (XTi?) user and looking to upgrade. Was looking at the 7D but am wondering if I should really look at the jump to nikon and probably the D7000 before I invest too heavily in nice glass to switch.

    My main interests are live music and portraiture. The brand makes little difference for the latter I think but is Nikon still a significantly better bet for the music photographer?

    Any thoughts welcome.

  24. LaurenB February 2, 2011 at 3:09 am -

    Excellent tutorial. I have read my manual and have been playing with mine for a while now, but I still learned a lot (as this is my first dslr) on this video. I am so thankful for the hard work you out into this.