SCENE mode

Nikon D7000 operation mode SCENEExplanation: The D7000 will choose all camera settings automatically as in the AUTO mode but the settings are optimised for several typical shooting situations.

There is no magic behind, the SCENE modes alter only settings that you can also set yourself the same way in other modes.

To choose the shooting situation turn the command dial at the back and watch the camera monitor. Maybe you have to tap the release button before as this works only when the exposure metering is active.

When using SCENE mode several menus appear greyed out and cannot be selected because the D7000 manages the settings behind automatically.

The following table gives an overview which settings are changed in which of the scenes compared to the standard AUTO mode:

SCENE mode specific camera settings
portrait large aperture for soft, unsharp background
flash: automatic
picture control: portrait
landscape preferred aperture: 8-11 for good depth of focus
picture control: landscape
flash: off
child flash: automatic
I haven‘t noticed any difference to AUTO.
sports short exposure times
flash: off
autofocus: single focus point
close up flash: automatic
autofocus: single focus point
night portrait flash with slow sync
white balance „Auto 2“
picture control: portrait
night landscape flash: off
white balance: „Auto 2“
party/indoor flash: slow sync with red-eye reduction – this mode is for photographing people
white balance „Auto 2“
beach / snow flash: off
picture control: landscape, sharpening slightly reduced to 3
sunset flash: off
white balance: sunlight
picture control: landscape, sharpening slightly reduced to 3
dusk / dawn flash: off
white balance: 4550K = warm light → color rendition is corrected towards cooler (blue) colors
picture control: landscape, sharpening slightly reduced to 3
pet portrait flash: automatic
autofocus: single focus point
candlelight flash: off
white balance: 4350K = warm light → color rendition is corrected towards cooler (blue) colors

picture control: standard, sharpening slightly reduced to 2

blossom flash: off
picture control: landscape, hue -1
autumn colors flash: off
picture control: vivid
food flash: has to be switched on or off manually using the flash mode button
picture control:standard, saturation +1
silhouette shorter exposure for a slightly darker picture
flash: off
picture control: landscape, contrast increased to +3
high key longer exposure for a brighter picture
flash: off
picture control: standard with reduced contrast and increased brightness
low key shorter exposure for a darker picture
flash: off
picture control: standard with increased contrast and reduced brightness

Tips: See the beginning of this chapter – SCENE mode can produce better pictures if the chosen scene fits with your shooting situation.
But it should be seen only as a help for users who are not so familiar with the basics of digital photography. You get better results if you know at least the basic settings and can set them according to your specific situation yourself.