Release Mode Dial

Nikon D7000 release mode dialExplanation: The release mode dial determines how and when exactly a picture is actually taken after you have pressed the shutter release button.

Pushing the little button on the left edge of the camera body unlocks the wheel and allows the following settings:

S single: One picture for each press of the release button.

Cl continuously, low speed: The D7000 will take pictures continuously as long as you keep the release button pressed.
The frame rate of 1 to 5 frames per seconds can be chosen in the custom setting menu d6 CL mode shooting speed.

Ch continuously, high speed: The D7000 will take pictures continuously as fast as possible, i.e. with about 6 frames per second as long as you keep the release button pressed.

In both Cl and Ch the maximum number of shots in one burst is 100 and you can set a lower limit in the custom setting menu d7 Max. continuous release.
If an internal buffer for picture data not yet written to the memory card should be full the frame rate will suddenly decrease. The viewfinder and the LCD display show at the bottom right how many pictures the buffer can still take.

 quiet: The mirror inside the camera will be flipped up slower and it will move back when you take your finger away from the shutter release button. This results in less noise and for the second part of it you can wait for a suitable moment. Don‘t wonder about the image in the viewfinder turning black, this is normal when the mirror is moved up and more visible in this mode.

 self timer: After pressing the release button the picture will be taken with a delay that you can choose in the custom setting menu c3 Self-timer.

 remote control: The D7000 reacts only on a remote control that you have to buy separately (Nikon ML-L3, other vendors offer compatible ones).

The shooting menu Remote control mode allows to combine the remote control with a self timer of 2 seconds or with a „mirror up“ mode (see the next paragraph).

Note: If you do not take a photo within the standby period defined in the custom setting menu c5 Remote on duration the D7000 will switch off its receiver for the remote control.

Mup mirror up: After pressing the shutter release button the camera‘s mirror will flip up and then your image is taken only after a delay of 30 seconds or after a second press on the shutter release button. That helps to avoid blurred pictures because of vibrations from the mirror movement. Be careful, pressing the release button a second time is another risk for subtle camera shaking.

Tips: Important wheel – to use it is basic knowledge for handling your D7000.

As a standard setting I recommend Cl although S will probably most common. But it is easy to get used to pressing the shutter release button only for a short moment if you want one picture and you can anytime shoot more by just keeping the finger down.

That is e.g. useful when you have longer exposure times with a risk of unsharp pictures because of camera movements – just take a few more shots and delete all except for the sharpest one.

When using a tripod you are on the safe side for best possible sharpness if you use the mirror up functionality but there is a better setting than the Mup on the release mode dial:

  • Set the same effect of „mirror up“ in the custom setting menu d11 Exposure delay mode
  • Set a delay of 2 seconds in the custom setting menu c3 Self-timer.
  • Choose the self-timer  .

An extra tip for using the self timer: Cover the viewfinder the moment you press the shutter release button to avoid that light falling in from the back disturbs the exposure metering. It is sufficient to look through the viewfinder normally, with your eye very close to it or to cover it with your hand.