Viewing Nikon D7000 Photos on a TV - dummies

Viewing Nikon D7000 Photos on a TV

By Julie Adair King

Your Nikon D7000 is equipped with a feature that allows you to play the pictures and movies you shoot with your DSLR on a television screen. In fact, you have three playback options:

  • Regular (standard definition) video playback: Haven’t made the leap yet to HDTV? No worries: You can set the camera to send a regular standard-definition audio and video signal to the TV. The cable you need is even provided in the D7000 camera box. (Look for the cable that has a yellow plug and a white plug at one end.)

  • HDMI playback: If you have a high-definition television, you can set the camera to high-def playback. However, you need to purchase an HDMI cable to connect the camera and television. You need a Type C mini-pin HD cable; prices start at about $20. Nikon doesn’t make its own cable, so just look for a quality third-party version.

    By default, the camera decides the proper video resolution to send to the TV after you connect the two devices. But you have the option of setting a specific resolution as well. To do so, select HDMI from the Setup menu, press OK, and then choose Output Resolution.


  • For HDMI CEC TV sets: If your television is compatible with HDMI CEC, your D7000 enables you to use the buttons on the TV’s remote control to perform the functions of the OK button and Multi Selector during full-frame picture playback and slide shows. To make this feature work, you must enable it via the Setup menu. Again, start with the HDMI option, but this time, select Device Control and set the option to On.

You need to make one final preflight check before connecting the camera and television: Verify the status of the Video Mode setting, located just above the HDMI option on the Setup menu. You have just two options: NTSC and PAL. Select the video mode used by your part of the world. (In the United States, Canada, and Mexico, NTSC is the standard.) The mode should’ve been set at the factory to the right option for the country in which you bought your camera, but it never hurts to check.

After you select the necessary Setup menu options, grab your video cable, turn off the camera, and open the little rubber door on the left side of the camera. There you find two ports (connection slots): one for a standard audio/video (A/V) signal and one for the HDMI signal.


The smaller plug on the A/V cable attaches to the camera. The yellow plug goes into your TV’s video jack, and the white one goes into your TV’s stereo audio jack. For HDMI playback, a single plug goes to the TV.

At this point, check out your specific TV manual to find out exactly which jacks to use to connect your camera. You also need to consult your manual to find out which channel to select for playback of signals from auxiliary input devices. Then just turn on your camera to send the signal to the TV set. If you don’t have the latest and greatest HDMI CEC capability (or lost your remote), control playback using the same techniques as you normally do to view pictures on your camera monitor.