Many enthusiast and professional photographers who lean towards Nikon have been waiting for the company to produce a high-end compact camera. Has the Nikon Coolpix P7000 finally given them what they want?

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Nikon Coolpix P7000

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Nikon Coolpix P7000 review

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£489.00

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Nikon Coolpix P7000 at a glance:

  • 28-200mm equivalent lens
  • Maximum aperture range f/2.8-5.6
  • 10.1-million-pixel, 1/1.7in CCD sensor
  • Raw and JPEG capture
  • i-TTL hotshoe
  • Electronic virtual horizon

Over the past few years, photo enthusiasts and professionals looking for a high-end compact camera offering controls akin to an SLR have had only a limited choice, with the Canon PowerShot G series long dominating this ‘serious’ part of the compact camera market. Although the competition has of late muscled in with, for instance, the Samsung EX1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5, so far there hasn’t been a Nikon compact camera that matches the performance of these models.

Its recent P5000, P5100 and P6000 Coolpix P-series models have had a modest reception, primarily down to the fact that they just couldn’t quite live up to their rivals. However, with the introduction of the Nikon Coolpix P7000, Nikon now seems intent on making its presence felt.

Any doubters will have to think twice, because even at a first look the Nikon Coolpix P7000 appears to be a completely different camera from the previous P-series P5100 and P6000 models. The question, however, is whether it has improvements as drastic as its change in looks, and whether these can give Nikon a firm place in the top-end compact camera market.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Hotshoe flash
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Autofocus
  8. 8. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Dynamic range
  10. 10. LCD, viewfinder and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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  • Ian

    The worst piece of equipment I have ever purchased in 30 years of photography. Focusing lousy, overall image quality very poor. I am close to throwing it in the bin , what a waste of money. I thought it was faulty Canon told me it was fine. I will keep using my EOS1ds MkIII – The best camera I have ever purchased.

  • Leonardo

    I am not a camera exrpet, but rather, I’m a busy mom who likes to take pictures and who adores my subjects. This, then, is a review from a busy mom/amateur’s point of view. MY GOALS/EXPECTATIONS: I have always been a photo fiend, taking my camera everywhere and pulling it out at any opportunity. While I’d gotten to a decent level of archiving important moments with my point-and-shoot cameras over the years, I wanted to take my photography to the next level. I was inspired by my brother-in-law’s photos of his kids to take the dSLR plunge. But I knew (and still know), very little about professional photography. I wanted to start taking better photos right away. But I also wanted to have room to grow as a photographer and a camera that would grow with me. I also wanted the focus to stay firmly on my family while I was willing to invest some time and care into the camera, I didn’t want it to become like a pet I had to constantly watch over. While any dSLR takes some care and consideration, I’ve found the T3i has been an excellent camera for me and I’ve been quite pleased with it. PROS: * VERY USER FRIENDLY: The auto mode (or auto without flash, my favorite) is highly forgiving, taking fantastically sharp images, true to color. They look so clear that I feel I’m capturing as close to real life as I’ve ever seen before in a camera. * FAST: While I sometimes go in for trying out new modes and manual settings, I often leave the camera in auto or auto-sans-flash mode and just click away so that I can at least capture a moment before it’s gone. I then play with manual settings if my kids stay still long enough for me to try something new. My previous cameras always had a horrible delay for the autofocus (the only mode they usually had), meaning I nearly always lost the moment when the toddler was on the move. The t3i is so ridiculously fast that I can snap multiple pics in the time one picture took before. * BEAUTIFUL PICTURES: This kind of goes without saying at this tier of camera, but the pictures are just amazing quality. Coming from the land of point-and-shoot, I’m pretty blown away. And I know I’m only touching the tip of the iceberg for what’s possible. * BEAUTIFUL VIDEO: This is the nice new feature of the t3i. I wasn’t sure I’d want or need the HD video. But hey, when you’ve got it, you use it. I’ve gotten some amazingly clear footage of the kiddo playing in the park with daddy and I’m so glad we went for the model with that feature. * BIG, CLEAR DISPLAY: It’s really easy to see what pics you’ve just taken and adjust your photo-taking accordingly. Just by seeing what I’ve gotten, I’m able to try again and improve a shot almost immediately. * CLEAR MENUS/ABILITY TO IMPROVE: The interface on this is so intuitive that I’ve been able to learn a lot without even cracking open the manual (though that manual is my new reading material). The entry point for a new user is just a step up from normal photography the possibilities, however, are nearly endless. * NICE KIT LENS: For all that photographers get into new and better lenses, the kit lens on this is really nice and easy to use. I think it will hold us for a good long while before I get to be more of an exrpet. It gives me the range of zoom and focus I need for now. * EYE-FI COMPATIBLE: WOW. I cannot even tell you how much this busy mom loves this feature. If you get an eye-fi card, your pictures can be set up to automatically upload to your computer whenever you are within range of your synched wireless network. My husband set up a SmugMug account and the eye-fi capabilities. I take pics to my heart’s content while out on walks, in the park, etc., and come home, then leave the camera on (auto-shut off after 8 minutes) to upload the pics. I can then tag and sort pictures later at my leisure. For a busy mom, this is amazingly useful. I don’t have to take time out to upload the pics the camera does that for me. * BATTERY LIFE (for common use): So far, the battery we bought for the camera lasts very well during normal photo-taking. It’s just a standard Canon battery for the rebel line and it charges quickly. Even when taking pics like a mad-woman, it lasts through a shoot. HD video eats it up more quickly, so be warned. Still, I rarely run out of juice during the day so long as I pop the battery into its charger in the evening. However, uploading is another story (See below in cons). Those are just the first few things I love about this camera. Here, however, are the not cons, really, just challenges for a busy mom: CHALLENGES: * dSLRs ARE EXPENSIVE, DELICATE, BIG AND BULKY: And busy parents’ lives have enough precious and delicate things to worry about namely, the kids. No getting around it you can’t just toss a dSLR into a pocket

  • Elay

    For the most part, zoom lenses get the job done. There are hewevor a few things that zoom lenses haven’t been able to do, or do as well as primes.- Tilt shift- 1:1 macro or even higher magnification in the case of the MP-E 65mm- Prime lenses have apertures that go down to f2, f1.8, f1.4, f1.2. (admittedly sometimes the DOP effects can be imitated by some zoom lenses in some situations)- Prime lenses make me think about the shot a lot more than if I was out with a zoom, sometimes it’s annoying, other times I get great photographsOne last thing, if you’re a Canon shooter, its hard to look past the sexy L-series primes I’d never be able to just go out with primes in my bag unless I know exactly what to expect. If I’m going for a walk with my camera, I normally carry something along the lines of 24-105mm, 50mm f1.4, 15mm fisheye

  • Victor

    and an image you can tinker about with (RAW) on your cpomuter until it is perfect (the provided Canon software makes it very easy to do). Navigating around the camera menu becomes a breezes after a few practices, although keep the manual nearby as there is a wealth of information to digest from it. The screen on the back is fantastic and crystal clear. The camera feels comfortable to hold (even in my big paws!) and is not to heavy to cart around. The microphone port is also a welcome new addition as it will allow you to capture the sound in stereo and enables you to choose your microphone weapon of your choice rather than being condemned into using the built in microphone (which does the job). The only moan about this kit is that the AF is bit noisey, as it’s not a USM lens, but if you want a comparable zoom range in a Canon USM lens you’d be paying a hell of lot more money (eg the 15-85 IS USM). A couple of tips before I go 1) Buy a decent SDHC card like a Sandisk Extreme with a class 10 rating, preferably 16GB or more (for the video capture side of things especially). Don’t be lured into buying a cheap card because it has a high capacity as it won’t read and write the data fast enough to be of any good, especially the HD video. Canon recommend at least a class 6 card. 2) Get a powerful cpomuter. I am going to upgrade my desktop PC (or get something else). It has a 3.4Ghz AMD processor (albeit 5 years old), 1GB RAM and 256MB graphics, running with Windows XP. It can’t seem to handle displaying the captured HD video and is slightly slow in processing the RAW images (each of which can be around 24MB in file size). Overall a top piece of kit that you won’t be disappointed with.

  • Darren

    Hi, some of the text is coved by your adverts now using Safari on an Apple pc

  • Andrew Houghton

    It must be painful selling all those canon lenses. Ah well, Nikon make the better camera and have always made the better lenses, so you can use the money you save buying a D800 for memory cards, and if you are quick, you might beat the rush and sell those lenses before the deluge hits ebay!

  • Sanford

    I really can not say anything because ads cover up the article and will not go away!

  • R Brown

    Is it me ?
    I can’t read all of this review because the right hand side of the page is not visible owing to the ‘Find a Camera”Latest Competition’ ‘AP Readers Poll’ taking up a 1/3 of the page and covering the test page.