Nikon’s Coolpix P7100 aims to build on the progress made by its predecessor, the P7000. We find out whether this new model truly stakes its claim as the ultimate compact camera
In most areas the Nikon P7000 performed well, so it is hardly a surprise that many aspects remain the same in the P7100. Like its predecessor, and also its direct rival the Canon PowerShot G12, the P7100 has a 10.1-million-pixel, 1/1.7in, CCD sensor. This resolution means that, once again, the video format is limited to 720p, here at 24fps.
Another key area is the wideangle zoom lens. Its 28-200mm lens offers a wider focal range than the 28-140mm of the PowerShot G12. There’s a maximum aperture of f/2.8 at the widest setting, while at 200mm it is f/5.6. In between these, the zoom memory and maximum aperture are 35mm (f/3.2), 50mm (f/3.5), 85mm (f/4), 105mm (f/4.5) and 135mm (f/5).
Compact cameras with a wideangle zoom lens often suffer from lens distortion. In the P7100 there is the option to use in-camera distortion control, which should be helpful. Other in-camera tools include an ND filter, vibration reduction and motion detection.
Images: A wide zoom makes the P7100 a versatile camera, with sharp results in both the wide and telephoto settings