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
A smaller sensor, such as that found in compact cameras, is typically less capable of recording a wide dynamic range. The P7000 has a dynamic range of 10.8EV at ISO 100, and roughly 6EV at ISO 3200. Given that none of the specification has changed that would affect it this time round, it is reasonable to assume that the P7100 is capable of the same. This is a solid performance for a camera at this level.
Nikon’s Active D-Lighting adds a little extra detail in shadow and extreme highlight areas to boost the dynamic range. When used in its strong setting, images have an HDR (high dynamic range) feel, but typically the auto setting adds a satisfying level of detail without images looking unrealistic.