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
There are no obvious shortcomings in the metering system. Most users of the Coolpix P7100 are likely to rely on multi-segment evaluative metering, and it is reliable over a number of situations. It has a slight tendency to expose for the darker midtones, which can leave burned-out highlights in bright conditions, but otherwise it works well.
For situations where the evaluative system struggles, exposure compensation is easily accessed and adjusted. I found myself using this control a lot, combined with autoexposure. Unfortunately, the exposure is not adjusted in the preview on the LCD screen, so the user must wait for the 2secs of write time to view whether or not it is correct. In this respect, the P7100 is slow to operate.
Image: Active D-Lighting adds a little extra detail in shadow areas in this scene. The sky has been corrected because it was too cyan in the original raw file