Nikon Coolpix P7000 review

October 16, 2010

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Nikon Coolpix P7000



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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?

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.

  • Video: 720p HD: 1280x720 pixels (24fps), VGA: 640x480 pixels (30fps)
  • AF Assistance: Yes, built-in lamp
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 8 presets, plus 3 custom
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC and SDXC plus 79MB internal memory
  • Output Size: 3648x2736 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical device
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes
  • LCD: 3in, TFT LCD monitor, 921,000 dots
  • Sensor: CCD with 10.1 million effective pixels
  • Weight: 310g (without battery or card)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual plus 18 scene modes
  • Hotshoe: Yes
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/4000sec
  • File Format: Raw (NRW+) + JPEG simultaneously, JPEG
  • Lens: Nikkor 6-42.6mm (equivalent to 28-200mm on 35mm format)
  • Power: Rechargeable EN-EL14 Li-Ion battery
  • AF array: Multi-point AF, centre spot, selectable point
  • Shutter Speeds: 60secs-1/4000sec
  • Drive Mode: Continuous mode available at 0.7fps
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • Compression: Three-stage JPEG
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • ISO: ISO 100-3200 + Hi (6400)
  • RRP: £489
  • DoF Preview: Yes (half-press shutter release)
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot, tracking, face detection
  • Dimensions: 114.2x77x44.8mm
  • Metering System: 256 segment matrix, centreweighted, spot and spot AF
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

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