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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Our verdict

There is no question that Nikon has moved in leaps and bounds from previous P-series models, making significant improvements across the board in handling, features and performance. The changes are significant enough that this feels like a completely new camera, not one in the Coolpix P series.The decision to reduce the number of pixels has paid off, because unlike its predecessor the resolution of the P7000 is consistent all the way through to high sensitivities, as demonstrated by my pictures taken at a music gig (see Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity). The larger photosites are more able to capture light, and as a result the dynamic range has been improved.

The slow image processing and viewing is a frustration and an issue that needs addressing. It renders the raw shooting mode suitable mainly for settings where the wait is not an issue. The decision to include a viewfinder will please enthusiasts, but its use is limited. However, Nikon users may have finally got what they wished for: a high-end compact camera that offers good handling, features and performance. The Coolpix P7000 stands its ground against increasingly stiff competition, and although it does not represent new ground at this level, it is certainly the best Nikon has offered to date.

Details

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
  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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