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?
Being a compact camera with smaller photosites means the dynamic range is likely to be more limited, but with fewer pixels the photosites on the Coolpix P7000’s sensor are larger than those of the P6000. This means the dynamic range of the P7000 has improved, and at around 12.5EV is very respectable.
There is a lack of detail in the brightest areas, so underexposing by -0.3EV will help when shooting in sunny conditions. Shooting in raw mode does not necessarily help, because the burnout at the bright end is often not recoverable. However, I am generally pretty pleased with my images and the evaluative metering does a good job. Detail in the shadow areas is good, but in scenes of high contrast midtones can be marginally on the dark side.
Image: In this high-contrast scene the dynamic range is good, with detail maintained in areas of shadow and highlight