Nikon Coolpix P7100 review

October 22, 2011

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Nikon Coolpix P7100



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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

Nikon’s Coolpix P7100 at a glance:

  • 10.1-million-pixel CCD sensor
  • Raw and JPEG capture
  • 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 equivalent lens
  • 921,600-dot, tilted LCD screen
  • Street price around £490

Nikon’s intentions were thinly veiled when it released the Coolpix P7000 last year (see AP 16 October 2010). Its dramatic makeover bore a striking resemblance to Canon’s PowerShot G11, which, at the time, was one in a long series of such cameras that dominated the high-end compact camera market and has since been replaced by the PowerShot G12.

The P7000 was Nikon’s most successful attempt at producing a high-end compact camera, but operational shortcomings meant it had a distinct first-generation feel.

One year on and the next generation has arrived. The P7100 gives much cause for excitement, because hopefully Nikon has addressed the issues raised with the launch of the P7000 to create what could be the best compact camera on the market.

  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Metering System: 256-segment matrix, centreweighted, spot and spot AF
  • Dimensions: 114.2x77x44.8mm
  • DoF Preview: Yes (half-press shutter release)
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot, tracking, face detection
  • ISO: 100-3200 + Hi (6400)
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Continuous mode available at 0.7fps
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec
  • AF array: Multi-point AF, centre spot, selectable point
  • 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
  • Weight: 310g (without battery or card)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manualplus 18 scene modes
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/4000sec
  • Sensor: CCD with 10.1 million effective pixels
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes
  • LCD: 3in, TFT LCD monitor, 921,600 dots
  • Output Size: 3648x2736 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical device
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC and SDXC plus 79MB internal memory
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 8 presets, plus 3 custom
  • AF Assistance: Yes, built-in lamp
  • Video: 720p HD: 1280x720 pixels (24fps), VGA: 640x480 pixels (30fps)
  • RRP: £499.99

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