It has a 921,000-dot EVF and articulated LCD screen alongside its 12.2-million-pixel sensor and premium build body, so is the Nikon Coolpix P7800 the best P-series compact camera yet? Read the Nikon Coolpix P7800 review...

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Nikon Coolpix P7800


Nikon Coolpix P7800 review


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Nikon Coolpix P7800 review – Our verdict

The Nikon Coolpix P7800 is great as a travel camera for users who wish to shoot mostly JPEGs at low sensitivities. It offers a wide zoom range, great build quality, a good maximum aperture and excellent resolution in the lower range of ISO sensitivities. However, push ISO speeds to higher thresholds and detail starts to deteriorate. Not only that, but the processing of burst or raw shooting is painfully slow. This was a complaint with the previous P7700 and it is surprising to see it has not been addressed.

Given that the EVF is the only significant change from the previous P7700, it is unfortunate that it doesn’t have better contrast, saturation or good colour reproduction.

The dynamic range is decent considering its small 1/1.7in sensor, and the colours produced are bright and punchy without being oversaturated. Also, when shooting raw, should there be any issues with the colour – or anything else for that matter – in-camera raw processing can be used for corrections. I found this feature quite useful.

Nikon Coolpix P7800 review – key features

Dioptre adjustment
A large dioptre-adjustment dial allows precise adjustment to match the users eyesight when using the built-in electronic viewfinder.

EV indication light

A small orange light is located by the exposure-compensation dial, which illuminates when the value is not set to zero.

LCD screen
To protect the LCD screen, the monitor can be folded backwards and inwards so it is not exposed.

Filter thread
A 40.5mm thread accepts screw-in filters around the base of the lens housing. This can be used for wideangle adapters and various filters.

With a street price of around £199.99, the Nikon GP-1 GPS Module can be attached to the GPS port on the camera to allow geotagging.

Microphone jack

A standard microphone
jack for an external microphone is located on the side of the camera, protected by a plastic flap.


Video:Full 1080p HD at 30fps or 25fps: 1280 x 720 pixels (30fps or 25fps), VGA: 640 x 480 pixels (120fps, 30fps)
AF Assistance:Yes, built-in lamp
Memory Card:SD, SDHC and SDXC
Built-in Flash:Yes
White Balance:Auto1, Auto2, 7 presets, plus 4 custom
Output Size:4000 x 3000 pixels
Viewfinder Type:921,000-dot electronic viewfinder
White Balance Bracket:Yes
LCD:3in, TFT LCD vari-angle RGBW monitor with 921,000 dots
Sensor:1/1.7in CMOS sensor with 12.2 million effective pixels
Max Flash Sync:1/4000sec
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, auto, effects and scene modes
Weight:399g (inc battery and card)
Power:Rechargeable EN-EL14 Li-Ion battery
Lens:Nikkor 6-42.8mm (equivalent to 28-200mm in 35mm format)
File Format:Raw (NRW+) + JPEG simultaneously, JPEG
AF array:Multi-point AF, centre spot, selectable point
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000sec
Exposure Comp:±3EV in 1/3EV steps
Drive Mode:Up to 8fps in continuous high full-resolution, BSS selector, multi-shot 16 and 120fps in high-speed mode
ISO:80-3200 (H1 6400 expanded)
Focusing Modes:Auto, manual, centre normal, centre wide, subject tracking, target-finding AF and face detection
DoF Preview:Yes (half-press shutter release)
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Metering System:224-segment matrix, centreweighted and spot
Dimensions:118.5 x 77.5 x 50.4mm
Compression:3-stage JPEG
  1. 1. Nikon Coolpix P7800 at a glance:
  2. 2. Nikon Coolpix P7800 review - In-camera processing
  3. 3. Nikon Coolpix P7800 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Nikon Coolpix P7800 review - Metering
  5. 5. Nikon Coolpix P7800 review - Dynamic range
  6. 6. Nikon Coolpix P7800 review - Autofocus
  7. 7. Nikon Coolpix P7800 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Nikon Coolpix P7800 review - White balance and colour
  9. 9. Nikon Coolpix P7800 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  10. 10. Nikon Coolpix P7800 review - The competition
  11. 11. Nikon Coolpix P7800 review - Our verdict
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