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Nikon Coolpix P7800 review

November 14, 2013

Overall Rating:

3

Nikon Coolpix P7800


Manufacturer:

Manufacturer:

Price as Reviewed:

£495.00

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Nikon Coolpix P7800 review – In-camera processing

One very useful feature on the Nikon Coolpix P7800 is its in-camera raw-file processing. This allows some adjustments and changes to be made to improve or correct the raw file.

Once a picture is taken, select Playback>Menu>Raw (NRW) processing. This will allow the user to select the picture that is to be processed. To the right is a menu where it is possible to change the white balance to any of those featured in the shooting mode, and alter the exposure by ±3EV in whole steps.

Below that is an option to select different picture controls, including standard, neutral, vivid and monochrome. These can be adjusted to add sharpening, contrast and saturation. On top of this, picture quality can be altered, as can image size, while distortion correction and control of the intensity of Nikon’s D-Lighting is also possible.

Once the image is adjusted according to preference, selecting the EXE menu and pressing OK will allow users to export the image as a JPEG. This function was of great use when I didn’t have time to change my settings before taking the shot. It’s also good for fine-tuning images and is a lot less hassle than loading them onto a computer and editing that way. Of course, this is never going to be a complete workflow, but it is a handy addition for a quick photo fix.

Image: Using the in-camera raw file processing. I was able to bring back more detail from the sky

  • 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
  • Hotshoe: Yes
  • 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
  • RRP: £499.99
  • 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

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