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

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Nikon Coolpix P7800 review

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£495.00

Nikon Coolpix P7800 review – Metering

The P7800 has a 224-segment metering system that I found performs well in evaluative metering mode. Like most compacts with a sensor this size, the more challenging high-contrast scenes will need a slight adjustment to the metering in order to optimise the highlight or shadow detail. Thankfully, an exposure-compensation dial with ±3EV, stepped in thirds, is located above the thumbgrip, making it very easy to tweak should the metering be fooled by a tricky scene.

Spot metering is linked to the AF point, which allows better exposures of subject matter, although on occasion this can work against you. Sometimes I found that, with a scene the camera should have metered for correctly in its entirety, the resulting image would be overexposed. However, this wasn’t so consistent that I had to alter the EV dial, as the evaluative metering was usually very accurate.

  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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