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...
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.