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Nikon Coolpix P7800 review

November 14, 2013

Overall Rating:

3

Nikon Coolpix P7800


Manufacturer:

Manufacturer:

Price as Reviewed:

£495.00

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.

  • 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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