Nikon Coolpix P7800 review

November 14, 2013

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Nikon Coolpix P7800



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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 – Autofocus

Image: Using the articulated LCD screen allowed me to shoot street photography in a subtle way to achieve natural-looking shots

Like most compact cameras, the P7800 uses contrast-detection autofocus, which is reasonably speedy in optimum conditions. Focus is slower when compared to other recent compact cameras, but the speed will still be sufficient for the majority of enthusiast photographers. For street photography, I found that the AF is at times sluggish, particularly when the light begins to fade.

Overall, with a total of 99 different points spanning a reasonable portion of the frame, focusing is very accurate. It is only while shooting macro subjects when the focus is very precise that it had a tendency to be inaccurate and overshoot the point of focus.

For most situations I used the automatic focus point selection or I used the mode that allows users to manually define one of 99 different focus points across the screen. This increased the speed of the autofocus particularly in low light. Inside, in dim conditions with automatic focus point selection, the camera would take roughly 3secs to find focus. This is aided by the orange AF assist beam emitted from the front of the camera.

Over the course of the test I shot with various focal lengths between 40mm and 90mm, and I was impressed that the AF speed didn’t decrease rapidly the further the lens was zoomed, as can often be the case.

Many different options are available in the AF area mode menu. These include auto, manual, center, center wide, subject tracking, target finding AF and face priority. Manual focusing is also possible.

Image: The lens has good sharpness even at the longer focal length, allowing objects at distance to be photographed without sacrificing image quality

  • 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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