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