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 – Noise, resolution and sensitivity

Image: Brightening shadow areas on shots that are taken above 1600 will introduce a considerable amount of noise

The P7800 offers an ISO sensitivity range of ISO 80-3200 in PASM modes, which is extendable to ISO 6400 using the H1 high ISO setting. In auto modes, the ISO range is ISO 80-1600. Luminous noise is only slightly visible between ISO 80 and ISO 400. Any setting between this shows only a comfortable level of luminance noise that does not detract from the image unless significantly magnified. Thankfully, the P7800 has an automatic ISO setting that will allow sensitivity to peak at either ISO 200, ISO 400 or ISO 800. Until ISO 800, the P7800 performs better than most cameras with a similar-sized sensor and resolution. Beyond ISO 800, fine detail starts to smudge and this gets progressively worse as the ISO sensitivity is pushed higher. This deterioration culminates at ISO 3200, at which point in-camera noise reduction produces smudges with solid edges.

The lens does suffer from some purple fringing in expected areas – mostly on high-contrast edges close to highlight areas, such as branches against a bright sky. It’s surprising that this is not removed in-camera in JPEGs. Some curvilinear distortion is also a problem in the form of barrelling at the widest and pincushioning at the telephoto end. However, there is a menu setting that allows the user to correct the distortion, and it can also be done via the in-camera raw-processing menu.

These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured using the 6-42.8mm lens set to 60mm at f/5.6 . We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution is at the specified sensitivity setting.

  • 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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