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 – Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
A 921,000-dot, vari-angle TFT LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating is featured on the P7800, as it was on the P7700. This 3in articulated screen is now RGBW instead of just RGB. The addition of a white pixel has made the screen brighter than that of the previous model and helps to extend the battery life as the power consumption of the LCD is reduced. This added brightness makes it better in tricky situations such as bright sunlight, while the non-reflective coating covering the monitor also helps. Overall, the LCD screen has a great resolution with good colour rendition and high contrast. The ability to position the screen at different angles is also of great benefit to those wishing to use it in bright conditions, or to shoot photographs from high or low perspectives.
The primary addition to the P7800 is the electronic viewfinder which, like the LCD, also has a resolution of 921,000 dots. Although this is respectable on paper, its performance fails to live up to expectation as colour rendition is washed out, and it suffers from a strong blue cast and lacks definition. Levels of contrast are also a letdown, with highlight areas such as skies often rendered completely white. Next to the EVF is a button that switches between the LCD and the EVF. It is disappointing to see no proximity sensor for this electronic viewfinder as it can be frustrating trying to review pictures, especially in conjunction with the slow processing time.
Video capture in 1080p at 30fps or 25fps is possible, as well as at lower resolutions of 720p and VGA. Also, the P7800 includes three high-speed movie mode settings, which film at 120fps (640×480 pixels), 60fps (1280×720 pixels), and 15fps (1920×1080 pixels). While in video mode, the built-in ND filter can be used and various filter effects can be applied. Audio is recorded via a built-in microphone that can be altered to help reduce wind noise.