Summary: With a lightweight but well-built frame, amazing zoom and the ability to capture broad vistas, the Nikon Coolpix P100’s capabilities are admirable. The video mode is far more flexible than the perfunctory nod to video capture on most cameras and we liked being able to directly select it in any mode.
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix P100 is a major step forward in terms of banishing the bane of the compact camera - image noise - though it does look fairly pricey. But that price gets you a superb lens (its remarkable focal range is ably illustrated by the two shots of the lighthouse at Dungeness, though oddly...
Pros: Good image quality - even at higher sensitivities, handling, design, ease of use, menus, vari-angle screen, HD movies
Cons: EVF, lack of direct controls for some key features, plastic build, stereo microphones pick up mechanical noise as lens zooms