Summary: Unlike some of its peers, the Nikon Coolpix P7000 does not compromise on image quality and produces less visible noise at high-ISO than any compact camera so far. It also has a good metering system, good enough white-balance and reaonable dynamic-range. Focusing is a bit of a weak-spot with much more misses than usual, although plenty of focusing options are available, including manual-focus and infinity-focus as well.
Pros: Excellent control over image noise, Accurate image colors, Above average metering accuracy, Good white-balance system, Sharp output, Short shutter-lag, Excellent ergonomics, Excellent build-quality, Good battery-life, Excellent video recording capabilities
Cons: Frequent autofocus misses, Stabilization not so reliable, Not exposure-priority and innacurate live-histogram, Poor LCD coverage, Extremely poor viewfinder coverage, Slow shot-to-shot speed, Quick-menu is slow
Excerpt: The battle for supremacy in the high-end compact market is getting more exciting all the time. The latest attack comes from Nikon who have announced the follow-up for their powerful (if a little homely) P6000.
Excerpt: Quote from review: “Nikon have been closely competing with Canon in the DSLR arena for many years, but they've always come second-best (or worse) in the compact camera market. The new Coolpix P7000 is a clear attempt to redress that balance, with a completely revised design that is aiming for the jugular of the market-leading Canon PowerShot G-series. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix P7000 review to find out if it can topple the King from his throne..
Summary: Nikon's engineers have clearly been looking to Canon's G-series for inspiration, and the P7000's boxy build, and plethora of external controls put it closer to the Powershot G12 than any previous P-series compact. Ultimately, the P7000's excellent image quality, and functional ergonomics are let down by slow, glitchy operation and lack of responsiveness.
Pros: Very good image quality, particularly at lower ISO settings, Generally well optimized JPEGs with good color response, High ISO performance good up to ISO 800 (and higher if processed from RAW), Sharp 28-105mm (equivalent) zoom range with effective stabilization, Fast, responsive operation, and impressive buffer, Good LCD screen - bright and high-contrast, Exposure preview live view and accurate virtual histogram, Effective manual controls (including excellent Control ...
Cons: Tendency to underexpose when presented with large highlight areas (such as sky), AWB can deliver different color rendition depending on screen composition, Fringing can be a problem around high-contrast edges (like foliage against a bright sky), No control over noise reduction (although noise is well controlled by default), Optical zoom and AF unavailable in movie mode, Flash underpowered (but this is far from unusual), Manual focus preview too low res to be useful (a...
Excerpt: Finally, a worthy answer to the Canon G11 and it only took two years . The Nikon Coolpix P7000 ($499) is a Nikon prosumer’s delight. 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor, native ISO 6400 (boostable to 12,800), f/2.8-5.6 7.1x VR zoom lens, 3″ LCD display, optical viewfinder, hot shoe, RAW support, 720p 24fps video mode with VR and continuous autofocus, mic jack (!), and a blitzkrieg of manual controls.
Conclusion: Just as we wrote in our review of the Canon PowerShot G12, cameras like the P7000 used to be slam-dunk recommendations. But that was before the PEN and NEX models arrived. Granted, you’ll pay more for models like the new E-PL2 and NEX5, but you have the option of interchangeable lenses in relatively small bodies. Plus they deliver very good picture quality and much faster response.
Pros: Very good, accurate photos, Tweaks galore, Good zoom range, Top-notch LCD screen
Cons: Relatively expensive, Very slow response (1.3 fps), Sub-par movie performance
Excerpt: The Nikon P7000 is a top of the range compact digital camera that has features that you would normally only expect to see on pricier DSLR cameras. But can this high performance Coolpix really offer the best of both worlds? Read on to find out.
Excerpt: The Good Good low-light shooting. Solid 7X lens. Optical viewfinder. Lots of simple control dials. Comfortable in the hand. Hot shoe and lens adapter support. Reasonably good 720p video. Horizon level. The Bad Occasionally difficult menu system. No swivelling LCD. Needed to do more to stand out. No built-in, wired commander mode. Dodgy camera strap. Design and controls We've been here before.
Pros: Good low-light shooting., Solid 7X lens., Optical viewfinder., Lots of simple control dials., Comfortable in the hand., Hot shoe and lens adapter support., Reasonably good 720p video., Horizon level.
Cons: Occasionally difficult menu system., No swivelling LCD., Needed to do more to stand out., No built-in, wired commander mode., Dodgy camera strap.
Summary: There is a lot to like about the Nikon P7000. However, the overall speed of operation is a pretty big hump to get over. If you have a bag full of Nikon gear, the P7000 may be easier to justify (particularly so, if you want to make use of your Nikon Speedlights).