Conclusion: The Nikon P7000 is much nicer than expected. I like the lens, the great fill-flash control and the sharp images, but am not excited by its LCD, ergonomics, playback logic and buggy firmware. When I want a compact camera, it needs to be compact so that it drops forgotten in my pocket.
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.
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
Summary: 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: 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...
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.
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 im...
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 ...
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: Serious shutterbugs tired of lugging around giant DSLRs have lots of options in 2011. There are Olympus PEN interchangeable lens cameras that cost anywhere from $450 to $700. Then there is the Canon PowerShot S95 or G12 style of digicam with built-in wide-angle zooms that cost less than $500.
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 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.
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).
Excerpt: The Coolpix P7000 ($499 MSRP) is Nikon's flagship compact camera. It features a larger-than-average 10 Megapixel CCD, a 7.1X (28 - 200 mm) lens with image stabilization, a large and sharp 3-inch LCD, full manual controls, plenty of optional accessories, and HD movie recording.