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: 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.
Excerpt: Having survived a recent avalanche of maxi-zoom compact digicams, it comes as something of a relief to engage with this more modest but still well-featured camera. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 wins on a number of points: its moderate dimensions, with a pocketable thickness of about 45mm; another is the...
Nikon Coolpix P7000 review: A powerful but challenging point-and-shoot Nikon camera
Good Gear Guide.au
3 May 2011
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix P7000 digital cameras combines great image quality, extensive manual controls, and a 7.1X optical zoom lens. DSLR owners should feel at home behind the wheel, but the unit's button-heavy interface may intimidate novice users.
Pros: Superior image quality with very sharp photos, optical viewfinder, excellent macro mode, in-camera editing and enhancement tools, 7.1X optical zoom (28mm to 200mm), buttons provide fast access to manual settings
Cons: Control complexity may intimidate casual users, disappointing video quality, maximum aperture of F2.8, a bit bulky
Conclusion: The P7000 is a great high-end compact that produces exceptional images. However, despite this trump card the slow RAW file write speed and subtle menu lag can prove a nuisance. The exposure compensation dial is slightly mis-placed next to the shutter, though the design is otherwise excellent thanks...
Pros: Great image quality, advanced controls
Cons: Slow RAW file recording, subtle lag with menu access, placement of exp comp dial, 80 per cent field of view of viewfinder is limiting