Excerpt: I love my P7000 and had been using a Lowepro clam shell case. Thought I will give this a try, really liked the quality and design, but had to admit that there is a reason why this is sold at a discount: it is too samll, can't slip the camera in and close the cover which is secured via magnets.
Summary: This camera has a known defect, the blades on the lens cover stop opening. My friend bought the P7000, as well. His lens cover stopped opening within six months. I likeD this camera when I first bought it. However, after just seven months, the lens cover will not fully open when I turn the camera on. I must manually open the cover with a my finger or a small object. THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM THAT NIKON HAS KNOWN ABOUT SINCE THE CAMERA WAS RELEASED.
Summary: While on a trip in Canada the shutter stopped working. It only opened half way, leaving shadow in two corners. I read other reviews where that had been a problem, but I thought I would risk it. Don't get stuck on a vacation with a camera that doesn't work. Amazon graciously refunded my money.
Summary: Purchased a Nikon P7000 for a family vacation to the Grand Canyon. The lens cover that automatically folds out of the way when the camera is turned on did not retract fully when turned on. Very frustrating since the unique photos of this family vacation have angled lens covers on many shots. After one of my children reviewed the photos on the third night of our trip, he noticed an angled black area top and bottom of the photos. I said WTF!
Summary: Don't buy this camera. It has a defect in the design. 2 months after I bought this camera, the lens won't open fully. It is a mechanical problem that is very common if you read the 1 star reviews. I should've done more research before buying. It stops functioning right after the Amazon warranty ended, so I have to ship it to the Nikon service center and they take forever. Over 300 bucks for a defective camera and not sure when I will see it back. Not worth it.
Summary: I purchased this camera for my wife for Christmas. In March while out on a photo shoot of wildflowers the Lens Cover stopped opening fully. Since it was past Amazon's 30 day return window I went to Nikon's Website and set up a return to repair facility. At this point I was somewhat disappointed but understanding of the fact sometimes things don't go completely correctly and had high expectations of Nikon making things right.
Summary: I am a dedicated Nikon user. I still make regular use of My Nikon F3 and I mostly use a Nikon D300. I bought the Nikon Coolpix P7000 to take hiking and camping. I have never been so shaken in my belief in Nikon. While on a long hike outside of Sedona AZ the aperture stopped working and I could no longer use the M, A or S settings. The next day The outside lens shutter stopped working. The camera was only three months old.
Returned: 2-3 second write times for RAW is just unacceptable
Bill L. Sanders "sitein", Amazon
5 February 2011
Summary: First, the background: I've been a Nikon shooter for over four years (since switching to digital - I shot Canon in my film days)and currently have a D300 which I can't say enough good things about. I shoot RAW or RAW+ and process in Lightroom 3 with Nik and Photomatrix plug-ins. When I am out shooting the backpack of gear is enormous - not something that I am willing to carry around with me all the time, thus my interest in the Nikon P7000.
Summary: This is an update to the review below. I tried again to use this camera and give it a second chance. It continually froze up and had to be turned off and turned back on. The zoom feature is worthless and the view finder is poor. You will not be happy with this camera and I suspect that the P7100 is equally flawed. My recommendation is to look at the Fuji X10 or the Canon G12. The Fuji seems to be better than either the Nikon or Canon.