Summary: Stay away from this Nikon P7000!!! The camera's zoom immediately started to "Freeze Up" as soon as I took some test exposures! This problem only could be resolved by powering off the camera and turning it back on? I researched the internet only to find out that this problem is quite common among many other as well. I will return it ASAP! I ordered the more expensive Canon G12 and love it already.
Summary: Buying this camera was a big mistake. I wish I had returned it but now I'm stuck with it. As others have noted, it's very slow. Write speed is slow, zoom is slow, auto-focus is slow and unreliable. The AF is something of a joke. Only about 1 in 3 shots does it actually get the focus right. And the manual focus is impossible to use. The macro-focus feature seems not to work at all. And the flash? It's so difficult to use.
Summary: In the process of returning my SECOND Coolpix P7000 because of retractible shutter cover problems. If I have had this problem twice, then Nikon must have a mutitude of faulty cameras out there. This model needs a recall. Read on if you like but I wouldn't have one of these models, EVER.... Currently working with my second Coolpix P7000 as the first was returned on account of a faulty retractable shutter cover. I have been warned about those before.
Summary: I actually really liked the camera, but it was defective. :( Appears the infamous lens cover problem got me too. It will not open completely when powered on. It worked for about the first 2 hours before it started to malfunction. I have asked to have it exchanged and will see if the next one has the same problem. Perhaps this is why it was on sale? Update: Received a 2nd camera and it did the same thing after two uses. Will return for refund.
Summary: Really wanted to like this camera but focus is a major problem. Landscape with out zoom seems to be OK but when trying to zoom in on faces it really falls down. Don't know if I got a bad copy but reading many reviews it seems this is a common problem. Sent mine back today.
Summary: I'm a die-hard Nikon fan that has owned several digital cameras over the years ( D40,D70,D90,D300 and P5100) and now sadly the flagship P7000. I bought this camera to have a small, reliable and capable take around with as many dslr features as possible. When I learned of this camera I really thought this was the perfect solution and my long wait was over. In addition, it was a Nikon and compatible with the Nikon flashes I own.
Summary: In many ways I really liked using this camera, and feel were its defects cured with the 7100, I might seriously consider that. There was the option of a software upgrade, but for me there were too many problems with the essential basics of this camera.It could at certain settings show how it can take very good photos, yet by contrast to the number of ways to control the camera settings, the same settings could be so unreliable - eg , choose spot focus from the menu, have...
Summary: I have been very pleased with this camera for over a year. Now the lens cover does not open fully and has to be coaxed with a finger. It turns out this is quite a common problem with this camera. ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOW This is the fifth digital camera I have owned including a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR). The Nikon P7000 is the 2nd Nikon Coolpix. First impressions were a bit mixed. There are a LOT of buttons and dials, not very user friendly at first glance.