Summary: So, I bought the camera in feb'12, and by april I notice that the Flash wont work, the light just blinks red. I held it down to see what would happen, and after maybe 2 whole minutes, the light turns green to take flash photo, but still doesn't flash when I take a picture. I tried everything myself, and with support on the phone, and the only solution is to send it in, wait weeks with crossed fingers for repair.
Summary: Nikon almost came up with a great camera. The image quality was excellent for the sensor size. The zoom range was perfect. The controls were great. Where it fell down was in use. Sometimes the camera started up right away, some times not. Sometimes the zoom worked right away, sometimes not. Sometimes the focus locked, etc, etc. I can't for the life of me figure out why a company that can make such great DSLR's has such a hard time with a high end compact.
Summary: When I was looking for a back-up point and shoot, I considered the P7000, S95, G12, and the Samsung TL500. But I'm a broke college student, so the ones that fell on my budget were a used TL500 and a brand new P7000. I really liked the design on the Nikon because it had all of the buttons on the outside. It was small enough that I can put it on my Camelback.
Summary: I've had this camera for several months now. I purchased it over the Canon G12 primarily for the zoom and the cheaper price. But I am very frustrated with it. It is soooo slow. Half the time my shot is gone before I can get the camera to take the picture. Even when the disk is empty and the battery fully charged, the lag time is way too much. The other issue is the RAW picture format. The camera takes RAW in .NRW. Photoshop 4 will not open these.
Summary: I needed video capability for a stereo mic jack, which works fine, but I expected better stills than my P60, which was a fraction of the size and cost. I worked it for a few months, but that high-pixel haze/noise and its effect on saturation and dynamic range is stubbornly there. I can use Lanczos-filtered downsizing to 35% and recover saturation and contrast nicely, but I can do that on a cheaper cam. Trying a DSLR with a really large sensor I get clarity.
Summary: UPDATE: I've had some issues with this camera and apparently there are issues but Nikon has a firmware update on this model. Mine, after only having this for a few months (3), starting having issues: The lens wouldn't zoom out and sometimes when I did zoom in on my subject, it would just zoom back and then it was unresponsive. I would have to shut the camera off and turn the camera back on to reset the camera.
Summary: While the photos are generally VG, there are issues with this camera. I have Nikon D200 and D100 cameras also. The P7000 has lens cover sticking problems and the solution seems to be return the camera to Nikon. Additionally, the zoom operation doesn't always function. I have to turn the camera off and back on when the zoom control fails. Camera is slow. Auto focus may be ok, but it is hard to tell until you open the pictures in a program such as Photoshop.
Summary: Length:: 0:04 Mins This is a 5 second clip from some video taken with the P7000 and using a Sony ECM-DS70P Electret Condenser Stereo Microphone mic plugged into it. The complex lighting here completely threw off the camera, resulting in the dim interior and the greenish-yellow hue in the outside scene. I've filmed here before using a Kodak Zi8 with much cleaner results.
Summary: Face it Nikon knows there is a shutter problem with this camera. I loved the thing but after having the camera for only two weeks the shutter did what most of them seem to do it didn't open all the way. I know some people don't have a problem with this. But I do! I want things to work as they are suppose to... bottom line. Sent it back to Nikon, I was told the whole shutter unit would be replaced under warranty.
Nice camera, but problems that Nikon will not help with
Peter Mullett, Amazon
26 March 2011
Summary: First off, I really like this camera. The optical viewfinder is marginal at best compared with my Leica M 6/7/and 9's but what do you expect considering the price difference? It's good enough. Picture quality is also good enough too. Like many, far too many, digital cameras the menu options are way too long, however if you just set it up to shoot RAW in P for Programme the camera does very well.