Summary: The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is available in India at a street price of Rs. 20,000. This camera is a delight to use for amateurs, professionals, as well as enthusiast level photographers. The ability to tinker around with all the settings allows one to enjoy DSLR-like features on a compact camera. The camera has a really good build quality, neat features and does well in performance area.
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix P7100 and cameras like it represent a quirky in-between-breed — even more so than the mirrorless, interchangeable lens models taking over the market. You’re buying a point and shoot without the convenience of fitting it in your back pocket, and most of the complications of a DSLR without the benefit of a large sensor. Yet with all that in mind, Nikon has managed to make the P7100 a really attractive option.
Pros: Impressive image quality -- you can push ISO and hues are natural, Advanced customization options, Nice hardware and UI setup
Cons: Only 720p video capture, Burst mode is disappointing; frame to frame refresh also laggy
Summary: The P7100 is not particularly compact, especially when compared to cameras like the LX5, the TL500, or the S100, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Larger cameras provide a more stable shooting platform than smaller cameras. The P7100's impressively logical control array allows most primary functions/settings to be accessed directly - I only rarely needed to delve into the menu system.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Full exposure range, Good battery life, Superb ergonomics
Cons: Expensive, Bulky and heavy, Only 720p HD video offered
Summary: Nikon's engineers have done a lot to address the issues that hindered the P7000 like slow operational speed and quirky handling. The P7100's excellent image quality combined with good ergonomics and build quality make this camera a good choice for anyone looking for a compact camera with a DSLR-like level of manual controls.
Pros: Versatile and sharp 28-200mm equivalent lens, Very good image quality, especially at low ISO settings, New front control dial adds a useful manual control point and makes operation more ergonomic, Articulated screen is invaluable for shooting from troublesome vantage points, Optical viewfinder can be useful in certain situations/lighting conditions (and extends battery life), External Microphone input, Raw capability with in-camera raw conversion, Virtual horizon, Use...
Cons: Exposure compensation dial is quite easy to move inadvertently, Limited manual control in movie mode, Fn 2 button is not as useful as it could be (can only be set to activate up to 4 options), Video recording is limited to 720p, Optical viewfinder coverage is relatively low at approximately 80%
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is big on image quality and manual controls, although it comes at the cost of size and weight. The camera will appeal to you if you are an enthusiast who doesn’t always want to lug a D-SLR around, but is a tough sell if you’re looking for a compact and sleek point-and-shoot.
Pros: Lots of physical controls. Tilting LCD. Optical viewfinder. Raw shooting support. Hot shoe.
Cons: Bulky. Expensive. HD video limited to 720p24. Some performance and control quirks.
Summary: The list of direct competitors is short and each offer a distinct compromise. The Fuji Finepix X100 Fuji Finepix X100 which costs twice as much offers superior image quality and a stellar EVF but no zoom or image stabilization. The Olympus XZ-1 Olympus XZ-1 is extensible with an optional EVF and offers a much brighter lens but with a shorter 4X optical zoom. Where consideration for the Nikon P7100 becomes tricky depends on its intended use.
Pros: Excellent control over image noise, Above average metering accuracy, Great lens sharpness, Good image colors possible, Good white-balance system, Impressive stabilization, Fast autofocus system, Short shutter-lag, Good ergonomics, Solid build-quality, Excellent video recording capabilities
Cons: Autofocus gives up more than average, Not, Poor LCD coverage, Extremely poor viewfinder coverage, Live-Histogram, Slow shot-to-shot speed, Slow, Video cuts too early
Conclusion: The number of upgraded features in comparison to the older model it replaces may not be numerous, but the changes that have been made are very significant. The combination of superb image quality and total manual control, along with a much-improved - dare we say - snappy performance, leaves a lasting impression.
Excerpt: The 10-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P7000 caused quite a stir when it was released last year, thanks to its extended feature set and great image quality. So it’s no surprise that anticipation was high for its successor, P7100.
Excerpt: The 10.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P7100 is an updated version of the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and resembles a DSLR that's had its lens removed and been placed in a compacter. Like newer DSLRs the P7100 now comes with a tilting LCD and has been given extra poke in the operational speed department, via an Expeed C2 processor.
Pros: DSLR-like control, Sturdy construction, Lots of short cuts controls
Cons: Chunky design, Slightly complex controls, Screen only tilts up and down
Summary: While it's too large to fit inside a pocket, the P7100 provides all of the functionality and quality that you could need. It's a shame that its performance is not class beating, otherwise it would easily make a great companion to an SLR or ILC.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Quicker response times than the P7000, Tilting LCD screen
Cons: Video capture only 720p, Can have issues focusing in low light, No dedicated video-record button