Excerpt: If you can afford the expense of this advanced fixed lens model, the Nikon Coolpix P7700 produces a high level of image quality that makes it one of the best sub-$500 cameras on the market today.
Summary: There's little doubt that that P7700 is a formidable compact camera, and only really compromised by its slow Raw write times and very minor handling issues. Images are detailed, exposures are largely accurate and the Auto White Balance system is particularly worthy of acclaim, while the lens performs admirably considering the focal range on offer.
Excerpt: Nikon's Coolpix series of point-and-shoot digital camera has a new flagship model for 2012, the P7700. Housed behind the 7.1x optical zoom lens (max aperture of f/2), the P7700 boats a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing Full HD 1080p video, as well as a 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD display.
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix P7700 occupies the top spot in the Coolpix line both in terms of quality and price. While most Coolpix cameras are relatively simple point and shoots, made for quick snapshots, the Coolpix P7700 has much more to offer. It has a larger sensor than the other Coolpix cameras, an excellent, fully articulated LCD and a body that's built like a tank. It features full manual exposure controls and manual focus plus it has a host of different methods for...
Summary: Where consideration for the Nikon P7700 becomes tricky depends on its intended use. For those already equipped with a DSLR and lenses, the P7700 makes an excellent second camera to use when the bulk of a DSLR system is cumbersome. For those moving from a point-and-shoot but not comfortable yet with a DSLR, the dilemma is to choose between a premium large-sensor compact camera with a limited zoom or a P7700. Neocamera detailed review Read the full Nikon P7700 review.
Pros: Great lens sharpness, Low image noise, Excellent retention of image details, Reliable metering, Nicely saturated but natural colors, Impressive image stabilization, Fast AF in good light, Short shutter-lag, Good ergonomics, Generally sturdy, Unique bright 7X optical zoom lens
Cons: Slow AF near telephoto, Slow shot-to-shot speed, Self-timer resets entering Playback, Not, Live-Histogram, Blank LCD during continuous drive, Weak LCD hinge, Not, Very slow video zoom, 1s video record delay
Conclusion: It's taken three tries but Nikon has finally produced a flagship Coolpix camera that stacks up well against its main competitor's class-leading cameras. No, the Nikon Coolpix P7700 isn't perfect and it still only uses a 1/1.7-inch sensor compared to the 1.5-inch chip in the Canon PowerShot G1 X and the 1-inch sensor in the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, but those are both considerably more expensive cameras.
Pros: Sleeker, new design makes camera more compact and less
reminiscent of competitor's models., Excellent 3-inch LCD vari-angle screen flips out to the left,
letting you compose images from difficult angles., New 7.1x (28-200mm equivalent) zoom lens is brighter with f/2 (wide) to f/4 (telephoto) maximum aperture, Built-in ND filter, Close Macro mode, Camera can correct distortion and suppresses chromatic aberration, Solid magnesium alloy camera body with m...
Cons: No more optical viewfinder, which some photographers will
miss, Lens no longer protected by built-in shutters so you'll have to
use lens cap; lens frequently smudges, High barrel distortion at wide angle (though can be corrected automatically), Lens produces some soft corners, particularly when wide open, Auto white balance too warm in incandescent light, Slow to switch camera into movie mode because of lack of a one-touch video button and long black-o...
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix P7700 has a lot to offer for those looking for a fixed lens compact that fits somewhere between a small sensor compact and a DSLR. With the advent of large sensor compacts like the Canon PowerShot G1X and Sony RX100, added to the continuing popularity of mirror-less compact system cameras, you might be tempted to think that that the Coolpix P7700 occupied a shrinking niche.
Pros: Bright f2 - f4 28-200mm zoom., 1080p30 video, plus slow and fast modes., Wide range of physical controls., High degree of customisation., Versatile auto bracketing., Excellent image quality.
Cons: No viewfinder., Poor continuous shooting performance., Slow buffer write times., Poor menu design., No built-in Wifi or GPS.
Excerpt: The Coolpix P7700 ($499) is Nikon's flagship compact camera, and the replacement to last year's P7100. In a way, Nikon has done the same thing with the P7700 that Canon did with their PowerShot G15: improved the lens, bumped up the resolution (for both stills and movies), and removed a popular feature (the G15 lost its rotating LCD, while the P7700 no longer has an optical viewfinder).