Summary: I bet I'm not the only one looking for a high quality camera, smaller than a DSLR, but takes just as good a picture - eh? It was time to upgrade my D80 (purchased new in early 2005). I was thouroughly dissatisfied with the D80, however I was well versed in the camera - shot 20,000+ images with it; used most all functions from full auto to full manual; really was pushing the envelope with low light work in caved.
Summary: Nikon P700 is similar to Sony DSC-RX100 in a few ways. First, do not let the 12MP, 1/1.7" (10/17") inch sensor deceive you. Its image quality at base ISO is identical to the 20MP, 1" sensor on the RX100. Even at higher ISO settings, the quality is very close, maybe even a tad better.
Summary: Nikon P7700 Its not a pocket point n shoot, its not a DSL either. But its small enough to carry around on holiday and not be burdensome. If you are familiar with Nikon DSLs, the learning curve is nil. Otherwise, leave Exposure dial at Auto (green) until you have your sea legs. And please, download the User Manual and read it! Zoom is decent at 28-200mm equivalent and lens is fairly fast 2.0 - 4.0 at full zoom. The camera does not have an internal lens cover.
Excerpt: I bought the P7700 to complement my Nikon D5100 DSLR and lenses when I'd rather carry something smaller. Early on, I've been astonished by the P7700 image quality and controls. The 28-200 equivalent lens is quite fast at f/2.0-4.0 and performs very well, aside from occasional chromatic aberrations showing up in details like tree branches in landscapes. This is partly repairable in post processing, but not entirely.
Summary: 11/15/13 NOTE: There have been 3 firmware updates to date. Current version 1.3. Download from Nikon support. Many have already listed all the features. I won't bore you with a repeat and just give my initial "out of the box" impression. I'll come back in a few weeks with a "User Report". While looking the camera over I put the battery on to charge and checked out the PRINTED 32 page Quick Start Guide.
Summary: My new P7700 is sitting here next to my D800, D5100 and a friend's very nice Canon G15. I also owned the G12. Suffice to say I like cameras! Within this review I will compare it to the Canon G15 as these will be cross-shopped. Overview: Nikon has finally stepped up to create a good compact enthusiast camera. It's alone in the segment with a versatile 28-200mm lens and features a well laid-out array of manual controls.
Excerpt: I can compare the P7700 to my Canon G10, Panasonic LX5 and Pentax Kx, I like this Nikon a lot. Built like a tank, a lot of commands - I like especially the 3 user's programs, I made one for 'internet photos' (fast low resolution), one for 'people' (fast, 8 MP, external flash) and one for 'maximum quality' (manual mode, raw, 12 MP, etc.).
Summary: In general average picture quality for 12.2 MP camera. Little to expensive for the quality provided. Prize is going down, after couple of month in the market. Excellent exposures in daylight situations, but at night and dim light so so noisy and grainy. At high ISO, to compensate exposure, it displayed so poor image quality plus the unwanted blurry effect.