Nikon Coolpix P7800 review: Good image quality, but slow operational speed is a letdown
8 March 2014
Summary: Nikon Coolpix P7800 comes at a price of Rs 27,950, which is considerably less than the Sony RX100 II and Canon Powershot G16, who are its closest competitors. The Sony RX 100 II is certainly a much better low light and overall performer than the Nikon P7800, which can be attributed to its larger sensor size and faster lens (f/1.8 maximum aperture).
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix P7800 is a compact, semi-bridge intended for photo enthusiasts who want to be able to intervene manually on the most important settings. Among its features stand out the swiveling display high-resolution, high-definition viewfinder, support the RAW format, the rings, the accessory rail, burst, a fairly large objective and high durability the battery.
Pros: Electronic viewfinder, RAW support, Manual controls, Vibration Reduction, HDMI output, Full HD movies, Vari-angle display, Display size and Resolution.
Excerpt: Advanced compact cameras are now a dime a dozen, so the 12.2-megapixel Nikon CoolPix P7800 finds itself in a tough fight with both compact camera systems, such as the Panasonic GM1, and compact cameras such as the Sony RX100 and Canon S120.
Excerpt: It helps now and then to look around the market and see what’s out there. Occasionally, a downscale camera that has escaped your notice can precisely answer your needs. Successor to the COOLPIX P7700, reviewed only six months ago, the P7800 delivers full-scale manual shooting, with some functions normally available only in DSLRs.
Conclusion: Overall though, this is a very likeable camera, with just a few let downs. It's worth noting that it is a lot cheaper than the Sony RX100 II, although the price point is similar to an entry level DSLR, so we're not talking cheap either.
Conclusion: If you're after a high-end compact camera with an abundance of features then the Nikon Coolpix P7800 certainly ticks all the boxes, but it just doesn't quite excel in every department. Good rather than great is the overall sentiment. We're sold on the presence of a viewfinder - and find an electronic one preferable to an optical version in this instance - and yet the P7800's 921k-dot panel doesn't feel as high-spec as we'd like.
Pros: 28-200mm f/2.0-4.0 lens range and brightness, sharp images of a good quality, vari-angle screen, built-in viewfinder, physical controls
Cons: Chunky design won’t suit all, viewfinder quality limitations, price considering competition, some exposure oddities, no physical lens ring
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix P7800 is great as a travel camera for users who wish to shoot mostly JPEGs at low sensitivities. It offers a wide zoom range, great build quality, a good maximum aperture and excellent resolution in the lower range of ISO sensitivities. However, push ISO speeds to higher thresholds and detail starts to deteriorate. Not only that, but the processing of burst or raw shooting is painfully slow.
Excerpt: It wasn't so long ago that all premium compact cameras looked like the P7800. With lots of buttons and dials, a viewfinder and hotshoe, it's well suited to SLR owners who want a smaller backup camera. Nikon SLR owners will find the controls and menus immediately familiar, and they can plug their flashguns, external GPS modules and external microphones straight in. For those who own all that kit, your decision to stick with Nikon is already half-made.
Excerpt: This 12 mega pixel camera is a small upgrade of the P7700, the main difference being the addition of an electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder is small and crude but is nevertheless a welcome feature. The 28—200mm f2—4 is unchanged. The 75mm LCD hinges horizontally and swivels vertically. Ergonomics are good with a dedicated exposure compensation dial. Functions are selected with two knobs, front and back.