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: 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: The Nikon P7800 is an intriguing breed that mixes compact portability with DSLR functionality, while not necessarily taking either capacity to any extreme. It does a number of things exceptionally well, with its class-leading image quality (at low ISOs), intuitive interface, generous physical controls, easy customization, and commendable optics. It's also feature-packed and well-built, the "Swiss Army Knife" of premium compacts.
Pros: Excellent image quality at low ISOs, Relatively long 28-200mm eq. 7.1x zoom lens with f/2-4 max aperture, Fast f/2 max aperture performs well in low light and produces very good portraits with some nice bokeh, Solid build quality, Nice rubbery grip, Built-in EVF added for those that missed a viewfinder in the P7700, 3-inch fully-articulating RGBW LCD lets you easily compose images from difficult angles, Built-in ND filter, Close macro mode, Lots of physical controls i...
Cons: Excellent image quality at low ISOs, Relatively long 28-200mm eq. 7.1x zoom lens with f/2-4 max aperture, Fast f/2 max aperture performs well in low light and produces very good portraits with some nice bokeh, Solid build quality, Nice rubbery grip, Built-in EVF added for those that missed a viewfinder in the P7700, 3-inch fully-articulating RGBW LCD lets you easily compose images from difficult angles, Built-in ND filter, Close macro mode, Lots of physical controls i...
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.
Summary: Premium compact gets upgraded with an EVF
Pros: Full manual control, Articulating screen, EVF, Image quality is good, which is the key selling point of this camera, and rightly so. It's a no-nonsense, no-frills camera, which just gets the job done. It features a satisfying amount of dials and buttons, which should keep the advanced photographer happy. The last couple of generations of this camera removed the viewfinder altogether, so it's nice to see a decent electronic version being included here.
Cons: No touchscreen, No Wi-Fi, It's time Nikon got a little more up to date with this camera, for instance by fitting it with a touchscreen and inbuilt Wi-Fi. That would make it a more complete package, though it's worth pointing out that neither the G16 or RX100 II have touchscreens either. They both do have Wi-Fi though.
The Nikon Coolpix P7800 is a compact camera that can do it all
Good Gear Guide.au
30 October 2013
Summary: Nikon's Coolpix P7800 is a good all-rounder. The lens can be used for macros and also for zoomed shots up to 200mm, and the end results are very good. Furthermore, it does a good job in auto mode, but it also has extensive manual controls.