Summary: The P7800 is the top of the line "compact" camera from Nikon. It is light (400 gm) and ideal for travel. No need to carry bulky lenses. The 28-200 mm zoom is adequte for most serious amateur photographer. The settings are easy to access, the quality options (including RAW) is most desirable for someone who wants to process their own "digital negatives".
Don’t buy this camera if you intend to use the viewfinder
NC2NW Photo, Amazon
20 January 2015
Summary: Like many photographers, I prefer the live view through an electronic viewfinder (EVF) compared to an LCD screen for composing, focusing, setting exposure and white balance prior to shooting. The ease of accurately previewing and then reviewing images by using an EVF—even in bright midday light—is an asset. In my professional work, I’ve shot many thousands of images with cameras that have EVFs during the past decade.
Excerpt: Nikon Coolpix p7800 The Nikon P7800 is a very handy, small, light camera with unique features. It will not fit in your pocket like a Sony RX100m2 (unless you have cargo pants) but it will give you amazing results. I love the longer reach of the (equivalent) 200mm and the (equiv.) f2.0 28mm wide angle is plenty wide for most uses. I was interested in a compact that could generate Raw files.
Pros: Electronic viewfinder, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Raw Files, Small / Compact
This is a very good camera and I've replaced my HDSLR gear with this ...
8 January 2015
Summary: This is a very good camera and I've replaced my HDSLR gear with this camera and a Sennheiser MKE400 shotgun mic for motorcycle adventure trips. The only reason I did not give it a 5 star is as other reviews have stated, it is on the slower side to write images, especially if you are use to the speed of a DSLR. BUT I will say the ease of use, quality of photo and video is very good. Take time to practice shots, depth of field, camera controls and video ..
Excerpt: We bought the camera mostly for travel and casual use, to replace an older point-and-shoot we were unhappy with. We have an SLR for more serious work, and I think the 7800 will be an improvement over our old travel camera. Outdoor pix are quite good. We chose the 7800 partly because of the large max aperture (F2), but we are a bit disappointed with the camera's performance in lower-light situations; pix seem noisy, especially when zoom is used and max aperture shrinks.
Pros: Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: The P7800 would have been a great camera in 2009, when its 1/1.7 sensor and Expeed C2 processor would have competed in the Advanced Compact segment. Currently selling at $349.00 refurbished, it seems a good investment, with reservations. But better responsiveness and image quality can probably now be found in 1" and four-thirds market segments. So why would someone buy and keep a P7800, going into 2015? The 28-200 lens is excellent.
Excerpt: I will use this camera to carry daily, when I don't want the bulk of my SLR. I love this camera. As an older person, this camera at least patially brings back the "serious" feel of those substantially bodied and glass lens rangefinders of (ahem) earlier days. The electronic viewfinder is bright and usable - I'm not a fan of flip screens for general shooting.I bought it for the manual functions.
Pros: Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD