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".
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
Summary: I'm a beginner at photography as a hobby. I know almost nothing compared to most who have written reviews BUT I will write a review based on my beginners knowledge. I spent almost a year combing reviews of various high end point and shoots. I wanted something that would give me the best quality photos a point and shoot could offer as well as an all around good set of features to include both zoom and macro ability.
Summary: Find myself choosing this camera over my DSLR often. The optical view finder is great when using in the bright sun. It has all of the creative controls I typically use with my DSLR which is a plus for someone like me.
Summary: i bought this for my daughter who is in a photography class and the teacher held it up and said he wished all the students had it. He's looking to procure some for the public high school. I was with my daughter on vacation in Seqouia and Yosemite in August and I was a little envious. I was changing lenses and she was just pointing and shooting and getting great shots.
Excerpt: I was looking for a point and shoot digital camera with an electronic viewfinder and this is a great one. I had a Nikon P7000 the viewfinder was optical and cover less than 80% of the captured image. Also it was not working as expected when you zoomed in.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Great Zoom, Small / Compact