Nikon Coolpix P7000 Brief Review


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  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor
  • 7.1x optical zoom
  • 28mm wide-angle
  • Optical (lens-shift) image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD monitor (921k dots)
  • Optical viewfinder (80-percent converage)
  • 720p HD video
  • External microphone input
  • Full manual control
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800)
  • Built-in flash
  • EXPEED C2 processor
  • JPEG + RAW formats
  • Captures to SD/SDHC media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-09-30
  • Final Grade: 89 4.45 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix P7000
10.1 megapixels; 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor; 7.1x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle; Optical (lens-shift) image stabilization; 3-inch LCD monitor (921k dots); Optical viewfinder (80-percent converage); 720p HD video; External microphone input; Full manual control; ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800); Built-in flash; EXPEED C2 processor; JPEG + RAW formats; Captures to SD/SDHC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The P7000 is Nikon's foray into enthusiast/high-end compact territory, a direct competitor to powerful shooters like the Canon G12. The goal here is excellent image quality, achieved with a larger-than-average CCD sensor, a powerful processor, high sensitivity, RAW shooting, full manual control, and heightened image stabilization. The feature that really makes the P7000 stand out from its peers is the 7.1x zoom lens, the longest we've seen on any high-end compact. The twin-dial interface is also the most dSLR-like of the bunch. It has extra enthusiast appeal because of its optical viewfinder, too. The overall image quality is great, on par with other advanced compact shooters, but the huge size and clunky interface hold this back a bit. If it feels right, go for it, but we prefer the Canon G12 by a hair.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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