Nikon Coolpix P7000 Full Review - Cameras For Photographers
Specifications 2:

Type:
compact

Weight (inc. Battery) [?]:
310g

Wide Angle [?]:
28mm

Max. Focal Length [?]:
200mm

Zoom Range [?]:
x7.1

Sensor Size:
1/1.7"

Low Light Support [?]:
twilight

Image Stabilization [?]:
Optical

Raw Format Support [?]:
yes

Manual Exposure [?]:
yes

Video Resolution [?]:
720p

Optical Zoom In Video [?]:
yes

Stereo Sound [?]:
stereo

Battery Life [?]:
shots

Flip Lcd [?]:
none

Touch Screen [?]:
none

Viewfinder [?]:
optical

Freeze / Water / Shock - Proof [?]:
no

Dimensions (w-h-d) [?]:
114.2 x 77 x 44.8 mm

Macro Distance [?]:
8 cm

Built-in Wireless [?]:
none

Built-in GPS [?]:
none

Direct Video Button [?]:
none

Panorama [?]:
none

Rank: [?]
52.2

Initial Price:
$279 (change: $0, 0%)

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Nikon Coolpix P7000 - Full Review

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Joining the recent awakening of elite compacts, Nikon is back in the game.
This camera is for photographers. Nothing Less.
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Nikon Coolpix P7000 (photo: Nikon)
Important Note: the P7000 was replaced by the Nikon Coolpix P7100 (compare ).


The P7000 is Nikon's leap back into the serious compact world, after a long 2 years gap since their last serious camera, the P6000. Things have changed since then and Nikon have done their homework.

In fact, they studied the competition so well, that what they came up with could be mistaken with Canon's PowerShot G12. The two cameras are similar in looks, size, imaging sensor size and resolution, video resolution, an optical viewfinder, RAW format support and an external flash hot shoe.

You can read further about their differences in the Competition section below, but there is one difference that could not be overly emphasized. The Nikon P7000 is the only serious compact with a serious zoom. Its lens starts at a wide 28mm, and goes x7.1 to 200mm. The G12 has only x5 and extends to 140mm. The S95 and LX5 have even less.

Of course, some would prefer a shorter zoom, rightfully claiming that the closer you get to x1 zoom, the higher quality lens you may have. However, for the majority of consumers, and you might be among those, a large zoom is a key factor in a compact camera and Nikon are well aware of that.

Strengths:
More than anything else, this camera is situated at the highest level of image quality and ergonomics among available compacts today. It shares this narrow niche with a small (but growing) number of cameras. It is designed for people who really care about their photographs. People who, perhaps, do more with their photos than just share them on the web. Even for just web sharing, the output is very different from simple, cheaper cameras, especially in certain conditions such as evenings or indoors where there is less available light. For those people mentioned, the process is just as much important as the outcome.

The P7000 is set apart from ordinary compacts by photographer friendly ergonomics, such as dedicated dials and controls, a well crafted and intuitive menu system, a customizable 'fn' button and a few others. Its low light capabilities match its pretentions - allowing shooting in many conditions that ordinary cameras could not handle very well. For the weak eyed, there is an optical viewfinder additional to the large and detailed LCD screen.

Weaknesses:
The P7000 has one main issue - the writing times of RAW files. It seems to take about 5 seconds for a single RAW file to be written to the memory card, during which the camera is on hold. Note that when shooting JPG's, this problem does not exist.
Nikon posted a firmware upgrade which fixes the slow RAW files writing times - taking them down from the unacceptable 5 seconds to a standard 1 second per file.

Another weird quirk is the exposure time limit in high sensitivities. It seems that when shooting as higher ISO levels, the camera limits the available durations of exposure.

The Competition
The most obvious competitor of the P7000 is the Canon PowerShot G12 (compare ). The two cameras resemble each other in many ways, as mentioned above. However, they do differ in a few key areas. Even though they both have a 28mm wide angle lens, the P7000 has a larger zoom range than the G12's. The G12, on the other hand, has an articulating LCD screen and a few more dedicated control dials.

Between these two excellent, top of the range cameras, I would recommend the G12 over the P7000 by a margin. If you like Nikon and are used you their cameras, or you just want the extra zoom, get the P7000. Otherwise, I would go with the G12.

The Canon PowerShot S95 (compare ) and Panasonic Lumix DMC LX5 (compare ) are great alternatives that may better fit in your pocket, and are more friendly as automatic cameras (for your spouse, as well!) without forsaking image quality.

Who is it not for?
If you are looking for a take-it-everywhere-in-your-pocket kind of camera, then this one is not for you.
If you are looking for an all-automatic, no-fuss, do-it-all-by-itself type of camera, then you should look elsewhere.
If you rely on RAW format shooting, you should either get one of the competitors below, or wait for Nikon to fix the long writing times mentioned above. The wait is over. Nikon released the anticipated firmware upgrade.

Who is it for?
If you take your photography seriously, you care about the various parameters of your photos and you are excited with high end ergonomics and image quality, then this camera is definitely for you. If you have the money to spend, and you are willing to take its numerous features into action, then it will suit you fine.
If you're looking at the high-end section of the shelf in the camera shop and you want the only one with a decent zoom range, this is it.

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