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Nikon Coolpix P7700 Review Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon Coolpix P7700 Assessment

The Nikon Coolpix P7700 is an impressive camera with an unmatched feature set. Already its stabilized 7X wide-angle optical zoom lens is unique among premium compacts, making it the only one in its class with telephoto reach. It is also the only one with three control-dials other than its predecessor. Add to that a digital level, a mini-jack for an external stereo sound source and a rare hot-shoe, and it becomes easy to understand the unprecedented versatility of this digital camera. The P7700 introduces a redesigned lens with a bright F/2 maximum aperture which only stops down to F/4 at the long end.

This digital camera delivers a solid performance for its class. Image noise is low and delivers usable results at ISO 1600 without much trouble. Colors, white-balance and exposure are also very good. Particularly impressive is the lens which is consistently sharp across the frame and impervious to chromatic aberrations or vignetting.

Where consideration for the Nikon P7700 becomes tricky depends on its intended use. For those already equipped with a DSLR and lenses, the P7700 makes an excellent second camera to use when the bulk of a DSLR system is cumbersome. For those moving from a point-and-shoot but not comfortable yet with a DSLR, the dilemma is to choose between a premium large-sensor compact camera with a limited zoom or a P7700.

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PROS CONS
Great lens sharpness Slow AF near telephoto
Low image noise Slow shot-to-shot speed
Excellent retention of image details Self-timer resets entering Playback
Reliable metering Not Exposure-Priority
Nicely saturated but natural colors Live-Histogram not often accurate
Impressive image stabilization Blank LCD during continuous drive
Fast AF in good light Weak LCD hinge
Short shutter-lag Not Focus-Priority
Good ergonomics Very slow video zoom
Generally sturdy 1s video record delay
Unique bright 7X optical zoom lens
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Previous Models
Nikon Coolpix P7000
Nikon Coolpix P7000
- 2 Control-Dials, Fixed LCD
Nikon Coolpix P7700
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By on 2012/12/07
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Nikon P7700 Facts

Medium digital camera
12 Megapixels Fixed LensISO 80-6400
7.1X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-60s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
1 Axis Digital LevelCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
8 FPS Drive, 6 ImagesSpot-Metering
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingHot-Shoe
3" LCD 920K PixelsStereo audio input
Lithium-Ion
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
Internal Memory
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