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Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review Summary

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: 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.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.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 P7000 Assessment

The Nikon Coopix P7000 is an advanced compact digital camera designed for efficient use with plenty of external controls and dials. What sets it appart from most compact models is its hot-shoe along with HD video capabilities, only two other models provide this: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
and the Canon Powershot G12
Canon Powershot G12
. It is the only however to offer a dual-axis digital-level and an input for external stereo sound. The other similar camera, although too small for a hot-shoe, is the Canon Powershot S95
Canon Powershot S95
. Having so few competitors is an extremely valuable position since those who need a hot-shoe on a compact camera have very limited options.

Unlike some of its peers, the Nikon Coolpix P7000 does not compromise on image quality and produces less visible noise at high-ISO than any compact camera so far. It also has a good metering system, good enough white-balance and reaonable dynamic-range. Focusing is a bit of a weak-spot with much more misses than usual, although plenty of focusing options are available, including manual-focus and infinity-focus as well. Where we must caution consideration of the P7000 is mostly in terms of speed. While not being slow, there is enough lag and delay in responsiveness that photographying moving subjects is difficult.

Ergonomically speaking, the P7000 is excellent. Although there are things which could be improved, which we point out in the full-review, the P7000 handles as well if not better than the vast majority of fixed-lens cameras and even than some SLD cameras. Operating the P7000 is simple with plenty of direct controls and the camera rarely gets in the way of photography aside from a few speed issues. The P7000 also handles video very well with only a tiny delay to start recording. It can zoom and focus while recording movies and even records stereo sound from its built-in microphone.

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PROS CONS
Excellent control over image noise Frequent autofocus misses
Accurate image colors Stabilization not so reliable
Above average metering accuracy Not exposure-priority and innacurate live-histogram
Good white-balance system Poor LCD coverage
Sharp outputPicture-Control tweeks required. Extremely poor viewfinder coverage
Short shutter-lag Slow shot-to-shot speed
Excellent ergonomics Quick-menu is slow
Excellent build-quality
Good battery-life
Excellent video recording capabilities
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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Nikon P7000 Facts


Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm

1/1.7" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

10 Megapixels Fixed LensISO 100-6400
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
1.3 FPS Drive, 45 ImagesSpot-Metering
1280x720 @ 24 FPS Video RecordingHot-Shoe
3" LCD 920K PixelsStereo audio input
Lithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
Internal Memory
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