Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review Summary
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.
|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 video recording capabilities||Excellent Excellent|
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|Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5|
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 - 3.6X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom, 100% LCD Coverage, 1 Command-dial, No optical tunnel, Optional EVF, No auto input, No digital-level
|Canon Powershot G12|
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Nikon P7000 Facts
Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|10 Megapixels Fixed Lens||ISO 100-6400|
|7.1X Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/4000-60s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|1.3 FPS Drive, 45 Images||Spot-Metering|
|1280x720 @ 24 FPS Video Recording||Hot-Shoe|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels||Stereo audio input|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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