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Nikon Coolpix P7100 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 P7100 Assessment

The Nikon Coolpix P7100 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 and the only one other than its predecessor to feature a digital level, a mini-jack for an external stereo sound source. Add to that a rare hot-shoe, an optical viewfinder and a tilting display and it becomes easy to understand the unprecedented versatility of this digital camera.

Performance wise, the P7100 is an all-around winner. All aspects of image quality are great, particularly control over image noise at medium sensitivities. Speed of operation is top-notch for a fixed-lens camera, including the all-important shutter-lag and autofocus speed. There is just a little too much black out and time between shots to be comfortable for action photography, but it can keep up well under more typical situations.

The list of direct competitors is short and each offer a distinct compromise. The Fujifilm Finepix X100
Fujifilm Finepix X100
which costs twice as much offers superior image quality and a stellar EVF but no zoom or image stabilization. The Olympus XZ-1
Olympus XZ-1
is extensible with an optional EVF and offers a much brighter lens but with a shorter 4X optical zoom.

Where consideration for the Nikon P7100 becomes tricky depends on its intended use. For those already equipped with a DSLR and lenses, the P7100 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 with a DSLR, the dilemma is to choose between a premium fixed-lens digital camera or an SLD like the Nikon 1 V1
Nikon 1 V1
which provides superior image quality and the versatility of interchangeable lenses but for a higher price.

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PROS CONS
Excellent control over image noise Autofocus gives up more than average
Above average metering accuracy Not Exposure-Priority LCD preview
Great lens sharpness Poor LCD coverage
Good image colors possible Extremely poor viewfinder coverage
Good white-balance system Live-Histogram not often accurate
Impressive stabilization Slow shot-to-shot speed
Fast autofocus system Slow Quick-Menu
Short shutter-lag Video cuts too early
Good ergonomics
Solid build-quality
Excellent video recording capabilities
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Previous Models
Nikon Coolpix P7000
Nikon Coolpix P7000
- 2 Control-Dials, Fixed LCD
Nikon Coolpix P7100
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Nikon P7100 Facts

Compact digital camera
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
1.2 FPS Drive, 90 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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