What Is It
The Nikon Coolpix P7000 is Nikons answer to the high end compact camera market that is currently dominated by the Canon G12 and Panasonic LX5. The camera sports a 10MP sensor with a 1/1.7″ type sensor. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 and a 28-200 equiv lens.
In fact, it looks like a G12 clone. The camera is however ligher than the G12 and does have a bigger zoom range. The user interface is excellent making it a very easy to use camera. The ergonomics too are very well designed and it definitely the best compact camera Nikon has designed outside of the old 8400.
The P7000 has an excellent LCD screen, 720p movies with stereo sound plus a port for an external mic and an optical viewfinder. The camera also a as neutral density filter and virtual horizon. For the real enthusiast, there is a zoom step function that will allow the zoom lens zoom to a focal length like 28, 35, 50, 85mm etc which are the common prime lens focal lengths.
Where Nikon have excelled in is image quality. The image is excellent in the 100-800 range and perfectly acceptable to 1600 ISO. The colour in this ISO range is good and the camera maintains detail very well. This fact about what quality is at high ISO seems to get lost in many reviews. Most reviews will talk about ow much noise is in an image. What’s important is how well the image maintains colour and detail at high ISO. Again, the Nikon handles this brilliantly.
However, we found the auto focus to be ok, but not great. Te camera would auto shutoff and reset the zoom when it couldn’t focus after a few tries. I didn’t look, but its probably something you can turn off in the menus.
The RAW writing was slow. The Ricoh GR would take 8 seconds to write a RAW image, and the Nikon is 5 seconds. That’s a problem. All things considered, one of the best compacts on the market.