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Nikon P7000 review

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Wednesday 8th, September 2010
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

Photokina 2010 Reviews - The Nikon Coolpix P-series stands for Great Performance; it is an advanced camera aimed at the serious photographer who demands a lot from his camera. The new Nikon Coolpix P7000 is meant to live up to that and at first glance the camera specifications look very promising. The Nikon P7000 is not just a logical successor to the P6000. Nikon has taken a step back in terms of the amount of Megapixels, has changed the design, and has exchanged the short zoom range for a mega zoom lens. Nikon seems to be getting back to basics with the P7000. Gadgety functions such as GPS and Ethernet-interface have been eliminated, and the emphasis is obviously on the image quality.

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon P7000 review
This is good news for the serious amateur and professional photographer that is looking for a second digital camera. The Canon PowerShot G-series, as well as the soon-expected Canon Powershot G12, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 are seen as its competitors. It took a little while, but Nikon seems to be using the same strategy. The effective resolution has been brought back to 10.1 Megapixels with a sensor format of 1/1.7-inch. This is to deliver a large dynamic range and clearly better results with high ISO values. In that respect, the Nikon Coolpix P6000 digital camera was quite behind.

Nikon P7000 digital camera
Additionally, the Nikon P7000 camera is equipped with a new image processor, the EXPEED C2. This processor contributes to the speed with which data is processed. That will certainly appeal to photographers who like to shoot in RAW. Its predecessor was not as convincing in this area. The RAW format is, moreover, not the NEF, known by Nikon DSLR photographers, but Nikon’s NRW (Coolpix RAW) format. The RAW file can be opened in the camera and via the new Nikon View NX 2 and Capture NX software.

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Nikon Coolpix P7000

Review Nikon P7000
The Nikon P7000’s design has been adjusted. That was to be expected, as the lens is completely different, compared to that of the Nikon Coolpix P6000. The 7.1x zoom lens most likely no longer fit in the same body. As a consequence, the Nikon P7000 camera has a bit bigger dimensions and is heavier in weight. Honestly, the design has not become more stylish.

Nikon P7000 optical viewfinder
The strange-looking rise of half of the camera makes it look a bit unrefined. Nikon has chosen to equip the Coolpix P7000 digital camera with an optical viewfinder, but as far as I am concerned, this could have been left out. That would have made the design of the Nikon P7000 zoom camera a lot more compact.

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon Coolpix P7000 review
The viewfinder is less important for a compact camera, and with current displays that have been improved a lot in terms of quality, you can easily shoot with the display. The Nikon P7000’s 3-inch display is of excellent quality. With a high resolution of 920.000 dots and an almost 100% sRGB color space, the screen is great to use. Strong sunlight will diminish the view, but this hindrance can be adapted to.

Nikon P7000 image processing
We are curious about the image processing that takes place inside the camera. Nikon camera owners are familiar with D-Lighting, with which effectively insufficiently lit shadows can be saved by high contrast situations, but especially Picture Controls give the photographer a lot of creative freedom. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 camera uses this technique, which comes directly from the Nikon DSLR cameras. The Picture Controls mode offers the user the possibility to program the Nikon P7000 according to one’s own wishes. The built-in virtual horizon is also handy, as it determines the camera’s position precisely.

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon P7000 Video in High Definition
The Nikon P7000 digital camera records 720p HD video with stereo sound. It is also great that there is the possibility of connecting an external microphone, which improves sound quality tremendously. Video plays a more and more important role in a digital camera. Developments in the industry and prototypes from the different manufacturers show promising possibilities in this area. It may even be possible that video will become the basis out of which a photo (frame) is taken. And that in very high quality. We are getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but the developments are there. For now, the Nikon Coolpix P7000 digital camera user can record moving images in HD quality.

Nikon P7000 review
The fact that the Nikon P7000 digital camera is aimed at the serious photographer makes it possible to apply certain Nikon accessories. The Nikon P7000 zoom lens can be extended with a converter, in order to achieve 21mm. Additionally, the Nikon Coolpix P7000 supports i-TTL, so that the Nikon Speedlight flash gun can be used optimally. All in all, Nikon is getting serious with its Coolpix P7000, which is what a photographer will appreciate.

Nikon Coolpix P7000

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