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Nikon Coolpix P7000 Hands-On Review

Nikon Coolpix P7000
The new Nikon Coolpix P7000 (image courtesy of Nikon, Inc.)

Does the new compact camera from Nikon live up to it’s marketing hype as a compact camera with the features of a DSLR?

I recently got my hands on the new point and shoot from Nikon, the Coolpix P7000.  Nikon’s Coolpix line of compact cameras has been the frequent target of much criticism over the years, and I have to agree with most of it.  After all, I think I’m a better photographer than Ashton Kutcher (no offense)!  I know a lot of pro photographers, myself included, who are looking for the ideal “point and shoot” camera.  Why?  Well, we take vacations, too.  We don’t always want to lug that D300 or D700 around with a compliment of lenses– they are heavy to carry and large to pack.  The problem is that as a professional, I have grown accustomed to having a certain degree of control over my camera and also a certain level of image quality.  This is where most Coolpix offerings have fallen woefully short as compared to the competition.  The Nikon P7000 has a number of features that are very appealing to the advanced photographer, including:

  • 10MP sensor (reduced from 14MP in the P6000) ISO 100-3200, expandable to ISO 12,800.
  • 28-200mm equivalent zoom lens with optical stabilization (VR)
  • Large, 3″ high-resolution LCD screen
  • M/A/S/P exposure modes in addition to the preset scene modes
  • External controls for major features, including EV compensation
  • Optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment
  • Ability to produce a RAW (NRW-format) file
  • Support for external shoe-mount CLS Speedlights
  • 720p video recording

On paper, this looks to be an impressive little camera.  Let’s see how it works in reality.

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