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The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is a the new flagship model in Nikon's extensive range of Coolpix compact digital cameras. The Coolpix P7100 is the successor to the one-year-old P7000, the main additions being a rotary multi selector, second function button, tilting LCD screen, faster image processing and response times, and a Special Effects mode. The 10 megapixel Nikon P7100 features a mechanically-stabilized 7.1x optical zoom with a focal range of 28-200mm and maximum apertures of f/2.8-5.6, built-in neutral density filter, sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 6400, RAW file support, optical viewfinder, external flash hotshoe, PASM shooting modes, 720p HD video recording with stereo sound and a microphone jack, and a 3-inch, 920,000-dot LCD screen. Designed to appeal to the keen enthusiast photographer, the Nikon Coolpix P7100 is available in black for £499.99 / €580.00 / $500.00. The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is a relatively thick and heavy compact camera, closely resembling the popular Canon Powershot G-series in terms of both dimensions and weight.
When Nikon released the CoolPix P7000 in 2010, several commentators, including ourselves, remarked on its uncanny resemblance to the Canon Powershot G-series. Clearly intended to compete with Canon's G-series in the high-end compact camera market, the raw-enabled P7000 offered very similar ergonomics, as well as near-identical top-level specifications to the Powershot G12. Sadly, although it was capable of producing excellent image quality, the P7000 was plagued with poor operational speed and frustratingly glitchy on-screen menus. The overall impression was of a camera which was almost, but not quite finished for public release. It was a camera that we wanted to love, but just couldn't. The P7100 isn't hugely different to the P7000 in terms of specification - it utilizes the same 10MP CCD as its predecessor (and is thus limited to the same 720p video specification) and the same lens. The LCD screen might be articulated, but it is the same excellent 3in, 921k-dot display as before. The P7100's form factor is almost exactly the same as the P7000, and is partly defined by the same optical viewfinder. Meaningful changes have been made though to both its ergonomics and operational speed compared to the P7000.
The Nikon Coolpix P7100 ($499) may look a lot like its predecessor and have some of the same features, but at heart it's a changed camera. Yes, this flagship Coolpix still has a compact and tough body that recalls at least one of its competitors -- okay, we'll say it, the Canon G12 -- and yes, there's the same 10.1-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch CCD image sensor and 7.1x (28-200mm eq.) f/2.8 lens that performed solidly on the previous model, the P7000. But internally, Nikon's made some important changes to the P7100, all of which are aimed at ramping up its overall operating speed and its autofocusing capabilities. The P7000 captured some very nice images, but it was also a chore to use because of its slow start-up time, slow shot-to-shot times, and slow and cumbersome interface for changing basic settings. According to Nikon, that has become a thing of the past with the new model. In its pre-release info on the camera, Nikon claimed the P7100's shooting lag time had dropped to an estimated 200 milliseconds from 310 milliseconds on the previous model. In addition to what Nikon calls the P7100's "enhanced high speed performance and quick response," the camera's 3-inch LCD can now tilt away from its body for help in composing shots from high or low angles.
The 10-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P7000 caused quite a stir when it was released last year, thanks to its extended feature set and great image quality. So it’s no surprise that anticipation was high for its successor, the Coolpix P7100 ($500 as of December 22, 2011). With the new P7100, Nikon has kept the core assets of the previous model: a 7.1X optical zoom with a focal range of 28-200mm, a 10-megapixel CCD sensor, a DSLR-like array of buttons and dials for fine-tuning exposure settings, chunky-for-a-compact body design, and a full complement of manual controls, plus semimanual and automatic shooting options. Like the P7000, the P7100 also plays well with on-camera and off-camera Speedlights, but disappointingly maxes out at 720p high-def video resolution instead of the more-common 1080p. Hearing some complaints about the P7000’s speed, Nikon first addressed the issue with an effective firmware update. Now, in the new camera, it has added a little more pep by amping up the image processor, which also promises better low-light/high-ISO performance. Other notable P7100 improvements include faster autofocus response, an adjustable LCD, a new front-mounted sub-command dial, and some new special-effects modes.
The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is the camera giant’s latest high-end compact, equipped with a viewfinder, oversized sensor, and RAW-format capabilities. It’s an update to last year’s P7000 model, and most of the “new” features herein are really just refinements to the performance speed and user interface—the weak points that held its predecessor back from competing head-on with the mighty Canon G12. Read on to see if the P7100 has what it takes to sit atop the enthusiast compact heap. The P7100 is available now in black, at an MSRP of $499. The P7100 reproduces reasonably accurate colors—not as true-to-life as most system and DSLR cameras or even lower-end point-and-shoots, but closer than its high-end peers. Neutral proved to be the most accurate color mode, producing a minimum color error of 3.13 at 90% saturation. We like to see color error of 3.0 or less, and 90% is the very low end of what we consider to be acceptable saturation, but the overall score is decent. Most shades come close to the ideal coloring, but bright yellow is much greener and paler than it should be. That one sickly tone throws off the average. More on how we test color.
The Nikon Coolpix P7100 ($499.95 direct) is a point-and-shoot camera squarely aimed at photographers who demand to be in control of every shooting setting. But all those wheels, dials, and buttons help bulk up this 10-megapixel camera. That extra size did allow Nikon to add an optical viewfinder, hot shoe, and articulating rear LCD, none of which are found on our Editors' Choice point and shooter, the svelte Canon PowerShot S100 ($429.99, 4.5 stars). If you're looking for a compact camera with D-SLR like manual controls, the P7100 is worth a closer look. Design and FeaturesThe P7100 is Nikon's take on the enthusiast point-and-shoot, a product concept that has also been tackled by Canon, Panasonic, and Olympus. Nikon takes the approach that Canon took with its PowerShot G12 ($499.99, 2.5 stars), emphasizing controls and functionality over size. The P7100 measures 3.1 by 4.6 by 1.9 inches (HWD) and weighs 14 ounces, slightly larger than the 3-by-4.4-by-1.9-inch, 12.4-ounce G12. If you're looking for a smaller camera with advanced features, the Canon PowerShot S100 is the way to go—it measures only 2.3 by 3.9 by 1.1 inches and weighs 7 ounces.
Nikon has updated its expert compacts with a P7100 that brings a few fairly small but interesting changes to the P7000, such as an extra settings control wheel and a vertical tilt LCD. Let's take a look at what else is new. Like any expert compact worth its salt, the P7100 has a whole load of different buttons, dials and settings wheels. There are therefore plenty of options for direct access to the main settings you're likely to need. New features in this department include an extra settings thumb wheel placed vertically on the front of the camera body. In total, then, the P7100 has three settings wheels, with the classic click-round wheel around the four-way arrows, a horizontal thumb wheel on the back of the camera and the new thumb wheel on the front face. This over-abundance of settings wheels isn't as useful as it may seem, however, as not a single one of them can be customised. They obviously make the camera easier to handle in M mode, but their actual utility is debatable in other priority modes (PSAM). There are, however, two customisable buttons—Fn1 and Fn2—as well as the U1, U2 and U3 user profiles that allow you to switch from one control configuration to another quickly and easily.
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Photographers wanting the same advanced functionality and, to a certain extent, image quality as found in their DSLRs but without the bulk now have a host of options from which to choose. This has undoubtedly put pressure on the high end of the compact market, and area in which Nikon had previously excelled with its triple-figure P series of COOLPIX models. The latest incarnation, the P7100, promises to build upon the success of its predecessor and deliver advanced performance and excellent image quality in a relatively compact body - but does it deliver? Nikon COOLPIX P7100 review full sample image gallery Much of the inner workings of the P7100 remain the same as its P7000 predecessor. It features a 1/1.7in CCD sensor with a resolution of 10.1MP, maintaining the same pixel count as the P7000 (which itself had dropped from the P6000's 13.5MP). The P7100's sensor covers an ISO100-3200 range, with a Hi 1 setting equivalent to ISO 6400, and a new ‘Low noise night mode' which ranges from ISO 400 up to ISO 12,800. The sensor is paired with Nikon's EXPEED C2 processor that had previously debuted on the P7000 model. HD video capture is also facilitated with videos recorded at a resolution of 720p.
Nikon has opted for quality over quantity here, pinning the P7100's resolution at a conservative 10.1 megapixels. Don't let that put you off. Pure pixel counts are rarely the defining factor when it comes to judging a camera -- a fact proved by this chunky, accomplished snapper.With versatile controls, a sharp lens and a keen price -- you can pick one up for £379 -- it's a winner on every front. The 3-inch LCD tilts up and down through 180 degrees. The P7100 positively bristles with buttons and dials. Indeed, it's so well endowed in this respect that trips to the menus are comparatively rare. It has the best implementation of exposure compensation we've seen, and a wider than normal range, too. A dial beside the shutter release runs the full gamut of +/-3.0EV (exposure value) in 1/3EV steps, with the effect updated in real-time on the LCD.At the other end of the body there's a similar dial for accessing the most common shooting options, including quality, ISO and white balance. Each takes you directly to the relevant on-screen control, so you don't need to trawl the menus to find them, while a small button in the centre of the selector quickly steps you into and out of the control for on-the-spot adjustments.
The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is the brand's new replacement for its flagship advanced compact camera - the Coolpix P7000 - and comes with a number of new and upgraded features over its predecessor, including some fresh controls, a high-resolution tilting LCD display and a revised user interface, to name a few.The Nikon Coolpix P7000 was originally launched just over a year ago in order to compete with Canon's revered PowerShot G-series, matching its main rival - the Canon PowerShot G12 - in terms of key specifications, full manual control and premium build quality. It also proved itself capable of producing beautiful images straight out of the camera. Where it fell short, however, was in its handling, delivering a sluggish shooting experience.The new model doesn't appear to have had much of its fundamental hardware altered in comparison to its ancestor: the Nikon Coolpix P7100 still packs the same 10.2MP CCD, a 7.1x optical zoom lens, which offers an equivalent focal range of 28-200mm on a 35mm camera, and vibration reduction (VR). Also unchanged is the 720p HD movie mode, which is starting to look a little outdated in comparison with a lot of the lower-spec compact cameras out there that now offer Full HD filming capability.
When Nikon released the CoolPix P7000 last year, several commentators, including ourselves, remarked on its uncanny resemblance to the Canon Powershot G-series. Clearly intended to compete with Canon's G-series in the high-end compact camera market, the raw-enabled P7000 offered very similar ergonomics, as well as near-identical top-level specifications to the Powershot G12. Sadly, although it was capable of producing excellent image quality, the P7000 was plagued with poor operational speed and frustratingly glitchy on-screen menus. The overall impression was of a camera which was almost, but not quite finished for public release. It was a camera that we wanted to love, but just couldn't. It was with great interest then, that we received news from Nikon of a successor. The P7100 isn't hugely different to the P7000 in terms of specification - it utilizes the same 10MP CCD as its predecessor (and is thus limited to the same 720p video specification) and the same lens. The LCD screen might be articulated, but it is the same excellent 3in, 921k-dot display as before.
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