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More a gentle refresh of the Nikon P7000 than a radical improvement, the Nikon P7100's headline improvement is an articulating LCD screen that maintains the same 3-inch dimensions and 921,000 dot resolution as before.

Nikon has also made space on the front for a new control dial, and has included a handful of new effect options for instant image treatments. The company has also improved write speeds for raw files and both the speed and accuracy of its AF system. The model further impressed us with both its image quality and the direct control offered through its multitude of physical controls.

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Nikon Coolpix P7700

Price: £390/AU$580/US$400
Specs: 12MP, 1080p video

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The Nikon P7700 is a marked improvement over previous P series cameras, especially in terms of aesthetics and design. Now a camera that is much more pocketable, it still retains all the mode dials and manual controls that appeal to the more advanced photographer, plus an articulating screen and a hotshoe for adding accessories.

With a raft of premium compact cameras flooding the market, Nikon has produced a camera with a large 1/1.7-inch 12 million pixel CMOS sensor and a 7.1x optical zoom lens that is very likeable in many respects.

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Nikon Coolpix P510

Price: £400/AU$500/US$400
Specs: 16MP, 1080p video

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Trumping its wimpy-by-comparison 36x optical zoom predecessor the Nikon P500 with its new improved 42x zoom, the Nikon P510 is an amateur paparazzi's dream, courtesy of an ultra-wide 24-1000mm equivalent focal length. The build is 'DSLR lite', the zoom supported by lens-shift rather than sensor-shift image stabilisation, while a 16 megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor lies at its core. Performance is enhanced by an Expeed C2 image processor.

Slightly more exciting is a 3-inch 921k dot tilting LCD screen, which can be angled up or down but not swung out parallel to the body. Naturally Full HD video shooting is also included, and a GPS antenna sits over the lens barrel and pop-up flash. For sports fans, continuous burst shooting of up to 7fps is offered, which is better than most entry-level DSLRs at its price.

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