Nikon Coolpix P7000 review

We put to rest all rumours about the Nikon P7000 camera

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Nikon p7000

The Nikon P7000 looks the business. Clad in dull, gunmetal black and following the G12's approach of scattering the toplate with dials and buttons, it is, like its Canon cousin, an intimidating camera at first, particularly if you're not familiar with terminology such as "BKT", "QUAL" or "WB" might mean.

But if you are, the Nikon P7000 is a snap to set up. The menu system is excellent, as is the 3-inch, 921,000-pixel monitor, but you won't have to poke it into action much.

Nikon p7000

On the left-hand side a dial allows you to choose from Quality, ISO, white balance and bracketing. Select one and push the button in the centre and the current settings are displayed on the screen for you to change with a spin of the rear-mounted click wheel. You also get a dedicated PASM dial, as well as an exposure compensation dial that allows you to dial in plus or minus three stops.

Nikon p7000

The back of the camera is similarly busy. The flash is manually-activated, while the four-way direction pad acts as a shortcut to flash settings, the self-timer and has two buttons dedicated to the focus mode. The first allows you choose from normal, macro, infinity and a manual mode.

The latter blows up the centre of the frame - pushing the D-pad up or down moves focus backwards and forwards. It works well, although it's not exactly fast enough for moving subjects. The other focus button allows you to choose your focus zone. You can select it yourself, or have it track a subject, or prioritise faces.

In use the Nikon P7000 works extremely well, give or take a few instances of lag when accessing the menu system. It certainly feels like it'll take the odd knock and thwack.

Nikon p7000

The only weak spot is the hopeless optical viewfinder, which is incredibly cramped and doesn't impart focus information - only focal length. The LCD monitor is a much more reliable choice.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyCoolpix P
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom7x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesFace Detection, Aperture Priority
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Weight (Approximate)310 g
Image Sensor Size1/1.7" (7.60 mm x 5.70 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height77 mm
Width114.2 mm
Depth44.8 mm
Product SeriesP
Focal Length6 mm to 42.60 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelP7000
Product NameCoolpix P7000 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control
  • Programmed Auto
  • Shutter Priority Auto
  • Aperture-Priority Auto
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA450E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The COOLPIX P7000 looks like a classic, carries like a compact and handles like an SLR. Perfect for photographers who want complete control, it delivers a performance worthy of a pro and proves that nothing is out of bounds when you have the right equipment.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix P7000 Compact Camera
  • Audio Video EG-CP16
  • Battery EN-EL14
  • Battery Charger MH-24
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Strap AN-CP22
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year