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Nikon Coolpix P7000 review

We put to rest all rumours about the Nikon P7000 camera

Nikon p7000

Image quality is superb – it's that simple. Test shots from the 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 lens were crisp and sharp, and showed none of the chromatic aberration that afflicted Nikon's cheaper S8000 superzoom.

The wide range of available apertures is useful as well - although if you can we'd urge shooting at wider apertures. Comparing images, shots taken at f/2.8 were considerably sharper than those taken at f/8.

The P7000's ISO sensitivity can be pushed as high as 6400, and Nikon's recent strength when it comes to low-light photography shines through. A few years ago you'd have been laughed at for suggesting that compact cameras would eventually produce usable images at ISO 1600, but the Nikon P7000 just about manages it.

Indeed, the images it produced at ISO 3200 were printable as well, although some decent noise-reduction software is going to be desirable. As ever, only the topmost setting produced fatally flawed images. ISO 6400 might be tempting for photographers looking to make the most of ambient light, but you'll have to deal with severe grain and pronounced colour shifts to be able to use it.

It's an enormously capable performer as well. The Coolpix P7000 is ready to shoot in under a second and a half, and offers a decently-specced continuous drive mode, at least for a compact. In 28.1 seconds it shot at a rate of 1.4fps, which is more than reasonable for most purposes.

The only drawback was the processing time afterwards - the camera sat with a "Please wait for the camera to finish recording" message for around another half minute. Shooting in the P7000's RAW mode produced more finger-drumming and reduced the continuous buffer to a measly five shots, but speed was un-impacted.

Nikon Coolpix P7000 ISO Test

ISO 800

ISO 800

ISO 1600

ISO 1600

ISO 3200

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

ISO 6400

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
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
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom7x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesFace Detection, Aperture Priority
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Weight (Approximate)310 g
Flash Memory Capacity79 MB
Minimum Focus Distance20 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution10.4 Megapixel
Height77 mm
Width114.2 mm
Depth44.8 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesP
Focal Length6 mm to 42.60 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelP7000
Product NameCoolpix P7000 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA450E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
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.

Battery Life350 Shot
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
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year