Nikon Coolpix P7000 review

We put to rest all rumours about the Nikon P7000 camera

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Coolpix p7000

There's a huge amount to love about the P7000. It's small, it's tough, the lens is cracking and it takes great pictures. The video mode might not be too much to write home about but at least it's HD.

The manual dials all over the camera are definite plus points, and for photographers who know what they're doing it's fast to use, making none of the compromises that normally afflict compacts.

There is, however, a huge but. You won't pick up the P7000 for under £450, which is extremely expensive for a compact. For a mere fifty quid more you could get the Nikon D3100, which offers Full HD video recording, a faster burst mode (3fps to the P7000's 1.5fps), and of course, compatibility with Nikon's superb and voluminous range of professional lenses. It's actually only around twenty quid cheaper than the D5000, which remains a superb DSLR despite its age.

If you already have a DSLR and want a backup without investing in another interchangeable lens camera, the P7000 is a great choice. We love its performance and image quality. But by the same stroke, users looking for a backup body should seriously consider getting themselves another DSLR.

It'll relieve you of roughly the same amount of cash, and your backup camera will be compatible with the lenses and accessories you already own. Consider the P7000 if you're absolutely desperate to save space.

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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