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Nikon Coolpix P7100 review

Has Canon's PowerShot G-series finally met its match?

Our Verdict

For

  • Offers a superb level of manual control
  • Very good image quality
  • Well-controlled noise
  • Very robust build quality
  • Plenty of customisable options

Against

  • No Easy Panorama mode
  • Slow continuous shooting rate
  • No Full HD movie mode (offers 720p)
  • Similar price to an entry-level DSLR

Nikon coolpix p7100

The JPEGs that come straight out of the camera are beautifully detailed, featuring faithful tones and true-to-life colours with just the right level of punch to them. The Nikon Coolpix P7100 also provides the added benefit of being able to shoot raw files, giving you the ultimate level of control over the entire shooting process from capture to computer, at the same time as enabling you to really maximise the potential of the images you create with this formidable camera.

Chromatic aberration is generally well-controlled, although there is some evidence of fringing in between areas of high contrast in some scenes - generally only visible if you start 'pixel-peeping'. Distortion is similarly well-controlled throughout the 7.1x optical zoom lens's focal range and the level of sharpness delivered across the board is also impressive.

For those who want to ease themselves into the experience of shooting with such an advanced compact camera (or if you just want to take a break from the manual modes), there are plenty of automatic exposure modes on offer. Auto mode takes care of everything for you and produces consistently high-quality results, with accurately-exposed, pleasingly coloured shots with minimal effort on the photographer's part.

If you want to get a bit more involved, there are 18 scene modes to choose from - each of which is manually selectable - although you get the added bonus of the Scene Auto Selector if you can't decide which to use or want to speed things up a bit. The modes on offer cover just about every shooting situation, including the 'usual suspects' such as Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night Portrait, in addition to a flash-free Museum mode, useful Backlighting Correction feature and a Pet Portrait mode.

We're a little disappointed that Nikon's impressive Easy Panorama feature hasn't made it onto the list, but you do get a manual Panorama Assist option instead. Each of the scene modes produces very good results, and the Auto Selector proves itself to be adept at correctly interpreting our subjects, successfully picking an appropriate mode with consistency.

Also on the mode dial is Nikon's array of special effects, each of which can be previewed on screen as you scroll through the options. On offer is Creative monochrome, Painting, Zoom Exposure, Defocus During Exposure, Cross Process, Soft, Nostalgic Sepia, High Key, Low Key and Selective Color.

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Normal, with no effects applied

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Creative monochrome

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Painting

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Defocus During Exposure

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Cross Process

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Soft

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Each setting adds its own distinctive look to your images in-camera, processing them quickly and producing pleasing results that enable that little extra bit of creativity if you want some time away from your computer screen.

When it comes to noise control, the Nikon Coolpix P7100 fares better than its predecessor as well as succeeding in out-performing the competition at higher ISO sensitivities. The camera does a decent job of suppressing noise across its native range, maintaining an impressive level of detail at all but the very top settings.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom7.1x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Weight (Approximate)395 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity94 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
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height99.1 mm
Width116.8 mm
Depth48.3 mm
Autofocus Points99
Focal Length6 mm to 42.60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC, WAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelP7100
Product NameCoolpix P7100 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA840E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Coolpix P7100 is a great way to pack light and still take complete control over your shots.

The large 10 megapixel image sensor and fast image processor deliver clean, detailed results whether you shoot at high or low sensitivity.

The tilting LCD screen lets you shoot from unusual angles and its advanced molivie capabilities include the option to select and lock your preferred auto exposure.

Battery Life350 Shot
Package Contents
  • Coolpix P7100 Compact Camera
  • Strap AN-CP21
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio/Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Lens Cap
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone