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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

Resolution charts

As part of our image quality testing for the Nikon P7100, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Nikon P7100 is capable of resolving up to around 18 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 100
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 100

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 100
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 18 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 200
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 18 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 400
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 18 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 800
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 18 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 1600
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 16 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 3200
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 14 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 6400
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 14 (see full image)

Raw images

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 100
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 22 (See full image)

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 200
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 20 (See full image)

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 400
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 20 (See full image)

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 800
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 18 (See full image)

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 1600
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 16 (See full image)

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 3200
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 16 (See full image)

Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 6400
Nikon coolpix p7100 resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 16 (See full image)

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