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Nikon Coolpix P7100 review

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

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions, and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO Analyzer software to generate the graphs below.

Signal to noise ratio

Our lab results from the Nikon Coolpix P7100 show that there is an improvement over the Nikon Coolpix P7000 for signal to noise ratio, and these results are also better than those produced by the Canon PowerShot G12 and Olympus XZ-1. These results show that the Nikon P7100 handles noise well, with less noise in images across the sensitivity range than the comparison cameras.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

Nikon coolpix p7100 signal to noise ratio
Nikon coolpix p7100 signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Nikon Coolpix P7100 show improved noise performance over the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and are on a par with those from the Canon PowerShot G12 and Olympus XZ-1

Nikon coolpix p7100 signal to noise ratio
Nikon coolpix p7100 signal to noise ratio

After conversion to TIFF, raw images from the Nikon Coolpix P7100 show improved noise performance over the Nikon Coolpix P7000, Canon PowerShot G12and Olympus XZ-1

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, please click here to read the full article.

Dynamic range

When it comes to dynamic range there is only a marginal improvement over the Nikon Coolpix P7000, and while it cannot match the Canon PowerShot G12 and Olympus XZ-1 its performance is still better than average, showing that it's capable of capturing a good amount of both shadow and highlight detail across the sensitivity range.

Nikon coolpix p7100 dynamic range
Nikon coolpix p7100 dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Nikon Coolpix P7100's JPEG dynamic range relates closely to the Nikon Coolpix P7000, but it cannot match the Canon PowerShot G12 and Olympus XZ-1.

Nikon coolpix p7100 raw dynamic range
Nikon coolpix p7100 raw dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Nikon Coolpix P7100's raw files (after conversion to TIFF) dynamic range is an improvement over the Nikon Coolpix P7000, and beats both the Canon PowerShot G12 and Olympus XZ-1 at sensitivities over around ISO 200.

For a full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests, please read our full guide to noise and dynamic range results.

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
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