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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 launch price for this camera isn't cheap at £499.99 - around the same as an entry-level DSLR kit - but once the street price settles it should bring the Nikon Coolpix P7100 into line with the competition.

The larger size of the Nikon Coolpix P7100 - like the Canon G12 - means that there's plenty of space for controls on its outer surface. While you might struggle to stuff this camera into an average-sized pocket, the pay-off you get in terms of handling is worth it, in our opinion.

The amount of options and settings that are directly accessible from the camera body makes the Nikon Coolpix P7100 slick to operate whether you're shooting with it on Auto or manual: just about every key setting that you might want to alter quickly while shooting is at your fingertips, so you'll rarely need to dip into the main menu system.

The claims Nikon made at this camera's launch with regard to improved handling were certainly borne out during our test period, thanks in no small part to the Nikon Coolpix P7100's new EXPEED 2 processor.

The Nikon Coolpix P7100's autofocus system is fast and accurate, the camera is quick to start up and shot-to-shot times - including when shooting RAW files - are much improved in comparison to the criticised P7000. In terms of functionality, the Nikon Coolpix P7100 matches rivals in most respects, but its 7.1x optical zoom is the Nikon Coolpix P7100's trump card over its main - less well-endowed - competitors, adding another level of flexibility to its feature-set.

We liked

The snappy autofocus system and comprehensive array of controls scattered across the robust camera body keep the shooting process slick, and the Nikon Coolpix P7100 delivers great-looking images whether you shoot on Auto or in one of the manual modes. The flexibility of being able to capture RAW files is the icing on the cake.

We disliked

The sheer number of controls the Nikon Coolpix P7100 offers may prove daunting for less-experienced users, and some may be disappointed with the lack of Full HD movie-making capability. Action photographers are unlikely to be bowled over by the camera's continuous shooting rate, either.

Final verdict

The number of upgraded features in comparison to the older model it replaces may not be numerous, but the changes that have been made are very significant. The combination of superb image quality and total manual control, along with a much-improved - dare we say - snappy performance, leaves a lasting impression.

In short: the Nikon Coolpix P7100 is the camera that the P7000 should have been.

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