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Nikon P7700 review

Premium compact camera explored

Our Verdict

For

  • Good design
  • Manual control
  • Control dials and customisable buttons

Against

  • Slow shot-to-shot times
  • Not a touchscreen
  • Noisy at high ISOs

Nikon's P series of compact cameras are the company's answer to the ever popular Canon G series, such as the G12 and new Canon G15.

The latest in the lineup is the Nikon P7700. It features a large 1/1.7-inch 12 million pixel CMOS sensor, a 7.1x optical zoom lens and a fully articulating screen.

Though Nikon has chosen to keep a smaller sensor size than a couple of other premium compacts starting to enter the market (most notably the Canon G1 X and the Sony RX100), it's important to remember that the sensor size is exactly the same as that found in the Canon G15, very newly announced at Photokina 2012.

Nikon 7700 review

The lens, which offers an equivalent of 28-200mm in 35mm terms, is capable of going down to f/2.0 at the widest angle of the lens, rising up to f/4.0 at the top end.

That doesn't compare spectacularly well to other premium compacts currently on the market, with the Panasonic LX7 and Samsung EX1 both having f/1.4 optics, while the Sony RX100 and Fuji X-F1 can both reach f/1.8.

It's worth pointing out, however, that the Nikon P7700 does have a longer zoom capability, so it offers more flexibility in that respect. The Canon G15 features an f/1.8-2.8 lens, but only boasts 5x optical zoom.

Nikon 7700 review

Other features of the Nikon P7700 include a 921k dot vari-angle LCD screen, a fast EXPEED 2 image processing system, and high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 6400. As on most other premium compact models, the Nikon P7700 has the ability to shoot in raw format, while full manual control is also available, as well as semi-automatic modes.

Although not-built in, the Nikon P7700 is compatible with Eye-Fi cards, which enable you to directly transfer images over wireless networks. Other compatible accessories include a GPS unit, remote control and Speedlight flash units.

It's clear that the Nikon P7700 is a direct rival to the Canon G15. The Nikon P7700 retails at £500/AU$650/US$500, compared with £550/AU$630/US$500 for the Canon G15.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.2 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyCoolpix P
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom7.1x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Face Detection, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)392 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Flash Memory Capacity86 MB
Minimum Focus Distance20 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate120 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL14
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height72.5 mm
Width118.5 mm
Depth50.4 mm
Autofocus Points99
Product SeriesP
Focal Length6 mm to 42.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
Audio FormatsWAV, AAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Pre-flash, Flash Exposure Compensation
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelP7700
Product NameCoolpix P7700 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVNA180E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Take your creativity to new places with the COOLPIX P7700.

The bright 7.1x NIKKOR zoom lens with fast f/2.0-4.0 aperture enables vivid images in low light and beautiful background blur when you want to single out subjects. The large backlit CMOS sensor delivers superior results at high sensitivity.

You can capture unique perspectives with the vari-angle monitor, create shortcuts to favorite camera settings and shoot in RAW format. When you want to control the quality of light, Nikon's Creative Lighting System offers a range of compatible Speedlight flash units to help you do just that.

Battery Life330 Shot/1.17 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • Coolpix P7700 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap
  • Lens Cap LC-CP26 (Attached to the Camera Body)
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14 (with Terminal Cover)
  • Battery Charger MH-24
  • USB Cable UC-E17
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Software CD
  • Reference Manual CD
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone