Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review
When we started researching for this Nikon Coolpix P7000 review we expected the P7000 to be nothing more than just an update of the P6000. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that it actually is a complete reworking of this camera!
The P7000 fills the gap between smaller pocket-sized “Point and Shoot” cameras and a full DSLR camera. It is a compact camera that is also suitable for advanced amateurs and professionals.
“It fully meets my expectations as a quality substitute for a DSLR.” Doug
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Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review
Shooting with the stars
The Nikon Coolpix P7000 has a set of features that is comparable to a DSLR but it is much more compact and of a much lighter weight. This makes it the perfect travel companion and the perfect camera to carry with you on a daily basis.
You can hang it around your neck, put it in your coat pocket or carry it on your belt (with a special case).
In fact, you can taker the Nikon Coolpix P7000 even to concerts and other events where DSLR cameras are not allowed!!!
Allows for more spontaneity when you find that perfect shot
The P7000 is also faster to use than a DSLR camera allowing you to take more ad hoc pictures.
A comfortable rubberized grip and a thumb rest let you even shoot one-handed.
Nikon has equipped the Coolpix P7000 with a wonderful 3inch LCD screen. This screen is very bright and clear to see which makes the framing really easy. (Note from the author of Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review: Unfortunately, the LCD screen does not swivel or tilt).
However, Nikon have also added a Viewfinder (circular in shape) to give the user more choice and flexibility.
This can be especially useful during extremely bright sunshine or for those of us who simply prefer a more familiar way of framing.
“I had planned to go with a DSLR, but I’m glad I went with the P7000. It is compact, lightweight, and of good quality. The viewfinder is nice and bright and the controls are easy to understand and use. The image quality is very good. All in all, I enjoy using this camera very much and don’t miss lugging around all the extra lenses, etc., that come with a DSLR.” Woodguy
But the Nikon Coolpix P7000 offers even more choice and flexibility.
You can take pictures using the built-in flash or opt for an external one.
In addition, the P7000 can be enjoyed using the mechanical controls provided or the different menus displayed on the LCD screen. (Note from the author of Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review: The P7000 gives you nearly as much manual control as a DSLR camera. As a novice you can start by using the excellent auto mode to take superb pictures. As you get to know the camera better you will appreciate the possibilities the Nikon P7000 has to offer).
One of the biggest advantages of the Nikon P7000 compared to other cameras of its’ class is the longer zoom lens!
“Image quality is amazing for a point and shoot like this, even at full optical zoom it will really make me think twice when travelling as to whether to lug your DSLR.” G. Wright (“Wrighty”), Windy Harbor, NJ
This enables you to take pictures of a much greater range of subjects as well as objects.
Make it your own!
If you like things your way and you don’t like wasting time then you will be pleased to hear that the Nikon P7000 can easily and comprehensively be customized.
You can pre-program the P7000 to fit any of your standard shooting situations using the 3 user defined setting modes.
The “My Menu” set up let’s you also pick half a dozen menu items for fast access.
“This is a great camera if you’re looking for an extremely customizable compact camera.” Robert C.
Belief in quality
Note from the author of Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review: It is a joy to see that Nikon has taken a step away from the marketing driven race for sensory resolution power and has instead listened to reason. They have opted to equip the P7000 with a quality driven lower resolution sensor.
While this might seem strange to the novice photographer, it sounds very logical to the expert, as it allows you to take better quality pictures.
Due to its’ excellent sensitivity, the Nikon Coolpix P7000 let’s you take great pictures in low light and even in night situations (even at 1600 ISO).
“If you want DSLR-like performance in a P&S, definitely take a look at the P7000.” AmyP, Austin, Texas
The Nikon Coolpix P7000 features added White-balance and ISO Sensitivity bracketing. The automatic White Balance is exceptionally cool! (Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review)
To further help you to take great pictures the P7000 has a built-in neutral density filter.
All of these features are evidence that the Coolpix P7000 was designed to shoot photos that are similar in image quality to a DSLR camera.
Maximum quality control in post-production
The Nikon Coolpix P7000 offers an array of fairly extensive post-processing features to enhance your image quality.
D-lighting, for example, can be very useful for very bright or dark areas and soft-painted skin tones.
Special effects such as borders or miniature effects are included and all altered images are automatically stored in addition to the original.
In addition to JPEG format, the Nikon Coolpix P7000 also allows you to shoot in RAW format. this opens up a huge number of possibilities for post-production image quality control.
Those of us who are used to working with Capture NX2 can keep this workflow intact.
This is truly an immense advantage enabling every user to produce top class quality photos.
Make your own movies
Finally, the Nikon Coolpix P7000 also comes with 720p HD video capabilities. This is enough for good HD movie capture complete with Mic input. (Note from the author of Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review: Even though I personally don’t feel that an excellent camera also needs to be able to record movies, the P7000 does a good job. However, if your main objective is movie recording I recommend you buy a HD video camera).
Things to look out for
As good as the Nikon Coolpix P7000 is there is always room for improvement.
As mentioned above, the LCD display does not swivel or tilt. But this can be overcome by using the viewfinder.
Like all other “Point and Shoot” cameras, too, the P7000 has a certain shutter lag.
Exposed dials can accidentally turn on when camera is in pocket.
No battery meter in the camera so the best thing to do is to have a spare battery with you.
To take full advantage of all features a slight learning curve is required.
The P7000 is not usable under water. (Note from the author of Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review: While this might be an important criteria for some of us, it is probably less relevant for most of us).
We now come to the end of this Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review and to the all important verdict.
In the past, one had to choose between great image quality (while having to carry a bulky and heavy DSLR with lenses, flashes etc.) or carrying a smaller, compact point and shoot camera that only offered lower image quality.
The Nikon Coolpix P7000 is a great compact camera that offers the best of both worlds and closes this gap. It is a camera that is small and light enough to be a daily companion and it is able to take superb photos.
The aim of this Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review was to objectively present to you all the facts about this camera, to inform you and to assist you with your purchasing decision. You now know all the strength and weaknesses and in the end it comes down to personal preferences. Either way, the Nikon Coolpix P7000 is an excellent and outstanding camera that is well worth its’ money.
Nikon Coolpix P7000 Review
“…a very nice camera and well worth the money I paid. Were I to break this one, or perhaps to drop it into a stream I would buy another to replace it. In short I highly recommend this camera.” Ed F. Wilmington Delaware