Nikon Coolpix P7100

$400
  • 10 MP
  • 7.1x f/2.8
  • 1/1.8" CCD
  • 3" LCD
Released August, 2011
Other key features include the versatile 28-200mm zoom, 720p movies with stereo sound plus a port for an external mic, and even a true optical viewfinder for the purist.
Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

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Features Key features of the Nikon Coolpix P7100

Front view of Nikon Coolpix P7100
The P7100 has a 7.1x zoom lens with a focal range of 28-200mm, more versatile than the Canon PowerShot G12 and a realistic alternative to lugging around either a 'super zoom' bridge camera or actual DSLR without having to compromise too much on features or handling.
Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

megapixels

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16.1 MP

10 MP
14.2 MP
20 MP
Overall the Nikon P7100's results are very good for a compact 10MP sensor, but naturally it can't quite match the resolution offered by the likes of larger interchangeable lens compacts.
Coolpix P7100 by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
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sensor size

Nikon Coolpix P7100
Nikon D5100
Canon PowerShot G1X
The P7100 uses a 1/1.7inch CCD sensor, which in terms of surface area is approximately twice the size of the standard 1/2.3inch sensor found in the vast majority of compacts.
Coolpix P7100 by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
Also, we don't want to overplay the size aspect - the P7100 is still smaller than a typical Micro Four Thirds or Sony NEX-series interchangeable lens camera with standard zoom, and of course with the P7100 you get a 28-200mm (equivalent) lens.
Coolpix P7100 by DPReview (Feb, 2012)

wide angle lens

Nikon Coolpix P7100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Fujifilm Finepix X10
The front of the Nikon Coolpix P7100 features the aforementioned 7x zoom lens surrounded by a metal ring that can be unscrewed to allow for supplementary Nikon attachments such as wide angle or telephoto converters.
Coolpix P7100 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
The 200mm maximum telephoto setting is a key difference between the P7100 and the G12, bringing candid and detail shots within reach, while the 28mm wide-angle setting makes it easy to shoot subjects like buildings in narrow streets or a group of your friends in a confined space.
Coolpix P7100 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

aperture size

Nikon Coolpix P7100
Canon PowerShot G15
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Maximum aperture is f/2.8 at 28mm, rising incrementally to f/5.6 at 200mm.
Coolpix P7100 by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
A significant new addition to the P7100 is the rotary multi selector, predominantly used for changing the aperture in the advanced shooting modes.
Coolpix P7100 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

zoom range

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With a bevy of manual control points, the P7100 is a dream for fans of 'hands on' photography.
Coolpix P7100 by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
For a start it's cheaper, offers a wider focal range, while the LCD monitor is larger and sharper too.
Coolpix P7100 by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)

body size

114 x 77 x 45 mm
127 x 96.5 x 78.7 mm
117 x 81 x 65 mm
The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is a relatively thick and heavy compact camera, closely resembling the popular Canon Powershot G-series in terms of both dimensions and weight.
Coolpix P7100 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
At extremely close inspection, the P7100's videos are slightly more detailed and less prone to the heavy compression artifacting (especially in areas of high detail and fast movement) that could be seen on the P7000.
Coolpix P7100 by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Nikon Coolpix P7100

shutter lag

Nikon Coolpix P7100
Canon PowerShot G1X
Nikon Coolpix P7700
The P7100 has a springy shutter button with a definite halfway point, with the camera taking a very brief moment to determine focus and exposure but with no discernable shutter delay thereafter.
Coolpix P7100 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)
The Coolpix P7100 is the successor to the one-year-old P7000, the main additions being a rotary multi selector, second function button, tilting LCD screen, faster image processing and response times, and a Special Effects mode.
Coolpix P7100 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

battery life

350 photos
660 photos
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The P7100 is powered by a 7.4v lithium ion battery, good for around 350 shots, that slots into the base alongside the SD / SDHC / SDXC card compartment.
Coolpix P7100 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

max continuous shooting

Continuous shooting speed also sees an incremental increase, although at 1.2fps it’s hardly about to win any prizes for speed either.
Coolpix P7100 by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
Continuous shooting has sadly not been similarly improved.
Coolpix P7100 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

DxOMark low light performance

Nikon Coolpix P7100
Nikon D5100
Canon PowerShot G1X
The Nikon P7100 features the same 'Low noise night mode' as the P7000 which is designed to allow you to shoot in low light with less visible noise than you would be able to using a high ISO setting alone.
Coolpix P7100 by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
With the P7100's 1/1.7" sensor, recording in low light can produce better results with less visible noise than you might normally find on smaller compacts with a 1/2.3" sensor.
Coolpix P7100 by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • 7.1x
  • Generic
  • Yes
  • 3.5mm
  • Optical
  • 20 mm
  • 350
  • Stitches together multiple photos into a single ultra-wide view
  • Combines multiple photos together to capture both bright and dark areas
  • 1/4000 s

cons

  • f/2.8
  • 41.0
  • 1/1.8"
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • 6,400 ISO
  • Aug, 2011
  • 10.7 ev
  • 1.3 fps
  • 19.4 bits
  • 10 MP
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • 165 ISO
  • 1,900 ms
  • Won't have that film look
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 90%
Read the review (Dec, 2011)
In addition to the built-in pop-up flash, the P7100 also sports a hotshoe that accepts flashguns from the Nikon Speedlight range should you require a bit more power than the GN7 @ ISO 100 of the built-in strobe.
Rated 69%
Read the review (Feb, 2012)
Color rendition and saturation on the P7100 are quite pleasing and natural.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Oct, 2011)
The Nikon Coolpix P7100's image quality is excellent for a compact camera with a small image sensor.

Lens

Nikon’s Active D-Lighting technology is also present to help lift shadow detail when exposing for highlight areas, backed up by Noise Reduction and Distortion Control to counter barrel distortion when shooting at extreme wideangle settings.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
This is far from a perfect solution (the P7100 has a wide-ranging zoom lens, and a 'safe' minimum shutter speed means something very different at 28mm equivalent than 200mm) but it is at least a degree of control.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 69% by by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
Compared to competitors like Olympus's XZ-1 and Fujifilm's X10, the P7100's main advantage is its wider zoom range.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 69% by by DPReview (Feb, 2012)

Sensor

The processed raw likewise shows impressively fine resolution, and while there's a bit more color moiré, the narrower-radius sharpening we've applied results in a cleaner image without sharpening artifacts.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 69% by by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
Should you want to tinker with your images in-camera, a wide selection of editing controls are offered including Raw image processing, which can be used to turn Raw image files into more computer-friendly JPEGs.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
It’s quite effective for general day-to-day photography, although if you’re able to shoot in Raw you will find the relevant Photoshop tool more effective.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)

Screen

The LCD screen might be articulated, but it is the same excellent 3in, 921k-dot display as before.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 69% by by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
The most obvious physical additions are a command dial on the front of the camera, and of course that flip-out LCD screen on the rear.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 69% by by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
Although not as versatile as a side-mounted LCD, it is nevertheless a very welcome addition that makes the camera more useful in a wider variety of situations.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2011)

Zoom

Despite the P7100's fairly long zoom range, fringing is not overly apparent in most JPEG images shots except when viewing images at 100.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 69% by by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
The P7100 is a very capable camera with an impressive level of manual control - significantly more than you'll find on most compact interchangeable lens system cameras, and more than some mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (we're looking at you, J1 and V1).
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 69% by by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
The Nikon P7100 is a well-rounded camera which offers a huge amount of manual control that is both quick to access and intuitive in use.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 69% by by DPReview (Feb, 2012)

Photography

That said, it could be invaluable for some types of photography - star trails, for instance.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 69% by by DPReview (Feb, 2012)
In addition, the P7100 also gets a Virtual Horizon that's a really useful tool for landscape compositions.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)
Shooting in raw mode allows a lot of creative freedom to enhance or correct images after they're taken.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 | Rated 69% by by DPReview (Feb, 2012)

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Editions Editions of the Nikon Coolpix P7100

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