Nikon CoolPix P7000

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The new Nikon CoolPix P7000 fills a slot that's been glaringly open for quite some time—namely, a high performance, point-and-shoot camera designed with the sort of features advanced amateurs and pros seek in a compact camera.


While Canon has been producing its rather successful series of "G" cameras for many years, this slot has remained vacant in Nikon's lineup. If you're a motor head, you might say the CoolPix P7000 is Nikon's  "Camaro" answer to Canon's "Mustang."

More than a "me too" camera, the Nikon CoolPix P7000 contains quite a few innovations of its own that serious shooters should find well worth the P7000's fair price of admission. For starters, the P7000 features a large-for-its-class 1/1.7" RGB CCD imaging sensor that packs 10.1 effective megapixels and a 7.1x 6.0-42.6mm (f/2.8–f/5.6) Nikkor zoom that covers the equivalent field of view of a 28–200mm lens.

In addition to close focusing down to 0.8" (2 cm), the P7000's zoom contains dual ED glass elements to suppress chromatic aberration, a lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) system to smooth out the bumps when shooting under low lighting conditions, and a 6-bladed iris diaphragm. For capturing fast-moving subjects there's also a Zoom Memory function that allows you to preset a tele-range focal length so you can quickly shift from wide angle to the predetermined focal length in order to capture the action from start to finish.

As one would expect, the CoolPix P7000 captures stills as JPEGs or as RAW (NRW) files, which can be processed on both Windows and Mac platforms. Image quality gets its boost and ooomph from Nikon's new EXPEED C2 image processor. For video, the P7000 can capture 720p video (1280 x 720 @ 24 fps) with stereo sound, and for those looking to go beyond the camera's built-in audio recording system, there's a 3.5mm mic port for plugging in higher-quality microphones (optional), which can be mounted on the P7000's accessory hot shoe.

A particularly neat feature found in the CoolPix P7000 is a built-in, 3-stop ND (neutral density) filter that allows you to shoot at wider apertures under bright lighting conditions for selective focusing, or slower shutter speeds for blurring moving objects such as flowing water or pedestrian traffic under similarly sunny skies.  

For composing stills and video imagery you have a choice of using the camera's optical finder (a rapidly vanishing comodity among point-and-shoot digicams), which displays about 80% of the total viewing area, or a bright 3", 921,000-dot TFT LCD, which displays 100% of the total image area. In addition to five levels of brightness adjustment to best meet your immediate viewing needs, the P7000's LCD also has a Virtual Horizon feature that makes it easy to keep your stills and video clips level to the horizon line.


The CoolPix P7000's 3", 921,000-dot TFT LCD offers 
five levels of brightness control and a Virtual Horizon feature.

Among the functional details that should make the CoolPix P7000 appealing to serious shooters are the analog-style dials and camera controls that enable quick exposure adjustments on the fly. Among these are separate control dials for exposure compensation and a Quick Menu dial for ISO, White Balance, Bracketing, Image Quality, Tonal Levels and Personal Settings.

A large dial is centrally located for setting the shooting mode (Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter-Priority, and Manual), the Scene mode, Video and Extended Range shooting modes. A separate button activates the camera's Aperture or Shutter-speed bracketing feature.

In the sensitivity department, the CoolPix P7000 has a native ISO speed of 100, which can be extended as high as ISO 12,800. 

As mentioned earlier, the CoolPix P7000 has a TTL-enabled accessory hot shoe, with which you can make use of all of the bells and whistles made possible by Nikon SB-series Speedlights.

In addition to approximately 79MB of built-in memory, the Nikon CoolPix P7000 accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion EN-EL14 battery, which according to the spec sheets, is good for about 350 still pix per charge.

To learn more about Nikon's CoolPix P7000, which is available for preorder as of this posting, stay tuned for our upcoming hands-on review.

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How much will this camera cost?

Anonymous wrote:

How much will this camera cost?

$499

Does this camera allow me to shoot in Black and White as well as Sepia? 

Anonymous wrote:

Does this camera allow me to shoot in Black and White as well as Sepia? 

I'm sure it probably does, but you can do a much better job converting a color photo to Sepia or Black & White in post-production using software.  B & W conversions in-camera leave a lot to be desired, in my opinion.

Could Nikon possibly try any harder to make it look like a Canon Powershot G11?  Oh well - if you're going to steal, steal from the BEST.

Steal from the best?  Nikon is the BEST - so it's unable to steal from itself!

Anonymous wrote:

Could Nikon possibly try any harder to make it look like a Canon Powershot G11?  Oh well - if you're going to steal, steal from the BEST.

really, stealing from the Best, sorry mate,  Canon doesn't have cameras in the Space.

Anonymous wrote:

Could Nikon possibly try any harder to make it look like a Canon Powershot G11?  Oh well - if you're going to steal, steal from the BEST.

This is ridiculous.  And what does the G11 look like?  Like all of the 35mm rangefinder cameras that came before it.  This is not a look unique to Canon.  What appeals about the G11 is that it looks like those old 35mm RF cameras.  Leica started this look.  If anyone, Nikon copied Leica. 

REALLY looking forward to getting one - maybe for the holidays this winter.  Seems perfect for the time when I want to have a good camera with me, but don't want to turn it into a photowalk, like family activities.  And, I won't be stopped from bringing it into concert venues, since it doesn't have "detachable lenses."   

That is so good for me but im waiting from Nikon abetter video HD (1080) and a zoom range from 28mm to 300mm in this camera with a price of $400.

Does this camera have a setting in the shooting menu for shooting in vivid, similar to some of the DSLRs.

Does it have GPS like the P6000?

Does this camera accept fillters, such as CPL or UV?  If so, do you know what size?

Too me it is a toss up from the Panasonic LX5 because of the speed of the lens and and the Nikon P7000 28-200 is remarkable in a sub-compact camera like this. If I don't want to lug around my D90 to my kids sporting events and change out lenses this sure would be nice to have.  

 hello, i'm living in france, i'm air france crew member, and i come frequently in new york! can you give me by mail your price for the nikon P7000? thanks very much and shalom

How about adding a viewing system, to articulate the LCD for easy viewing?