Hands-On Review: Nikon COOLPIX P7700

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Join Larry Becker as he offers a hands-on review of the Nikon COOLPIX P7700 Digital Camera, which he describes as a high-end enthusiast's camera that will appeal to amateurs, pros, camera nerds who love its “loaded feature list” and anyone ready to step up from a standard point-and-shoot.

With a 12.2MP CMOS sensor, an articulated 3.0” LCD, a 28-200mm f/2.0-4.0 lens and Full HD 1080p video, it stacks up against the best compact cameras available. As someone who works with big DSLRs, Larry likes the fact that the P7700 was compact but “grab-able” and substantial enough to feel good in his hands. He also appreciates the direct access to pro-like control, made possible by top plate dials, and he mentions the Auto-scene modes and special effects available for newbies.

Its Quick Menu Button with “My Menu” makes for easy access to custom control, and its start-up time and zooming speed stand out. Larry goes on to mention some minor drawbacks, but is really impressed with the camera’s flash capabilities, which include a hot-shoe mount and a pop-up flash with commander mode, capable of controlling an off-camera Nikon Speedlight.

Camera Type Compact Digital Camera
Effective Pixels 12.2MP
Image Sensor  CMOS
Sensor Size 1/1.7"
Total Pixels 12.76MP (approx.)
Lens NIKKOR ED glass lens
Lens Focal Length  6.0-42.8mm (35mm equivalent: 28-200mm)
Lens Maximum Aperture f/2.0-4.0
Lens Construction  13 elements in 10 groups
Lens Zoom 7.1x
Digital Zoom  Up to 4x
Vibration Reduction  Lens-shift VR
Autofocus (AF)  Contrast-detect TTL AF
Autofocus (AF) Focus-Area Selection  Auto (9-area automatic selection), Center, Face Priority, Manual, Subject Tracking, Target Finding AF 
Focus Range  W: 20" (50 cm) to infinity; T: 32" (80 cm) to infinity; Macro: 0.8" (2 cm) to infinity
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 9-area auto selection, 99-area manual selection
Monitor Size 3.0" diagonal
Monitor Type Vari-angle TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Monitor Resolution 921,000-dots
Monitor Frame Coverage 100%
Storage Media  SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal Memory Approximately 86MB
Storage File System DCF, EXIF 2.3, DPOF and MPF compliant
File Formats Stills: JPEG, NRW (RAW); 3D Stills: MPO; Movies:MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC Stereo) Audio: WAV 
Movie  1920 x 1080p/30 fps; 1280 x 720p/30 fps; 640x480/30 fps
High Speed Movie 1920x1080 (15 fps); 1280 x 720 (60 fps); 640 x 480 (120 fps)
Image Size (Pixels) 4000 x 3000 (12M)
Sensitivity ISO 80-1600 (expandable to ISO 6400)
Exposure Metering 224-segment matrix, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes  Aperture-Priority Auto(A), Manual (M), Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Programmed Auto (P)
Exposure Compensation  +/-3EV in 1/3 steps
White Balance  Auto 1 (Normal), Auto 2 (warm), Choose Color Temp, Cloudy, Daylighth, Flash, Flourescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
Shutter Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter Speed  1/4000 - 1 second; 1/4000-60 seconds (when ISO at 80-400 in M mode)
Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution  Up to 6 shots at 8 fps
Aperture  Electronically controlled 7-blade iris diaphragm
Self-Timer  1, 2 or 10 seconds
Built-in flash Range W: 20" - 32' (0.5 - 10 m) T: 20" - 18' (0.5 - 5.5 m)
Built-in Flash Control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Interface Hi-speed USB  2.0
Interface Data Transfer Protocol  MTP, PTP
Video Output  NTSC/PAL
HDMI Output  Auto, 480p, 720p, 1080i
I/O terminal  A/V output, USB, 3.5mm stereo mini-pin, HDMI mini (Type C) connector, Accessory Terminal
Power Source EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery 
Tripod Socket 1/4"
Operating Environment  32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Dimensions 4.7 x 2.9 x 2.0" (118.5 x 72.5 x 50.4mm) 
Weight  13.9 oz (392 g)

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