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NikonCOOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (28)
  • Large clear LCD (27)
  • Image stabilization (24)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (21)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (26)
  • Travel (25)
  • Family photos (22)
  • Low light (20)
  • Wildlife (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (16), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The little camera that could

I have been a "serious" photographer for over 40 years and have worked with all kind of film and digital gear. My main system is a pro-level APS-C. About a...Read complete review

I have been a "serious" photographer for over 40 years and have worked with all kind of film and digital gear. My main system is a pro-level APS-C. About a month ago, I replaced my "go anywhere" Canon G12 with the P7800 and have been doing a good amount of "break in" shooting with it (Raw+jpeg, A mode, low ISO, developed in DxO Optics Pro 9 and processed in Photosop CS6). This is not a DSLR and should not be compared with one. It is a larger compact camera that I can still have with me everywhere I go. Considering its class and size, the P7800 is very well built and feels good enough in my average size male hands. It has a set of features for manual and auto shooting that rivals an entry-level DSLR's (just allow me this one comparizon). The unique EVF is necessarily small but a tremendous improvement in comparizon with no EVF or the optical finder of the Canon G series. The fully articulated LCD is bright and sharp, and comes very handy when your eye can't get to the EVF (i.e ground level closeups and over your head shooting). The sharp lens has a record range and is quite bright. With an inexpensive UHS-1 memory card, 12MP Raw+jpeg write speed is a decent 1.5sec/frame. After studying the manual and getting familiar with settings and commands, the P7800 does a very good job with Nature (closeups included), landscape, indoor, family, and even moderate action, night and simple product photography. IQ is such that, with proper shooting and processing, I can easily make fine-art quality prints up to 16x24" with my 17" photo printer. I am very happy with this camera but, as usual, try before you buy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A good but disappointing camera

I am a pretty serious amateur photographer. Wanted a smaller camera to take with me to shoot both snapshots and more important subjects. Wanted some capability and control that one cannot get with a...Read complete review

I am a pretty serious amateur photographer. Wanted a smaller camera to take with me to shoot both snapshots and more important subjects. Wanted some capability and control that one cannot get with a point and shoot. I am disappointed that the smallest aperture opening is F8. Biggest problem is that I cannot use the RAW feature. Although the RAW feature is available on the camera, Nikon changed the suffix to NRW instead of NEF. This is not recognizable by Photoshop versions clear up to CS5. Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC for Photographers recognizes NRW, but I do not want to add the expense of new software on top of the cost of the camera. Nikon did not make this very clear about the raw file change in their advertisements.

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5.0

Amazing camera in a small package

By IQ Shutterbug

from Anaheim, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Articulating Lcd Screen
  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Loaded With Many Features
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Zooming Is A Bit Slow

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • General use
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Very Light

Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

I'm basically a Canon camera guy. I have a 20D, 5D & 5D MarkII for my professional work and a G12 for those many trips that my wife & I love to take. I've been looking for a good or better substitute for G12 which I didn't find in succeeding models G13-16. But Nikon's P7800 is one amazing, little camera that could do a lot. I bought it for a friend, but after test-driving it myself, I fell in love with it and would buy another to replace my old G12.

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5.0

Great creative control when you want it

By PJ the Artisan

from Hartsel, CO

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

    I purchased the P7800 primarily to do take photos of my handcrafted artisan jewelry for my online selling ventures. I like the lens speed, the zoom range is appropriate to my subjects, and the ability to set and save user functions like aperture, ISO, metering, and white balance. I love that you can attach a shutter release cord and I purchased one with the camera. The articulating monitor screen is the best!!! I can use the camera comfortably on the tripod at different heights and even do self-portraits and be able to view the screen from in front of the camera. Others have stated where the EVF falls short, and it is true, but it is great having the viewfinder for outdoor macro photography. All-in-all it appears to be a camera to grow with and get photos that will sell my crafted items.

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    5.0

    OMG!

    By JGD

    from NYC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

    I needed a small camera for travel. I love the 7800! To be fair I shot 5 stops up and down so any delay was on my part for processing.

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    4.0

    So far, so good

    By photo 1

    from Long Island, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

      Picture quality is excellent, tilt screen lcd is a very welcome feature.
      When shooting movies outdoors the microphones pick up the slightest wind breeze. The camera has many useful features.

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      5.0

      Great choice

      By Tom

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Too big for pocket

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Photojournalism
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

      I started using this camera for travel on trips where my Canon 7D with a telephoto lens was just too big to carry. I was looking for a camera that was small enough to carry on my belt, works well in low light, and takes great pictures under many different situations. This camera does all of this. Additionally, it has a 5X rather than the usual 3X digital zoom lens. This is very useful, and unusual for a fast lens that works well in low light situations.

      Finally, it is easy to use, and I really bought it for my wife to take with her on a wilderness adventure. She is technophobic, and even she loved it. Between the auto mode and the "Scene" mode (automatically programmed for about 10 different difficult situations), it is quite easy to use even for a point and shoot photographer.

      The quality of the pictures are better than any of my previous pocket cameras, but a bit below that of my Canon 7D in terms of the depth.

      Although more pricy than many small cameras, for the quality and versatility, it is a good value.

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      5.0

      This is the Point & Shoot you need!!!!!

      By As.Seen.Through.These.Eyes

      from East Coast of Massachusetts

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

        I saw this camera at a Nikon show when it came out. I asked the Nikon rep if people were going to pay that much for a Point and Shoot and he simply handed me the camera for me to judge for myself. It had a good feel and weight but I was not able to explore everything this camera had to offer.

        Later that week I did some online research and watched some unboxing/preview videos and was just blown away with what this camera could do.

        So I took a chance and bought it. I could always return it if I wasn't fully satisfied right?

        I lug 50+ lbs. of gear with me most of the time and for professional shoots I need most of it. But when I'm out and about and NOT on a photo shoot and think, "Gee, did I wish I had this lens, or that zoom." I just reach for the P7800 and can almost always get what I am looking for in a shot. My Pro Gear can now stay safe at home and not with me in a just-in-case photo op and be charged and at the ready for those Pro Gigs.

        Now with that said, This pocket-fitting camea has so much more going for it like the multitude of effects that comes built in. It isn't a photoshop replacement but it does have its own creative niche. (Just watch a video on its features!)

        But, Is it worth that price? YES! If you are looking at an Entry-Level Consumer Grade DSLR and a few lenses just buy this camera instead. You will thank me later!

        I won't leave home without it and neither will you.

        This is the first time I have EVER given a product a 5 Star rating. Worth every STAR!!!!!

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        5.0

        Great camera for the Pro or Amatuture

        By Stevestuff

        from Princeton, WV

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

          I have been a Professional Photographer for 43 years and have always used Nikon. The Nikon P7800 has every function plus I can use it with my Nikon SB- 700, 800,900 flash units. All of my remote units also work with this camera.. Great size and weight to carry with you all of the time.. Images look super....

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          4.0

          "So far so good"

          By Arlie

          from Washington

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

            I already own Nikon camera's and lenses. I wanted a point and shoot camera to take on vacation. I picked this one because of the 28-200 focal length range, image stabilization, low-light shooting, accessory shoe, being able to adjust the monitor (low or high positions), and that I already own Nikon cameras.

            Easy to learn the set up.
            Super pictures (this was really important)
            great battery life (get the newer EN-EL14a)
            fits in my purse
            Don't have to lug around heavy lenses

            Two complaints...
            1)Learning to hold the camera where you are supposed to. My thumb tended to push all the buttons surrounding the actual place to put your thumb. But, easy to overcome!
            2)Wish it came with the complete instruction booklet already printed. (you have to go online and download)
            Haven't tried movie mode yet...I just got the camera...but am looking forward to it.

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            5.0

            Wonderful Camera

            By Beezodog

            from Wheaton, IL

            Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

            Best Coolpix I have had the pleasure of owning. Superb image quality. RAW images can be opened in both Photoshop and Lightroom. CCoColt accuracy is

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            4.0

            Almost Perfect

            By Corey

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color

            Cons

            • Lagshutter Delay In Raw

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

            Does everything we wanted except rapid shooting in RAW.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Great camera

            By Look49

            from Somerset NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

              Great camera in a small package. Lives up to Nikon quality.

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              • No

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              5.0

              The best small digital camera!

              By belegede

              from Little Rock, AR

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Concealable
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

                The Coolpix P7800 is the ideal size for my use when traveling where lugging larger cameras might attract too much attention. Its swiveled screen allows for a multitude of views without revealing your presence. The image results are high quality and most adaptable to my needs.

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                5.0

                Exlpensive but worth it

                By Scoutmaster Bob

                from Eugene, OREGON

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

                Bought this to replace a lost P5000 which was half the weight and size; but also half the zoom range and lens speed. I am very impressed with the image quality of the lens, and it's zoom range. The electronic viewfinder is light years better than the old optical system and covers 100% of the image taken, not 70%. The articulating 3" viewing screen is a plus, and very sharp. Exposures are right on, and flash shots are surprisingly well exposed. With my SB800 Nikon flash it works as well as my Nikon D80. But this camera — which fits in a "belly pack" — is much easier to carry around with me for "just in case" photo situations. And you could shoot a wedding with this camera and the external flash. Nikon got it right with the P7800. Bob WIlson, Eugene OR.

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                5.0

                A GREAT camera to take on the road.

                By Jerry the Nikon buff.

                from Manchester, New Jersey

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

                    The camera is light and the photos are sharp as a tack. I've been a Nikon fan and camera owner since the '90's. A real quality company.

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera...Wonderful Shots!

                    By Nikon Maven

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

                      Just put my new camera through its paces during a two-week vacation to South America. Bottom line: easy to operate, perfect size and weight for travelers, professional quality results. I'm delighted!

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                      3.0

                      A good but disappointing camera

                      By I don't have a nickname

                      from Kansas

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Poor Flash
                      • Smallest F-stop Is F8
                      • Unable To Use Raw Images

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

                      I am a pretty serious amateur photographer. Wanted a smaller camera to take with me to shoot both snapshots and more important subjects. Wanted some capability and control that one cannot get with a point and shoot. I am disappointed that the smallest aperture opening is F8. Biggest problem is that I cannot use the RAW feature. Although the RAW feature is available on the camera, Nikon changed the suffix to NRW instead of NEF. This is not recognizable by Photoshop versions clear up to CS5. Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC for Photographers recognizes NRW, but I do not want to add the expense of new software on top of the cost of the camera. Nikon did not make this very clear about the raw file change in their advertisements.

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                      2.0

                      Don't like it

                      By Mel

                      from Spencerville Ontario Canada

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • Lag / Shutter Delay

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

                      I don't like there is no auto shutter on the lens.
                      Very very slow to start up.
                      Dials are always moving.
                      To big a camera for me.
                      But
                      It takes great pictures.
                      Pictures down load fast.

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                      5.0

                      Exceptionally well balanced package

                      By Glenn M.

                      from Connecticut

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

                        I wanted a camera having DSLR sophistication and customization, a long zoom, a fast lens, very good image quality, and a size that could fit in a cargo or jacket pocket.

                        The P7800 is a home run on all these scores.

                        On top of that, the "hand feel" is rock solid, the control ergonomics are excellent, and the combination of swiveling LCD and EVF make for a viewing package that is possibly the best and most versatile in the P&S world.

                        I use this for indoor family shots, around town and travel photography, hiking, canoeing (stored a small Pelican box), and for shooting photos and videos of indoor basketball games.

                        It fits snugly in a Lowepro Newport 30 case, which can be carried on a belt.

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                        5.0

                        Best pocket camera

                        By George

                        from L os Angeles, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

                          As a former photojournalist who used Leicas and Nikons for my work as a staffer on a newspaper and the Associated Press, this Nikon P7800 beats anything today which I can carry in my pants pocket to have ready any time something inspirational comes my way to photograph.

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                          5.0

                          THE BEST P SERIES EVER

                          By Nikon Guy

                          from Traverse City, MI

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color

                          Cons

                          • Slow-ish Power Up

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

                          Image quality is astounding, with pro features in a compact package.
                          Fits in jacket pocket and you can screw on a polarizer. It replaces my defunct G12, and lightens my load when the D800 and pro lenses stay at home. the built in pop up flash can "command" my three sb-800 flash units. Macro is stunning and at f2 on the wide end, the bokeh is insane. This is the camera to buy if you cant afford a Leica, and don't want a mirror less system.
                          I almost forgot...a dedicated lens cap!

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