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NikonCOOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 34 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (31)
  • Large clear LCD (28)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Image stabilization (24)
  • Compact (22)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (28)
  • Travel (28)
  • Family photos (24)
  • Low light (21)
  • Wildlife (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (28)

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

Great Camera

By Javier

from San Diego

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag In Raw

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

I was looking for a point and shoot digital camera with an electronic viewfinder and this is a great one. I had a Nikon P7000 the viewfinder was optical and cover less than 80% of the captured image. Also it was not working as expected when you zoomed in.

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5.0

Great Camera

By PopPop Thom

from Bethlehem, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

    Bought the P7800 for a backup of my D7100, rather than carrying my D80 on a planned long trip. I've been shooting with it for 3 weeks and it is wonderful, more than I expected. Took 5 bracketed HDR pics and worked great, easier than my D80 & D7100. I have found no faults yet and it's easy enough for my wife to use.

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    4.0

    NICE LITTLE CAMERA

    By Jack

    from Penna.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Slow Write For Raw

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

    Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

    Used when not carrying large DSLRs. Takes good pictures plus you have control over settings. A little slow writing but I knew that from other reviews, but jpegs are no problem. It is not a DSLR replacement but as an extra carry it is very good.

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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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                      • No

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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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                        • No

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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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