Hands-On Review: Nikon COOLPIX P7700

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 TypeCompact Digital Camera
Effective Pixels12.2MP
Image Sensor CMOS
Sensor Size1/1.7"
Total Pixels12.76MP (approx.)
LensNIKKOR ED glass lens
Lens Focal Length 6.0-42.8mm (35mm equivalent: 28-200mm)
Lens Maximum Aperturef/2.0-4.0
Lens Construction 13 elements in 10 groups
Lens Zoom7.1x
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/Points9-area auto selection, 99-area manual selection
Monitor Size3.0" diagonal
Monitor TypeVari-angle TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Monitor Resolution921,000-dots
Monitor Frame Coverage100%
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal MemoryApproximately 86MB
Storage File SystemDCF, EXIF 2.3, DPOF and MPF compliant
File FormatsStills: 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 Movie1920x1080 (15 fps); 1280 x 720 (60 fps); 640 x 480 (120 fps)
Image Size (Pixels)4000 x 3000 (12M)
SensitivityISO 80-1600 (expandable to ISO 6400)
Exposure Metering224-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
ShutterMechanical 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 RangeW: 20" - 32' (0.5 - 10 m) T: 20" - 18' (0.5 - 5.5 m)
Built-in Flash ControlTTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
InterfaceHi-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 SourceEN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery 
Tripod Socket1/4"
Operating Environment 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Dimensions4.7 x 2.9 x 2.0" (118.5 x 72.5 x 50.4mm) 
Weight 13.9 oz (392 g)