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NikonCOOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera
 
4.5

(based on 48 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (43)
  • Large clear LCD (39)
  • Image stabilization (35)
  • Easy to use (30)
  • Compact (29)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (4)
  • Limited zoom (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (39)
  • Travel (39)
  • Family photos (30)
  • Low light (28)
  • Wildlife (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (40)

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

Point and Shoot on steriods

By archbishop

from Owen County, Indiana

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • Heavy And Big

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

I have two DSLR's and an older P&S, but wanted a high-end "pocket" (large pocket!) camera as well. Am very impressed.

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5.0

Excellent compact camera

By LoneStar007

from Texas City, TX

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
  • Good viewfinder
  • Great Zoom
  • Has A Filter Thread
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup camera
    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Street Photography
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

    I'm not going to respite other comments about camera.
    I found that quick menu button is not easy to access.
    I wish I could reprogram and move buttons around, like I would switch quick menu & play. That would make more sense. I was reading some comments that camera is slow in some aspect. That is not true. It is most likely & so fare - best camera in its class. Period!

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    4.0

    Great for travel; Good back-up for my D700

    By Chuckles

    from Bedford, Ohio

    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
    • Small / Compact
    • Viewfinder

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

    When traveling, I don't always like to carry my D700 so this one is perfect. It's light and fits easily in a day bag. I don't use the strap furnished with the camera, I like a wrist type better. The movie feature is great, although I rarely take videos, but when I do they are crisp and clear on an I-Pad. I was a little disappointed with the delay after pressing the shutter button. I had forgotten about this feature on point and shoot cameras. Overall, it's the best choice out there fort the money.

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    4.0

    Excellent Low Noise Compact Camera

    By Dgrif

    from Illinois

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Low Noise Thru Iso 1600

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

    Researched and bought this camera to use when I don't want to carry and use my Leica MP 240. I was looking for a small camera with a larger sensor to limit noise and as long a zoom as I could get with that larger sensor. It zooms to a 200MM equivalent. A longer zoom would be nice, but it's the longest I could find with the 1/1.7 sensor. Most other brands only zoom to a 135MM equivalent with this sensor. It has very little noise through ISO 1600 and is capable of manual settings. Image quality is great.

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    5.0

    A capable pro-consumer camera

    By Wolf Shadow

    from Woonsocket, RI

    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
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Studio Work
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

      Accurate exposure and focusing system. Using with cold lighting for product pictures, keeping up with the dogs at play or just catching the moment (either stills or movies) this keeps up with anything I put it through. Well worth the money, and easy to use for wither point and shoot or more advanced usage.

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      4.0

      OUTSTANDING RUGGED VERSITILE EASY MENUS

      By Swedish pilot

      from Camarillo, C

      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

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

      The camera is easy to set up and used. The features offer enough flexibility in a smaller package that can me most image recording needs. Image quality good. The resolution is more that adequate for most photo opportunities - anticipated and unexpected. Purchased the camera used but then considered how much I would use the camera, returned it for a new one with a warranty and a few accessories.

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      5.0

      Owner Manual

      By kshopper

      from Dallas TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Capabilities
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • No Ref Manual Replacemen

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

      Yes, I would recommend this camera to others - it does almost everything a bigger digital camera will - but beware - if you misplace the owner manual - the small reference manual that comes with camera -Nikon cannot replace it. They tell me they don't even make them - it's a 3rd party. Long story - you can get a reprint made online but it will be 270 pages of 8 1/2 x 11" paper - and would probably weigh about 3+ lbs.... impossible to carry while shooting in the field. I'm really upset about this. The camera is so good - has so many abilities but is way over the average new owner's head. It's not the quick start menu I lost - the small reference manual. The big owner manual comes on disk... but again - reprinting is out of the question.

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      1.0

      Really bad design flaw

      By FrizzleFry

      from LIC NYC

      Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

      When you hit record to shoot video with the led closed - which you would do for speed every time you use the camera - it stops recording.
      So when I shoot video of my kids and I'm recording and what to reframe or just see the from, I open up the lcd viewfinder and recording stops. Ridiculous. That's why the lcd is there. To change angles. Not to stop recording.
      Shutter lag is up there with cameras I had 12 years ago. Auto focus slow as wee. Co

      Also Manila focus setting locks ISO at 80

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      5.0

      Great Camera!

      By ProFotog

      from MD

      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

        Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

        easy to use
        compact
        super light
        great resolution

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        4.0

        Sharp & sweet

        By Roc889

        from New York,NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Electronic viewfinder
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Raw Files
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Slow Shooting Raw

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

        Nikon Coolpix p7800

        The Nikon P7800 is a very handy, small, light camera with unique features. It will not fit in your pocket like a Sony RX100m2 (unless you have cargo pants) but it will give you amazing results. I love the longer reach of the (equivalent) 200mm and the (equiv.) f2.0 28mm wide angle is plenty wide for most uses.

        I was interested in a compact that could generate Raw files. There is a difference between the JPG and RAW output on the P7800, mainly in the dynamic range and sharpness, but it is not as great a difference as you would expect. RAW files from this camera will easily produce excellent prints up to 15 x 20 inches with surprising sharpness, fine detail, and dynamic range. My tests were shot at f3.5 @ 1/125sec. also at f5.6, and I was very pleased with the results. The optical quality of the lens does not disappoint. It is very sharp. And judging from the many downloadable samples available online for the Sony RX100m2 and the Canon Gx7 (both as JPG and RAW samples) the P7800 lens is sharper than those, even with the consideration of their larger sensors.

        The fully articulated tilt/swivel LCD is a priceless feature for low or high-angle shooting and very practical for a camera of this weight and size. All of the dials are nicely positioned and easy to use except for the +/- Exp.Comp click-stop-dial at the right corner of the top. It is very stiff but certainly will not slip by accident.

        One of the most pleasant surprises on the Nikon P7800 is an actual EVF. Having used the Canon G9, Canon G12, and others with a small optical VF or none at all, this electronic viewfinder is a very useful addition. Although the EVF is not ultra high resolution it provides lots of on-screen exposure information such as over/under exposure compensation, aperture, shutter speed, metering type, AE mode, ISO, and even a histogram. Yes, the histogram could be larger but given the constraints of screen size and the amount of information displayed, it is accurate enough and extremely useful, and does give a faithful indication of exposure although a bit low contrast.

        There are two settings for close-ups. At the closest Macro Close-up (wide angle) setting it focuses about 1/2 inch (1 cm) from the front lens element. And there is the 40.5mm filter thread if you want to attach your own.

        The AF spot is reposition-able, there are two programable Fn buttons for many functions, and 3 custom User Settings (U1, U2, U3). Using the Fn buttons in conjunction with some required dials is a bit awkward.

        Pluses
        *grip is very good for a camera of this size and weight
        *Excellent high-res great color and detail LCD
        *sharpness and contrast adjustments in camera for JPGs
        *excellent dynamic range in RAW post-processing
        *three stop ND filter
        *handhold-able speed down to 1/4 sec. no shutter vibration

        Minuses
        -Pressing the Function buttons while turn other dials is awkward.
        -slow if shooting RAW and JPGs (about 2-3 seconds between shots)
        -NO histogram in Playback mode
        -NO wi-fi built-in
        -NO touchscreen

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        4.0

        Feature-rich camera, takes some learning

        By Suevee

        from Fairfax, VA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Poor digital zoom

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

        We bought the camera mostly for travel and casual use, to replace an older point-and-shoot we were unhappy with. We have an SLR for more serious work, and I think the 7800 will be an improvement over our old travel camera. Outdoor pix are quite good. We chose the 7800 partly because of the large max aperture (F2), but we are a bit disappointed with the camera's performance in lower-light situations; pix seem noisy, especially when zoom is used and max aperture shrinks. But we are still learning to use the many features to best advantage, so we may be able to do better as we learn more. Camera is too large for shirt-pocket use; that was not a surprise, but a trade-off we understood.

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        5.0

        Nice, substantial, with manual features

        By James

        from Minneapolis, Minnesota

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Close-up
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

          I will use this camera to carry daily, when I don't want the bulk of my SLR. I love this camera. As an older person, this camera at least patially brings back the "serious" feel of those substantially bodied and glass lens rangefinders of (ahem) earlier days. The electronic viewfinder is bright and usable - I'm not a fan of flip screens for general shooting.I bought it for the manual functions. I will use it for general photography, and a certain amount of my work is close-up and macro photography of very small 3D prints and metal castings. I can get usable images with this camera, although the smallest aperture is f/8 and with no focus ring depth of field is occasionally an issue. Manual focus is achieved with a spot focus function, and when locked down on a tripod that is cumbersome. Typically I'm using f/18 or so with an SLR.I'm very happy with the purchase. B & H's free shipping plus a free memory chip and carrying case made it a real bargain, although the case was not a good fit.

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          5.0

          Nice Camera

          By Terry

          from Ashland KY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

            Very nice full feature small camera. Fully automatic or manual shooting.

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            4.0

            Good camera for travel

            By Labtrout

            from Connecticut

            Comments about Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera:

            I've had the P7800 for about two weeks now. I am a longstanding Nikon DSLR user but I wanted something smaller and unobtrusive for travel and hiking. After a bit of research and an online conversation with the B&H staff, I chose the P7800. I am surprised and pleased to say this is not simple point-and-shoot camera, but a pretty sophisticated camera that in fact requires some getting used to. The menus offer lots of options and I really like the custom user settings. Making adjustments on the run is not all that intuitive.... at least not yet. On the plus side, the lens seems pretty sharp and color rendition is good. I am pleased with my choice.

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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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