Expert Review of Nikon Coolpix P7000
P7000 joined the club with D3100 and D7000, after it arrived back in third quarter of year 2010. High-performance can be the tag that can be derived out of the statement above but what really P7000 is? Nikon Coolpix P7000, P standing tall for “performance” can be called as cousin to the popular DSLRs by the firm. So for those who have experienced regular digicams and are curious for more then D7000 is just the answer. Nikon Coolpix P7000 is capable of zooming, covering 28 to 200mm focal range with a quick f/2.8 aperture at wide lens' end. Face detection feature had to come, to just when you smile it doesn't take time to have it caught in your camera. You can shoot videos at 720p HD resolution with autofocus, zoom and stereo sound as well. Automatic mode and scene-specific modes with full manual controls doesnt make you feel the shoot is devoid of any important feature. The camera has ISO sensitivity upto 3200 ISO beginning from 100ISO that can be expanded to 6400 with manual control and 12800 ISO if you want to shoot in low noise mode. Sensor is 1/1.7 inches wide CCD. The images are processed using EXPEED C2. 3 inches wide LCD monitor with high-resolution lets you frame your shot precisely. There is built-in hot shoe, optical viewfinder even a diopter adjustment feature. The camera comes with Li-Ion battery, charger and cam strap, AV and USB cables. Nikon has released an update for P7000, that deals with recording time for RAW pictures, zoom, lens focus and even the issue of monitor highlight loss when the D-lighting is enabled. P7000 joined the club with D3100 and D7000, after it arrived back in third quarter of year 2010. High-performance can be the tag that can be derived out of the statement above but what really P7000 is? Nikon Coolpix P7000, P standing tall for “performance” can be called as cousin to the popular DSLRs by the firm. So for those who have experienced regular digicams and are curious for more then D7000 is just the answer.
Design and Build Quality
The body is all metallic and the look is that of a classic rage finder camera. In compliance to the affordability, the finish and fitness of the cam seems all in good health. Though it falls in the class of compact but it doesnt fit in shirt pocket. At the right front of the camera there is grip area covered with rubber. Another patch at the back of the body if for thumb rest. Top and back of the camera are covered with physical controls. Rear also includes monitor, viewfinder, multi-selector and command dial. At top you have pop flash, quick menu, mode dial, power, exposure and zoom. Seems as if Nikon Coolpix P7000 has been filled with controls but effectively.
Focus and Face Detection
Under smart portrait system includes face-detection AF. The function comes with an in-camera red eye fix feature. Skin softening, smile timer and blink warning are the features that make it just the product for shooting of family time indoors. Another exciting feature is interval timer in Nikon Coolpix P7000. But when you want to shoot say suppose a lamp, you would not be able to find center target with autofocus. The background would get chosen instead. So still come out better than does the videos.
Lens and Image Stabilization
As stated it has an optically zoomed lens, that can zoom 7.1 times. The max aperture range is from f/2.8 at wide-angle to telephoto at f/5.6. The lens carries NIKKOR ED branding. The design has a neutral desity filter. Macro focus is possible to only .8 inches. Nikon Coolpix P7000 does support image stabilization.
Screen and Menus
Menus in Nikon Coolpix P7000 are playback, setup and shooting. All the three are available in manual modes but shooting mode is not, in auto mode. The shooting menu becomes scene menu in mode of scene. It only includes single or continuous AF options. The wind noise can also be cut off. Navigating menus is a simple task. To format media or internal memory, you can simply log to setup menu. There are nine shooting modes in P7000 viz. Auto; the user input becomes limited here, as to provide the best quality, all the load comes onto automode. Scene mode will get you to dive into 18 scene-specific shoot modes, that optimize the cam settings for a particular scene. With Low noise night mode; auto mode with ISO is set high. Capturing RAW image is not available at this moment. Program Auto, manual setting, aperture and shutter priority all can be availed as you move through the menus. The three inches wide LCD monitor has 9,21,000 dots and has five levels of brightness. 97 percent of the screen gets covered when you are shooting and 100 percent gets covered for playback.
Nikon Coolpix P7000 gets empowered by 7.4volt. With 1030mAh EN-EL14 lithium-ion battery you can have 350 stills under the CIPA rated conditions.
You can capture videos at 1280x720 frame format, that means at 720p HD. Other resolutions include 640x480, 320x240 resolution, all at 24 frames per second. The maximum clip length is 29 minutes. Video format is mp4 AVC/H.264. Audio for recording is AAC stereo in Nikon Coolpix P7000.
Nikon Coolpix P7000 holds a 10.1 megapixel, 1/1.7 inches CCD sensor. If in low light you rol back the pixel count then you get low noise. Max image resolution is 3648x2736 pixels. The sensor is not as large as SLR and DSLR sensor.
Images come out of good quality in Nikon Coolpix P7000
The camera is all tough and small
Manual controls are smooth
Expensiveness comes as the only lacking point in Nikon Coolpix P7000