Nikon COOLPIX P7100 Brief Review


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  • 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 7.1x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle
  • 720p HD video with stereo sound
  • RAW capture
  • Manual controls
  • 3-inch swivel LCD screen
  • Optical viewfinder
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-08-24
  • Final Grade: 76 3.8 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon COOLPIX P7100
10.1 megapixel CCD sensor; 7.1x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle; 720p HD video with stereo sound; RAW capture; Manual controls; 3-inch swivel LCD screen; Optical viewfinder; Optical image stabilization; Lithium-ion battery
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon Coolpix P7700.

The Nikon P7100 finds itself in a bit of an odd position. The Canon G12 is its closest competitor, and has a shorter zoom range, but bests the P7100 with better image quality. Other high-end compacts, like Panasonic's LX5 or Olympus's XZ-1, trade that long zoom range for an exceptionally bright lens (which is perhaps more appealing to the target prosumer market). There are also more pocketable cameras that have about the same image quality, like the Canon S100, for less money. At the P7100's price, is there even really a market for a boxy, small-sensored camera with a slow(ish) lens when cameras like the Nikon J1, Canon G1 X, and Sony NEX-C3 are available for not much more? There's nothing inherently wrong with the P7100, but it probably shouldn't be anyone's first choice.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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