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On August 24 2011, Nikon announced the flagship Coolpix P7100
advanced compact camera. It features RAW-format capture and serves as a replacement for the existing Coolpix P7000. The Coolpix P7100 uses the same 10.1 Megapixels 1/1.7-inch CCD imager that's inside the P7000, as well as the same 7.1x optical zoom VR-stabilized lens with two ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) elements. It comes with a new 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD (921k-dots) which can be tilted and re-positioned for shooting in unusual positions, and a new front sub-command dial has also been added for another layer of control.
Nikon promises improvement to noise-reduction efforts by the P7100's Expeed C2 image processor and the Low Noise Night Mode and Noise Reduction Filter. ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 6400 (expandable to ISO 12,800 in Low Noise Night Mode) for shooting in low-light or photographing fast-moving subjects. The P7100 is capable of recording full resolution JPEG images at up to 1.2 fps. It will record 720p HD video with the option to utilize an external microphone such as Nikon's ME-1 accessory. The optical zoom will be available in video mode, and the P7100 can be used with an optional 0.75x Wide-Angle Convertor for expansion to a 21mm focal length. The Nikon COOLPIX P7100 is listed for retail at $499.95 and is currently selling at around $399. Here's the summary of review by NeoCamera, giving the camera a rating of 4 out of 4:
"Performance starts with image quality, which is the criteria used as the foundation of our digital camera ratings. As the Nikon Coolpix P7100 follows it predecessor with the same 10 megapixels CCD, it is no surprise that this model performs exceptionally well in terms of image quality. While the launch of the P7000 introduced a new image quality champion among fixed-lens cameras, the P7100 now falls short but only against the Fuji Finepix X100 which cost twice as much and uses a much larger sensor. This represents a truly solid performance, particularly when considering its stabilized 7X wide-angle zoom lens. By comparison, the X100 has neither stabilization nor a zoom lens. Images from the Nikon P7100 are usable up to ISO 400 for maximum output size. At ISO 800, it shows a slight amount of noise along with a little softening of details. Still, there image quality is good enough for a relatively large print. ISO 1600 is really fantastic for a small digital camera and even a medium-sized print, like a 9x12", can come out looking good. By ISO 3200, we have to give up on fine details but subjects are recognizable and even small prints are quite reasonable. The dynamic range of this digital camera is on par with most cameras in its class, save for those equipped with Fuji's EXR technology. As such, the X100 and F550 EXR maintain an edge for outdoor photography where light causes extremely contrasty scenes. The usual solution for photography of outdoor scenery is to wait for the time around dusk and dawn when light produces scenes of much lower contrast.
The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is an excellent digital camera with an extensive feature set and a design to access most commonly used functions. It has very little direct competitors when counting its zoom range or expansion options. It is only the second compact camera to feature a digital-level or a mini-jack sound input. Image quality is simply excellent. It shows less image noise at high-ISO than all compact cameras with image stabilization. Color, white-balance and exposure are all rather good too and compares well to all other fixed lens camera. Dynamic range is good but not best-in-class. Focus speed is very good for its class and makes it very usable for most situations other than action photography. In terms of ergonomics, having three control dials and plenty of buttons makes it very efficient but we feel Nikon could have done even better. The two usability issues remaining from its predecessor are poor accuracy of the LCD preview and Live-Histogram. In the end, the Nikon Coolpix P7100 provides a very compelling choice for photographers looking for advanced photographic control in a compact body. It has an unparalleled feature set, including support for both an add-on flash and an external stereo sound source, making it the most versatile compact camera to date."
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|dpreview: "The P7100 features the same sensor that was used in the P7000 and the Canon G12, which means at a raw pixel level each of these cameras produces nearly identical image quality (although the P7100 appears to apply noise reduction to raw files at ISO 6400). Anyone looking to upgrade from a P7000 won't notice much if any improvement in image quality. Nikon has made some minor changes to the JPEG noise reduction though,..." - Feb 21 2012 More »|
|Digital Camera Review: "The P7100 is not particularly compact, especially when compared to cameras like the LX5, the TL500, or the S100, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Larger cameras provide a more stable shooting platform than smaller cameras. The P7100's impressively logical control array allows most primary functions/settings to be accessed directly - I only rarely needed to delve into the menu system. Based on my experiences w..." - Feb 17 2012 More »|
|Imaging Resource: "It was with some trepidation that I approached this review of the Nikon P7100. While there was much to like in the previous model including its good image quality and excellent built-in zoom lens, it was a slow and frustrating camera to use. When you look at the specs and features of the P7100, it may not seem that much has changed. This slightly chunky flagship Coolpix camera has pretty much the same look and feel..." - Jan 21 2012 More »||N/A|
|LetsGoDigital: "The Nikon Coolpix P7100's image quality is very good, especially for a compact camera with a small sensor. The Nikon EXPEED C2-image processing system offers a high image quality with little noise. The Nikon Coolpix P7100 camera has a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 3200; however, from ISO 800 noise becomes visible. ISO 3200 is practically unusable. The image stabilization works well, just like the built-in flash. T..." - Jan 16 2012 More »|
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