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Nikon COOLPIX P7100 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.1x Optical Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and 3-Inch Vari-Angle LCD

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  • Superior Nikon image quality with 7.1x Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens and large 10.1-MP, 1/1.7-in. CCD sensor
  • Fast and responsive with Nikon's EXPEED C2 image processing engine; shoot RAW files for added image control and flexibility
  • Versatile manual controls, including front command dial and exclusive quick menu puts the photographer in charge of camera operation
  • HD movie (720p) with stereo sound recording using built-in microphone; optical zoom control and autofocus are available during recording
  • 3-inch ultra-high resolution (921,000-dot) Vari-Angle monitor with Clear Color display and anti-reflective coating; for added viewing convenience an optical viewfinder is also provided
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DPReview Tested February 2012
The Nikon P7100 is a well-rounded camera which offers good image quality and a huge amount of manual control that is both quick to access and intuitive in use.
Kelcey Smith Kelcey Smith Barney Britton Barney Britton


Nikon's engineers have done a lot to address the issues that hindered the P7000 like slow operational speed and quirky handling. The P7100's excellent image quality combined with good ergonomics and build quality make this camera a good choice for anyone looking for a compact camera with a DSLR-like level of manual controls.

Reasons to buy

  • Versatile and sharp 28-200mm equivalent lens
  • Very good image quality, especially at low ISO settings
  • New front control dial adds a useful manual control point and makes operation more ergonomic
  • Articulated screen is invaluable for shooting from troublesome vantage points
  • Optical viewfinder can be useful in certain situations/lighting conditions (and extends battery life)

Things to consider

  • Exposure compensation dial is quite easy to move inadvertently
  • Limited manual control in movie mode
  • Fn 2 button is not as useful as it could be
  • Video recording is limited to 720p
  • Optical viewfinder coverage is relatively low at approximately 80%

Suggested for

Photographers who like to take control, with all of the P7100's external control points you almost never need to enter the menus.

Not suggested for

People who want a truly pocketable compact camera. Although the P7100 does offer great manual control there are other cameras with similar image quality in smaller packages.
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Product Description

Product Description

Nikon Coolpix P7100 10.1 Megapixel Compact Camera - Black 26286 Digital Cameras

From the Manufacturer

The Nikon COOLPIX P7100

If you're looking for a compact companion to your D-SLR gear for road trips and vacations, grab the Nikon COOLPIX P7100 and keep on shooting. This portable camera doesn't compromise quality or creativity, delivering the versatility, performance and speed that keeps you in the game. Get amazing photos and HD (720p) movies with intense detail powered by a large 10.1-MP, 1/1.7" CCD sensor and Nikon's imaging technology. Process every moment with faster performance—even minimize image blur with VR image stabilization. Then add in-camera special effects to take your photos in a new direction. You'll keep the photography passion burning.

Superior Nikon image quality

Superior Nikon image quality

Large 10.1-MP, 1/1.7" CCD image sensor

Perfectly portable, the P7100 delivers high performance to ensure that images and movies astound you with incredible detail and sharpness. A large 10.1-MP, 1/1.7" CCD sensor minimizes image noise and faithfully renders superb color in everything from portraits to travel photos. Fast image processing powers through your most demanding needs for capturing spontaneous shots, frame after frame. The P7100 even minimizes the chance of a blurred shot thanks to VR image stabilization paired to a 7.1x wide angle Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens. Keep photography your non-stop passion with a non-stop camera.

Powerful high-speed performance

Capture the “decisive moment”

High-speed performance

As a photographer, nothing is more important than capturing "the decisive moment." And nothing is more essential than a camera that can grab the moment. The P7100 captures each photo with incredible responsiveness powered by Nikon's EXPEED C2 image processing engine technology. Fire frame after frame the moment you turn on the camera—compose then shoot. Fast auto focus ensures images are caught in sharp detail. Go ahead, shoot in RAW for greater control. Get high-resolution photos or shoot HD movies with the compact, yet powerful P7100 in your pocket. Heed the creative call when the moment beckons.

Get as creative as you want with manual controls

Pursue your creative vision

Manual control puts you in charge

You see an image a certain way. Pursue that vision. Don't let your camera limit what you create. With the P7100, you control the camera's functionality, which means you have the power to customize each shot the way you desire. The P7100 puts you squarely in the driver's seat via dedicated controls for PSAM and a multitude of camera functionality commands. Every exposure nuance is in your hands. Wish to personalize even more? Consider adding in-camera special effects such as the new Cross Process or HDR.

HD (720p) movies with stereo sound

Put your vision in motion

HD (720p) movies with stereo sound

Put your vision in motion with HD movie recording, and make dazzling photojournalism, travel, even mini documentaries in HD (720p) with stereo sound. The P7100's versatile 7.1x wide angle Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens gives you control from wide angle to telephoto to macro. The director in you will love how easy and fun it is to create productions. Tell your own vision.

Ultra high resolution Vari-Angle LCD Display

A new angle on your world

Ultra high-resolution Vari-Angle monitor

The P7100's 3-inch Vari-Angle (921,000-dot) monitor not only delivers great viewing of in-camera still and movie creations, it also lets you take your creative passion to new levels. Whether working indoors or out, capture what you see from most any point of view. Adjust the Vari-Angle monitor, with its Clear Color Display and anti-reflection coating, to observe what the camera sees—even when you're in the most unconventional position or stretching the limits to reach a unique angle.

Virtual horizon indicator

Level the playing field

Display the Virtual Horizon indicator on the LCD to ensure the camera is level relative to the horizontal plane and also confirm horizontal inclination.

Edit images without degradation

Enhanced NRW (RAW) file format

Nikon's own NRW (RAW) file format contains the original image information captured by the CCD image sensor for each shot. This permanent record of the unprocessed data lets you modify and edit the image freely without worrying about any degradation in image quality.

Accessories included: AN-CP21 Strap, UC-E6 USB Cable, EG-CP16 Audio/Video Cable, EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-24 Battery Charger, NikonView NX 2 CD-ROM, Reference Manual CD

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.6 x 1.9 x 3.1 inches
Item Weight 14.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.1 pounds
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Item model number 26286
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Best Sellers Rank #3,339 in Camera & Photo
#306 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at August 1, 2011

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For the past two decades I've been an avid photographer. My professional equipment choices have leaned towards Nikon. My point and shoot purchases towards Canon. I was in the market for a camera with the following attributes:

A decent travel camera.
Full Creative and manual controls.
Swing out LCD screen.
Compatibility with the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
High quality images including RAW output.
Good reliable performance
Good build quality

The Canon G12 was definitely in the running. So was the Olympus XZ1, Panasonic LX5 and the deeply discounted Nikon CoolPix P7000 These were all good camera's mind you. In the end I choose the P7100 after taking the Canon G12 and Nikon P7000 out for a test drive.

For the past week I've been putting my P7100 through its paces.
First thing I noticed was that the 3" LCD screen rendered beautiful almost photo surreal images and made shooting overhead in a crowd or doing Macro photography a breeze. The problems with the menu in the P7000 seemed to have all been ironed out in the P7100. Navigation and overall performance was quick and responsive.

There seems to be a button for everything including two customization buttons that offered quick access to favorite features such as Nikon's D-Lighting for difficult lighting situations or the Virtual Horizon display for taking level photo's.

I have large hands so even though this camera was a little larger then the usual size in this category it felt very comfortable and well balanced, especially with the rubberized grip.

One of the intriguing features was the HDR mode for back-lit situations.
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I have had the P7100 for over 3 weeks and I am extremely pleased with it. I think the quality of the RAW images from the P7100 are as good as many a DSLR at ISO 100. The JPEGS are also, excellent. Of course, as the ISOs get higher there is more noise due to the smaller sensor, but it does very well at all ISOs for a compact camera, but do not expect DSLR low noise levels.

I find the ergonomics and features of the P7100 are excellent and very much like a DSLR. I love the articulated LCD. For me, the articulated LCD makes a huge difference. I now am taking photos with perspectives I simply did not try to get before with a fixed LCD. Also, I can steady the camera against my body with the LCD in horizontal position to reduce camera shake and it is easier to see in bright sunlight. There is a Command Dial and a Sub-Command dial and the two dials makes Manual Mode easy to use, although this is not a mode I typically use, as there is no histogram available when using Manual Mode prior to taking the photo and you can not see exposure changes reflected in the LCD, as you can in other modes (P,S,A, ), when using Exposure Compensation. I particularly like the exposure compensation dial and the range of up to +/-3f/stops. Also, the placement of the AE-L/AF_L button is such that I can easily press and hold it with my thumb and press the shutter with my index finger (you can not release it without canceling the setting). There is also a Quick Menu Dial that allows you to access many parameters without having to go through the menu system. The menu system is O.K. but it could be better arranged. I find that there are enough buttons and dials (which are laid out well) so that I do not need to access the menus much. There are also 3 custom user modes that can be set up, but I have not done so.
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I have been using the P7100 for over a month now. I am familiar with the camera as I used the P7000 before (for one year and since it came out). I did have problems with the P7000, but mainly issues with the lens cover not opening fully and those issues developed very early on. The Coolpix P7100 does not exhibit those problems so it's a great camera. I tested it on a 1000 pictures in one week. It takes wonderful pictures with very appealing and natural colors. Everybody comments on the picture quality. So optics are great.

The camera is user friendly with lots of dials that save time. The predecessors did not have all the dials. I have used the camera in all possible modes and find it responsive. I have captured action pictures such as surfers, bikers, runners, volley ball players and the camera delivers wonderful results with very sharp pictures.

I am not a photographer. I just enjoy taking pictures. But I have taken the time to learn the camera. One can snap some shots without bothering with the manual settings. But it can do so much if the user takes the time to learn its potential; and most photographers who use it as a backup do use those features. It's not to be compared to a DSLR. People often make that mistake. However, the picture quality is very close to that of a DSLR. I know, because people who own DSLR have commented on P7100 pictures being very much like those of a DSLR. It's a very smart camera, as long as it is used as it should. If you don't want to bother with the features available then there are other products on the market, simpler and cheaper or just use an iphone.

I love the long (200mm) zoom which is very useful in some situations. Comparable advanced compacts don't have the long zoom.
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