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Nikon COOLPIX P7800 12.2 MP Digital Camera with 7.1x Optical Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and 3-inch Vari-Angle LCD
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- Outstanding 7.1x Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens with fast f/2 maximum aperture for enhanced low-light performance
- Shoot up to 8 frames per second, up to 6 shots, for amazing action sequences
- Dual viewing modes: High resolution Vari-Angle display for creative compositions and Eye Level Viewfinder for D-SLR style shooting
- Excellent Auto Mode does the work for you and delivers consistently beautiful results
- Full HD (1080p) video recording with stereo sound
- Wi-Fi connectivity with optional WU-1a adapter
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|Item Dimensions||4.69 x 1.97 x 3.07 in||4.37 x 1.57 x 2.52 in||—||1.62 x 4.4 x 2.64 in||4.53 x 2.17 x 2.6 in|
|Item Weight||0.88 lb||0.66 lb||—||0.71 lb||0.87 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.2 megapixels||16.2 megapixels||—||20.3 megapixels||—|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p||1080p||1080p||2160p||2160p|
|Viewfinder||LCD||Optical (optional)||lcd||electronic viewfinder||LCD|
12.2MP 1/1.7 BSI CMOS Sensor EXPEED C2 Image Processor NIKKOR ED 7.1x Optical Zoom Lens 3 921k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor 921k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps Lens-Shift VR Image Stabilization Full Manual Control and RAW File Support
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Exceptional image quality in compact, portable designs
The COOLPIX Advanced Performance collection is perfect for memories captured in an instant yet cherished for a lifetime. State-of-the-art technology, superb optics and impeccable style come together to make these cameras the flagships of the COOLPIX line.
The total package.
If you're looking for one the best compact digital cameras, meet the outstanding COOLPIX P7800. Amaze yourself over and over again with breathtaking photos and Full HD 1080p videos—tack-sharp detail, rich, vibrant colors, beautifully blurred backgrounds, dramatic lighting, soft, natural skin tones and so much more. Its superb 7.1x Zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens gives you both wide-angle and telephoto capabilties and is engineered to match its extra-large 1/1.7" CMOS sensor. With an Auto Mode you can rely on, 19 Scene Modes for getting the most out of every shooting situation, creative in-camera Image Effects, complete PSAM control, RAW shooting, optional Wi-Fi® connectivity and more, the COOLPIX P7800 will go as far as you want to go. For those who never settle for second best, COOLPIX P7800 delivers.
7.1x Zoom plus fast f/2 max aperture lens yields incredible results
Every COOLPIX camera is built around a genuine NIKKOR glass lens, the lens in the COOLPIX P7800 is no exception. It has an f/2 maximum aperture—pros call it a "fast" lens, you'll call it incredible. Create photos and videos with tack sharp subjects against beautifully blurred backgrounds, and shoot without a flash in situations you wouldn't think possible. It has a 7.1x wide-angle to telephoto zoom range—capture 180°/360° panoramas as easily as detailed close-ups. You even can get as close as 0.8-inches from your subject for exciting macro shots. And with lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR), you never have to worry about a little camera shake ruining a shot.
Superior low-light performance
High-performance CMOS image sensor lets you shoot without a flash
Imagine being able to shoot without a flash at weddings, concerts, parties—anywhere your flash normally fires. You won't have to interrupt a moment to capture it, and your photos and HD videos will look more natural and true to your memory. The COOLPIX P7800 performs so well in low light situations that, in most cases, using the flash is optional. Of course, when the lighting is extremely poor and you need a flash, it'll be there.
Precise high resolution monitors
Dual Viewing systems—Vari-angle display and Electronic Eye-Level viewfinder
Shooting conditions vary, so the COOLPIX P7800 has two viewing systems: a large 3-inch 921,000-dot Vari-angle display that swings and swivels to provide easy viewing from almost any position, plus an electronic Eye-Level viewfinder for D-SLR-style shooting. Find exciting new perspectives by swiveling out the Vari-angle display and moving the camera around—raise it overhead or move it to ground-level for suprirsing new views. When conditions require, use the bright 921,000-dot Electronic Eye-Level viewfinder and frame exactly the shot you want.
Master the camera in no time
Simple, convenient operation for stress-free shooting
The COOLPIX P7800 is so easy to use, anyone can take great photos and videos with it. Just turn the camera on, point, shoot and marvel at the results. For maximum point-and-shoot convenience, select Scene Auto Selector. It automatically optimizes the camera settings for each shot, so you'll be free to enjoy the moment while you capture it.
Record superior videos
Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling moving moments
If you want a compact camera that shoots stunning Full HD videos, the COOLPIX P7800 delivers. Full HD 1080p means exceptional video quality. Record the action, then connect to an HDTV and watch your videos come alive. A built-in mic records high-quality audio in stereo. Your videos will look and sound phenomenal.
Take control of your vision
When you want to take control of exposure, the COOLPIX P7800 is ready. Select from PSAM exposure modes and the creative options will seem endless.
Record uncompressed (RAW) files
For those who want to record the pure, unmodified versions of their photos, the COOLPIX P7800 can record in RAW (NRW) mode.
Share to your smartphone or tablet
Connect the optional WU-1a Wireless Adapter and wirelessly transfer photos to your compatible smartphone, tablet or any compatible Wi-Fi enabled device, control the COOLPIX P7800 and more.
Expand your capabilities and creativity
The COOLPIX P7800 includes a full-size accessory shoe that's compatible with many exciting Nikon accessories. Take control of light with an external flash, or record ultra-high fidelity sound with an external stereo mic. Fire the camera remotely with a wireless remote control, or geotag your shots with a GPS module. You can really build a creative system around the COOLPIX P7800.
- AN-CP22 Strap
- UC-E16 USB Cable
- EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- MH-24 Battery Charger
- LC-CP26 Lens Cap
- NikonView NX 2
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1. Retractable lens for convenience in packing - lens has effective focal length 28-200mm 35mm equivalent.
2. Lens opens to f 2.0 at wide angle, and to f 4.0 at telephoto - a very fast lens for this class of camera.
3. Close focusing macro range less than 1 inch at wide angle.
4. Built in pop-up flash - also has shoe compatible with all of other Nikon flash units (700, 800, 900)
5. Ability to switch from LCD screen to viewfinder screen with a button push for difficult lighting situations.
6. The LCD screen is very useful given its ability to rotate for various viewing angles.
After I got the camera, I found there were a few limitations to the focus mode, but once you get used to them, it is acceptable. There is an AF mode that focuses at distances more than about 18 inches, a macro focus mode that focuses at very close distances under 4-6 inches, and a mode for focusing in between. The access to the focus modes is convenient and obviously located on the dial on the back of the camera, so I did not find this difficult to adapt to. You have to remember to reset the focus mode when you turn the camera on for the types of shots you want to take.
I tried other special features, such as in camera special effects and panoramic stitching. I was especially satisfied with the black and white special effects which gave some interesting high contrast black and white results. It is not my intent to reproduce the information which can be found at the NIkon site, just share my impressions. One feature which really made me happy was the setting that allows me to put the camera into auto iso mode, but restrict the lower and upper range settings. I keep the camera in auto iso 80-800, even thought it can range up to 1600 (3200 in hi iso). The noise of the sensor is quite acceptable in this range (80-800).
I bought the additional wifi adapter which allows remote control with a cell phone. Overall, the ability to view, zoom and activate the shutter are acceptable, and would probably be great with the camera on a tripod located many feet away for capturing wildlife. The remote functions are fairly limited, but more than I expected.
Features change depending on the setting you are working in, and you have to get used to it. Mostly I shoot in Aperture preferred or Program mode, but all of the options and menus are context sensitive to the mode you are in.
Focusing is no slower than you would expect from an electronic point and shoot, but to be sure, this is nowhere near the capabilities of a DSLR. One feature I found very easy and useful to use is it is trivial to set the camera for multiple exposures (-1, 0, +1) and get 3 quick exposures of the same image. Images can be shot in jpg, jpg + raw or raw. As with all new raw formats, I am waiting for Adobe to catch up with this raw format, so all of my observations are based on jpg files.
I look forward to taking this with me on my next trip. The size is great, the price is reasonable for this set of features, and there are enough advantages to use this when you want to avoid the buld of your DSLR. I can recommend it.
The P7800 would not fit in a shirt pocket but it does it in larger jacket pockets or, the way I carry it, in a small pouch together with a spare battery and memory card, my wallet, phone, keys, etc. Given its small size, the ergonomics of the camera are surprisingly comfortable. It feels solid and well made with a good right-hand grip and positive action of all the external controls. The LCD looks great and its articulation is the best on the market - lateral hinge with best range of movement never in the way of the tripod head -.
The EVF is the real differentiator though. I was used to the excellent SLR pentaprism viewfinders in comparison with which composing with an LCD is miserable. The P7800 EVF is necessarily small but works really well offering a good, 100% view of the subject and the major camera settings. Once your (nimble) fingers have learnt the position of the camera's external controls, you never need to take your eye off the EVF, even if you wear glasses (I do but they are on a cord and easily removable). The added concentration and stability of this shooting stance are other important advantages. The manual encourages you to use the LCD for a more accurate evaluation of colors.
The lens has a record zoom range for this kind of camera even if, photographing a lot of landscapes, I would prefer more on the wide angle side (24mm) than the telephoto. It is also quite bright (a big plus for the autofocus) with good sharpness and low distortion which the camera corrects automatically unless you turn it off and do it yourself in software. I (also) use DxO Optics Pro, whose latest version has the P7800 module for Raw conversion and the results are spectacular.
Outdoors: I mostly shoot Raw + jpeg in A mode up to ISO400 to limit noise. I have to experiment some more to learn how far developing in DxO can stretch these limits (supposedly one f/stop). I set Picture Control to Neutral which is the mildest setting and offers the most realistic histogram. Whenever feasible, I choose a mid-way f/stop to limit diffraction (there is still plenty of depth of focus with this small sensor). 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 formats come all handy with different subjects but one thing that I have learnt at my own expense is that, as a rule of thumb, it pays to shoot a little wider and then final-crop in software. Autofocus is fast enough that I am not aware of it. I typically spot-focus on the subject and lock AF (only) with the AE-L AF-L button, recompose and take the picture. I use realistic HDR when the subject calls for it. The P7800 offers 3 or 5 frames at up to 1 f/stop intervals in exposure bracketing (at 8 fps) which is excellent. Raw continue shooting is up to 6 frames at 4 and 8 fps which is quite fast. Writing speed is on the lazy side and SDHC UHS-1 cards are recommended. While waiting for my new (inexpensive) speedster, the class 10 card that I am using now is not too bad (about 3sec x frame in Raw+ jpeg). You can get a quick in-camera HDR picture in Scenes/Backlighting with the camera in Auto and jpeg, and on a tripod. The P7800 exposes automatically up to 30 seconds (60sec in Manual), which is excellent for night photography. I haven't had the chance to try Continuous AF yet.
Indoors: the flash has intensity compensation and is good enough for family scenes in typical home spaces. The camera has the ability to drive external Speedlight flashes also with a wireless controller. I do some product photography with an inexpensive diffusion tent and high Color Rendering Index CFL lamps. In this case I shoot with the LCD monitor at ISO80 and f/8. With the AF in Macro Close-up and the Focus Area set to Manual, I can move the focus area around the frame exactly where I want it and then focus in AF. There are three WB manual presets which come especially handy when you shoot jpegs and want a good WB straight out of the camera. Shooting Raw, I include a small gray card in the scene and refine the WB in software. The camera can take several remote control accessories. Image stabilization should be shut off with the camera on a tripod. Shooting at f/8 for max depth of field introduces diffraction (softness) but I can control it in software
Setup: the camera external controls give direct access to shooting mode, f/stop and exposure time, exposure compensation, flash mode, timer, focus mode, AE and AF block. The Quick Menu brings forth Quality, ISO and WB and you can customize the Fn1 and Fn 2 buttons to your liking.
I leave Fn2 on default (it switches LCD info which is especially useful in Playback to jump from full screen to the comprehensive tone level info display). Under the menu Monitor Settings, you can set the LCD to show histogram, grid, and virtual horizon. Furthermore, Fn1 can be set in combination with other controls to your favorite short cuts (ISO, drive?)
Output: the proof of the quality of the camera is in the output pudding. I use jpegs to publish on the web and with the Powerpoint training material that I develop. These outputs are not demanding but my fine art prints are. I process my Raw images in Photoshop CS6, resize in Perfect Resize, and get excellent prints on art paper with my Epson Stylus 3800 17" printer up to 16x24" (they do make 17x25" fine art inkjet paper). With subjects that are not sharpness-critical, I can print even larger with my Epson 7600 24" printer.
In conclusion, there is no such thing as a perfect camera but working with the Nikon P7800 is very satisfying, especially due to the EVF, with remarkable output for this small sensor. Unless you do some specialized and demanding photography such as sports and low light, or very large printing, I believe that this camera is not only an excellent go-everywhere replacement for your DSLR but can also be the only camera you need. I do not know where the camera was purchased but I normally buy from Amazon with great satisfaction.
July 22, 2014
I have been photographing with the P7800 for almost a year now including family, events, landscapes in any kind of weather, gardens, flower close-ups, large buildings interiors and mechanical equipment, and even my wife hand-made jewelry in my living-room mini studio, and have consistently obtained very good quality pictures. I work in A mode and Raw + jpeg format. I am often in Manhattan and pay regular visits to B&H to try new gear hands-on. My experience confirms the fact that this is a very good camera with some unique and quite useful features. It has a top-notch sensor, a sharp and bright lens with an excellent zoom range, a perfectly usable EVF, a high quality and completely articulated LCD, and a DSLR-grade feature set. With inexpensive class 10 UHS cards, the Raw + jpeg writing time is about 1.5sec, not earth-shattering but acceptable. The flash does a good filling job with high contrast subjects. I took the time to study the manual, configure the camera to my liking, and pay attention to what I am doing with it. In real life, I can get to the controls without taking my eye off the EVF (I shot slide film for a bunch of years and had to final-frame directly in-camera, something that no LCD allows you to do with any accuracy). The camera fits in larger pockets (jackets, cargo pants, photographer's vests) and I keep in on a wrist strap. All in all, working with the P7800 has been fun and has let me take home lots of good pictures. It is not cheap but worth every penny.
January 18, 2016
Hi, new year and the camera is still going strong. We are back in the cold with a bit of snow and ice, and this is when the P7800 shines. The industry is going toward larger sensors and EVF's, but the sizes are growing. No sign of the P8000. For me, this camera still maintains an excellent balance of size, features and cost. If it is the only camera I have with me, the 28-200mm zoom range is ideal. It is not weatherized but it's easy to protect it from the elements (it fits in a small zip log bag). Here are some pics I took with it in the last 2 weeks.