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Nikon Coolpix P7000 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.1x Wide Zoom-Nikkor ED Lens and 3-Inch LCD

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  • 10.1-megapixel resolution, large 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor
  • 7.1x Wide-Angle Nikkor ED Optical Zoom Glass Lens; 3-inch Ultra-High Resolution (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display
  • HD (720p) movie with stereo, mic input jack and HDMI output
  • Dial controls for key functions including ISO, white balance, bracketing, exposure compensation and more
  • Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included), battery charger is included.
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DPReview Tested January 2011
The P7000 gives excellent images, especially from RAW files, but ultimately, the P7000's excellent image quality and functional ergonomics are let down by slow operation and lack of responsiveness.
Barney Britton Barney Britton


Nikon's engineers have clearly been looking to Canon's G-series for inspiration, and the P7000's boxy build, and plethora of external controls put it closer to the Powershot G12 than any previous P-series compact. Ultimately, the P7000's excellent image quality, and functional ergonomics are let down by slow, glitchy operation and lack of responsiveness.

Reasons to buy

  • Very good image quality, particularly at lower ISO settings
  • Excellent video mode - including external mic socket, optical zoom and AF
  • Versatile (and sharp) 28-200mm (equivalent) lens
  • Exceptional amount of manual control possible
  • Good LCD screen - very high-resolution

Things to consider

  • Operational speed is disappointing (especially in Raw mode)
  • Poor optical viewfinder
  • Occasional underexposure issues when presented with bright areas in a scene

Suggested for

'Hands on' photography, where the huge amount of external controls mean that you rarely have to press the 'menu' button. Also, any applications where critical image quality matters more than speed.

Not suggested for

General photography. Even after the recent firmware update, the P7000 is simply too underpowered for a camera of this type, at this pricepoint, in this day and age.
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Product Description

Product Description

Nikon Coolpix P7000 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.1x Wide Zoom-Nikkor ED Lens and 3-Inch LCD (26233)

From the Manufacturer

The Nikon Coolpix P7000 is a compact, high-performance digital camera offering superb image quality and precise imaging control. An ideal traveling companion to your DSLR, the Coolpix P7000 will be found in gadget bags of advanced amateurs and pro-shooters alike. Powered by Nikon's leading-edge technology, the P7000 is designed for no-limits shooting. In low-light or tricky light, for fast-moving subjects, dramatic landscapes and detailed close-ups, here's a camera capable of keeping pace with your imagination to deliver your take on your world.

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Superbly designed for swift, sure and comfortable handling, the P7000 features 10.1 megapixels engineered on a large 1/1.7-inch CCD Sensor. Coupled with the new Nikon EXPEED C2 imaging engine and a versatile 7.1x optical 28-200mm Wide Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens, the Coolpix P7000 has been designed from the ground up to deliver outstanding image quality. Giving photographers both control and creative options, the P7000 offers RAW file capability. Plus, low-light performance is enhanced with an ISO sensitivity range up to 6400 at full resolution. A bright 3-inch, 921,000-dot Clear Color Display with electronic Virtual Horizon Indicator and an optical viewfinder provide bright, provide clear viewing and image sharing. The Coolpix P7000 also offers HD movie recording with zoom, autofocus and stereo sound recording, a variety of creative control functions. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 unleash your creativity!

Nikon Coolpix P7000 Highlights

Superior Image Quality
  • 10.1-megapixel, large 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor for stunning images.
  • 7.1x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED Glass Lens. Versatile 28-200mm lens ranges wide to capture landscapes, zooms in to get close to the action. In the Nikkor tradition of precision optics, the high-quality ED glass lens delivers superb color and razor-sharp results.
  • 5-way VR Image Stabilization System
  • Optical VR Image Stabilization by lens shift minimizes the effects of camera shake.
  • Hybrid VR Image stabilization by lens shift and electronic VR.
  • Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and ISO to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
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  • High ISO up to 6400 at full resolution for optimum results when shooting in low light or photographing fast-moving subjects.
  • Nikon's Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to ten shots while the shutter is pressed, then selects and saves the sharpest image.
  • RAW file function compatible with Mac® and Windows®.
  • EXPEED C2 continues to expand the possibilities of photography with improved levels of image quality, fine detail and processing speed. Custom-optimized for each Coolpix model, Nikon's renowned digital image processing engine ensures outstanding images.
Advanced Functions
  • 3-inch Ultra-High Resolution (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display for still images and movies that come alive with rich detail and improved contrast. The large LCD's wide viewing angle and anti-glare coating make it easy to compose, view and share pictures.
  • Large Optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment dial.
  • Remote control operation with optional wireless ML-L3.
  • Optional Wide Angle Converter (WC-E75A) for 21mm coverage (requires UR-E22 adapter ring)
Creative Control
  • Dial controls for key functions including ISO, white balance, bracketing, exposure compensation and more.
  • PSAM (Program, Shutter, Aperture, Manual) exposure control, custom function control.
  • ISO can be set as high as 6400 at full resolution; 12,800 in Low noise Night Mode (3-Megapixel).
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  • Tone Level Information provides photographers with 9 levels of grey scale information about the scene for fine exposure analysis according to user's creative needs.
  • In-camera editing functions include Exposure Compensation, Coolpix Picture Control, Noise Reduction Filter, Quick Retouch, DLighting and Active D-Lighting.
  • Electronic Virtual Horizon Display enables precise leveling of the camera in landscape or portrait orientation during LCD monitor shooting.
  • Coolpix Picture Control can be customized for Image Sharpening, Contrast, Saturation, Filter Effects, and Tone.
HD Movie Recording
  • HD (720p) Movie with Stereo, Mic Input Jack and HDMI Output. Records at 30 fps with Zoom, Autofocus and stereo sound. Mic Input Jack allows for optional microphone to be used during recording and HDMI output allows easy in-camera playback or convenient playback on HD-TV or computer.
High-Speed Performance
  • Ultra-fast start-up, autofocus and shooting.
  • Subject Tracking tracks a moving subject to ensure sharp focus.
  • Shoot Continuously up to 45 pictures at approx. 1.3 fps at full resolution.
  • Interval Timer Shooting captures images at specified time intervals Convenient Features
  • Smart Portrait System
  • Smile Timer automatically releases the shutter when your subject smiles.
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects most instances of red-eye as you shoot. You may never see red-eye again.
  • Face-Priority AF. Nikon's face-finding technology automatically detects up to 12 faces.
  • Skin Softening smoothes skin tones at three different levels for optimal portraits; can be applied while shooting or during playback.
  • Built-in Flash plus i-TTL Flash function when used with optional Nikon Speedlight System.
  • 18 Scene Modes, including Scene Auto Selector, for optimized shooting in a variety of settings and situations.
  • Scene Auto Selector automatically recognizes the scene you're shooting and selects the most appropriate scene mode; offers six scene modes plus auto.
  • Macro shooting as close as 0.8 inches.
  • 350 still shots (approx.) with supplied EN-EL 14 Li-ion rechargeable battery.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.5 x 1.8 x 3.1 inches
Item Weight 10.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.7 pounds
Item model number 26233
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 289 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,985 in Camera & Photo
#783 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com September 6, 2010

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Let's get the facts out first. I've been a Nikon shooter for several decades, currently with a D300 (haven't made the leap yet to full frame, but that's next). I'm an amateur, but shoot at a pro level. My focus is on music and sports photography, and I like to have a good camera with me when I travel (my last ride-along P&S has been a Lumix DMC-TZ5). I shoot in a variety of conditions, but what I need must a) provides high quality images, b) be really portable (fits in my purse, can get into concerts that ban DSLRs unless you're shooting on assignment) c) have a longer lens option (200mm is 'table stakes') and d) provide the flexibility to twiddle the dials to find the best combo of ISO-aperture-shutter speed for a particular situation. Having HD capability is a nice-to-have.

I've been shopping for a new P&S easily for a year. Got interested and then uninterested in the Canon G11/G12/S95 because the lens is too short (even the extenders don't push it out far enough). Similar higher-end P&S cameras don't have the length I was looking for, or didn't fit the size criteria (ruled out the 'super zooms' largely because of this).

Nikon got my attention first with the P100 - but I read about image quality issues. When I learned about the P7000, I was intrigued. Could Nikon overcome its perceived issues and produce a P&S that makes picky photo people happy?

I made the plunge and bought the P7000. After reading a few more reviews and having a burst of post-purchase cognitive dissonance, the best plan was to just take the new acquisition out and A:B it against my D300 and the Lumix in a variety of conditions.

I'm glad I did.
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This is a great camera if you're looking for an extremely customizable compact camera.

Size and Handling -- This really just depends on what you are looking for. If you want a pocket camera that can fit into shirt pockets, jean pockets, etc then this is not the camera for you and you really should look elsewhere. For me, it's the perfect size, not too big and not too small. The camera is solid but not too heavy.

Picture quality -- I shoot mainly in RAW and the quality so far is excellent. Little noise up to ISO400 and usable to ISO800. Can go to 1600 in a pinch.

Autofocus -- Focus is fast and accurate. There are options for Autofocus, Macro Focus, Infinity, and Manual Focus. Be sure to read the manual and spend time understanding the focus options. Some people are reporting focus issues and I believe many are related to users not learning enough about the focus system.

Write speed -- This is where I would have given a 4 1/2 instead of a 5 if I could. JPG write speeds are good but RAW is fairly slow and doesn't appear to buffer. It doesn't affect me much based on the way I take pictures but there are times that it would be nice if it were faster. Of course if you shoot JPG then this is a non-issue.

Battery life
Viewfinder (I don't use it too often but nice when you need it)
Image quality
Zoom range
Menus (intuitive, easy to use. Even better if you're familiar with Nikon DSLR menus.
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I purchased this camera for my wife for Christmas. In March while out on a photo shoot of wildflowers the Lens Cover stopped opening fully. Since it was past Amazon's 30 day return window I went to Nikon's Website and set up a return to repair facility. At this point I was somewhat disappointed but understanding of the fact sometimes things don't go completely correctly and had high expectations of Nikon making things right. I sent off to Nikon(on my dime) and after a few weeks they replied the camera would be repaired under warranty. So far so good. After about a month and a half the camera was returned. The first time we took it out it immediate exhibited the same Lens Cover not retracting issue.

Now I will have to look forward to sending it back to Nikon (on my dime) and waiting a couple of months for Nikon to "repair". Not what I expected from Nikon. We have vacation planned for next month and the whole idea of purchasing this camera was to have one which took quality photos but was easier to carry around than our D40x. Now it looks like I will have to purchase an equivalent size camera from Canon or another company if we don't want to carry the D40x.....

I should have read others reviews before purchasing as I see this issue is not unique to us.

I contacted Nikon Customer Support and they sent me a pre-paid shipping label since the problem was back less than six months from their "repair". I can't complain that I had to ship back "on my dime". Still unhappy the camera has been at repair facility for about 1/3 of the time I have owned it.

After a few weeks my wife called and checked on repair. Nikon stated it was shipping out the next day. After a couple of weeks it hadn't showed up and she checked back.
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