Nikon Coolpix P7000

Last Updated (13 July’12):
– Review by Adorama

Nikon Coolpix P7000 is a 10.1 MP Digital Camera features 7.1x Wide Zoom-Nikkor ED Lens (35mm equivalent: 28-200mm), 5-way VR Image Stabilization System, HD (720p) Movie with Stereo, ISO 100-6400, and 3-inch Ultra-High Resolution (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display. The camera measures (WxHxD) 114.2 X 77 X 44.8 mm and weighs 360 g (with battery and SD memory card).

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

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Nikon Coolpix P7000 Reviews

Adorama reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“P7000 can provide acceptable image quality at ISO 100 and 200, but falls short at higher speeds, when shooting RAW files. However, when shooting JPEGs with the camera’s internal noise-reduction on, I was able to shoot acceptable, if not spectacular, 11×14-inch prints at up to ISO 800. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“We put the camera through our usual ISO test in available light, and found the images to be practically noise free up to ISO 400. The next steps to 800 and 1600 were surprisingly good, but quality fell off the cliff at 3200 with 6400 a serious mess. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Electronista reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“The end result is a sensitivity from ISO 100 to 6400 with a cleaner image and less noise, thanks in part to Nikon’s Expeed C2 image processor. Video functions on the P7000 allows shooting in 720p, which is all well and good, the P7000’s lateness to the arena made us wonder why it wasn’t already at 1080p. It’s at least competitive with the G12, however, and it will still suffice for many years.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBay reviews the Nikon P7000 and writes;
“When it comes to image quality, the P7000 can hold its own against the best of the advanced point and shoot cameras. The overall design and feature set of the P7000 is solid, but it’s not quite enough to make up for the sluggish operation. As a result, I would have to recommend that prospective purchasers look toward the Canon G12 unless you have a specific reason for adding the camera to an existing Nikon system.”
Rating: N/A

DCR reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“ISO 100 and 200 in the P7000 are quite similar and hard to tell apart. ISO 400 begins to lose some fine details compared to 200, but is still quite good and usable for large prints. ISO 800 picks up some graininess and loses a bit more fine detail, but is still usable for small prints.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ByThom has compared the Nikon P7000 VS Canon PowerShot G12 VS Panasonic LX5 and writes;
“in the overall scheme of things, I tend towards the G12 and LX-5 when all things are considered in balance. That said, you won’t go far wrong with any of these cameras, so consider what your biggest priority is (size, image quality, focal lengths, etc.) and purchase based upon that.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“The good: A nice set of shooting-focused features; optical viewfinder and built-in neutral density filter; very good photo quality for its class; comfortable, relatively streamlined shooting design. The bad: Relatively slow raw shooting. The bottom line: The Coolpix P7000 is a fine camera that lots of enthusiasts will appreciate for its smart shooting design, interesting feature set, and worthy photo quality.”

Rating: ★★★★★

T3 reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“The combination of lens and sensor delivers well-defined results that leap off the screen, although there’s a tendency to underexpose shots to preserve highlight detail. Stay at ISO800 or below to avoid noise.”
Rating: ★★★★★

PCWorld reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“The Coolpix P7000 combines great image quality, extensive manual controls, and a 7.1X optical zoom lens. DSLR owners should feel at home behind the wheel, but the unit’s button-heavy interface may intimidate novice users.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CGG reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“the P7000 is Nikon’s best attempt at besting the competition, nicely detailed files, a generous and usable ISO range, a really versatile lens, and nicely built as well, even if it is nearly a direct copy of it’s arch rival. The best we can manage is to give the P7000 a “Recommended”, it is a good camera, and certainly capable, but it just isn’t enough for photographers to prefer it over the competition.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“Nikon Coolpix P7000 is a feature-packed camera that produces good quality photos and HD videos. The problem is that you spend too much time waiting, and not enough time taking pictures. In photography, timing is everything, and having to wait for menus to appear can cost you a shot. I would be more forgiving if the P7000 was a $199 camera, but it costs 2.5 times more than that. It’s definitely worth looking at, considering all it has to offer, but you should absolutely, positively try one out to see if you can deal with its sluggishness.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“video quality has improved since the P6000 and is the best we’ve seen so far from any Coolpix we’ve reviewed. However, it’s not a match for Canon’s PowerShot S95 (which is a smaller camera). “
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“With the CoolPix P7000 Nikon returns to the very top end of the compact camera market. It’s an impressive camera, with good build quality, a wide range of features and a lot of creative versatility. Performance could be a little better, but there’s nothing wrong with the results. It is a viable and slightly cheaper alternative to the G12 and LX5. “
Rating: ★★★★½

CrunchGear reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“I have no reservations recommending the P7000 to any level of user, and while it does need some help from a firmware upgrade, the potential is there for it to be a truly great camera. Truth be told, I like this camera so much I bought one for my own personal use. “
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“There is a lot to like about the Nikon Coolpix P7000. It has plenty of features and offers top level picture quality. It is at the more expensive end of the market, but even so my view is it is worth paying the extra if you can afford it for the extra quality it brings. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

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PhotoRadar reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“If you have a DSLR and want a backup without investing in another interchangeable lens camera, the P7000 is a great choice. We love its performance and image quality. But those looking for a backup body should consider getting another DSLR.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

NeoCamera reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“Image quality is top-notch with less image noise at high-ISO than all other compact cameras so far. Dynamic range, color, white-balance and exposure are all rather good too….Speed is also good in most aspects other than shot-to-shoot speed and focus speed under certain conditions.”
Rating: ★★★★½

AmateurPhotographer reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“Nikon users may have finally got what they wished for: a high-end compact camera that offers good handling, features and performance. The Coolpix P7000 stands its ground against increasingly stiff competition, and although it does not represent new ground at this level, it is certainly the best Nikon has offered to date.”
Rating: N/A

KenRockwell reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“I’m not that excited about the P7000, or the Canon G12, but that’s my preference. I prefer the images from my S95, because they look better due to the much better color, but color is personal preference. “
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“Video quality is the best we’ve seen from a Coolpix camera so far, and it does allow you to use the optical zoom while filming. It’s still not as impressive as the video results delivered by the Canon PowerShot S95 though.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GianniGalassi reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“the Nikon P7000 delivers too contrasty images with a low noise level. In my opinion (I’m not an engineer) the overcontrast is due to an inherent lack of dynamic range. I noticed that the exposure meter has serious troubles in keeping the highlights within the clipping threshold.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix P7000’s image quality is excellent for a compact camera with a small image sensor. The Nikon Coolpix P7000’s dealt very well with noise, which doesn’t really become obvious until ISO 800. The noise, colour desaturation and loss of detail gets progressively worse as you go from ISO 800 to ISO 1600 and finally 3200 and the unusable 6400 setting.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Nikon Coolpix P7000 User Reviews

Very pleased with my choice to get this as my goto device to record day to day life
“For video I have also been very pleased. Unlike some other high end point and shoot the P7000 you can zoom in and out when recording video. The zoom is perhaps not as good as higher end camcorders but pretty darn good.” – By austin_Larry
Rating: ★★★★★

Beyond my expectation
“I just updated the firmware to 1.2. The build quality is very neat — this is my first gadget made in Indonesia. I am very impressed with the quality of image. If you got the right amount of light, you can get a tack sharp, vividly colorful image.” – By Lenghoo
Rating: ★★★★★

Most excellent camera
“This camera is most amazing. I love the viewfinder. I love the low light pictures. It does everything I want it to do and more. Would highly recommend. Its not quite a point and shoot though, you must actually read the book! The pictures are fantastic.” – By Stacey L. Sullivan
Rating: ★★★★★

Firmware 1.2 fixes the auto focus problem
“I had a love/hate relationship with my P7000. AF was terrible in bad to decent light. It just wouldnt lock on. The image quality is excellent so I kept it. Now that they updated the firmware its now all love/love. Im glad I didnt bite the bullet and upgrade. Now the price is $229 which is a steal.” – By Daniel Negron
Rating: ★★★★★

Nikon <3
“The stills are amazing…. the camera has tons of professional features and is capable of some serious photography. For these features you better be at least an intermediate amateur.” – By Brian Mitchell
Rating: ★★★★★

For the price, awesome camera
“This camera is awesome. I would upgrade to firmware 1.2 right away. All the reports on this camera was when its cost was near the Canon G12 price. If they would re-evaluate at this price, I think you would see more positives on this camera for this price.” – By cajun in the woods
Rating: ★★★★★

Nice compact camera
“After the 1.2 firmware update, the p7000 performs a lot better and I don’t even mind that it’s “slower” than Canon. Image quality is excellent, sharp and detailed with wonderful depth of field. I’ve yet to come across a noisy image, even at iso 800.” – By tirah
Rating: ★★★★☆

Nice compact camera
“I like the view finder and the option of changing the diopter. I wear glasses and this allows me to look through the view finder normally and still be able to see the detail clearly. I have had absolutely no problems with the camera.” – By H. McNaspy
Rating: ★★★★★

Phenomenal Photo Detail and Quality
“Low Light (No Flash): camera in hand steadied by a wall or furniture
P7000: Phenomenal, I could take clear pictures that I could read music from a music sheet 10ft away” – By JohnR
Rating: ★★★★★

Nice Camera For The Money
“The dial with the ISO, WB, BKT & others is pretty non-intuitive, but it’s not too bad once you figure it out. It has a hotshoe and works with all my nikon flashes, so that’s a plus. Fill flash with my SB-600 is amazingly good. I like the optical neutral density filter for doing landscape stuff, as well as the electronic level. VR works excellently well.” – By Jeanne Mitchell
Rating: ★★★★★

P7000 – Amazing value
“The lens on the P7000 is the equivalent to a 28-200 f/2.8-5.6 on a 35mm camera. This gives it a much broader zoom range than most point-and-shoot cameras. Low light performance is alright – better than my D50, not quite as good as my D3100. For indoor use, I keep it at ISO400 and generally have good results.” – By Samuel McConnell
Rating: ★★★★☆

Excellent Image Quality
“The images are amazingly sharp especially shooting raw and post-processing in Lightroom. I got this camera for the high speed flash sync capability with my Nikon Speedlights but find myself using it for hikes with my kids as well. The fill flash is the best I’ve ever seen in any Nikon DSLR. The 720p 24fps video with a mic jack is a bonus.” – By William S. Rees
Rating: ★★★★★

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Nikon Coolpix P7000 Features

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.

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.
* 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).

* 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.

3 Responses to “Nikon Coolpix P7000”

  1. Andres says:

    What about the bad focusing?! is this a nikon sponsored page

  2. Gary Von Neida says:

    I wonder the same thing. At party level lighting my little LumixDMC-ZS1 outshines in the focusing department. after several “out of focus” try’s I laid down the Nikon and took up the Lumix.

  3. Dude Spell says:

    The focus works well after the update for firmware 1.1.

    I never had a single problem focusing in a low light ambient and I’m used to the D60 and D90 DSLR cameras and I take them as a reference.

    Canon G12 has a better interface, though the P7000 interface is easy as it can be.

    It’s a matter of taste, of course, but the overall picture quality of P7000 are astonishing comparing to Canon G12, specially because all Canon cameras has a reddish white and the blue sky always looks flat. And that’s why I bought the P7000.

    And yes, I don’t care about Nikon or Canon or anything else but my pocket and the images I can get.

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