Nikon COOLPIX P7800

Nikon COOLPIX P7800 is a premium compact digital camera launched by Nikon in September 2013 as the successor to the P7700 camera. This camera comes with major improvements in the electronic viewfinder with 921k-dot sight 100% coverage and a new LCD screen with RGBW design to lighter in the sun and do not drain the battery. In addition, the P7800 also has the same features as the previous model include 12.2 Megapixel CMOS BSI sensor, EXPEED C2 processor, 7.1x ED Nikkor lens optical zoom, 3.0-inch LCD screen that can be rotated in all directions, an electronic viewfinder, Full video recording HD 1080p at 30fps, and has image stabilization by lens shift VR. Not only that, this camera also offers full manual control and RAW image support as well as compatible with Wireless WU-1a adapter. Nikon COOLPIX P7800 is sold at a price range of $546.95.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Our Review

Features & Design

As with its predecessor, the P7800 has a sturdy design and feels light when used. The camera has a comfortable grip on the front and rear making it easier to hold the camera coupled with a design that is made of metal. At the top there are buttons controls such as buttons exposure, function buttons, including two control wheels in the front and rear to adjust the camera settings manually according to the mode you’re using at the time of the shooting. You can use the Q button to adjust ISO, White Balance, My menus, and color. There is a button on the left of the viewfinder to turn on the flash when needed.


The lens has f/2-4 maximum aperture with 7.1x optical zoom that is equivalent to 28-200mm in 35mm and comes with Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization. This lens is quite ideal for photographing from wide-angle to telephoto in a light or dark situations and able to produce images quality are sharp and clear. While the LCD screen has been added RGBW arrangement with white pixels that are brighter and clearer when used to view pictures outdoors. The electronic viewfinder is another feature that added to the P7800 and you can use it by activated the buttons next to it. Overall, the Nikon P7800 has been improved by adding some important changes such as the addition of WiFi and electronic viewfinder, the LCD screen enhancement, including slight changes to the design.


Performance & Image Quality

Nikon COOLPIX P7800 has a fast focus when shooting wide-angle, but will slow down when shooting with telephoto mode. When compared with the same camera in its class, this camera has a slower time of the first shot to the next shot. The camera is able to give a good exposure to capture images with good color saturation and a nice background and good detail.

Sample photos Nikon COOLPIX P7800: 1/250sec, f / 4, 42.8mm, ISO80 (Credit: Nikon)

Sample photos Nikon COOLPIX P7800: 1/250sec, f / 4, 42.8mm, ISO80 (Credit: Nikon)

The camera is capable of handling very good color aberration with little purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The resulting image has good detail from corner to corner and has a high sharpness and detail. Not only that, with a minimum focus range up to 2cm, the camera allows you to capture macro images with excellent results. At ISO80-400 noise images are not visible at all, but at ISO800 you will begin to see image noise and will increase up to ISO1600 which will reduce image detail. While the images quality at ISO3200 would be very bad and even worse to ISO6400.

Nikon COOLPIX P7800 allows you to record Full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second with manual controls or aperture-priority exposure. The video recording is supported by the built-in microphone for recording stereo sound and also an external microphone jack for adding an external microphone so the sound is better.

Should I buy the camera?

Nikon COOLPIX P7800 has an interesting features such as an electronic viewfinder and the LCD screen is easy to use to look at the photo shoot. In addition, excellent image quality with fun colors at ISO80-400 even at ISO800-1600 is still good enough to use. The camera is sold at a price range of $546.95 – which can be said to be still quite expensive considering not too many changes from the previous model. But there are two contenders for this camera, they are the Canon PowerShot G16 and Canon PowerShot G1 X that worth to consider if you want to buy the Nikon COOLPIX P7800.

Rating: ★★★★☆


Images Sensor

Pixels Actual: 12.76 Megapixel, Effective: 12.2 Megapixel

Sensor 1/1.7″ CMOS

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
+ Audio: AAC, WAV

Max Resolution 12MP: 4000 x 3000 @ 4:3

Other Resolutions
+ 8MP: 3264 x 2448 @ 4:3
+ 4MP: 2272 x 1704 @ 4:3
+ 2MP: 1600 x 1200 @ 4:3
+ 0.31MP: 640 x 480 @ 4:3
+ 10.6MP: 3984 x 2656 @ 3:2
+ 9MP: 3968 x 2232 @ 16:9
+ 9MP: 3000 x 3000 @ 1:1

Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9

Image Stabilization Optical


+ NIKKOR, 13 elements in 10 groups
+ 0 Aspheric, 2 ED
+ EFL: 6-42.8 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28-200 mm)
+ Aperture: f/2 (W) – 4 (T)

Filter Thread 40.5 mm

Zoom Optical: 7.1x, Digital: 4x, Digital: 2x

Focus Range
+ Wide: 1.64′ (50 cm) – Infinity
+ Telephoto: 2.62′ (80 cm) – Infinity
+ Macro: 0.79″ (2 cm) – Infinity

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-1600 (High Sensitivity Mode: 80-6400)

+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 1 – 1/4000 sec in Auto Mode
+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 60 – 1/4000 sec in Manual Mode

Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Matrix, Spot

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
+ Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in .3 EV steps)

Shooting Modes
Back Light, Beach, Black and White Copy, Close Up, Dusk/Dawn, Fireworks, Food, Landscape, Museum, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Panorama, Party/Indoor, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Scene Auto Selector, Snow, Sports, Sunset

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual

Burst Rate Up to 8 fps at 12 MP for up to 6 frames

Self Timer 1 Sec, 2 Sec, 10 Sec

Interval Recording Yes

Remote Control ML-L3 (Optional)


Flash Modes Manual, TTL Auto

Built-in Flash Yes

Effective Flash Range
+ Wide: 1.64 – 32.81′ (0.5 – 10 m)
+ Telephoto: 1.64 – 18.04′ (0.5 – 5.5 m)

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe


Built-in Memory 86MB

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC


Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL

+ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 15 fps
+ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps
+ 640 x 480: 120 fps, 30 fps

Audio Recording
+ Built-in Mic: With Video + Voice Memo, Stereo,
+ Optional External Mic: With Video + Voice Memo, Stereo,

ViewFinder / LCD Display

Viewfinder Type Electronic

Viewfinder Coverage 100%

Screen 3.0″ LCD Rear Screen Swivel (921,000 pixels)

Screen Coverage 100%

Connectivity/System Requirements

Connectivity AV Output (out), USB 2.0, HDMI C (Mini) (out), 1/8″ Microphone

Wi-Fi Yes via optional adapter


Operating/Storage Temperature
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 0 – 85%


Type: 1x EN-EL14 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4VDC, 1030mAh

AC Power Adapter EH-5b (Optional)

Weight & Measure

Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.7 x 3.1 x 2.0″ / 118.5 x 77.5 x 50.4 mm

Weight 14.07 oz / 399 g

Video Reviews

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Sample Photos

Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Sample Photos

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User Manual

Nikon COOLPIX P7800 User Manual (PDF)

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Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon COOLPIX P7800.

Canon PowerShot G16 Reviews

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Canon PowerShot G16 is a new Point and Shot camera that announced on 21 August’13 for replacing the previous model PowerShot G15. The G16 is identical to G15. It just adds new features such as WiFi Connectivity and the new DIGIC 6 Image Processing Engine that promises better high ISO sensitivity performance up to 12800. Canon claims that the PowerShot G16 has better performance than previous model by use the new processor that provides continuous shooting rate of 9.3 fps for over 500 shots. This camera sold with price of $549.00.

Canon PowerShot G1 x Reviews

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Canon PowerShot G1 X is a 14.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 4x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom Lens. It features include 28mm Ultra Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabalizer, HS SYSTEM, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, Full 1080p HD Video recording with Stereo Sound including 14-bit RAW + JPEG format, and has a 3.0-inch Vari-angle PureColor System LCD with 922.000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles. This camera sold with price of $649.00.

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