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50 reviews | 4.3 out of 5
The cameras end results are stunning and the creative black and white feature pretty much takes any post editing out of the process. It is light and has a good feel in hand. It doesn't feel cheap or that it may break if you handle roughly. It has an aggressive look, that of a good rangefinder. However, the firmware needs to be revamped and it has trouble calculating exposure when using the manual power flash setting. The dials when slung over the shoulder or just hung by neck tend to rotate by even the slightest slide against a shirt changing settings. The LCD does not flip out like it's competitors which is a negative in my eye, along with having a SEMI low light lens for the surprisingly high price that it is. The viewfinder should just be omitted as you are literally looking through a peephole with no information viewed in the finder window. Also, if using in a low light situation, the LCD does not turn off and blinds the eye looking through the viewfinder rendering it a useless feature. In summation, I am a Nikon user, however, I will go elsewhere for a day to day smaller camera until Nikon catches up. A side note for DSLR users looking for a smaller option for day to day use: The manual focus feature is pretty much the most ridiculous feature on this and any advanced point and shoot for that matter. It doesn't feel natural and it takes 4 times the amount of time to "select" a focus.
If you are seeking a very well rounded camera that will entertain the entire family, from the amaeteur photographer up to a more advanced professional looking to utilize the many customized functions and setting opportunities found on more advanced DSLR's then look no further. This camera packs a punch with many key features I enjoy having access to such as custom settings and easy access to toggle switches to adjust variable aperture, speed and iso adjustments, putting the photographer in control of creativity. This camera also has many quick settings that your family can also use along with scene selections making photography a much more enjoyable experience. Mu daughters love taking photos with it. I tend to enjoy using Program mode or aperture priority as the camera does a good job at adjusting the remainder of settings pretty well. You can go full manual as well for that "take control" opportunity where creativity is only limited by what you imagine. I love this camera, the video also works very well and I have found microphone also picks up well as I have taken a few video clips for my kids highschool band concerts in low light, sports events etc. and it does very well at that also. Adjustable tilt LCD screen makes it even easier to get those shots that may take some arm stretching over a crowd that may otherwise have been missed. Overall, I would recommend this one.
My wife is a professional photographer so I handed over my new Nikon P7100 for her to "check out" for me. She uses a Nikon D3s with top-of-the line Nikkor lenses for her professional work so I'm sure that she was not expecting too much from the "point & shoot" P7100. Was she surprised...especially with the "low-light" capability of this little "gem"! The photos produced were sharp, bright and the colors were outstanding. Add to that a Nikkor 7.1x wide optical zoom and HD video and she gave the P7100 two "thumbs up" with no reservations. Note: We utilized the HD video at our grandson's basketball game. Even in indoor gym lighting, the video came out sharp, bright and focused with excellent audio quality. All in all, the P7100 is a wonderful camera! I just point & shoot and it does all the work for me.
I have used both Sony and Canon products similar to this camera. I have to say that I have enjoyed this camera much more!!! All the bells and whistles are there for anyone wanting to "take it up a notch". You can put it on auto and just use it as a point and shoot. It works very well. But if you're like me, and enjoy having a little more control, you can move into a more manual operation and you call the shots. I've shot over 1,000 pics so far (I've only had it for about a week) and I have to say I'm very pleased. I have experimented with flash units on it and been very pleased with that too. I've used Pocket Wizards with flash off camera and I've used a Ray Flash on for macro shots!!! It handles them all with ease. Image quality is very good. I've increased ISO up to 3200 and found the image still usable (although I've corrected some in software for noise reduction). Out of camera images are still good at 800 to 1600 ISO. It fits extremely well in your hand. The ergonomic design is much better than other cameras I've used. It's perfect for those trips where you don't want to take along a DSLR (or for that person that just wants one camera to do it all, this one fits that bill too). I don't used video that much but have tried it out some and found it does a very good job (video is very clear). Overall I plan on using this camera for years to come. I'm very glad I purchased it (after much online searching and researching).
Improved over P7000 - Faster, better white balance and color rendition (better than primary competition). Great battery life. Good feature set. Good build quality. Reliability to be determined. Expected to be good based on previous Nikon experience. Could benefit from UV haze filter and Polarizing filter. Quick disconnect neck strap would improve versatility.
I purchased the Nikon P7100 because of the larger sensor and extensive manual features. I have had the camera now for close to a month and could not be happier with the overall performance. I upgraded from a 12.2 mega pixel point and shoot and I can say the dynamic range of both contrast and colors with this Nikon P7100 camera are outstanding. I have been working with all the features and noticed the controls for these features are very easy to access with all the function buttons on this camera. My passion is macro photography and this P7100 does a very nice job, no complaints. The tilting display makes it very nice to shoot at all angles, a must for macro. The low light capabilities are also a plus, thanks to the larger sensor and wide angle lense. Oh and did I mention the lens? Well it is Nikkor glass, thats what defines a Nikon and this P7100 is truly Nikon all the way. I could go on and on about the features but it is easier to just say if you are looking to upgrade to an advanced point and shoot with extensive manual controls then do not hesitate to purchase a Nikon P7100, you will not be disappointed. .
This camera is great. It is exactly what I want. I don't want to carry around a big SLR or a bunch of lenses and equipment. I just want something that is small enough to take everywhere, and that will take great pictures. This camera does that. It gives me all the flexibility I need with almost all of the adjustments you get in an SLR.
Major improvement over P7000. Seems faster and I appreciate the pull-out LCD to help take photos from different angles. When shooting in manual mode it's a big help to have the front dial for quickly, easily changing Aperture.
This is a great camera. I have a nikon d7000 which is nikons best dx camera. I use this camera when i need a light camera. The camera is great in low light. I use a sb-400 flash with this camera a great combo. I would like to have 1080p but video is good.
I shoot with several SLRs, both digital and film, A view camera, and a number of compact digitals. I bought the P7100 because I use my compacts a lot and wanted a compact with RAW capability. Any camera is a compromise in one area or another and the P7100 is no exception. That being said, I am very satisfied with the image quality and the controls. The camera feels substantial and the adjustments I use the most, ISO, quality, aperture, speed and exposure compensation are very easy and quick to change. I don't use scene modes often, so I'll let others comment about that that. The camera feels good in my hands and although it is a bit heavier than my other compacts, the overall heft and fit and finish says quality. The camera feels like an image making machine, not a toy. I find the screen menus to be logical and reasonably simple to use. The tilting screen is quite useful and the display quality is excellent. I use the hot shoe and a speedlight for flash situations with excellent results. I wished for more optical zoom when I chose the P7100, but have found the 7:1 to be adequate for most situations. The digital zoom is only available in JPEG quality and is acceptable. I had an earlier Cool Pix 4300 and found the start-up time to be objectionable. The P7100 start-up time is not an issue for me. Battery life has been excellent. If you just want a point and shoot, this is too much camera for you, but if you want a good all around carry camera with a lot of capability and RAW image flexibility, take a hard look at this camera.
This camera makes a great travel and easy to carry camera. It is not a DSLR but it is the best carry camera I have had. The response time to focus and lock is great, that was the only problem with the P7000 and now that is fixed. The picture quality is great.
I've owned several cameras in my life, Minolta, Canon, and Nikon. I love the P7100. Although recently purchased, I haven't used all of it's features but the ones I have used are fantastic. A great bang for the buck. Clarity is superb, colors are terrific. It's lightweight and easy to use. Love it. Thanks for a great camera, Nikon.
This P7100 replaces the P7000 that I had for a year. And I am glad to see that all the bugs were fixed. It was time! the P7100 is my only camera., it's not a backup so it goes everywhere, and often in the backcountry, so I like the size. I like how easy it is to use. A major improvement comes from the external adjustement dials so one doesn't have to search through time consuming menus. And most importantly I like the fact that the lens cover finally opens completely! Just like its predecessor the P7100 offers great image quality. I keep getting comments on the beautiful colors. It also has added features and special effect filters that are fun to use. I like the quick AF response. No need to wait forever for the camera to find a focus. The RAW write time is good and certainly faster than before. The long zoom is a bonus and is very good. I got very sharp photos zoomed at 200mm on moving subjects. Performs well in low light and this is a feature I love. I like the ND filter that comes handy when there is a need to cut annoying highlights in some situations such as when photographing ocean waves. I often use the camera for action shots and got good results,with sharp images on fairly fast moving subjects. I can't comment on highly technical details like some people do, and I am not a photographer. All I can say is that I am very pleased with the picture quality and what I can do with this camera. It's possible to do incredible macros too. I don't think it would be wise to compare the P7100 with a DSLR as it's not fair. But this camera can be operated completely manually if one wants to be creative. I use the manual controls most of the time. But it takes a while to get acquainted with all the possibilities offered by this camera. It's very easy to use though and a pleasure to operate. I have already recommended to friends and will continue to do so!
I had the P7000 for 3 weeks, and although i like the image quality and controls, I admit it had some processing tweaks, but I saw that a corrected P7000 is coming, and that's the P7100 ... Today I have the P7100 since about 90 days along the D3s and D200. With the introduction of the P7100, I can say that Nikon have for the first time a serious advanced P&S. Everything runs so smoothly in the P7100 and the image quality is excellent .
I only wished that Nikon integrated a built in GPS and the 1080p video in the P7100 .... and it would be a complete cam for me ....
Received my P7100 yesterday. At first I thought the controls looked cluttered and complex but within 10 mins it was a breeze. Lay out is ergonomic and menu easy to navigate.
I just have to get used to pressing the flash button when required. Picture quality seems superb. It is better than I expected..
Thumbs up - so far so good.
I own a few other advanced compact digital cameras, but the Nikon CoolPix P7100 is far and away the best I have ever used. Photos are stunningly sharp, colors are accurate, metering is precise and the overall experience is such a pleasure! This camera feels solid and comfortable, and the LCD monitor is excellent. The AF is quick and accurate, and best of all, my "keeper rate" is higher than ever!
Do not hesitate; this is a camera you'll love!
I use the P 7100 in lieu of my D3 when carrying the larger camera would be inconveinient. Because I edit and print my images in Adobe Lightroom 3, the ability to shoot in camera raw is a great plus. I will not use a camera that doesn't have raw format capability.
The Coolpix P7100 Vari-Angle Monitior
Should be the same as the
D5100 Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
This would be like My Old Coolpix S10 (Assume Camera).
This would allow you to get not only the Low Shot
like taking Pictures of my Granddaughter
Crawling but the Over Heat Shots when you
go to the Zoo or Games .
I Hope you Convert the P7100 Monitor to
Be the same as the D5100 Monitor.
His will make the P7100 the Perfect Compact Digital Camera.
All the Battery Charges Should Be A Wall Mounted Charger
It make Sense for Traveling making it less to Cary around.
This camera is certainly well built and has the feel of a quality item. the lens is superb and produces good images. Even the telephoto zoom has been improved over the 7000 as it is smooth and has no "fast" spots making it easy to control. I would suggest that the next iteration of this camera have more analog type controls, specifically an analog shutter speed dial.. This camera appears to have a longer focal length lens than the new Canon pro1 X which will make this Nikon the better choice for cameras in this class,
The following P7100 pro/con comparison is based on taking over 2,000 shots and scores of videos at Disney World in Florida. I am a serious amateur/unpaid professional with over 40 years of 35mm experience, and an avid Photoshop CS5 fan. Pros:
Fast start up.
Picture quality, tones, and sharpness rivals my Nikon DSLR's.
Great for a beginner who wants to grow into photography without having to invest in a DSLR on Day 1.
Total control, from automatic to manual.
Basic Snapshot setting (green camera icon) gets it right about 85% of the time.
Highly customizable buttons and features.
Automatic scene settings usually superior to manual setup.
Very good in low light settings.
Raw + Jpg mode.
3 user defined settings to add to the built in automatic scene settings.
Very fast and easy one finger button to delete unwanted shots as they happen.
Video quality and sound recording rivals theatres when played back on high quality TV.
Jack for external video mic.
Continuous shots/Best shot option lets you get the best shot when the subject is moving
Exposure bracketing with manual overrides is great when the light isn't.
Very clear zoom at the digital end.
In camera recharge via USB/Wall charger too.
Power settings for built-in flash.
Single button Macro mode and auto setting; focus is very accurate and easy to use. (Remember to turn it off to return to regular shooting!)
Automatic shutter cap (works better than P7000 this replaces).
Great manual. 286 pages long, so on pdf instead of printed.
Quiet video zoom.
Variable angle LCD is great to take pictures with the camera over your head.
Viewfinder with diopter correction.
Solid opening and closing doors for battery, mic, outputs. Cons:
Not a true pocket camera. A bit bulky and heavy.
Only comes in basic black. Not very chic.
Strap is too thin for the weight and bulk. Get a wider aftermarket one.
Not for the beginner. Too many controls and options, although most can be ignored.
Factory settings need to be manually corrected to avoid yellow cast and mild contrast before taking first shot.
The manual is quite long and can be complex for a beginner.
Photo software is frustrating and not intuitive. Better to wait for deals on aftermarket programs. The few extra dollars will be worth it.
Exposure comp dial is too easy to turn; does't lock in place.
Uses proprietary Nikon batteries that are quite expensive.