Nikon's latest P-series advanced compact enters a very competitive market. However, a range of modifications make the Nikon Coolpix P7000 more competitive than ever. How does it fair on the WDC test bench?
Image Quality and Value
Nikon Coolpix P7000 review – Image Quality
Despite some misgivings with the P7000, image quality certainly isn’t an area that poses any worries. The reduction in resolution of the camera’s sensor has aided noise control throughout the ISO range, and even at ISO 1600 noise is far from intrusive. The P7000 displays an impressive dynamic range, managing both highlights and shadows admirably and displaying a good tonal range. Colours are pleasingly natural in a range of conditions, while the optics perform well in producing sharp images. JPEG processing can be a bit of an issue with regards to losing fine detail in compression, though this can be easily avoided by simply capturing Raw files (this does mean having to deal with the slow processing though).
Nikon Coolpix P7000 review – Value
At around £479, the Nikon P7000 is priced, albeit competitively, towards the higher-end of the market. Despite improving on the previous model in many areas there are new issues. Overall, however, it’s still a very good enthusiast compact and some £50 less than its Canon G12 rival.