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Nikon Coolpix P7100 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £399
inc VAT

A welcome refinement to the P7000 and a pleasure to use, but the sensor isn't up to current standards at this price


1/1.7in 10.0-megapixel sensor, 7.1x zoom (28-200mm equivalent), 395g

The Nikon P7100 is part of a small niche of compact cameras aimed squarely at photography enthusiasts. It’s not just the proliferation of buttons and dials that set it apart from consumer-oriented cameras – it’s also the premium quality lens and 1/1.7in sensor, which has 50 per cent more surface area than the usual compact 1/2.3in sensors.

Nikon Coolpix P7100

It’s not so long ago that we reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P7000, which generally impressed us but fell down on performance, particularly in the lethargic response of its controls and menus. With the P7100, Nikon has largely ironed out these issues; there was negligible button-response lag. That’s a crucial improvement, as a camera with five dials and 11 buttons really should be able to deliver quick access to settings.

There’s one more dial than on the P7000, mounted flush with the front of the camera. We can’t help thinking that Nikon has got slightly carried away here, and the implementation of these controls has some room for improvement. Ultimately, though, experienced photographers will relish this level of hands-on control. The superb 3in, 921,000-dot screen now tilts up and down, further diminishing the benefit of the small, rather blurred optical viewfinder.

Nikon Coolpix P7100

It’s disappointing that shot-to-shot times haven’t significantly improved. We measured 1.7 seconds between shots in normal use, or 2.7 seconds in raw mode – only fractionally faster than the P7000. Continuous mode was actually slower, down from 1.4fps to 1.1fps for JPEGs, and managing just three raw exposures at 0.8fps. Autofocus performance was excellent, coping particularly well in low light and at long focal lengths. Automatic exposure settings weren’t so hot in these conditions, though, with the ISO speed refusing to budge beyond 400 unless we adjusted it manually.

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Basic Specifications

CCD effective megapixels10.0 megapixels
CCD size1/1.7in
LCD screen size3.0in
LCD screen resolution921,000 pixels
Articulated screenYes
Live viewYes
Optical zoom7.1x
Zoom 35mm equivalent28-200mm
Image stabilisationoptical, lens based
Maximum image resolution3,648×2,736
Maximum movie resolution1280×720
Movie frame rate at max quality24fps
File formatsJPEG, RAW; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slotSDXC
Mermory supplied94MB internal
Battery typeLi-ion
Battery Life (tested)350 shots
ConnectivityUSB, AV, mini HDMI, microphone
HDMI output resolution1080i
Body materialmagnesium alloy
Lens mountN/A
Focal length multiplierN/A
Kit lens model nameN/A
AccessoriesUSB and AV cables

Buying Information

Warrantytwo-year RTB

Camera Controls

Exposure modesprogram, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed60 to 1/4,000 seconds
Aperture rangef/2.8-8 (wide), f/5.6-8 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution)100 to 6400
Exposure compensation+/-3 EV
White balanceauto, 8 presets with fine tuning, manual, Kelvin
Additional image controlscontrast, saturation, sharpness, noise reduction, Active D Lighting, distortion control
Manual focusYes
Closest macro focus2cm
Auto-focus modesmulti, centre (wide, normal, spot), flexible spot, face detect, tracking
Metering modesmulti, centre-weighted, centre, spot AF, face detect
Flashauto, forced, manual, suppressed, slow synchro, rear curtain, red-eye reduction
Drive modessingle, continuous, continuous flash, self-timer, AE bracket, WB bracket, interval