Nikon Coolpix P7800: The Viewfinder Makes a Grand Re-entry
The compact camera market is on the verge of revival as with Nikon’s latest Coolpix series. While the company is on the constant move for redefining the most intricate photographic needs, it’s the P7800 which stands out to an exceptional performer. This is one of the most aesthetically designed compacts by Nikon and can be used as the most fitting subsidiary to the DSLRs. The P7800 also comes in as the perfect upgrade for those who are willing to step out of the comforting refuge pertaining to the basic point-to-shoots.
Pros: The full manual control does give a lot of freedom to the users and takes a fair bit away from the gadget. While we bask under the popularity of the articulating screen, the EVF support is something which comes in as one powerful addition.
Cons: The P7800 seems to lack the all-important touchscreen which makes it difficult to directly access the controls over the wider screen. Wi-Fi support would have been the perfect concluding touch but the omission leaves much to be desired as well.
While Nikon’s latest P7xx version did replace the older iterations with a hardened face, the smaller build goes a long way in adding to the trendiness of the gadget. Here is a detailed review of the same, featuring the entire specs sheet in detail.
The company still persists with the bulky exterior whereas the textured coating provides the added functionality. One may use the rubberized grip for enhancing the direct access methodology as the wider area perpetuates into something way more resourceful for the users. Now start shooting one handed as the holding prowess gets revitalized whereas the articulated LCD comes in as one nice addition. A solid build is what makes the device perform better whereas the withstanding frame is something to vouch for. Direct access controls are available in plenty whereas the electronic viewfinder effectively sits atop. One can easily toggle between the aperture and automatic priority while modifying the exposure methods with ease. The scene and effects mode can also be switched on as per the multiple tabs resting on the surface of this elusive device. Two customizable buttons are provided in addition to the control dials renders added effectiveness. While the first tab is easily accessible, the second sits pretty over the top panel, facilitating the important image oriented modifications. Orange LED sitting atop is meant for notifications whereas one can easily alter the exposure as per the requirements. In comes the exclusive four way navigation pad which has a button for every occasion, ranging from macro focusing to the multiple flash based options. The latest addition has to be the exquisite viewfinder which gets activated by the adjacent tab but the lack of the automatic sensor is more of a letdown.
The P7800 usually performs at par with those low-end DSLRs owing to the 12.2MP optical sensor rating. This resolution is quite a fitting inclusion as per the budget and augers well with the semi-professional needs. Zooming capabilities are within acceptable limits as with the 4X digital prowess and 7.1X optical magnifying support. The 35mm equivalent length is added into the mix which surfaces up to a staggering 28-200mm. Be it the wide angle aperture starting from f/2.0 or the telephoto range up to a sizeable f/4.0, the P7800 combines every single aspect with thorough detailing. The built-in CMOS image sensor comes in handy for the users as it gets the best possible response from the high-end image processing unit. While the LCD screen includes the anti-reflection coating, the Vari-angle prowess is something to look forward to. Autofocusing speeds are on the higher side as with the 2 second delay between the boot and shoot. While the optical zoom prowess is quite a heartening addition, the 120fps burst rate is surely something to cheer about. One may surely incorporate the macro mode functioning besides the multiple shooting modes into the gadget’s functioning whereas the metering system is also a highly enhanced one.
We did find the images to be exceedingly sharp even at higher ISO levels pertaining to 1600 and even beyond. Low-light conditions are combated with ease whereas the smoothened edges are usually visible once the user starts exceeding the ISO 1600 levels. Noise and artifacts often come up but the overall interference is on the lower side as the shutter speeds can also be modified depending upon the sensitivities. While image sharing and printing is quite simple for every aspect ratio, the blurry shots are less of a worry with the Hi 1 option available. Multiple image formats are also supported ranging from JPEGs to RAWs whereas the one can alter the shooting modes with the manually accessible buttons. Full HD recording is supported by this camera whereas one can also modify the AF points for getting the perfect orientation as per the video capturing needs. Contrast detecting AF is included whereas the Nikkor lens does add to the vitality of this device. Hot shoe does make sure that the user can easily incorporate an external flashlight whereas the multiple video formats in MOV and MPEG do come in handy for the enthusiasts.
The P7800 thus comes up as one near perfect device given the price range sans the lack of the touchscreen prowess. Do consider this as a buying opportunity mainly for the exciting viewfinder and a high-end optical sensor which fits in perfectly with the extremely responsive LCD screen.
Nikon P7800 Rivals:
Sony CyberShot DSC RX100