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Nikon Coolpix P7000 Digital Camera

The Nikon P7000 is the flagship HQ digital camera that was released by Nikon. It is geared directly at Canon's very successful G12 digital camera. Both cameras use the same size sensor and have the same form factor. Nikon was wise enough to take everything that made Canon's G12 so popular and make a few positive improvements and additions. Now while the camera tries to bring more to the table than the G12 it can't be denied that it's just not all there. The camera comes with an optical viewfinder which is a nice little feature that brings a little bit of nostalgia to the point and shoot cameras of the past... the camera sports a 7x zoom lens that when retracted in makes the camera pretty pocketable, although it may pose a bit of a challenge to those wearing skinny jeans.

Made mostly of metal, one would expect the camera to feel a little heavier, but surprisingly clocking it at just over 12 ounces, it still feels pretty light. The metal also helps deliver the feeling of sturdiness. The feel of the camera itself is pretty comfortable. On the front of the P7000 we can find a rubber grip that definitely offers added stability. Nikon did an exceptional job with the controls on the P7000. On top we have the standard mode switching, zoom, and power buttons. A nifty little feature is that there is a translucent ring circling the power button that glows when the camera is on. The features on the P7000 are clearly aimed at the photo enthusiast. There are a ton of different exposure modes that one could experiment with. One of the nicest features on this camera is the horizontal indicator. It offers a sort of aim assist where an indicator appears on the screen to help confirm that the photo about to be taken is level. This is really useful for taking landscape shots.

This camera also supports HD recording, but only at 720p which is not as good as some other cameras that are able to pump out 1080p recordings. The P7000 itself comes with a paltry 79MB of built-in memory, a SD card is needed if you want to have an impromptu photo shoot, luckily SDXC memory is supported so one could take advantage of how cheap flash memory is. The battery life on this camera is pretty nice. The battery is rated at about 350 pictures on a charge, but I was able to take about 375 before the battery died.

The camera comes with a standard AV/USB cable but also contains and HDMI output slot too which would come in hand for those with HD TVs. All in all the P7000 is a nice camera but it could do better, maybe on its next update it could improve even more. From the unoriginal designs to the oversaturated JPEGs, these are just a few of the things that hold me back from swapping my G12 for a P7000.

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:33:11 +0000

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