Nikon Coolpix P7000

September 8, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras | 18 Comments |
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The 10-megapixel Nikon P7000 is a premium compact with 7.1x optical zoom, Vibration Reduction (VR), manual exposure control and a 3-inch, 920,000-dot LCD screen. The 28-200mm equivalent f/2.8-5.6 zoom lens is constructed of 11 elements arranged in 9 groups, including two ED and four aspherical lens elements plus a built-in neutral density filter. A sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 3200 (expandable to ISO 6400), a variety of bracketing options, D-Lighting and a Virtual Horizon are all on board to expand the possibilities of the camera. Raw support is provided in the form of NRW+ raw files, which are compatible with Nikkon’s bundled ViewNX 2 software as well as the separately sold Nikon Capture NX2 program. Still image capture is complemented by an HD video recording option (720p/24fps) with stereo sound. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 will hit the shops on 23 September, at a price of £489.99 / €580.00 / $499.95.

Update: We have just added a gallery of large product images supplied by Nikon Europe.

Nikon Press Release

NIKON LAUNCHES THE P7000, THE ULTIMATE COOLPIX

Sets new standards of response, low light performance and manual control

RRP: £489.99 / €580

Sales start date: 23rd Sept 2010

Nikon UK, 8 September 2010 – Nikon UK today announces the launch of a high performance COOLPIX model, the P7000, that sets a new benchmark for quality photography in a discrete and stylish package. The result of extensive research amongst professional photographers, the COOLPIX P7000 delivers outstanding images in a less intimidating form factor than a SLR.

The P7000’s superb image quality is guaranteed by a wide-angle 7.1x zoom NIKKOR lens giving a 28mm to 200mm range (35mm format equivalent), with optical Vibration Reduction (VR), two ED glass elements and Nikon’s brand new EXPEED C2 image processing system. The large 10.1 effective megapixel 1/1.7” CCD sensor facilitates wide dynamic range and exceptional low light performance whilst the 7.5cm (3.0”) high resolution LCD (920K dot) monitor assists composition, movie making and playback in brilliant detail.

Mark Pekelharing, Product Manager, Consumer Products at Nikon Europe B.V., says: “The COOLPIX P7000 boasts a raft of advanced features and ergonomics found in SLR cameras, making it the ultimate compact option for advanced SLR users and professional photographers who want high quality images in a discrete and responsive body.” He added, “Our professional customers have really helped to drive decisions about the feature set, and the results speak for themselves; great quality photography…anywhere”.

Only the best images

The P7000 is packed with cutting-edge technology to ensure the best image quality available, with a large 1/1.7” sensor and EXPEED C2 image processing system to provide enhanced low light performance and movie recording. Its 7.1x zoom NIKKOR lens has two ED glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration and fringing at longer focal lengths. What is more, it also includes a built-in ND filter to expand exposure options in very bright conditions.

The P7000’s wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 3200 is expandable to Hi 1 (ISO 6400 equivalent), while low noise night mode ensures fine results in extremely low light conditions, such as in candlelit interiors and a Noise Reduction (NR) adjustment function enables photographers to manage the impact of noise in their images.

For situations where choosing the right setting proves difficult, D-Lighting automatically ensures images look natural, rescuing underexposed shadows caused by very high contrast lighting conditions. COOLPIX in-camera Picture Controls, based on the technology from Nikon’s award winning digital SLRs, allow the user to manage camera processing according to personal taste while the new bracketing functions enable the photographer to take sequences with slightly different settings, varying exposure, ISO sensitivity, or white balance, and select the one that best suits the intended effect. A newly-added Virtual Horizon can also be displayed in the LCD to make sure the camera position is perfectly aligned.

Enhanced recording and playback

Some occasions call for capturing more than a picture, so the COOLPIX P7000 comes with an HD movie recording (720p) function. Stereo sound can be simultaneously recorded using a built-in microphone, while the microphone jack enables the use of an external microphone. The extra large 7.5cm (3.0”) ultra-high resolution (920K dot) LCD display offers almost 100% sRGB colour space to make image reviewing a pleasure and the optical viewfinder features diopter adjustment. In addition to this, the HDMI port enables instant sharing on external HD displays.

The P7000’s in-camera editing allows users to take control over their pictures. Tone level information is displayed on a histogram, and exposure compensation, aperture, shutter speed and ISO sensitivity can be minutely adjusted while confirming highlights, shadows and intermediate tone.

For those who prefer to revise their images on a PC or Mac, images can be stored in the enhanced NRW+ (COOLPIX RAW) format, providing an uncompressed digital “negative” which enables advanced editing. NRW+ files are compatible with Nikon’s bundled ViewNX 2 software as well as the optional image editing software Capture NX2.

Easy operation, everywhere

The P7000 has been designed for those who wish to have complete control over their photography with the familiar intuitive layout of buttons and dials found on Nikon DSLR cameras such as Command dial and AE-L/AF-L buttons. The P7000 also features an ‘analogue retro’ dial to manage exposure compensation levels in 1/3 EV steps. Manual control over other commonly used functions is accessible via the Quick Menu dial. A User-Setting Function enables users to switch zoom position to a preset focal length, as if using interchangeable lenses. The settings at each zoom position can also be customised according to the user’s intention. Alongside this, the added Zoom Memory function allows one-touch switching to any focal length setting, using a new manual mode dial.

The compact system camera

The COOLPIX P7000 forms the core of a mini-system and is i-TTL compatible with Nikon’s acclaimed Speedlights, a new WC-75A wide-angle convertor for a 21mm equivalent field of view and infra-red remote control ML-L3.  The P7000 also comes complete with ViewNX 2 software, long life battery MH-24 and charger EN-EL14. The camera can be further expanded using an external microphone (not available from Nikon). To protect the camera, an optional carry case is also available (CS-P06).

EXPEED C2

The original EXPEED image processing system incorporated all of the accumulated expertise and technologies developed throughout Nikon’s long history. Now the latest evolution of Nikon’s renowned system, EXPEED C2, expands the possibilities of photography even further, with enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality. EXPEED C2 maximizes sensor performance for clear, lifelike images that exhibit vivid colors, reduced noise and smooth tonal gradations for outstanding photos and movies.

ViewNX 2

ViewNX 2 is an all-in-one software package that enables users to quickly import, browse, edit and share still images and movies. Building upon the highly successful ViewNX software, ViewNX 2 is a user-friendly suite that offers a huge range of features, going well beyond those supplied as part of a PC’s operating system. Newly-incorporated advanced movie-editing functions have been taken directly from Nikon’s award-winning DSLR range, enabling users to trim clips and blend still images into stunning movie footage. ViewNX 2 comes with all Nikon digital cameras and is also available as a free download.

Nikon my Picturetown

You can now back-up your images safely and securely using my Picturetown, the free online digital photo storage and sharing service brought to you by Nikon. Easily share photo memories with friends and organise precious memories into online collections. You get 2GB of space free to use for storing thousands of memories and you can upgrade your membership to Gold Account at any time if you need to store more pictures.

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#1 C.Y.Leow

Watch out G11! Wow! Great little camera! I want one NOW ;)

12:35 pm - Wednesday, September 8, 2010

#2 Martin

Bought the G11 three months ago because Nikon had repeatedly not come up with the goods in terms of a small compact.
Would not change from the G11 to this latest Nikon offering! It looks rushed! Will it be another no brainer?
The G11 is a damn good camera and the articulated screen and direct dial access to iso settings is superb. When I want HQ video, I'll buy a video camera.

4:37 pm - Wednesday, September 8, 2010

#3 Yianni

@Martin, this camera is definitely not rushed. It's been rumored for release for a very long time now and looks very polished.

Ergonomics looks excellent and it will definitely be well built. Hell, it even comes with an external mic jack for third party/wireless audio recording which makes it extremely unique and eye candy for enthusiast/semi pro videographers.

I'm sure the Canon G12 is around the corner though.

As for image quality, we'll have to wait and see ;)

Cheers

4:59 pm - Wednesday, September 8, 2010

#4 Gurrtej Singh

Pretty useless with GPS capability dropped. Would need to see the full review for the performance of CCD sensor.

6:24 pm - Wednesday, September 8, 2010

#5 Zigster

Looking forward to this one, I especially like the fact that it accepts my Nikon external flashes.

10:56 pm - Wednesday, September 8, 2010

#6 Mustafa Ajlan Abudak

Flawlessly re-created G11.Nikon still fallows the rabbit..

11:35 pm - Wednesday, September 8, 2010

#7 Chaz

And your point is, Mustafa?

That's like saying Mercedes built a car first and everybody else is a copy after. Duh.

11:50 pm - Wednesday, September 8, 2010

#8 Mustafa Ajlan Abudak

Nikon isn't as innovative as the analog days..G series was the ultimate gap filler before evils showed up..and well-selling high-end compacts.. still this is true for Canon but they continously lose the gap area against evils..especially Oly and Sony' attempts all are succesfull and bring a useful tendecy to phorography world like oly did in 1960's..

with this announcement.. nikon just provides known formula/a replica to their royal customers against evils and G series..but this won2t contribute the progress of the market.(Canon just stick the winning formula as long as it takes)and also this prove there will be no evil camera from Nikon in the near future.

Briefly, I agree with the Deepreview comment on P7000; ''Coming over two years after the P6000, the P7000 is a considerably larger camera featuring bulky, faux-rangefinder styling that is more than a little reminescent of Canon's G Series.''

Still there is no real rangefinder (except elite Leica)for common people.This is a big shame for big brands whose photography profits mainly come from those people.This my point of view..

12:35 am - Thursday, September 9, 2010

#9 AntonioJ

Beauty! Good one, Nikon.

4:28 am - Thursday, September 9, 2010

#10 Peanut

Agree with Mustafa.

P7000 have lots of features BUT it doesn't look sleek or stylish like the LX5 or S95.

It seems nowadays that Sony and Panasonic are leading and producing more innovative cameras.

Canon/Nikon had slowed down. Don't know why ?

5:56 pm - Saturday, September 11, 2010

#11 AntonioJ

Peanut

What does "sleek and stylish" have to do with photography? A camera is NOT a item.

10:29 pm - Saturday, September 11, 2010

#12 AntonioJ

That should read a "fashion" item. It's a tool for taking photographs.

Chaz: Well said.

10:35 pm - Saturday, September 11, 2010

#13 Jos

Sony & pana are definitely 'fashion items' as implied above, the last few sony's HX5V and NEX are more than a match (as evidenced by countless reviews) for nikon and canon cam's (and sony's own alpha range i.t.o IQ)... sony have sorted out its IQ and has added some amazing hi tech features to. I think the P7000 is going to be bril! hope so, we've waited long enough...

2:50 pm - Wednesday, September 15, 2010

#14 Gerry Chance

I hope that AP will do a full review of this Nikon Coolpix P7000, and a full comparison against the Canon G11 or G12 if available.

There is no mention in the spec whether the optical viewfinder is 100% or 75% as on the G11 ????

The main thing missing from this camera is a swing out LCD screen, otherwise it looks very good and possibly a G11 beater..

3:08 pm - Wednesday, September 15, 2010

#15 James

Thinking of swapping my D80 for one of these!
Any thoughts?

9:36 am - Thursday, September 16, 2010

#16 Jos

Hopefully PB deal with image quality comparaisons in the Main Rivals section when they do a review of the G12 and P7000, I just hope they actually give an opinion, lately their Main Rivals section hasn't been what it should be in terms of comparing Main Rivals.....!! come on PB!

9:40 am - Thursday, September 16, 2010

#17 Zigster

Update: Just got an email from Amazon, they'll be shipping mine on Oct. 12! Can't wait...

4:04 pm - Saturday, September 25, 2010

#18 Tom

The P7000 serves as an excellent camera for all those who love to photograph as an hobby as well as a profession. I am planning on buying this camera very soon, I saw it for just 499$ on http://amzn.to/9CI15Q and I think its the best I can find.

8:24 pm - Tuesday, October 5, 2010