Nikon Coolpix P7700 Review

October 15, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |


The new Coolpix P7700 is the best prosumer Nikon compact camera to date, now offering a more flexible vari-angle LCD screen, Full HD movies and a faster lens, not to mention a new 12 megapixel image sensor, quicker 8fps burst shooting, remote flash control and and GPS support. The removal of the P7100's optical viewfinder may put some prospective buyers off, but the other improvements undoubtedly make the P7700 a real contender to its main rivals.

Despite the jump in megapixels from 10 to 12, the P7700 offers excellent image quality, thanks largely to the adoption of a 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor that's physically larger than the one inside most compact cameras. There's no unwanted noise at ISO 100-400, with a little appearing at 800 and 1600 still being perfectly usable, which is a great performance and certainly on a par with most of the P7700's main rivals.

The P7700's control layout and handling is very similar to its predecessor, offering a winning combination of dials and wheels, with the two Function buttons and the front and rear command dials in particular boosting the P7700's intuitiveness. There are so many ways of customising the camera to your own way of working that make the P7700 a photographer's dream from a handling point of view.

The P7700 has an excellent new LCD screen that's hinged on the side, making it much more versatile for image composition than either a fixed screen or the previous P7100's top-mounted screen. Other key features include the versatile 28-200mm zoom, 1080p movies with stereo sound plus a port for an external mic, a neutral density filter, zoom step feature, virtual horizon and GPS support via an optional accessory.

Still commanding the same hefty price-tag as its predecessor with an RRP of £499.99 / $499.95, the Nikon Coolpix P7700 finds itself priced alongside key rivals such as the Canon PowerShot G15, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7, Samsung EX2F and Sony Cyber-shot RX100, as well as several entry-level DSLRs and the new wave of Compact System Cameras. We feel that there's still a place for a well-specified, fixed-lens compact for prosumers, and in that regard the new Nikon Coolpix P7700 certainly doesn't disappoint. Highly Recommended.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 3.5