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The Nikon Coolpix P7800 updates the P7700 with a new electronic viewfinder, and an updated screen with RGBW dots to enable a brighter image when shooting outdoors. The camera retains the same 7.1x optical zoom lens with a bright f/2.0 - f/4.0 aperture, a backlit 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, RAW shooting, manual controls and vari-angle screen.
Nikon Coolpix P7800 Features
The camera features a Q button on the back to let you quickly set the Image quality, ISO speed, White balance, My Menu and Colour. On the mode dial, there are three custom user modes that can be setup to give you quick access to your favourite settings.
On top is an exposure compensation dial, function button, and another function button can be found on the front of the camera. There is a front and rear control wheel, as well as a rear scroll wheel making it easy to change manual settings depending what mode you are shooting in. A built in pop-up flash can be found on top, and is activated using a manual button just to the left of the viewfinder.
The 3 inch screen is using an RGBW arrangement with white pixels, with a new brightness adjustment mode to give a brighter and more visible view when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight. When this is not enough, then the 921k dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) can be used. This features dioptre adjustment and is activated using a button next to it, which will switch between the rear screen and EVF.
- 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor 1/1.7inch
- 7.1x optical zoom lens, f/2.0-4.0, 28-200mm equivalent
- Optical image stabilisation
- 3inch vari-angle screen, RGBW dots
- 921k dots electronic viewfinder
- Manual controls, RAW support
- Full HD video, stereo sound, mic socket
- Manual video mode
- ISO80 - 6400
- 2cm Macro
- HDR / Panoramic
- Electronic level, Digital Effects
- 8fps continuous shooting
Nikon Coolpix P7800 Handling
The P7800 has a large rubber grip surrounding the front of the camera, as well as a rubber grip on the rear for your thumb. This combined with the metal body gives the camera a solid, well built feeling, and the camera shares the rechargable battery with a number of other cameras in the Nikon range. The battery and memory card compartment can be found underneath the camera.
The viewfinder looks good and does not appear to be as small as some other cameras, such as the Panasonic Lumix LF1. We were using a pre-production model and found the colours displayed did not match what was shown on the rear screen - although we were advised this will be resolved in production models. On the side is a microphone socket, as well as a GPS socket that accepts the Nikon GP-1 adapter.
The Nikon menus are clear and easy to navigate, with a neat layout of options, including advanced settings such as being able to manually switch the built in ND filter on and off. You can also manually adjust the colour options, the defaults are: Standard, neutral, vivid and black and white with each of these letting you set sharpness, contrast and saturation.
We will have to wait for a full production version to become available, but we look forward to fully testing the Nikon Coolpix P7800 as soon as it is available. Additional hands-on photos can be found below.
Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Hands-On Photos of Equipment
Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2 - f/4|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 200mm|
|CCD pixels||12Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||60sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 6400|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, Lens Cap LC-CP26, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14 (with terminal cover), Battery Charger MH-24, USB Cable UC-E16, ViewNX 2 CD, Reference Manual CD|