Nikon Coolpix P7800 Hands-On Preview

We go hands-on with the new Nikon Coolpix P7800 - the new compact with an electronic viewfinder.

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Nikon Coolpix P7800 Hands-On Preview We go hands-on with the new Nikon Coolpix P7800 - the new compact with an electronic viewfinder.

Nikon Coolpix P7800 In Hand (2)

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

Nikon Coolpix P7800 In Hand (3)

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.

Nikon Coolpix P7800 In Hand (4)

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.

Nikon Coolpix P7800 In Hand (6)

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.

Key Features

  • 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

Nikon Coolpix P7800 (1)

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 c
olour 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 Aperturef/2 - f/4
35mm equivalent28mm - 200mm
Optical Zoom7.1x
Image Sensor
Pixels12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4000
Pixels (H)3000
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/1.7inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution922k
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus2cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity80 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting8fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS25
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14
Battery Life (CIPA rating)350shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera 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

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Photographs taken using the Nikon COOLPIX P7800

River Bure sunsetVillage RoofsThe StripsApproachingJapanGoing_DownMakeoverSoft_Light_TextureThe QuietMarkedRed & TreadsMobile NestFORDRed, Blue & Grey

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josa 6 25 Czech Republic
5 Sep 2013 6:36PM
Great move from Nikon.

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