"Good but not great"on by 808dp
Pros Good scene mode
Cons Poor low light focusing
Summary For the price of this camera, you would expect that it would perform much better than it has.
The positives includes a great scene mode feature set, excellent picture quality, good positioning of the camera controls, in camera red eye control does a good job of minimizing red eye, and the 7900 does an excellent job of capturing video (640 x 480 @ 30 fps)with zoom.
Now the cons for this camera. I would expect at this price range for a camera, it would perform in all lighting situations. However, I am sorry to say that this camera performs very poorly under low light conditions. This performance is slightly improved with the auto-focus illuminator lamp but not by much. As stated in the user's guide, the camera focuses much better in a high contrast scene than a low contrast scene. As a previous and current owner of Nikon digital cameras, I hate to say that this is a continuing problem with the P&S Nikon cameras. Cameras that I have owned from other manuafacturers perform much better in the exact same lighting conditions. The reason that focusing is an important issue is because it is almost impossible to clean up an unfocused image vs. and image that is slightly off-color in am imaging software program.
The red eye mode is an interesting feature and works well. However, this feature works on evaluating the image and correcting the red eye and thus the cost of this feature takes a little time to complete between shots when you are in a hurry.
Finally, the lag time from either half-press or full-press shutter release should be much better in a camera of this quality and price. Largely this lag is the result of the way Nikon has decided to handle it's focusing mechanism. Despite this, given a scene with decent lighting, the images appeared sharp and very clean. The trade off here is the shutter lag time.
If you mainly take pictures outdoors or indoors with decent lighting, this camera will perform to your expectations. However, if you take pictures at nightclubs, dinners, or outside at night, I suggest you look elsewhere.
Pros outstanding macro pictures
Cons nothing major
Summary I looked at the canon g6 & sd500, the Casio ex-z750 and the sony p200. They were all good. Probably the g6 had the best picture quality but was too heavy to carry around. The sd500 and z750 looked great but the macro quality was not as good as the 7900. The 7900 is my 4th digicam. The build quality is very good. The picture quality is arguably the best available from a compact camera - the sd500 is also excellent and these two cameras have been compared extensively in reviews. The reason I bought the 7900 was 1. better macros, 2. more realistic colors and 3. significantly cheaper price. I have been very pleased with this camera and recommend it.Updated
After using the 7900 for a month I am still very pleased with this camera overall and stand by my original review. My last digicam was a Canon PowerShot S400 Digital Elph. Although the canon did a better job with low light photography, overall the 7900 is way better in all other respects.
Pros Excellent quality indoor and outdoor , no red eye completelly sharp pictures
Cons no sd card comes with the box
Summary I have had at least 10 different digital camercas from all resolutions, but I can tell that this is by far the best digital camera I have ever had in all my life. Is very simple to use , very small , battery last for ever , quick startup ,light weight.
It has a lot of alternative shooting modes , for all ocations . Is is incredible the sharp of all the pictures ( I have took 500 and no one is blurry). In conclution , I fully recomended and everyone will love it.
Pros Ease of use, lots of pre-set scenes, great photo quality, lots of options, 7 MP. very light and compact
Cons None, really
Summary This is a great little camera. This camera exceeded my expectations. It's so easy to use, and so small you can carry it in your pocket. The colors are great, with no red-eye. The image quality is excellent, even when cropped and enlarged. Lots of useful features. Lots of pre-set scene modes and focusing methods. It's hard to believe you can get such great photos from such a small camera. In sunlight, or indoors without a flash, and even night shot photos turned out great. The movie mode video quality is the best I've scene on a digital camera (at 30 fps). I highly recommend this camera.
Pros gd pic quality, gd battery life, many scene modes
Cons blurry images with the use of indoor/party scene mode
Summary I just recently brought my new nikon 7900 to a friends wedding, the pictures turned out great save for a few pictures that turned out slightly blur with the use the indoor/party scene mode. The blur warning works well detected any signs of blurring in the pictures. You can try to eliminate blur pic by holding ur hand really steady and making sure that ur subject does not move until all the 3 flashes are over. Alternatively, the BSS mode, (a mode that selected the best shots out of 10 shots taken at a time) can be used.
Other than the complaint above, the other modes worked perfectly and the results were excellent. D-lighting mode is perfect for those "sun behind the subject" shots, works really well. The Sports mode is works great for children and pets ie subjects which are constantly on a move.
The battery life lasts for a long time (which is excellent for a person who always forgets to charge their camera). I have only charged it once since the wedding and now, a week later, it still has power. Amazing.
The camera is really easy to use, no difficulty looking for any function. I have only read the first few pages of the manual. Most of the functions can be learnt via hands on experience.
Love this camera, and cant wait to bring it on my trip to sabah. I am going to buy a underwater casing soon so i can bring this great cam underwater for a trial run.