Pros + Customization
+ Battery life
+ Image quality
+ Zoom range
+ Menus (intuitive, easy to use. Even better if you're familiar with Nikon DSLR menus.)
+ Works with Nikon remote and Nikon flash
+ Preset zoom
Cons - Have to select Playback button to scroll through images
- No articulating screen
- RAW write speed
Summary I've been waiting for a camera like this from Nikon for years and was about to go for the Canon G11 when the P7000 (and G12) came out. The specs were exactly what I'd wanted - a lower pixel count with higher ISO, larger, higher res screen than the P6000 with faster RAW processing and a greater range in the lens. I looked at the G12 but decided on the Nikon and I'm glad I did.Edit Link
I shoot a D700, but wanted something I can take everywhere and I've just been blown away with the P7000. The controls take a little getting used to if you are familiar with the Nikon DSLR range, but ISO, QUAL, WB setup are almost the same and you get three custom settings U1, U2 and U3 where you can save common configurations such as low light (as the auto ISO ranges from 100-200, 100-400 and 100-1600 so it is a good idea ifyou use low light and want 3200 or Hi1 to set this up as a U setting rather than changing the ISO - I setup mine as U3). You can also reprogram 3 of the standard buttons to shortcuts and there is a MyMenu which is really hand for commonly used settings.
Manual is a bit fiddly as the +/- sensor is a bit slow and too small to use dynamically as the light meter setting shows up yellow on white (not much contrast) whereas the Aperture and Shutter priority are as fast as they are on a DSLR and are really clear. One really nice feature is the real time histogram, if you use histograms this will save you a lot of time and missed shots as you can see your shot will be over or under range before you shoot - but then the matrix sensor is pretty hard to fool. I'm not a fan of bracketing, why not get the shot right first time around, but if you are a bracketing fan this too works well on the P7000 and can be setup on another U for when you want to make doubly sure you get the shot.
Image quality is amazing for a point and shoot like this, even at full optical zoom it will really make me think twice when travelling as to whether to lug your DSLR.
There is plenty of distortion in the lens, but not complex and easily corrected in Photoshop (not sure if NX2 does this automatically as with the D700).
I've no idea why Nikon bothered with the flash hot shoe, if you stick a flash on it you may as well use your DSLR and with the low light handling and VR of the P7000 as well as a steady hand you can take superb low light shots, and the little inbuilt flash more than suffices when high ISO's are not enough.
One thing I love is the view finder. I'm happy to use the screen to take a shot but in daylight you are often guessing at what you are shooting and the viewfinder provides an pretty good alternative. An accurate DSLR viewfinder it isn't, but it zooms as the lens zooms and it is accurate enough to get the shot. Apparently it is an 80% viewfinder, I think that is an average as it seemed to vary over the range but you do get used to it pretty quickly, especially with the P7000's zoom stops.
All in all the P7000 is just superb. I'm glad I waited and at 85% of the weight of the G12, longer zoom (the lens is rated slower at 5.6 vs 4.5 with the G12, but then the P700 runs to 200mm whereas the G12 is 140mm - they are probably similar at around 140mm).
I'm sure Nikon will have a better model in 2 years, but at this stage I can't even imagine what would entice me to buy it as the P7000 has it all.
Thank you Nikon and well done.
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Updated on Oct 2, 2011
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Pros Full manual controls, great picture quality, substantial build quality, fits in your jacket pocket, optical viewfinder, great design, which sets it apart from the point-and-shoot pack, works with SD, as well as the SD-HC, and even the new SD-XC cards
Cons I'd prefer a 2.0 lens...rather than the 2.8. And you need to know how to shoot 'manual' to get the most out of the P7000. If you understand ISO, F-stops, white balance, and shutter speed...this is for you. If not...ummmm....not a good fit.
Summary I call this my 'Mini-D' because it's so close to a DSLR in picture quality. I shoot with a Nikon D3, and can't always have it with me due to it's enormous size. The P7000 fits in a jacket pocket and brings back stunning photos. Sure, the D3 is an 'everything' pro camera...from high-speed sports to candlelit vigils. The P7000 doesn't have that kind of 1000% range. But in a backpack, when the shot is there, it produces like a champion. Amazing photo quality...but again, you have to know what you're doing. Not an amateur's camera.
Pros Excellent picture quality, full PSAM controls plus manual focus, compatible with my Nikon flash and remote. I was delighted to find and use the interval timer shooting.
Cons Size, definitely not pocket size. Very slow in recording pix, even after firmware upgrade, but it doesn't seem to delay the "next pic".
Summary This camera sits in my car's console and is available at all times. It will give me the quality pix that our cheaper P&S just couldn't give us for those times when we don't have the DSLR with us.
Pros Battery life for me was decent
Good clear pictures once you tweak the camera
Large LCD Screen
Great Travel Camera or backpacking for better shots
Great laid out controls on camera.
Cons Articulating screen, which the new P7800 has.
Slow processing speeds compared to newer competition
A tad better grip would have been nice
720P decent but now good cameras have 1080p/60fps
Newer models zoom faster.
Summary Great overall travel camera, and backpacking/biking exec... Takes great pictures I will never let this one go, might buy a newer model just to have 1080p in pocket.
Pros Histogram, color, high ISO, low noise, works w/ my Nikon flash, 3" LCD, longer zoom than Canon G12, f/2.8, all imaginable shooting mode, mine came with English and Spanish printed manuals not PDF.
Cons No tilt screen, firmware v1.0 is wonky, upgrade to v1.1 from the Nikon site, very easy to do following their directions.
Summary It is a good rangefinder on par with the Canon G12. Easy to use if you are familiar with the Nikon line of SLRs. Also the 720p high def movie function is a good feature to have. Much lighter than my SLR and 6 lenses, which means I carry it and use it much more. Discreet when using for street and candid photography, people are not intimidated by the P7000.