Outdoor and photography enthusiasts, photo bloggers, expedition athletes and dedicated Nikon have been watching the Coolpix line evolve during the past few years, but until now, they didn’t really have any options for a full featured point and shoot with an optical viewfinder. Those days are now history.
Yesterday Nikon announced the release of their brand new, top of the line point and shoot camera, the Coolpix P7000. Designed as a high-end, top of the line, prosumer digital camera for those photographers who are looking to go beyond a traditional compact point and shoot, but who still don’t want to step up to a full DLSR, the P7000 offers photo enthusiasts and advanced amateurs a compact camera with a high resolution sensor and full manual control.
Previously, photographers looking for a full sized, full featured point and shoot hand only one real option, the Canon G11. Ok, maybe two if you throw in the Panasonic Lumix. With the P7000, Nikon has not only stepped up to the plate and served up a worthy competitor, they’ve hit one out of the park with this offering.
P7000 features include:
- 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor
- 1280 x 720 HD video with zoom and stereo recording
- Dual control dials
- Nikkor ED glass and a lens range that’s equivalent to a 28-200mm
- 3-inch ultra high resolution Clear Dot LCD display.
- Electronic Horizon Indicator
- 5-way VR image stabilization system
- Nikon’s EXPEED C2 image processing engine
- ISO speeds of up to 6400 at full resolution
Since the camera has not yet been released, we can only speculate on it’s performance, but with RAW shooting capabilities, full manual, as well as a host of auto modes that offer wide creative control, the P7000 seems like an excellent choice for any photographer who is looking to expand their photographic opportunities. The P7000 also has a hot shoe that allows the camera to work seamlessly with a Nikon Speedlight like the SB-900.
Pros will no doubt find the P7000 a great shooting alternative in situations where a full sized DSLR may not be practical. It also seems like the perfect camera for photographers who are looking to take their photography to the next level, but do not have the budget or space for a larger body and multiple lenses.
At only 1.3 fps, it won’t do pro action sports as well as a DSLR, but with it’s high quality wide angle zoom lens, exposure compensation and bracketing, white balance adjustment, it will no doubt produce beautiful landscape and people images. And being relatively compact, it’s perfect for outdoor and travel photography, or just taking with you and capturing the snapshots and fun images of file while you hike, ride your mountain bike, ski and explore the outdoors.
The Nikon P7000 will be available in late September for $499. You can read more info and preorder the P7000 at Amazon.
You can also view Nikon’s official P7000 web page here.