This review is devoted to Coolpix P7100 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Feb 20, 2012. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CCD sensor.
Initially, Nikon developed this model to replace their older product P7000 and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one P7000.
In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #316 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #720 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix P7100 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Coolpix P7100. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 has the following external dimensions 116 x 116 x 48 mm (45.67 x 30.31 x 18.9″) with the weight of 395 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon Coolpix P7100, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Coolpix P7100 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 48mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix P7100 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix P7100 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix P7100 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix P7100 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix P7100 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CCD sensor.
The base of Nikon Coolpix P7100 has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 6400.
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 features a 10.0 MP 1/1.7" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon Coolpix P7100, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 41 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon Coolpix P7100’s sensor.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/1.7" sensor featured in Nikon Coolpix P7100 with other standard sensor sizes.
Nikon Coolpix P7100 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (tunnel) ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix P7100 are its 1.3 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Coolpix P7100 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
In addition, Coolpix P7100 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix P7100, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Coolpix P7100 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.
Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.
In addition, Nikon Coolpix P7100 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.
You can connect Coolpix P7100 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Coolpix P7100 provides a shooting life of 350, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.
Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Nikon Coolpix P7100 offers the highest battery life that reaches 350 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix P7100’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix P7100’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix P7100 to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P7100 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 19. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P7100 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P7100 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 78. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P7100 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P7100 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P7100 can be called a 85 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P7100 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P7100 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P7100 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 53. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P7100 can be called a 53 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Feb 20, 2012|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||2|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.3 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Manual, Slow sync, Rear curtain flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||41|
|DxO Color Depth||19.4|
|DxO Dynamic Range||10.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||165|
|Sensor Dimensions||7.44 x 5.58 mm|
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3648 x 2736|
|Max Native ISO||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||6,400|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||99|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Physical Dimensions||116 x 77 x 48 mm|
|Battery Life||350 shots|
|Battery Type||350 shots|