Nikon Coolpix P7100 Review

Overall 42
Imaging 11
Features 45
Size 79
Price 1

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/1.7" CCD sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expands to 6400)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 1.3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 116 x 77 x 48 mm
  • Weight: 395 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Nikon P7000.
  • Replaced by Nikon P7700.

Nikon Coolpix P7100 Summary

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.

Nikon Coolpix P7100 Compared to other Compact 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.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 99
  • Viewfinder: Optical (tunnel)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g
  • Battery Life: 350 shots

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 80
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 165
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon Coolpix P7100 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Coolpix P7100

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Nikon Coolpix P7100 — 350 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Nikon Coolpix P7100 — 48 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Nikon Coolpix P7100 — 395 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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 Sensor Scores

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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Coolpix P7100

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

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.

Focusing

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.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Coolpix P7100 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Nikon Coolpix P7100 for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Nikon Coolpix P7100 for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • You might not like Nikon skintone

Nikon Coolpix P7100 for Street 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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (116 x 77 x 48 mm)
  • Small 1/1.7"(7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Nikon Coolpix P7100 for Sports 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.

Advantages:

  • Big Number of autofocus Points (99)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.3 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (165)
  • Small battery life (350 shots)

Nikon Coolpix P7100 for Daily 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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Big size (116 x 77 x 48 mm)

Nikon Coolpix P7100 for Landscape 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.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (10.7)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (165)

Nikon Coolpix P7100 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix P7100
Announced Feb 20, 2012
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 2
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 80%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 1.3 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 9
Flash Modes Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Manual, Slow sync, Rear curtain flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 41
DxO Color Depth 19.4
DxO Dynamic Range 10.7
DxO Low Light ISO 165
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/1.7"
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
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 99
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 395 g
Physical Dimensions 116 x 77 x 48 mm
Battery Life 350 shots
Battery Type 350 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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