Photokina 2010: Nikon Coolpix P7000
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Nikon has unveiled its latest compact bridge camera, the Nikon Coolpix P7000.
The Nikon Coolpix P7000 is a long-overdue update to Nikon's venerable P6000 compact bridge camera. The older P6000 model did superbly in our tests, but Nikon has waited nearly two years to refresh its design and specifications.
In the meantime, Canon has largely dominated the small market sector for compact bridge models with its PowerShot G-series.
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Reduced resolution on the Nikon P7000
Interestingly, Nikon has taken a lead from Canon in reducing the resolution on its new top line model. Canon updated the 14.7Mp Canon PowerShot G10 with the 10Mp Canon PowerShot G11, and the even newer Canon PowerShot G12 has maintained this lower 10Mp resolution.
In keeping with this trend, Nikon has scaled back the 13.5Mp resolution of the older P6000 model, and the new P7000 boasts a restrained resolution of 10Mp.
The reason for this is because higher resolutions tend to increase graininess in low-light situations, so Nikon hopes to boost the P7000's low-light credentials with this restrained megapixel count.
7.1x zoom on the Nikon P7000
The Nikon P7000 outstretches all of its compact bridge competitors with its large 7.1x zoom lens. The lens begins from a wide angle of 28mm - equal to the wide angle on the Canon G11, which has a more limited 5x zoom.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and Samsung EX1 compact bridge cameras have smaller zooms of 3.8x and 3x respectively, though with more generous wide angles of 24mm.
The P7000 features a bracketing function, which takes a series of shots with slightly different exposure values, allowing the user to then choose the best photograph to keep.
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The ISO on the Nikon P7000 can be set between 100 and 3,200, and there are priority modes for both shutter speed and aperture control - along with full manual control and 18 scene modes.
As well as a hot-shoe for attaching an external flash, there are dedicated control dials for the camera's manual functions, giving hands-on photographers easy access to the key settings.
Nikon P7000 First Look video
See the Nikon P7000 in action in our First Look video below:
HD video mode
The P7000 is able to capture 720p HD video with stereo sound. An external microphone socket is also available, letting you boost the sound recording.
The HDMI port will allow for video playback on an HD TV, or the clips can be viewed on the 3-inch high resolution (920K dot) screen.
The camera is lighter than the most recent Canon PowerShot G models, though it also makes space for an optical viewfinder, positioned just above the lens. The P7000 and Canon's G-series are now the only new compact cameras around to offer a traditional optical viewfinder.
The Nikon Coolpix P7000 will launch on September 23rd for around £490.
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