Nikon's new high-end compact digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix P7100, a contender against Canon's popular PowerShot G12, will appeal to those who want full control from their compact, perhaps as a DSLR backup or second camera. The P7100 is packed with features and controls, and some fun filter effects. Reassuringly weighty in the hand, at 395g it's of barely pocketable dimensions, but a far cry from the cheaper compacts that have fewer features.
The layout of its controls looks much more like DSLR than a compact: there are dials for accessing shooting modes, exposure compensation and major functions, so changing the ISO, bracketing or white balance can be accomplished quickly and easily. There are also front and rear thumb dials for making adjustments, so when shooting in manual shutter speed and aperture can be altered to achieve the desired exposure.
Nineteen selectable Scene modes will cope with most situations, and there is in-camera image editing, and full exposure control modes. Although there is no Full HD video capture available, the 1280 x 720/24p specification matches that of the Canon rival.
The camera features:
About the Author: Jon Sparks is an award-winning photographer and writer specializing in landscape and outdoor photography. He has travelled and photographed in Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Morocco as well as most European countries and supplies images to the global libraries Corbis and Alamy as well as selling images directly through his own library.