As a high-performance compact digital camera the CoolPix P7700 allows users to enjoy full-scale photography similar to that from a DSLR. This latest model features a large 1/1.7-in. backside illumination 12MP CMOS sensor, a bright and fast Nikkor lens that supports 7.1x optical zoom and a fully articulated screen.
Although the lens, which offers an equivalent of 28-200mm in 35-mm format terms, is capable of going down to f/2.0 at the widest angle, rising to f/4.0 at the top end, may not compare well to some other premium compacts it has a longer zoom capability than most, offering greater flexibility. Intuitive positioning of dials and buttons enable smooth operation. Manual control is also available, as well as semi-automatic modes, and the ability to shoot in RAW format.
The ultra high-resolution 3in. LCD monitor has a wide viewing angle that can be rotated to allow more convenient viewing when shooting from difficult angles. The 12.2MP backside illumination CMOS sensor enables better image quality at high sensitivities, and high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 8 fps. With its full-HD 1080p video the P7700 gives superior picture quality movies; the custom setting allows manually specified shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity. The built-in stereo microphone captures clear, natural audio, and includes wind-noise reduction. A variety of ten special effects can also be applied to still images or movies.
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.