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Nikon CoolPix P7100 announced and previewed

By dpreview staff on Aug 24, 2011 at 04:03 GMT

Nikon has announced the CoolPix P7100 - an updated version of its P7000 enthusiasts' compact. The P7100 addresses many of the faults that held back its predecessor in our round-up late last year. So, while the specifications improve by gaining an extra control dial and a flip-out LCD, the biggest improvement is to the camera's responsiveness (the image quality never really being in question). We had a chance to use the P7100 and have prepared a brief hands-on preview.

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Press Release:


Nikon’s New Flagship COOLPIX Camera Offers Advanced Photo Technologies and Vast Creative Control for the Experienced Photographer

MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 24, 2011) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new COOLPIX P7100, the digital camera that packs stellar image quality, swift performance and a variety of creative manual controls into a compact, lightweight camera body. The 10.1-megapixel COOLPIX P7100 is the ideal camera that advanced photographers will seek as a companion to their D-SLR camera when both portability and superior image quality are a necessity.

The new COOLPIX P7100 easily assumes the role as the new COOLPIX flagship by delivering amazing image quality, stunning High Definition (HD) movies and high speed performance to create an appealing package for professionals and enthusiasts alike. With an overall emphasis on image quality, consumers can expect rapid response in all aspects of camera operation, which also encompasses a new enhanced AF system for tack-sharp images in a variety of lighting conditions. Whether shooting landscapes or action, users have full creative control with the new 3.0-inch tilting vari-angle LCD screen, full manual features and new Special Effects that add a new dimension to images. With the aid of Nikon core technologies and distinctive new features and controls, the COOLPIX P7100 digital camera shifts image quality and performance into overdrive.

“The new COOLPIX P7100 is an enthusiast compact camera that provides stellar image quality, superior mobility and operability, as well as quick response and performance during even the most challenging shooting situations,” said Lisa Osorio, General Manager of Marketing at Nikon Inc. “The COOLPIX P7100 will allow users to explore their creative freedom, yet delivers the amazing results that they have become accustomed to with their Nikon cameras.”

Emphasis on the Image
Stunning image quality is a hallmark of Nikon products, and the COOLPIX P7100 includes a number of Nikon core technologies such as the high speed EXPEED C2TM image processing engine that is designed to deliver stunning results in diverse situations. New image processing technologies maximize the performance of the large 1/1.7-inch, 10.1-megapixel CCD sensor to deliver sharp, low-noise images that explode with vivid color. By expanding the capabilities of the large CCD sensor, images show reduced noise at both low and high ISO sensitivities. The result is a new level of clean, tonal depth to images, creating an enhanced sense of dimension to any subject and amazingly faithful color reproduction.

Building upon a legacy befitting a world class optics manufacturer, the camera comes equipped with a versatile 7.1x Wide Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens (35mm equivalent to 28-200mm). Additionally, a built-in Neutral Density (ND) filter expands the exposure selection range when shooting in slow shutter speeds and in maximum aperture settings. The 7.1x Wide Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens is constructed with two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements to help achieve high reproduction capability with less chromatic aberration when capturing images and videos. Additionally, the COOLPIX P7100 uses optical Vibration Reduction (VR) to produce blur free photos while shooting images or HD video handheld or in low-light. 

Rapid Response When it Counts
With enhanced high speed performance and quick response, the COOLPIX P7100 can capture decisive moments with confidence. The new Nikon P7100 features a new intuitive user interface that reacts seamlessly for high quality results in the blink of an eye. With blazing fast start-up, imperceptible release lag and enhanced shot to shot buffering, the P7100 promises to be ready at a moment’s notice.  Operational workflow speed has been enhanced, such as switching time for various functions including playback, shooting, menu and button operation as well as navigation. The camera can also capture full resolution JPEG images at up to 1.2 frames-per-second (fps), and gives shooters enhanced response when shooting NRW (RAW) images both as a single frame and consecutively. Additionally, the COOLPIX P7100 is compatible with the latest high speed SDXC memory cards for maximum performance.

The 7.1x NIKKOR lens has been paired with an enhanced AF system to deliver sharp images and HD movies in a variety of shooting scenarios. Whether tripod mounted to capture a distant vista or shooting a candid portrait, the result is amazingly fast focus acquisition that is consistently sharp throughout the entire focal range, even on a moving subject.

Superior Creative Control for the Advanced User
Detailed engineering led to the authentic styling of the COOLPIX P7100, which calls upon many of the features that Nikon D-SLR cameras are known for, including easily accessible mode dials, rounded curves and friendly ergonomics, all housed within a compact form factor. Consumers can compose through the bright optical viewfinder or by the vivid 3.0-inch 921,000-dot tilting vari-angle LCD screen. The new tilt screen enables more flexible shooting at creative angles, including down low, overhead or for ease-of-use when mounted on a tripod. The clear color vari-angle LCD display with anti-reflective coating produces high resolution and faithful color reproduction with a wide viewing angle.

The camera’s four exposure modes (Program, Shutter, Aperture and Manual) provide creative control over image capture. For added versatility, the COOLPIX P7100 has a sensitivity range up to ISO 3200, but can also be set to Hi 1 at full resolution (ISO 6400 equivalent). The P7100 also offers functions that enable superior rendering when shooting at high sensitivities, including a Low Noise Night Mode and a Noise Reduction Filter. ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 6400 (expandable to ISO 12,800 in Low Noise Night Mode) to ensure sharp, crisp images when shooting in low-light or photographing fast-moving subjects.

For further creative control, the camera offers multiple new Special Effects and Filter Effects to create truly inspiring images. The new Zoom Exposure automates this typically difficult technique to create dynamic images with a slow shutter. Consumers can also choose the Defocus Filter to produce intentional, artful blur or use the Cross Process to create nostalgic and imaginative color tones in

images. A new Creative Monochrome Filter can also be implemented to create a solarized look and feel to images or affect grain size in monochrome photos. Shooters can capture a wide tonal range in their images by utilizing the built-in High Dynamic Range (HDR) function as part of the Backlighting Mode, and can shoot in High/Low Key, Sepia and Painting Modes. While in Playback Mode, images can also be altered with a Fisheye Effect or Cross Screen Filter.

The design and interface of the COOLPIX P7100 has been created with the shooter in mind. It boasts two command dials including a new front mounted sub-command dial, which can be used to access settings and adjustments while holding the grip of the camera. The dials provide advance control and a sense of analog operation when using the camera for an enjoyable photographic experience. This control is implemented to simplify various operations using minimal controls. The COOLPIX P7100 also features a quick menu dial on the top of the camera. Through the quick menu dial, controls like ISO sensitivity, White Balance, advanced bracketing functions, My Menu, Picture Control and image size can be swiftly selected to capture desired results. Additionally, the camera’s Zoom Memory function enables the selection of a desired focal length during shooting.

For those shooting movies, the COOLPIX P7100 records High Definition (HD) movies at 720p (24 fps) with stereo sound through the built-in microphone. Users can also attach an optional external microphone, such as Nikon’s ME-1 microphone, via the stereo microphone jack. The P7100 also incorporates new movie recording features such as lens zooming during recording, a gain-up function to adjust the optional external microphone and an AE/AF lock available during recording, which is similar to that of a D-SLR camera. Additionally, the camera includes a mini HDMI connector that enables playback on HD televisions and other HDMI-enabled devices.

The COOLPIX P7100 can be connected to the optional 0.75x Wide-Angle Convertor WC-E75A, which allows for focal lengths as wide as 21mm (35mm format equivalent). P7100 users can also take advantage of Nikon's Creative Lighting System with the built-in accessory shoe that supports Nikon's i-TTL flash control, including compatibility with the SB-400, SB-700 and SB-900 speedlights.

Price and Availability
The Nikon COOLPIX P7100 will be available throughout the United States beginning mid September 2011 at an estimated selling price* of $499.95. For more information, please visit

* Estimated selling price listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time

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Total comments: 29
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 14, 2012)

Wow.... Suddenly, when compared to the Canon G1 X, this Nikon baby looks like a vintage 2002 model.

By CameraLabTester (Sep 24, 2011)

This could have been the V1...

Just provide a lens mount and a 4/3 sensor!

How easy and simple is that?

By Navmark77 (Aug 29, 2011)

The G12 comparisons based on appearance are ludicrous. Take a look at 35mm cameras from the film days when there were a lot more companies in the market: they all looked fundamentally alike. Form follows function, people.

Jon Porter
By Jon Porter (Aug 27, 2011)

The P7100/G12 are "neither/nor" cameras. They're neither inexpensive enough to appeal to the mass compact camera market, nor advanced enough to really satisfy the enthusiast market. The hottest compact right now is the X100. It's $1,200 and Fuji can't make them fast enough. I sure hope Nikon engineers are paying attention and will eventually give us something equally amazing, even if it means breaking the sacred $499 price barrier. I don't care how small many SLR and M4/3 bodies are, when you stick a lens on them they're no longer a compact camera.

Hendrix HK
By Hendrix HK (Aug 27, 2011)

really fast as DSLR ??

Hendrix HK
By Hendrix HK (Aug 27, 2011)

really fast as DSLR ??

By Tigadee (Aug 25, 2011)

Mark - It's a Canon patent thing, so Nikon would have to pay Canon to implement that style of swivel screen. I can't imagine that the P7100 would be any different from the P7000 IQ-wise, so it's only improvements in the firmware or internal hardware to resolve the AF and operational speed issues we'll see (plus the screen, of course). Small but nice touches... If only Nikon would offer the firmware and speed improvements tp P7000 owners like me.

By BIJ001 (Aug 29, 2011)

> Mark - It's a Canon patent thing, so Nikon would have to pay Canon to implement that style of swivel screen.

How do we know its being a Canon-patent? What about Panasonic and the video cameras?

By Navmark77 (Aug 29, 2011)

Tigadee - you might want to search the forums about P7000 improvements. I think I remember that somebody who actually had worked in camera development posted an informative item about what can be improved in firmware and what cannot.

Mark den Hartog
By Mark den Hartog (Aug 25, 2011)

what a shame it doesn't have the same swilvelscreen as the Canon equivalents.

By shaocaholica (Aug 25, 2011)

I hope they got rid of UI animations. I-HATE-UI-ANIMATION on any camera. Especially a prosumer or higher model. When I change the SS/A/ISO I don't want to wait for the UI to catch up. It also adds a level of artificial lag that doesn't have to be there.

By Navmark77 (Aug 24, 2011)

Interesting assertion WERAQS, considering this camera is not yet available for purchase.

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By WERAQS (Aug 24, 2011)

G12 is far more better than camera, even S95 is better.

By jeffb89061 (Aug 24, 2011)

"New image processing technologies maximize the performance of the large 1/1.7-inch, 10.1-megapixel CCD sensor to deliver sharp, low-noise images that explode with vivid color."

I wonder how they achieved exploding vivid color?

Alessandro Casagli
By Alessandro Casagli (Aug 24, 2011)

I will wait until somebody reviews the writing speed of the RAW files.

By schaki (Aug 24, 2011)

Well the P7000 wasn't that bad after the firmware update.

By MattME (Aug 24, 2011)

I think the experience with the P7000 has put me off Nikon P&S forever! I wonder if AV & Manual modes actually works properly in the P7100? Somehow doubt it, Nikon seem to think that the f-value needs to change randomly. I'm not talking about the obvious effect of the f-value increasing as you zoom in, it is much weirder than that! even if you set it manually to f/5.6 (which is available at all focal lengths) as you then zoom in and out, it randomly changes it - that's not how AV mode works in my mind, even on a P&S!

I say this as a big Nikon dSLR fan, not a Canon fan dissing Nikon products!

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By Nate21 (Aug 24, 2011)

i completely agree with you nikon P&S cameras in generally aren't impressive they are just slight revisions of the previous model

By meanwhile (Aug 24, 2011)

f/2.8 - f/5.6? If they are going to make the camera as large as they have, they could at least put some marginally fast glass into it.

By laith (Aug 24, 2011)

There is no reason to to apply HD while Full HD is widely available ,also the zooming power has to be improved (25-250) instead of (28-200) with the same aperture.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Aug 24, 2011)

'has to be' ?

7x zoom is already way more than usual for a serious compact, as more zoom = less quality.

By harrisoncac (Aug 24, 2011)

So ugly.

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Michael Kaufman
By Michael Kaufman (Aug 24, 2011)

As someone who would use it to take pictures, I think it looks fantastic.

But, I can see how as a decoration for the house it is not too attractive.

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By fmian (Aug 24, 2011)

So they made it more like the G12?

Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Aug 24, 2011)

there is a small diff though, there is a dial between the hand grip and the lens.

By fmian (Aug 25, 2011)

There is a dial above the hand grip on the G12 as well.

By Joesiv (Aug 24, 2011)

man, when a compact has more manual controls than a serious DSLR, you know it's a serious compact! I wonder how the 10MP compares to the last one!

By marcomariano (Aug 24, 2011)

looks like Powershot G series...

Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Aug 24, 2011)

I think it look like Minox or Pentax Auto 110.

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