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Nikon Coolpix P7700 preview - 12MP CMOS-based enthusiast compact

By dpreview staff on Aug 22, 2012 at 04:01 GMT

Nikon has revealed the Coolpix 7700 a CMOS-based enthusiast compact camera with class-leading zoom lens. Its 28-200mm lens has a maximum aperture range of F2.0-4.0, making it a whole stop brighter than its predecessor, the P7100's. The P7700 is built around a 1/1.7"-type 12MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, enabling 1080p30 video and 8fps shooting. The bigger lens means there's no room for an optical viewfinder but the P7700 gains a flip-out swivel LCD instead. We've had a chance to handle the P7700 and have prepared a preview looking at the changes.

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Press Release:

NIKON’S COMPACT COOLPIX P7700 COMBINES FIRST-CLASS IMAGE QUALITY, TOP-TIER OPTICS AND UNPARALLELED CREATIVE CONTROL

Nikon’s New Flagship COOLPIX Camera Sets the Standard for Performance, Versatility and Functionality for Those Who Expect The Best and Need The Convenience of a Compact

MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 22, 2012) – For the compact camera user only satisfied with the very best, today Nikon Inc. introduced its new flagship COOLPIX camera, the P7700. This powerful and versatile point-and-shoot camera features a sharp 7.1x zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens with a maximum aperture of f/2 and a 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. Conveniently compact and loaded with innovative features and manual controls, the COOLPIX P7700 will capture still images and Full HD 1080p video with stunning sharpness and vivid color, whether used as the ultimate go-to travel camera or D-SLR companion.

The COOLPIX P7700 is ideal for those looking for a compact camera with high performance and a complete feature set which will allow them to capture high quality still photos and Full HD video. For photographers looking to step up from traditional point-and-shoot cameras to professionals who crave complete creative control, the P7700 offers one of the most comprehensive feature sets available in its class. Featuring a new 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, a high-performance NIKKOR lens and full manual control settings, Nikon’s new flagship COOLPIX camera can unleash a photographer’s inner creativity and inspire truly magnificent images.

“Nikon’s new COOLPIX P7700 pushes the boundaries of traditional point-and-shoot cameras, offering stunning image quality and fast performance along with the freedom to customize every shot,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Nikon’s flagship COOLPIX P7700 is a powerful and versatile companion that consistently delivers incredible results in various shooting scenarios.”

Exceptional Clarity, Powerful Performance
The COOLPIX P7700 sports a large 1/1.7-in 12.2-megapixel backside illumination (BSI) CMOS sensor that offers excellent tonal range and vivid color reproduction.  Additionally, high-speed image processing helps achieve fast continuous shooting at approximately eight frames-per-second (up to six continuous shots) affording the ability to freeze a fleeting moment with exacting precision. The P7700 delivers extremely rapid performance from a quick startup time to lightning-fast autofocus recognition to help ensure the moment is captured.

The P7700’s high-performance 7.1x zoom f/2 NIKKOR glass lens is equally as essential in providing the very best clarity and sharpness that professional photographers have come to expect from Nikon. With a large maximum aperture of f/2, the optics cover an equivalent range from 28 to 200mm, allowing for tack-sharp images and HD video throughout the entire focal range. An evolved Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) function minimizes camera shake for shooting blur-free photos while handheld or in challenging light. Combined with the COOLPIX P7700’s powerful CMOS sensor, this bright, large-aperture NIKKOR lens provides reduced noise, beautiful background blurring, fast performance and high image quality whether shooting stills or Full HD video.

Uncompromising Creative Control
Every photo and HD video is truly in the hands of the photographer, as the P7700 offers unprecedented creative control for its class, from easy automatic options to full manual controls. For even more control in users’ images, the COOLPIX P7700 supports RAW shooting, providing the ability to capture and edit uncompressed images without losing image quality. Customizing every shot has never been easier as Nikon’s flagship COOLPIX camera features full manual control (PSAM) and 19 unique and versatile Scene Modes and Scene Auto Selector, ready for any shooting scenario. In-camera special effects and filter effects such as Nostalgic Sepia, Vivid and Painting help satisfy amateurs and enthusiasts alike. With the P7700, features like a noise reduction filter, tone level information, COOLPIX Picture Control and versatile bracketing functions open the door for even more creative control and freedom when capturing still images. To capture the most amount of available light, users can also activate consecutive shot combining technology, or use the HDR effect for a wide dynamic range image.

Full HD Video Unleashed
Creativity continues beyond still images with stunning Full HD 1080p video capability combined with unprecedented movie customization options for its class. Capture HD video using Auto, Manual, Aperture-priority or Custom Movie Mode and enjoy several creative options also available for still shooting, including COOLPIX Picture Control and noise reduction while flexibly adjusting ISO sensitivity, shutter speed and white balance. 

Taking HD video to the next level, the COOLPIX P7700 is capable of intelligent autofocus while recording in any mode as well as optical zoom when shooting in Auto mode. For pristine stereo sound, the P7700 incorporates a built-in stereo microphone, an external microphone input, a HDMI mini connector and HDMI-CEC support.

Intuitive Operability
The P7700’s 3-inch vari-angle LCD monitor, with a wide-viewing-angle and 921,000-dot resolution, offers comfortable shooting from any angle, giving the freedom and flexibility needed to capture every spontaneous moment. Whether shooting videos overhead at a concert or inverting the screen to capture a creative self-portrait, the vari-angle LCD of the P7700 provides users the ability to rotate the screen to adapt to any shooting scenario. The LCD screen can also be flipped closed for protection when not in use. 

Furthermore, the COOLPIX P7700’s intuitive ergonomics and control system allows the user to easily access menus and manual controls, ensuring fluid operation. This lightweight point-and-shoot features quick menu, mode, exposure compensation and sub-command dials, all arranged to achieve natural and smooth shooting adjustments on the go. Additionally, the COOLPIX P7700 has a camera body composed of durable yet lightweight magnesium alloy.

Optional Accessories Expand Creative Control
The COOLPIX P7700 offers compatibility with several optional Nikon accessories for enthusiasts who demand versatility and first-class performance. Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) supports advanced wireless lighting and creative flash shooting by controlling flash output independently for a master unit and a remote unit group. The P7700’s hot shoe allows for compatibility with Nikon Speedlights (SB-910 and SB-700) as well as the GP-1 GPS unit and ME-1 external stereo microphone.

Price and Availability

The COOLPIX P7700 will be available in September 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $499.95*. For more information about this COOLPIX camera and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.
Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

Nikon Coolpix P7700 specifications

Price
MSRPSuggested retail price : $499.95
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors13 megapixels
Sensor size1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Image
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG Exif 2.3
  • NRW (RAW)
  • 3D pictures: MPO
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–200 mm
Optical zoom7.1×
Maximum apertureF2.0 - F4.0
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range2 cm (0.79)
Number of focus points99
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Scene modes
  • Back Light
  • Beach
  • Black and White Copy
  • Close Up
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Fireworks Show
  • Food
  • Landscape
  • Museum
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Panorama Assist
  • Party/Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Scene Auto Selector
  • Snow
  • Sports
  • Sunset
  • 3D Photography
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range10.00 m
External flashYes (via hot-shoe)
Self-timerYes (10 or 2 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (15, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (120, 30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included86 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNikon EN-EL14 Lithium-Ion & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)330
Weight (inc. batteries)392 g (0.86 lb / 13.83 oz)
Dimensions119 x 73 x 50 mm (4.69 x 2.87 x 1.97)
Other features
GPSOptional

Additional images

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Comments

Total comments: 266
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Digitall
By Digitall (Sep 20, 2012)

I like price vs specs, let's see the quality, reviews. Wainting for a review Dpreview!

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gjdgjd
By gjdgjd (Sep 6, 2012)

Couldn't disagree more about the viewfinder (any type is good for me). I can't get by without one.
No viewfinder
No sale
Shame - I have been looking forward to spending my money on the successor to the P7100. Take note Nikon - my money is going elsewhere.

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jjonesphotos
By jjonesphotos (Aug 29, 2012)

Why is almost everyone posting here so negative?

Or course, image quality is yet to be quantitatively verified, veiwed as a whole camera, I think it's a heck of a package.

Maybe I'm biased toward Nikon since I have several, but the commander mode of this point and shoot is a feature you won't find in any other, even Nikon. Regardless of pixels or even sharpness, this feature will allow the photographer to create photos unatainable by any other pro point and shoot.

No one seems to care about the wired remote capabilities either. For only $500 and your Pocket Wizard slaves you can stick this camera anywhere to record activities about anywhere, and a OVF is not at all necessary.

You boys and the OVF, yes I'd love to have one, or better yet a EVF, but with all the other features, I can get by without one.

Hey, and the 5 frames per second, that surpassed most other pro points and shoots too, especially coupled to a sports useable 200mm.

I'm sold until further notice.

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LarsPolarBear
By LarsPolarBear (Aug 31, 2012)

I guess that everybody (me included) had expected that Nikon would try to build in an as large as possible sensor. The 1/1.7' size is just not exciting with the RX100; X10 and G1X out. I had been waiting for this announcement since I had hoped they would combine a larger sensor with the 200mm eq. zoom. Would have been a killer. Now I just bought a G1X to get better low light performance (doing also underwater photography) - yes, still need to wait for the review and IQ, but having seen what the LX7 and other new 1/1.7' can do I have lost might hope .. I might be wrong...

Regarding the VF, I agree with those that say that the OVF (incl. G1X) are useless, but an optional EVF like for the LX7 would have been nice for those that really want to have it - can't understand why Nikon is not offering it. To me the P7700 is just a nice commercial package that has a good margin - sensor of the shelf and absolutely nothing new and exciting in features or technical specs. - Too sad... :(

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R Thornton
By R Thornton (Aug 27, 2012)

This product is completely uncalled for...

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Catalin Stavaru
By Catalin Stavaru (Aug 27, 2012)

This is a very solid camera, great specs. The extended zoom range, wide lens, fast aperture and many control buttons will help it sell over the RX100 and LX7. Seems somewhat bulky but not too much. Very balanced overall. Great job from Nikon ! I would have preferred no tilt screen and thinner camera.

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jimr
By jimr (Aug 26, 2012)

If the IQ turns out to be better than the Canon G 12 , Nikon will have a winner !

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Aug 26, 2012)

No reason why it shouldn't, based on the P7000's and P7100's IQ. Hopefully Nikon will continue manufacturing the P7100 for some time as it would be an attractive option for those who prefer to have an OVF, thereby catering for both camps.

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jimr
By jimr (Aug 26, 2012)

I find the OVFs on these sized cameras next to useless.
A fully articulated high quality LCD panel is so useful especially in bright light situations where you a angle the LCD to be a major asset.

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Aug 27, 2012)

I've had the P7100 for almost a year now, I'd say I use its OVF about 10% of the time. The OVF is basic but does the job when it's necessary, so I can't agree with your assertion.

Personally, I find tilting LCD screens to be useful but dislike the fully articulated ones because I prefer to be square on to the subject.

It all comes down to personal preference.

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Nutsfortubes
By Nutsfortubes (Aug 26, 2012)

An other sign of a company that has lost its way.
Nuff said!

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northwizard
By northwizard (Aug 25, 2012)

This Year at Photokina I will simply IGNORE any pseudo advanced-entusiast "compact" with a sensor size less than Sony RX100 1''. Tired of Years of "full featured promising compacts" with crappy sensors and image quality.

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jimr
By jimr (Aug 26, 2012)

Crappy sensors? Talk about ridiculous exaggerated nonsense .

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Aug 25, 2012)

The existence of this camera makes it hard for Canon not to update the G12, particularly since the Canon G1 X isn't selling well.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 25, 2012)

Since I am not buying ANYTHING from Canikon, it really would not matter much for me. Let them battle it out 'till they both bleed to death.

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Aug 25, 2012)

I suspect the Canon G1X isn't selling well due to its bulk and viewfinder, the lens obstructs part of the view seen through the viewfinder.

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peter42y
By peter42y (Aug 26, 2012)

yes, I believe the problem is the bulk , indeed.

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Aug 26, 2012)

The G1X is selling as many as Canon want it to sell. This was never a mass market product. It's not even sold in main stream high street stores. It's only sold in Pro dealerships in the UK. G12 was the mass product in this category and that sells well. It will be interesting to see where they go with the next G series.

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Aug 27, 2012)

Canon isn't in the business of making losses, the G1X may be quietly dropped at some point.

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mrmart
By mrmart (Aug 24, 2012)

I see that I can pre-order this camera at Amazon UK for £493.86 yet its Suggested Retail Price in the USA according to this article is $499.95. I wasn't aware that there is now parity between US dollar and UK pound. Perhaps since dpreview is owned by Amazon someone can explain.

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Aug 25, 2012)

Do UK prices include some kind of Value Added Tax? USA prices don't.

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mrmart
By mrmart (Aug 25, 2012)

At current exchange rate $500 = £315. If you add the VAT at 20% that makes £378 - well short of £493 and remember that Amazon avoid paying tax on their £7 billion of sales in UK by basing themselves in Luxembourg. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/04/amazon-british-operation-corporation-tax

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Aug 25, 2012)

You make a great point mrmart. I've noticed there seems to be premium pricing of cameras (across the board) in the UK compared with the equivalent prices charged in the USA, but your example of virtual parity really makes the point.

Nothing to stop anyone ordering from the USA though, Amazon will ship anywhere.

I didn't know dpreview is owned by Amazon.

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mrmart
By mrmart (Aug 25, 2012)

Yes, but buy from USA and you'll pay postage, import duty and VAT on top. You can't win unless you go to USA or Hong Kong yourself and don't declare on return - which is illegal - but if you've used it ... mmm?

But I just don't see why we pay so much more than USA even after taking into account VAT or purchase tax. Cameras are all imported from Japan or China or wherever. Is it tax, or retailers making excessive profit, or the manufacturer making excessive profit?

Sorry, seem to have moved off the subject of this particular camera which I like the look of but would prefer a quality lens between 24-90 equivelant and a larger sensor - perhaps go for the Canon G1x.

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peter42y
By peter42y (Aug 25, 2012)

there is a parity between euros and usd as far as cameras are concerned , also. For some reason camera manufacturers believe europeans can , must , pay more than the people in the US .

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 25, 2012)

Europeans and particularly the British people are so rich, they must pay double the prices of us poor Yanks just to keep the game fair and the playing field equitable. :~))

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Aug 25, 2012)

Based on your parity example mrmart I am suggesting it would be advantageous to order from the USA and pay the delivery and tax, rather than to order in the UK. You seem to be capable of doing the sums so should be able to see that for yourself. Nothing illegal is being suggested.

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northwizard
By northwizard (Aug 26, 2012)

Also you have to account that all Electronics sold in Europe have 2 year warranty.

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Aug 26, 2012)

Yep, a question of weighing up the pros and cons and then deciding what to do.

The global economy does allow people to find a price they like and buy from where they wish, if price is their main concern.

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40daystogo
By 40daystogo (Aug 24, 2012)

I'm always on the lookout for a next generation camera to replace my Lumix LX5, but this Nikon 7700 won't be it. The LX5 just fits in a pocket, has a fast 24mm wide end, has an optional EVF, and the trump card is that with the wide adapter it becomes an 18mm-equivalent f2.0. These features make it my travel camera, rather than lugging my multi-lens Nikon DSLR kit around.

The LX5's EVF slides into its hotshoe, so Nikon's new 7700 could have easily offered an EVF.

LX7 looks nice with its 24mm f1.4, but doesn't make major advances in the sensor size, and does away with the 18mm wide adapter.

Sony's RX100 not wide enough at 28mm, and no accessory EVF.

I guess, at this point, my older-generation LX5+EVF+21mm adapter is my ideal traveling kit. Just wish I could upgrade for a better sensor, better low light performance, and faster focusing - but nothing out there suits my mix of requirements.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 24, 2012)

Huh, what did you just say, pls?

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Aug 24, 2012)

It seems you're happy with the LX5 apart from its image quality - if you want a larger sensor you can't be happy with the IQ.

All high-end compacts have limitations, the compromises made either suit you or not.

Suggest you stick with your LX5.

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Chris Tofalos
By Chris Tofalos (Aug 24, 2012)

IMHO, I don't believe you can use the term 'enthusiast' with ANY camera which lacks some sort of eye-level finder (ELF).

Waving a camera about at arms' length cannot aid stability and introduces a lot of extraneous, distracting elements into your field of view. Then there are the problems of having to use an LCD in bright sunlight.

Conversely, an ELF, be it optical or electronic, allows you to brace the camera on your forehead, improving stability (three points of support instead of two) and, at the same time, helps you concentrate on composition by only allowing you to see what the camera 'sees'.

Just a thought...

(Note: Simple optical finders aren't anywhere near as good as electronic ones. Their field of view is often very limited and they introduce the problem of parallax - but they're better than having no eye-level capabilities at all)

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T3
By T3 (Aug 24, 2012)

People don't "wave" these cameras "at arm's length". These cameras like the P7700 are very compact and light, so they are very easy to hold a few inches from your face, and on top of that it has Image Stabilization. Unless you have Parkinson's, it's not difficult to get a steady shot with these cameras even at relatively low shutter speeds.

Can you hold a paperback book steady enough to read? Then you shouldn't have any trouble holding these cameras. Plus, you still have the option of using a tripod, monopod, or tablepod. The notion that you can't get a steady shot without an ELF is very outdated thinking. Millions of people are proving you wrong every day.

Just look at Flickr gallery shots done with the Canon S100 or Sony RX100, or various other enthusiast compacts that lack an ELF. Plenty of excellent photography done with these cameras!

http://www.flickr.com/groups/canonpowershots100/pool/

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Aug 24, 2012)

Think you should take the H out of IMHO Chris Tofalos.

Nicely put T3.

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maxgrudz
By maxgrudz (Aug 24, 2012)

It sure looks a lot like my x10...

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Gesture
By Gesture (Aug 23, 2012)

The hyperbole in camera press releases never ceases to amaze.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 23, 2012)

Exactly. This is the same camera that Nikon has been coming out for many years now. Same size sensor. Same 7.1x zoom range. Tons of empty hype.

And they managed to LOSE the optical VF even, ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!

Particularly love the heading entitled "Full HD Video Unleashed."

Wow, years after other have Full-HD video in their cameras costing half as much as this "new" Nikon job, it really takes guts on the prt of Nikon to come up with this empty hoax in their PR lingo.

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (Aug 24, 2012)

Well maybe you should get your facts straight.
This camera competes in the enthusiast compact market, of which the Canon G series has dominated.
Yes the sensor is the same size, but it is a completely different sensor.
Below I have listed a few of the things that make this camera so interesting in respect to the other Enthusiast Compacts :

-Class leading zoom range 28-200
-Improved lens aperture range F2.0-F4.0 1 stop better
-Much faster frame rate 8fps (although this is up to 6 frames) vs. 1.2fps
-Higher megapixel count 12.2 vs. 10
-New BSI CMOS vs. CCD
-1080P recording vs. 720P
-Full advantage of the wireless flash system as commander
-More responsive (assumption on my part based on frame rate)
-Better articulating screen implementation

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 24, 2012)

Lens on this thing is totally unimpressive in all aspects. Also, video is only 1080p30 maximum, i.e. no 1080p60 with the P7700. But it is a Nikon, so that's worth about 200 bucks right there.

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Hoboken Michelle
By Hoboken Michelle (Aug 23, 2012)

Isn't anybody impressed with one particular feature of this camera?

The AE bracketing range is +/-3 and you can take FIVE (not three, but five) shots with it for the HDR function. Beats my G12.

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Gesture
By Gesture (Aug 23, 2012)

Also beats Nikon D3200.

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Lan
By Lan (Aug 23, 2012)

Install CHDK on your G12, then you can bracket in however many steps and whatever range suits you best!

It lives on the memory card and doesn't make permanent changes to the camera - so if you don't like it, erase the card.

http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/Downloads

Probably the best upgrade a camera could hope to have; and it's free!

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incazzatonero
By incazzatonero (Aug 23, 2012)

For me, especially for underwater photos, this seems very good news (waiting for the test anyway) If underwater , you don`t use the EVF chasing fish, than, so what,if you can`t take pictures on land without EVF, strange... The live View is v.g. move.e

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jimr
By jimr (Aug 23, 2012)

I own a Samsung TL 500...so I have experience with a high quality twist able turnable LCD screen.
I would take a high LCD like that any day over a OVF in direct sunlight.
You can almost always turn the screen to avoid the harsh sunlight.
Nikon made the wise choice.

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jimr
By jimr (Aug 23, 2012)

High quality LCD was what I meant.
Most OVFs in this type of camera are poor and EVFs add size, cost and are one more thing to add to what you are carrying when you want a compact high quality camera.

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SingaporeNoob
By SingaporeNoob (Aug 23, 2012)

Why not have both like a G12?

Just sayin'

At least that's what I was really looking forward to.

I'm still wondering why dpr are calling this a superzoom.

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jimr
By jimr (Aug 23, 2012)

For those mentioning other larger sensor cameras...how much larger, how much heavier and how much greater in cost would adding a 28mm to 200 mm F 2.0. - F 4.0 zoom lens would be added to all and any of those cameras ??
Make the comparison a true meaningful one.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 23, 2012)

A mere 7.1x range zoom lens that starts at only 28mm wide and dims to F4.0 at only a 200mm tele setting is nothing to write home about. No matter what the sensor size of the camera is. If you like good optics -- the lens that is on this camera isn't it.

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jake werner
By jake werner (Aug 23, 2012)

I can't take cameras without viewfinders seriously.... even Nikon. Just not practical on bright days. When are the manufactures going to learn.

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riveredger
By riveredger (Aug 23, 2012)

then move along . . .nothing for you here. Why even bother posting?

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Aug 23, 2012)

Why did you bother posting then, river? He is entitled to his opinion, he was being respectful, and that is what these comment sections are for. I agree with jake 100%. A quality built-in evf would have made this a world beater ... they were SO close.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Aug 23, 2012)

An EVF would take it into different category, both weight- and pricewise. There is V1 for that.

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T3
By T3 (Aug 23, 2012)

"When are the manufactures going to learn."

Apparently, some people don't seem to realize that there are millions of cameras sold every year without viewfinders. In fact, there are far more cameras without viewfinders sold every year than there are cameras sold with viewfinders. Clearly, not everyone needs a viewfinder.

Manufacturers have learned what millions of people have learned: that people can and do take great pictures without viewfinders. That's a reality. It happens every day. Heck, there's a generation of young photographers who are learning photography without viewfinders.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Aug 23, 2012)

This is not your entry level crap P&S camera like those other "millions" now is it. A serious photographer would welcome a EVF even if it is a clip on option. As river said trying to compose by LCD is bad enough, let alone trying to do it in bright sun. I think this would have been a killer camera with EVF option, but alas I have no interest either now.

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austin design
By austin design (Aug 23, 2012)

@ T3, the millions of cameras sold w/o viewfinders, and the fact that a generation of photographers are learning photography w/o them, are precisely the reasons more sophisticated photographers are demanding viewfinders on cameras like the P7700. (And your argument that because people can take good pictures without viewfinders means that viewfinders aren't valuable turns on such poor logic that it doesn't deserve a counterargument.)

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VLampa
By VLampa (Aug 23, 2012)

Demanding for a viewfinder does not denote sophistication in a photographer. There are plenty shooters out there using DSLRs the way they would P&Ses, and iPhone shooters taking superb photos. The viewfinder is useful, yes, but it certainly won't stop someone from being a true sophisticated photographer, one who actually cares about photos and not ticked boxes in a feature list.

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TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Aug 23, 2012)

Here I go again with a different perspective. When I want a view finder, I grab my dSLR. When I want to travel light, I grab a P&S. Doesn't matter if it has a view finder or not. Most of the time, I play with angle / pov and I don't have the camera anywhere near my eye anyway. I'm composing in my head and guessing where the camera should be. I looked at this camera and thought, that would be the perfect "other" camera to my dSLR. Only problem is, I'm saving my pennies for a 70-200 f2.8 right now, and I'm pretty sure my pennies after that are going to be saved for a Nikon D600. [grin]

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TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Aug 23, 2012)

Just reading through the comments below and saw someone mention the articulating screen. Oh, yeah. Rather than shooting blind like I do with my compact cameras when holding it low to the ground (and I don't want to press my face against the ground) or holding the camera above my head (and there is nothing to stand on to look through the ovf) I can pop out the screen and angle it so I can see. I got that on my Nikon D5100 and thought I'd never use it, but I actually do use it more than I though I would. Maybe that is better than the OVF in this situation. [grin]

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Isoruku
By Isoruku (Aug 23, 2012)

I agree with Jake. While the P7700 seems on paper like a great camera, the lack of a VF really deters me from considering it. Nikon sees that consumers love live view and then deletes VF's from an otherwise very useful pocket camera.

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T3
By T3 (Aug 23, 2012)

People, you have to realize that there are plenty of "serious" photographers producing photos without a viewfinder because these "serious" photographers have better sense to go out and shoot in high contrast bright mid-day daylight. You also forget that rear LCD's can easily be shaded. Ever hear of a view camera or field camera? In many ways, looking at a rear LCD is a lot like looking at the rear focus screen of a view camera or a field camera, but on a smaller scale.

This is definitely a generational thing. Younger photographers aren't nearly so narrow-minded and obstinate about using rear LCD cameras to do photography. It works fine for them because they aren't so close-minded and set in their ways. They have greater mental flexibility and are more adaptable.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 23, 2012)

This is a $450 camera with a fixed lens that certainly cannot be considered a "superzoom." The focal range is only a lamentable 7.1x.

The lack of any type of a VF makes this baby an overpriced product from the get-go. If you do not need a VF, optical or electronic, you can get comparable products in the $225 to $350 price range.

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riveredger
By riveredger (Aug 23, 2012)

And what camera would that be, Francis? The 1/1.7 CMOS sensor is brand new. It allows much faster fps shooting than the 1/1.7 CCD chip did.

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austin design
By austin design (Aug 24, 2012)

@ VLampa - Never did I suggest that "demanding for (sic) a viewfinder denotes sophistication". Instead, I said "more sophisticated" (not merely "sophisticated") photographers are, rather naturally, demanding viewfinders. (And...they're doing so NOT on P&Ses, per se, but on HIGHER-END P&Ses -- BIG difference.) To illustrate your misunderstanding, you're taking a valid statement like, "astronauts demand precise equipment", and pretending to challenge it by saying "wanting precise equipment doesn't make one an astronaut".

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 24, 2012)

@ riverdger: Other camera mfrs have been using CMOS sensors for years in their cameras. Kudos to Nikon for finally moving from CCDs to CMOS in August 2012.

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sneakerpimp
By sneakerpimp (Aug 23, 2012)

reminiscent of the G7... by canon...

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sadwitch
By sadwitch (Aug 22, 2012)

Reminiscent of coolpix 8800 / canon power shot pro1. Looks great

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marike6
By marike6 (Aug 22, 2012)

Nikon didn't cut many corners on this one. The specs are pretty impressive, a 28-200 f2-f4 lens is excellent as are the manual controls, and the articulated 920 K LCD.

I'd love this type of body with the Nikon 1 (CX) sensor in it, but in practice and for most uses, the difference between the 1/1.7" sensor and the 1" sensor shouldn't be a big deal. My Ricoh GRD or XZ1 produced some of my favorite images of all, so I really think that too much is made about sensor size. Shallow DOF work can be a factor, but up close you should be able to get decent subject isolation. Kudos Nikon.

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Aug 22, 2012)

Yes...This body on a Nikon 1 series would be KILLER(except with a EVF).

I agree about the XZ-1...i love it.

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TacticDesigns
By TacticDesigns (Aug 23, 2012)

Agreed! [grin] This body, with the built-in flash that can control external flashes and the Nikon 1 lenses would be a home run! [grin]

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Aug 23, 2012)

Lens on this Nikon P7700 is pretty lame, actually, no matter how we slice up the specs. And I guess if they had put a VF on it, price would have jumped from $450 to $650?

You can't blame them for trying, though.

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Pootle2
By Pootle2 (Aug 22, 2012)

Anyone see anything on focus speed?

I'm not expecting J1/V1 capabilities, but if it's better than the RX100 it would make a great kid-photo & travel camera. (Looking at the J1/V1 for a family camera now, but the slow lenses are a bit of a downer for inside shots).

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johnsaxon
By johnsaxon (Aug 22, 2012)

I had to return the Sony RX100 that I bought because the close-focus figure of 2" was very deceptive. once you zoom the lens from its 28mm wide-angle setting the close-focusing completely disappears and the camera has absolutely no macro capability. (how about 15.5" at 50mm?) My point here is that now I'm paranoid and will not consider any camera until I can find out detailed info about the macro focusing AT ALL FOCAL LENGTHS. I doubt that Nikon would pull something as weird as what Sony did, but I'm just sayin'.

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marike6
By marike6 (Aug 22, 2012)

It is common for telephoto lenses to not focus as close as wide or normal lenses. Sony didn't pull a fast one.

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NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (Aug 23, 2012)

All compacts (that I'm aware of) have long working distances when used at the telephoto end. Your 2" working distance will become 12-20" or more on any compact. Sorry, looks like your out of luck unless you pick up an SLR\/ILC and a macro lens.

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VLampa
By VLampa (Aug 23, 2012)

Well, you could also make do with Raynox lenses, but yeah, it's something extra to carry.

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riveredger
By riveredger (Aug 22, 2012)

Looks great to me.

Is the body plastic, aluminum or mag alloy? I am spoiled by my K-5's construction lol.

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Matt1645f4
By Matt1645f4 (Aug 22, 2012)

Totally agree K5 is Built to last, my K10 is still going strong to.

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Aug 22, 2012)

So many DIALS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats Awesome! Shooting fully manual should be no problem at all! This would be a nearly perfect camera for someone to learn on!

It has good battery life, Nice screen, Good video mode, Very good lens aperture range.

Looks like a very good camera. Not my cup of tea. But its still very nice.

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rondom
By rondom (Aug 22, 2012)

Who makes the sensor please? Thank you.

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Vernatropius
By Vernatropius (Aug 23, 2012)

As per the preview said., the sensor are made by Sony.

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Henry Falkner
By Henry Falkner (Aug 22, 2012)

To me, this is the most sensible approach to compacts with a larger sensor. Settings that I regularly use on my P&S are on two dials, you can see immediately what they do. The main function dial is recessed from the back, where you cannot accidentally turn it. You get a hotshoe as well as an internal flash. A 7x zoom is better than a kick in the bum. And from the business end it does not look like a rehashed 35mm rnagefinder camera. I have not used an optical viewfinder for a long time. You can turn the articulated LCD in sunlight for best viewing. This is the first of the higher quality compacts that I find both attractive and useful in its concept.

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micdair
By micdair (Aug 22, 2012)

The trouble is the sensor is actually pretty small...

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VLampa
By VLampa (Aug 23, 2012)

Micdair, it doesn't present a trouble for people who know how to work with such limitations.

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micdair
By micdair (Aug 23, 2012)

Really...? I wonder what is the trick for the low light conditions with some movement, for example... Indeed I'm pretty sure that one can make some great pictures with the camera. But as even you said, it's still a limitation in some terms...

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Peanut88
By Peanut88 (Aug 22, 2012)

Nikon, are you sure ?

Looks more like a P7100X to me.

sigh ...

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snapshot09
By snapshot09 (Aug 22, 2012)

Is another Advanced Compact Camera still due in the next month or two with the one inch sensor and viewfinder? Maybe the viewfinder was removed and sensor size kept the same to not create a gap for another camera to still be introduced that would be a direct competitor of the G1X instead of the G12 which the P7700 is intended.

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SingaporeNoob
By SingaporeNoob (Aug 23, 2012)

I was wondering the same thing

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TheEye
By TheEye (Aug 22, 2012)

The lens should be 24- 135 equivalent and not slower than 2.5 at the long end. A 28 mm equivalent is just not wide enough for me. The sensor should be a bit larger. Also, an EVF accessory is needed. I wouldn't care if the camera were "too large for a pocket."

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Aug 22, 2012)

doesnt sound like this camera is targeted at you then....?

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NowHearThis
By NowHearThis (Aug 23, 2012)

Pick up a G1X, it's far better in low light than a compact with a tiny 1/1.7" and fast glass. Feel free to compare the G1X vs the XZ1 and you'll see what I'm talking about. If you don't mind cameras that are too big for your pocket you could just get an SLR and some good glass.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Aug 23, 2012)

"I wouldn't care if the camera were "too large for a pocket.""

But it is already too large and heavy for any reasonably sized pocket. :) You got your wish.

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Narupol
By Narupol (Aug 22, 2012)

Please add GPS inside on the next generation. I'll wait for.

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Aug 22, 2012)

Why?

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SingaporeNoob
By SingaporeNoob (Aug 23, 2012)

No GPS is a plus for me

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Narupol
By Narupol (Sep 10, 2012)

Just need it for my job.

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HetFotoAtelier
By HetFotoAtelier (Aug 22, 2012)

no viewfinder?????????????????
And how does the lens close???????????
I can't see how it's close on any picture :-(
That was always a problem with the 7100 etc.

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Aug 22, 2012)

There is a lens cap, apparently attached to the camera.

I have a P7100, I'm not aware of any problem with the lens retracting or being protected. What exactly do you mean?

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avisti
By avisti (Aug 22, 2012)

7 x zoom is not a superzoom IMO, it´s just a zoom.

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Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (Aug 22, 2012)

Well considering the max zoom 3x - 4x in this genre, this thing zooms. And its built in. Its SUPER to have this much zoom anyway :) I personally wish that all the coming this level cams would have sleeker hot shue (like LEica X1 had), that does not bother consumers eye by bumping, and being more pocket friendly.

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keysmith
By keysmith (Aug 22, 2012)

It is superzoom. A 28-200mm is a classic SuperZoom lens on Film SLRs. Nowdays we are used to see cameras with X10, X20 thats why X7 looks small but that was not the case some years ago.. Classic Zoom (not superzoom) used to be X3, nowdays X4. So X7 is marginaly a superzoom lens i think..

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Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (Aug 22, 2012)

Thats more versatile than P100 and much easier to carry than P7100. And actually P7100 was a very late excuse to ones, who already bought P7000.

Also improoved optical specs, longest zoom range on its class.

I see that there are two rivals now to send to Olympus XZ-1 to history.

Panasonic LX-7 with bright lens and video specs.
Nikon P7700 with a versitality of highest tele zoom and streo built in mic. brightest screen, and pocketable.

Very well done Nikon.

ps: I personally believe that Sony RX100 and Canon G1X are just miss matched models. They are both awfull expensive and they can´t really helps with none of their specs.

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jmaxx30
By jmaxx30 (Aug 22, 2012)

I agree, unfortunately I just bought my Oly XZ-1 (which I absolutely love btw), but I really wanted the P7100 to be the right camera. This give me a little more reach than my Oly, better video, articulated screen ... All the short comings of the XZ-1.

Nice work Nikon.

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Matt1645f4
By Matt1645f4 (Aug 22, 2012)

i wanted the nikon to be great, but opted for the fuji x10 love it and not seen any orbs yet.

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Vernatropius
By Vernatropius (Aug 23, 2012)

XZ-1 is a year behind those new models. Let's wait for XZ-2 at photokina this september. I hope XZ-2 will address all the issues w/ XZ-1.

My hopes? 1' sensor with the same magnificent lens! (although it will be a massive lens). but i don't care. :))

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VLampa
By VLampa (Aug 23, 2012)

That the XZ-1 lasted this long as a competitive camera (and it still is, actually, depending on one's needs) is commendable. Word on the grapevine is that an updated version is coming our way as Photokina nears, so depending on what Olympus comes out with, the P7700 may still see some tough competition (the G1X already presents a threat in the here and now).

That said, I'm interested to see how this camera performs. As someone who gives all cameras a fair shake, I'm hoping this one performs well. Specs-wise, it looks good already.

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CameraExpert
By CameraExpert (Aug 23, 2012)

I'm looking forward to the XZ-2!

I'm confident it will have a BSI CMOS sensor...and a much better LCD screen!

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fg888
By fg888 (Aug 22, 2012)

Put an adult size sensor chip (aps-c?) inside and a vf (keeping the articulated display) and i will buy.

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trekkeruss
By trekkeruss (Aug 22, 2012)

So why haven't you bought a Canon G1-X?

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CFynn
By CFynn (Aug 22, 2012)

An APS-C camera with a 7x zoom would have to be much larger.

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MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (Aug 22, 2012)

A lot larger, indeed. Think of a NEX5n with a biiig zoom. Sony doesn't make an 18-135, but something of the sort would be big and heavy. No one would buy such a thing. Might as well buy mirrorless once you get to a lens that big.

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roy5051
By roy5051 (Aug 22, 2012)

How come zoom lenses on 35mm compact cameras were quite small compared with the size of the "sensor"? Why can't we have a pocketable full frame "sensor"camera with a 4x zoom with reasonably sized lenses?

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MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (Aug 22, 2012)

Typical film p+s cameras of the eighties and nineties were fairly small, but the lenses were slow and of low quality. I bet you'd also find they're bigger than you recall. I just pulled out my typical Olympus from about 1995 and it is almost exactly the size of an LX7, but its zoom is just 38-80. The contrast was low, lens flare conspicuous, and ca prominent. But it was way easier to travel with than my Canon slr and I didn't worry about it being stolen.

People who want a ff sensor now would expect better. With the improvements in sensors, the IQ advantages of ff sensors diminish by the year. Put a fast lens in front of a good smaller sensor and you get quite a nice camera. The RX100 being the current superstar example. This Nikon has slightly different tradeoffs, with a smaller sensor but a much longer zoom range. As I've said elsewhere, this looks like a super travel camera. Most of the competitors don't have enough zoom range (though some go down to 24mm, an advantage.) I've considered getting the RX100 for travel. With 20mp, it has a lot of crop potential. Or I could get this Nikon and give up some zoom and the compactness of the Sony, but gain zoom, better controls, and an articulated lcd. For vacation pictures, ultimate IQ is not my top prjority. The LX7 and EX2F would also be contenders, each attractive in some way. And Canon has got to have a G13 (or whatever else comes after 12) nearby somewhere. The G1X is too bulky for me, and ugly.

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pict
By pict (Aug 23, 2012)

trekkeruss, I agree that the canon is a nice camera - but it only has barely half the zoom of this new Nikon. So that would be one reason to not buy the canon and hope for something llike this nikon with a larger sensor and a vf. And I am among those waiting for just such a camera and will not mind the larger size.

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juanpgonzales
By juanpgonzales (Aug 22, 2012)

What'S the minimum apperture?
F8? I hope, it's better (F20)

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CFynn
By CFynn (Aug 22, 2012)

Oh, you like diffraction?

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trekkeruss
By trekkeruss (Aug 22, 2012)

f/20.0 would be too small. You would not gain additional depth of field, but you would get diffraction.

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Aug 22, 2012)

It has a 3-stop built-in ND filter which, in effect, takes you to f22.

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jmaxx30
By jmaxx30 (Aug 22, 2012)

As far as I know that is not how an ND filter works. I believe a 3 stop filter is basically like under exposing a portion of the image by 3 stops. Where as stopping to F22 would increase your dof dramatically. I'm not very tehnically savvie but I'm pretty sure there is a technical reason why these cameras stop at F/8 my olympus XZ-1 is the same way.

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Matt1645f4
By Matt1645f4 (Aug 22, 2012)

there was a review a few years back axplaining why sensors this size stop at f8

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ClickBoom
By ClickBoom (Aug 22, 2012)

I want one!

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (Aug 22, 2012)

Would have liked the zoom to start a bit wider but otherwise looks like a very well balanced package.

I can't remember the last time I used the OVF anyway but the fully articulater screen is a must. Nice job Nikon.

And GPS is an available add on which is always nice to know.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Aug 22, 2012)

I hope the UI isn't super slow like the previous models. Also, animating the f-stop and shutter speed changing was the worst. It would take a while to settle and often causes you to over shoot the value you actually wanted because the stupid animation lagged behind.

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Richard Poinvil
By Richard Poinvil (Aug 22, 2012)

Enthusiast and superzoom in the same sentance. FUNNY!
Taking a good photograph and convenience have nothing to do with each other.

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Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (Aug 22, 2012)

Yeah, like a D4 with the 70-200 on it. What a funny combination!

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Aug 22, 2012)

Think of how many great photos were missed because you had the wrong lens.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Aug 22, 2012)

Think how many great photos were made with cameras you had to focus, and measure (or know) the proper exposure.

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Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (Aug 22, 2012)

More misses than hits, that's for sure.

Technology has helped photography to evolve for convenience, not for taking better pictures. Finding ways to take more pictures is what motor drives, AF, digital sensors etc are all about.

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pca7070
By pca7070 (Aug 22, 2012)

Very poor picture quality is to be expected.

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Tap0
By Tap0 (Aug 22, 2012)

Why ?

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Jared Huntr
By Jared Huntr (Aug 22, 2012)

Samples look pretty good. At least they don't cheat at the wide angle, like some other cameras where the corners are all fuzzy

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/coolpix/performance/p7700/sample.htm

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MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (Aug 22, 2012)

I'd have taken 24mm, even with slightly blurry corners. Otherwise, a much more appealing package than the P7100. That vf was terrible and added a lot of height. Good decision to drop it. Folks who want an ovf can buy a Fuji X10 instead, while I'd take this instead. Or an RX100. Or an LX7 or EX2F. These are great times for premium compact buyers (or mid-sized.) Maybe we should be like the car business and just call the little guys subcompacts, including the RX100, and call the slightly bigger ones compacts. The dinkiest ones, like that other pathetic Nikon intro, would be supercompacts. Sensor size would a different rating system, as would lens interchangeability, type, and zoom range. This could be a small-sensor; fixed, extended-range, zoom, compact. Or SS FEZ Compact. OK, that sounds silly. We can work on it.

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sadwitch
By sadwitch (Aug 22, 2012)

Why pass judgement when you haven't seen the pictures? The samples looks good indeed, especially it looks very sharp at F2.

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Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (Aug 22, 2012)

From the 7100 review:
"The P7100's optical viewfinder coverage is roughly 80%. To the left you can see flash and AF confirmation lights and a diopter adjustment wheel.
It's a nice 'retro' touch but the LCD screen is bright and contrasty enough to be usable in most environments, and the restricted coverage means that its usefulness is limited for anything more critical than snapshots."

Canon G1X:
"Compared to the EVFs mentioned above and the viewfinders of digital SLRs it is very small and not that great to work with. It only covers approximately 80% of the frame and the camera's large lens barrel obstructs the bottom corner of the viewfinder at wide angle, making precise composing of an image almost impossible."

For all of you wanting to torture yourselves with that kind of crap, go ahead!
I say, good riddance to crappy OVFs.

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_Federico_
By _Federico_ (Aug 22, 2012)

EVF is the answer for such kind of camera. Unless a camera has to be so small that you can fit into a pocket (like the more interesting Sony RX 100). But this is a big , bulky camera. So an EVF it's a must.
And it can be even more useful for its longer focal lenghts.

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KZMike
By KZMike (Aug 22, 2012)

A EVF should be part of this package. . . at least a 2/3 sensor should be be part of this package. . . I keep waiting for Nikon to get their P&S camera act together.

Been a Nikon guy all my life, but have always been disappointed with their P&S efforts. Returned a POS P90 years ago and have not returned. . . it is looking like Canon in my P&S future.

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keysmith
By keysmith (Aug 22, 2012)

My oly C770 used to be "small" and had an EVF. Why today they cannot fit one in larger bodies like P7700?

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markh3120
By markh3120 (Aug 22, 2012)

I really disagree with this sentiment, and the dpreview opinion of optical viewfinders on this class of camera :)

Give me an optical viewfinder every time. No matter how restrictive it may be, it's 100% better than not being able to compose in bright and obstructive sunlight.
Just saying ;)

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lokthefish
By lokthefish (Aug 22, 2012)

why is everyone complaining about the number of dials? Dials are the quickest controls, and most DSLRs have at least 3 or 4, so this is a good thing! way better than fiddling with buttons and menus!

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MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (Aug 22, 2012)

I commented on the dials, but was complimenting them, not criticizing them. Not everything on here is a gripe. I was just amazed that they had somehow managed to fit in six dials, all of useable size, and as many buttons (not counting the shutter release or the zoom lever, or even the four-way controller. This has as many hard control points as a typical low-end dslr. Lovely! A touchscreen would have been nice for menu navigation and touch focussing, but this looks to be a very easy camera to control. I hope Nikon gives us better customization options than they have of late. The controls and zoom range are what makes this camera stand out to me.

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Aug 22, 2012)

Glad I my canceled EX2F pre-order.

Read all below and can't find if stills can be captured during video without stopping the video.

Also
I have unconfirmed reports that Raw in-camera processing is included with the typical Nikon retouch menu.

CLS almost seals the deal for me.

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_Federico_
By _Federico_ (Aug 22, 2012)

No OVF, no EVF , small sensor as usual. A good camera , in 2009 days.
Not today.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 22, 2012)

In 2009, there was no 1/1.7" sensor, f/2.0 compact zoom camera with comprable video. A world accustomed to cell phones has no interest in an OVF that adds weight and size and is too small to be of real use.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Aug 22, 2012)

Cy Cheze, Pana LX3, 2008. 1/1.63" sensor, and f/2.0, and HD video too (not full HD, but still). And it was really compact, unlike this 400g brick (which in it's defense provides much longer zoom with that extra weight).

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_Federico_
By _Federico_ (Aug 22, 2012)

Right. And in february 2010 there was the Samsung Ex-1\TL 500's annuncement.

Nikon is just two years late...not bad.

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_Federico_
By _Federico_ (Aug 22, 2012)

And advanced compact market isn't accustomed to the same people who's shooting with cell phones. It's target is the advanced photographer searching for a less obtrusive camera than a DSLR. Street photographer , needs that kind of camera. I've owned almost all advanced compacts built in the last 4 years. No Nikon cameras was competitive. And today it's still the same.

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Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (Aug 22, 2012)

But LX7 has 1/1.7" sensor, no OVF and no EVF. Announced just a month ago.

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_Federico_
By _Federico_ (Aug 22, 2012)

No. It's a full stop brighter\faster (at least) and can use a very good EVF (optional) . And it's way smaller....

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Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (Aug 22, 2012)

Yes. If LX7 had a 28-200, as many dials and articulating LCD it would be as big and as slow. The sensor also is 1/1.7", but the actual recording area is smaller because of the aspect ratio trick. Plus the EVF costs around 170USD. That also makes it more expensive and bulkier, the EVF being from GX1.

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_Federico_
By _Federico_ (Aug 23, 2012)

Did you ever try an LX camera? No need for many dials, it's usability is almost perfect. The EVF can be bought , and can be used or not , it's your choice. The problem it's the lack of it. Who cares for 200 mm? Not me, and not the advanced photographer searching for a street photography''s camera. But a 24 , yes, would be great.

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Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (Aug 23, 2012)

Your initial argument was if the 7700 is a 2012 camera or not. Now you're basing that on personal preference. Go figure...
"Who cares about 200mm? Not me, and not the advanced photographer[...]". Wow! You don't expect to be taken seriously, do you?

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CameraExpert
By CameraExpert (Aug 23, 2012)

That's why I love my Oly XZ-1 because of the EVF accessory that can be inserted into the hot shoe accessory port.

Imagine what the soon to be announced XZ-2 will have!

https://us.buyolympus.com/electronic-viewfinder-vf-2-silver-3295.html

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gbvalli
By gbvalli (Aug 22, 2012)

Too many words..... in last analysis, it haven't owf, so ,almost for me, it has no attractives .

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Aug 22, 2012)

I really like the multiple dial controls, with most dials clearly marked instead being contextual.
But Pana LX7 still beats it 1 whole stop in most situations, except the extreme zoom where LX7 will use digital zoom and lose a little (with 2x, at 180mm eq. the maximum amount of light - corresponding to the IQ of final image - the LX7 will get will be like f/4.6, vs f/3.9-f/4 for P7700). And LX7 has very important 24mm on wide end. And it is 100g lighter.
Still the controls on P7700... 5 dials! Not counting the one around the lens... what is it for? Zoom seems to be powered...

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semorg
By semorg (Aug 22, 2012)

If I hadn't already bought the Sony RX100, I would have given this camera a serious look. I think it's perfect in every way and I don't really care that much about the optical viewfinder.

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mosc
By mosc (Aug 22, 2012)

I'm not a huge viewfinder guy but even I demand it for telephoto. Not that 200mm is that far a tele, I dunno. I feel like I'm the target customer for this camera and at the same time it's not very interesting.

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