Nikon Coolpix 7900 Review
In February 2005 Nikon announced several new additions to its compact Coolpix range, including an entry-level 7 megapixel model (the Coolpix 7600) and two slightly more feature-rich cameras which are indentical except for their sensor pixel count; the 5MP Coolpix 5900 (which replaced the 5200) and the camera on test here, the 7MP Coolpix 7900. All three feature several unique features, including In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, face-priority AF, D-Lighting and Blur Warning, which analyses each shot as it is taken and warns if the image isn't sharp.
The Coolpix 7900 joins an increasingly crowded field of small, 'point and shoot' 7 megapixel cameras from most of the major players, and goes head-to-head with popular models such as Canon's SD500 and Sony's P150/P200. So does the latest Coolpix have what it takes to stand out in an increasingly competitive market? A quick glance at the headline specification certainly looks promising:
- 7MP resolution
- 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with ED elements (38-114mm equiv.)
- In-Camera Red-Eye Fix
- D-Lighting (in-camera shadow lightening)
- Post-shot Blur Warning
- 16 scene modes
- 14MB internal memory
- 640x480 pixel, 30fps movie mode
- Best Shot Selector - takes a series of shots and chooses the sharpest for you
- White Balance and exposure bracketing
- Available in silver or black (not all countries)
Nikon Coolpix 7900 key specifications
|Street price|| US: $445
|Sensor|| 1/1.8 " CCD, 7.4 million total pixels
7.1 million effective pixels
|Image sizes|| 3072 x 2304
2592 x 1944
2048 x 1536
1024 x 768
640 x 480
• 160 x 120 @ 30 fps
• 38-114mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
Contrast detection TTL AF
|Shutter speed||4 - 1/2000 sec|
ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
|Image parameters|| Color: Vivid,
Black and white,
|Continuous||1.7 fps, up to 29 frames (7M/Normal)|
|Flash||• Built-in Speedlight
• Auto, Red-eye Reduction by pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel and Slow sync
• Range: 0.3 - 4.5 m / 1-14.8 ft. (W), 0.3-3.5m/ 1-11.5 ft. (T)
|Storage|| 13.5MB internal memory
|LCD monitor|| 2.0 " TFT
|Power||• EN-EL5 rechargeable lithium ion battery
• Charger optional
Best Shot Selector
|Weight (no batt)||150 g (5.3 oz)|
|Dimensions||88 x 60 x 36.5 mm (3.5 x 2.4 x 1.4 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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