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Nikon Coolpix P7000
Menus and Displays

Because it has so many exterior controls for the main shooting parameters, using the Nikon Coolpix P7000 isn't quite so menu-intensive an exercise as it might otherwise be. For the most part, as far as photography is concerned, you will only need to dive into the P7000's menus to adjust little-used functions, like aspect ratio, noise reduction and the like.

The only time you really need to delve into the P7000's menu system is if you want to play around with the various retouching options on images that you've already taken. Some of these options are the usual fun but arguably rather gimmicky fare (like 'skin softening'), but although these are perhaps not of major interest for serious photographers, some options (like 'straighten') are genuinely useful.

Hitting the display button on the rear of the P7000 (designated with a stylized icon of a computer screen) toggles through the three display modes, including screen deactivation (in case you want to use the optical viewfinder for composition). You don't get a lot of choice over the information displayed in shooting mode - you can customize the display using the 'monitor settings' option in setup, but essentially all that the display button does is to toggle whatever screen info you've selected on/off. That said, the P7000 has enough direct access control points peppering its body that the need for a comprehensive status readout on the LCD is less than some more menu-oriented compacts.

Live View screens

This is the standard live view screen, showing key shooting information and a live histogram. This screen can be customized via the 'Monitor settings' option in the setup menu. An electronic spirit level is on hand to make sure that your horizons are straight.
A 'rule of thirds' grid can be overlaid to aid composition. If you prefer a less cluttered display, you can turn off all of the on-screen furniture.
 
When shooting movies, the screen area is cropped to the 16:9 aspect ratio and a countdown timer appears to tell you how much recording time is left on the card.

Display Screens

In image review mode, this is the basic metadata view - file name, and date and time when the shot was taken. Another nice, uncluttered view in image review mode...
And by contrast, full shooting data, plus a 'zone system' type display which shows different areas of your image flashing according to their position on the histogram to the right. 'Zooming out' using the zoom rocker switch in image review mode puts the P7000 into thumbnail review mode.
Pulling on the rocker switch again gives a 9-image thumbnail display... ...and pulling on it again gives a 16-image thumbnail display.
The final thumbnail display mode is a calendar view. A single pull of the zoom switch towards the telephoto setting gives a one-touch zoom to a medium magnification - useful for checking focus.

Menus

The shooting menu changes depending on what shooting mode is currently being used, but in the PASM modes (P shown here) it is pretty comprehensive. Playback menu is where you will find the P7000's various retouching options, as well as more standard settings such as slide show and image rotation options.
The shooting menu changes depending on what shooting mode is currently being used, but in the PASM modes (P shown here) it is pretty comprehensive. Playback menu is where you will find the P7000's various retouching options, as well as more standard settings such as slide show and image rotation options.
 
Stupid Fn button

Customization Options

The Av/Tv button on the P7000's top plate can be customized to toggle one of five settings, including a built-in ND filter, and electronic spirit level. The Fn button can also be customized, and provides direct access to any one of six settings.
Like Nikon's midrange and professional DSLRs, the P7000's AE/AF lock button can be customized as well, to either AE and AF lock, AE lock only, or AF lock only. One of the options in the playback menu is in-camera NRW (RAW) processing. This allows you to convert the P7000's RAW files into JPEGs in camera, using a range of adjustment options, ranging from exposure and white balance to distortion correction.

 

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