Nikon Coolpix P2 review

Started Sep 21, 2006 | User reviews thread
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Nikon Coolpix P2 review

You can use it as a point and shoot but it also has aperture priority and
program mode.

In aperture priority it is one-click to get to a screen for changing f-stop and
exposure compensation.

From program mode it is one-click to get to a screen to change the speed/f-
stop combo and exposure compensation.

There is a designated ISO click-stop on the top dial, so no need to go into the

There is a click-stop on the top dial for Set-Up and from there there is a screen
that allows you to set up all your preferences that remain as you set them until
you change them.

Image review is one click but there is no override so if you are in image review
and want to shoot, you have to click to get back into shooting mode - easy to

Focusing is quick and so is the time to take the shot. But focusiing is poor in
low light, particularly at longer focal lengths. The camera will shoot even
when the camera has not acheived focus, so if you want something rather
than nothing, you can get the shot.

The zoom on playback is fast and the detail holds well enough.

If it shot RAW I would be happier as it is frustrating not to know whether it is
the camera's ability or the jpeg compression that is the determining factor in
limiting how detail is resolved. You can turn image sharpening off.

Colours are nice and the saturation can be set from 2 'stops' over and under.

I dropped the camera (caught the strap on a door handle and it sent the
camera flying like out of a slingshot). The corner now looks crumpled but
everything works.

I also have a Canon A410. The macro ability on that is much better but apart
from that, the Nikon turns out better shots. There is a clear difference at
100% on-screen, with the Canon shots falling apart in comparison.

Nikon Coolpix P2
5 megapixels • 2.5 screen • 35 – 126 mm (3.6×)
Announced: Sep 1, 2005
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