Nikon Coolpix 7900 Review
The Coolpix 7900 follows the basic, simple design ethos established with the Coolpix 700 and 800 series back in the 90s, and gradually refined in subsequent generations of Nikon compact cameras. Aside from a slight restyling and moving of buttons (to accomodate the larger screen), the design is very similar to the previous generation (Coolpix 5200), and is exactly the same size. The styling is fairly traditional, and unlike many similar ultra-compact models, there is a decent handgrip. The entire body is clad in lightly textured cool aluminium with chromed accents (the 7900 is available in some parts of the world in silver and black). The lens, when retracted, is not fully flush with the body, but the smooth lines and lack of unecessary adornment means the Coolpix 7900 looks clean and slips easily into a pocket or purse. Control layout is logical and takes no risks, making the 7900 an ideal first digital camera for anyone making the move from a 35mm film compact. Very nice indeed.
In your hand
Despite its diminutive dimensions, the Coolpix doesn't feel too small in your hand, and - unlike many ultra-compacts - it doesn't seem like it's going to slip out of your hand every time you use it. The controls are a decent size and very well positioned, and all the most important ones can be accessed using one hand. Nikon should be congratulated for avoiding sacrificing handling and usability in the race to produce the smallest camera possible.