Nikon Coolpix P7800

Of the three com­pact Coolpix cam­eras on test, this one ar­guably of­fers the best com­pro­mise be­tween size and ver­sa­til­ity

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Nikon Coolpix P7800

£350, $547

www.nikon.com

lightly big­ger than the S9900 but much smaller than the P610, we’d just about class the P7800 as a pocket-sized cam­era. It has a much shorter op­ti­cal zoom range than the other two Coolpix mod­els on test, with the 7.1x lens giv­ing a more con­ven­tional equiv­a­lent range of 28-200mm. It there­fore loses out to those other cam­eras for wide-an­gle cov­er­age as well as tele­photo reach, but image qual­ity is more im­pres­sive. That’s re­in­forced by a larger-for­mat 1/1.7-inch image sensor but, with a 4.7x crop fac­tor, it’s still rather smaller than the sen­sors fit­ted to the Nikon 1 cam­eras, and a lot smaller than those in­side DX-for­mat D-SLRs.

High­lights for en­thu­si­ast pho­tog­ra­phers in­clude a well-

Ss­tocked shoot­ing mode dial with no fewer than three userde­fined cus­tom set­tings, plus a ded­i­cated dial for ex­po­sure bias. Sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween this cam­era and the P610 in­clude a 921,000-pixel elec­tronic viewfinder and three-inch vari-an­gle LCD screen. How­ever, in or­der to switch be­tween the two you have to phys­i­cally press a but­ton, whereas an op­ti­cal sensor does the job for you in the P610. Of the three Coolpix cam­eras on test, the P7800 is also the only one to lack built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, but at least it adds a hot­shoe along­side its pop-up flash.

Per­for­mance

Un­like the other two Coolpix cam­eras in the group, the P7800 can cap­ture RAW im­ages as well as JPEGs. The aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem is typ­i­cally slug­gish, but proved more ac­cu­rate than in the P610 and on a par with the S9900. It beats the other two Coolpix cam­eras for con­tin­u­ous drive speed as well, at eight frames per sec­ond rather than seven.

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