Good optical zoom measurement versus other fixed-lens, large image sensor models in this price class
Response times are fast in all conditions
Full auto mode is easy to use
Plenty of manual controls will appeal to intermediate photographers
Rotating dial on four-way button is handy
Plenty of specialty buttons make it easy to select the commands you want
Popup flash works pretty well
Many different effects can be applied with precise adjustments
Separate ports available to add GPS or external microphone
Very sharp and bright LCD screen
Articulated LCD is handy feature
Several specific controls available for shooting movies
EV Comp dial has an indicator light to show you've made a change; helps ensure you don't accidentally change the EV comp
Hot shoe allows you to add various accessories
Camera is a little chunky
Power button can be a little tough to press because of small size and location between various dials
Some dials hang over the edge of the camera, meaning you may bump them out of place inadvertently
Close-up focus can be slow in some conditions
More aspect ratio options would be nice
No dedicated video button
Price will be a bit high for some people
P7700 might be more camera than beginners really need or want
Popup flash must be opened manually
All black design may seem a bit boring
The number of high-end fixed-lens cameras aimed at intermediate and advanced photographers is growing, including the Nikon Coolpix P7700. Image quality is outstanding with this model, and it performs especially well in low light. Although most other $500 price point fixed-lens cameras also provide very good image quality, the P7700 offers a couple of advanced features, including an articulated, high-quality LCD screen and an above-average optical zoom lens. If you want top-notch image quality but don't want the hassle and expense of an interchangeable lens camera, the Nikon Coolpix P7700 is one of the best options currently on the market for less than $500. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Nikon's Coolpix series of point-and-shoot digital camera has a new flagship model for 2012, the P7700. Housed behind the 7.1x optical zoom lens (max aperture of f/2), the P7700 boats a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing Full HD 1080p video, as well as a 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD display.
Designed to compete with entry-level DSLRs, the Coolpix P7700 includes all the Automatic and Creative Filter control features (19 Scene Modes) expected of compact digicams, as well as more professional capabilities like full manual controls and RAW shooting. These include a HDR effect with consecutive shot combining technology to capture wide dynamic ranges from any available light.
Let's talk about the HD video some more. Not only does the P7700 capture 1080p (some cameras are limited to 1080i or 720p), but you can do it with all the same flexibility from the various manual modes available while shooting stills -- think ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, white balance and the ability to zoom optically while the camera is in Auto mode. Further, the P7700 includes a built in stereo microphone as well as an input for an external microphone.
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