- Editor's Rating
- Excellent build quality
- Numerous controls
- Good in low light
- Excellent movie quality
- Problem with on/off button
- Slow to shut down
- Delay in beginning recording of movies
- Occasional overexposure outdoors
Quick TakeThe Nikon Coolpix P7700 occupies the top spot in the Coolpix line both in terms of quality and price. While most Coolpix cameras are relatively simple point and shoots, made for quick snapshots, the Coolpix P7700 has much more to offer.
The Nikon Coolpix P7700 is a high performance compact camera that features a few upgrades from the previous version, the P7100. The P770 has a 1/1.7-inch back illuminated CMOS sensor, fully articulated LCD and improved video mode that allows users to shoot in 1080p HD with up to 120 frames per second. The camera also has a 7.1x optical zoom and a hot-shoe for use with different accessories. The Nikon Coolpix P7700 is geared towards advanced photographers and is priced at $450 at the time of the review.
The Coolpix P7700 is 2.9×4.7×2.0-inches and weighs 14 ounces. The camera is metal with plastic dials and a rubber-coated hand grip and thumb rest which DigitalCameraReview found makes it comfortable to use with one hand. The 3-inch LCD screen allows viewing from all angles with five levels of brightness. DCR found that the LCD screen is visible even in sunny conditions and shows “sharp images and realistic colors.” The camera also has a large lens with a removable ring, which allows for a filter to be added. The camera can use SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. DCR noted the controls of the Nikon Coolpix P7700 are designed to give the photographer as much control as possible, but the camera lacks a dedicated movie button.
The camera features nine modes including auto, program auto, manual, movie, scene and effects modes. The P7700 lacks the tunnel viewfinder found on the P7100 and DCR noted the viewfinder on the P7700 is inaccurate, but can be useful on particularly sunny days. DCR found the overall performance of the Nikon Coolpix P7700 to be good, but noted a few issues. DCR found the on/off button didn’t always work, sometimes requiring a second touch. The camera takes 3 seconds to power down and there is a 2 second delay when beginning to record video. DCR found the autofocus is usually reliable, but had problems finding focus in low-light situations. DCR noted the lens is sharp in the middle, but less sharp around the edges and the camera shoots excellent video with “good color and stereo sound.” DCR found the P7700 to produce “sharp, high quality images with punchy colors” and noted the camera did well indoors. However, DCR noted that photos taken outside often came out overexposed.
Overall, DCR found the Nikon Coolpix P7700 to be a “high quality camera that does a lot of things right” and “has every option a serious photographer would want.” DCR was impressed with the build quality, shooting performance, lens and movie ability, but noted issues with the on/off button, shutdown time and overexposed outdoor images. DCR said that “with all the Coolpix P7700 has to offer it’s hard not to recommend it, but potential buyers ought to be aware of its flaws.”