Nikon Coolpix P7000 launched, priced $ 500

Sunday, September 12, 2010, 16:54 by Tech Correspondent

Nikon has released its new Coolpix P7000 in the market. The Nikon Coolpix measures 114.2×77.0×44.8mm and weighs 310 grams.

This new Coolpix device from Nikon is a 10.1 megapixel camera with 1/1.7 inch CCD sensor and 7.1x wide angle f/2.8-5.6 optical zoom (28mm to 200mm, F2.8 to F8.0) with 2 ED elements and built in ND filter. The camera also has an optical viewfinder.

Nikon’s P7000 has auto focus, 99 point auto/manual selection auto focus, 1 point auto focus (center, normal and wide), subject tracking and face detection. The closest distance that the camera can focus on is 2cm from the subject.

The P7000 has a shutter speed of 1 – 2/2000 seconds in auto mode and 60-1/2000 seconds in manual mode.

Nikon says that at full resolution, ISO settings of the Coolpix P7000 can be taken up to 6400 and at reduced resolution with Night mode can reach up to 12,800. Nikon has included a basic image editing software within the P7000 which can be accessed using the LCD screen on the camera. Other features of the P7000 include automatic exposure adjustment for portraits, motion tracking autofocus for moving subjects and VR lens shift anti shake technology with anti blur firmware processing. The camera shifts the lens to stabilize images.

The P7000 has an assist lamp and a self timer. The camera can shoot continuously at approximately 0.7 shots per second.

Nikon’s Coolpix P7000 runs on Nikon’s new Expeed C2 image processor that is said to reduce image noise, create better tonal gradation and capture enhanced audio.

Flash features of Nikon’s P7000 include auto with red eye reduction, slow sync, rear curtain sync, fill flash, manual etc. The camera is compatible with external Nikon Speedlight flash models.

Nikon Coolpix P7000 hardware features

A hotshoe on top of the camera supports an external flash or microphone. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 also has a built in pop up flash and stereo microphone, an HDMI out, USB port and microphone jack.
The P7000 has three mode dials on the top. One is for changing the shooting mode; another is for accessing exposure settings; and a secondary dial that can be used to change the white balance settings, ISO sensitivity, picture resolution, screen histogram details etc. The first dial for changing shooting modes can be used to access up to three user defined custom shooting modes.

Nikon Coolpix P7000: Output

The P7000 can record 720p HD video at 24 frames per second, and has a 4 inch LCD screen at the rear to playback footage. It supports microSD, SDHC and SDXC cards that can be used to expand its storage capacity.

Nikon’s P7000 outputs raw files and Jpegs, and comes with ViewNV 2 software for converting NRW+ raw files. The P7000 outputs video in H.264 format.

Nikon Coolpix P7000: Availability and price

Apparently meant to compete with Canon’s PowerShot G11, the Nikon Coolpix P7000 has similar features is priced about $500.

Nikon has also launched two other cameras in its Coolpix range, the Nikon Coolpix S8100 and Coolpix S80.

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