Nikon Coolpix P7800 review: Competitive price, competitive performance

By Kevin Carter - Thursday, October 17, 2013

Camera Review
Introduction | Nikon Coolpix P7800 sensor performance | Nikon Coolpix P7800 Versus Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Versus Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1 | Conclusion
Nikon Coolpix P7800 review: Competitive price, competitive performance

As the follow up to last year’s high-grade compact for enthusiasts,the new P7800 is an intriguing addition to the range. While it adopts much of the same specification as the earlier P7700, including the 1/1.7-inch type 12-Mpix sensor, 28-200mm zoom, part-alloy body and manual controls, it’s the first of its type from Nikon to feature an electronic viewfinder. Read on to see how it performed our labs.

The Coolpix 7800 is this years update the firm’s high-end compact stills camera featuring a relatively small 1/1.7-inch BSI-CMOS sensor and stabilized 28-200mm f/2.0-4.0 equivalent collapsible zoom. It replaces the flagship Coolpix 7700 and remains similar in specification bar for the inclusion of a 921K dot resolution electronic viewfinder. That model was the first to drop the cramped optical viewfinder of its forerunners, and include a fully articulated 3-inch rear LCD.

The new model sees a return of the finder, albeit an electronic one with a 100-percent coverage but drops the rear control dial of the P7700. The rest of the body and the control layout remain unchanged including the pop-up flash, located immediately in front of the EVF. 

With nearly all the key specifications remaining untouched, including the processor, video capabilities and expansion accessories, including the WU-1a Wireless Adapter, the $549 P7800 looks like a promising option for candid and documentary style photography.

Key specifications:

  • 12.2Mpix 1/1.7-inch type BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED C2 Image Processor
  • 28-200mm (35mm Equivalent) optical zoom Lens-Shift VR (Image Stabilization)
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
  • 921k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Full Manual Control and RAW File Support Compatible with WU-1a Wireless Adapter

Nikon Coolpix P7800 sensor performance

Nikon Coolpix P7800 Versus Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Versus Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1

Conclusion