Reviewers say the Nikon Coolpix P7100 digital camera is greatly improved over its predecessor, the Nikon Coolpix P7000. Nikon rectified many of the issues that came to light with the P7000, most notably the camera's slow speed. The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is much faster and thus much easier to use. The 10.1-megapixel sensor is matched with a 7.1x zoom lens, 3-inch LCD display and full manual controls. The camera only shoots 720p video, however, not full 1080p HD.
Image quality is very good overall, although some reviewers detect a little too much noise reduction for their tastes, which degrades image quality. The zoom lens is fast and sharp, and reviewers are unanimous in their praise for the Nikon's intuitive manual controls. However, the Nikon Coolpix P7100 is bulky compared to other compact digital cameras. If you can afford to spend a bit more, the Canon PowerShot G1 X (*Est. $750) gets the best reviews in this category.
Nikon's Coolpix P7100 is a vast improvement over its predecessor, but it still has a few issues. Image quality isn't quite up to snuff, though its shooting speed is impressive. For better image quality, you'll have to spend about double for the Canon PowerShot G1 X (*Est. $750). A number of photography sites thoroughly review the Nikon Coolpix P7100, including DPReview.com, Imaging-Resource.com and PhotographyBlog.com.
DPReview.com gives the Nikon Coolpix P7100 high ratings in most areas, including image quality, build quality and low-light performance. Reviewer Kelcey Smith also appreciates the intuitive manual controls, but the camera's bulky design is a downside.
Review: Nikon Coolpix P7100 Review, Kelcey Smith, February 2012
The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is named a Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com. Although editors think the design is "chunky," it represents a big improvement over the previous model, the Nikon Coolpix P7000.
Review: Nikon Coolpix P7100, Dan Havlik, Stephanie Boozer, Shawn Barnett and Zig Weidelich, Jan. 20, 2012
PhotographyBlog.com praises the Nikon Coolpix P7100's image quality, LCD screen and manual controls. "The combination of these features and the subtle but important improvements make the P7100 the best Nikon Coolpix yet for keen photographers, and a real contender to the Canon G-series," says Mark Goldstein.
Review: Nikon Coolpix P7100 Review, Mark Goldstein, Oct. 10, 2011
The Nikon Coolpix P7100 earns a very good rating from PCMag.com. Like many reviewers, Jim Fisher thinks the P7100 is bulky, but excellent image quality and full manual controls help make up for that downside.
Review: Nikon Coolpix P7100, Jim Fisher, Dec. 7, 2011
Josie Reavely at TechRadar.com says the Nikon Coolpix P7100 has "superb" image quality, and it has improved greatly compared to its predecessor. "The Nikon Coolpix P7100 is the camera that the P7000 should have been," says Reavely.
Review: Nikon Coolpix P7100 review, Josie Reavely, Oct. 19, 2011