Nikon P7700 passes the DXO Mark bench with honors: The best compact camera Nikon has made to date, it seems to have been designed around a wish-list of all the things that a photographer or a serious amateur would want on an everyday camera.

"Best Nikon camera" means of course that-sensor wise, it is still a fair bit behind Fuji's X10, but ahead of Canon's Powershot G15. Ben Boswell from DXO Labs writes the conclusion:

"Nikon divides its cameras into a number of different categories: DSLR, Nikon 1 (their compact system cameras) and Coolpix, its compact range. Coolpix is further divided: All Weather, Life, Style and Performance. The Coolpix P7700 is at the top of the Performance division, which is in turn the top of the Coolpix Division. That is to say that this is, for Nikon, the best compact they make. This is a camera that has been designed around a wish-list of all the things that a photographer or a serious amateur would want on an everyday camera and Nikon have delivered something really good." . . . read more

The Panasonic Fz200 superzoom gets its DXO Mark badge: "It boasts a top specification but if image quality is more important the Canon SX50 HS or Nikon P7700 both rank higher in the DxOMark Sensor Scores and cost less on the high street too."

Panasonic is 'doing a Canon' here, and manages to spew out a flagship that ranks a bit lower than its predecessor, the FZ150. How on earth did they accomplish that? The sensor size is unchanged, and according to their marketing blurb the new one is better than the old, in every possible way:

"With an Overall DxOMark Sensor Score of 37 for the Lumix DMC-FZ200, compared to 40 for its predecessor the FZ150, this latest Panasonic Bridge camera maintains the good image quality of the DMC-FZ line. Despite the slightly lower score than its predecessor a difference of only 3 points equates to less than -1/3 of a Stop overall and in real world terms there’s no difference. The FZ200 also boasts some impressive specifications, the most notable of which is the fixed f/2.8 maximum aperture. If you’re after a compact style camera for sports and wildlife photography this is significant as it enables you to use lower ISO settings for better quality images when fully zoomed in. . . . read more

Nikon Coolpix P7700 review by Andy Stanton at Digital Camera Review: 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.

'What flaws', you ask? Flaws of the laggy kind are what annoyed the DCR crew most: 3 seconds for the camera to shut down, 2 seconds video shooting start lag, and having to toggle the on-off switch twice in order for the camera to wake up:

"The Coolpix P7700 for the most part produced sharp, high quality images with punchy colors.  The camera did well indoors, principally due to two factors.  One is that its low light image quality is very good for a non-DSLR, even through . . . read more

Nikon CoolPix P7700 review at Imaging Resource: It's taken three tries but Nikon has finally produced a flagship Coolpix camera that stacks up well against its main competitor's class-leading cameras.

"No, the Nikon Coolpix P7700 isn't perfect and it still only uses a 1/1.7-inch sensor compared to the 1.5-inch chip in the Canon PowerShot G1 X and the 1-inch sensor in the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, but those are both considerably more expensive cameras.

But we genuinely liked the new, more original design of the Nikon P7700, which makes it more portable and more handsome looking. It's small and light, but boasts a solid magnesium body with several nice ergonomic touches, . . . read more

DP Review Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras roundup: Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot S110 vs Fujfilm X10 vs Fujifilm XF1 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Samsung EX2F vs Sony RX100

"If you're looking for a balance of size, image quality (even in low light) and direct control, we'd recommend taking a long hard look at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. The Sony RX100's 20MP sensor gives it an advantage when it comes to resolution and the size of the sensor keeps it competitive in low light. There are some compromises to be made in terms of size and lens range but these models offer a compelling degree of versatility, especially if this will be your only camera. . . . read more

Nikon P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 at Camera Hoarders: Very similar in image quality, but everything else is from two different worlds.

"Olympus XZ-2 focuses a bit faster, and benefits from touch screen. Manual focus implementation is excellent; at the click of the front switch front control ring starts to rotate freely and operates MF. Macro focus is not perfect though – XZ-2 sometimes struggled to focus and gave me false positives.

Nikon is a bit slower to focus with more traditional manual focus implementation – it has to be selected via dedicated button amongst several focus options and then use rotating wheel surrounding multi-way controller at the back. It . . . read more

Nikon CoolPix P7700 review at Neocamera: The fantastic optical qualities are more important than the minor niggles encountered, excellent second camera to your Dslr.

"The Nikon Coolpix P7700 is an impressive camera with an unmatched feature set. Already its stabilized 7X wide-angle optical zoom lens is unique among premium compacts, making it the only one in its class with telephoto reach. It is also the only one with three control-dials other than its predecessor. Add to that a digital level, a mini-jack for an external stereo sound source and a rare hot-shoe, and it becomes easy to understand the unprecedented versatility of this digital camera. The P7700 introduces a redesigned lens with a bright F/2 maximum aperture which only stops down to F/4 at the long end. . . . read more

Nikon CoolPix P7700 review at CameraLabs: Worthy of a recommendation, not least for the excellent handling and 28-200mm lens, despite missing EVF and Wi-Fi.

"As the market for advanced cameras fragments and compact cameras with slightly larger sensors and fixed zooms become just one choice among many for enthusiasts and improvers, it's increasingly important for manufacturers to understand what their customers want and to provide it. It's interesting to note where Canon, with the PowerShot G15 and Nikon with the Coolpix P7700 take the same or differening views on this. Both upgraded the sensor from a 10 Megapixel CCD to a 12 Megapixel CMOS and provided 1080p HD video along with a brighter lens. Where they differ is on the composition, Canon still . . . read more

Nikon CoolPix P7700 review at TechRadar: Very good, but not as stellar as the Sony RX100.

"Now a camera that is much more pocketable, it still retains all the mode dials and manual controls that appeal to the more advanced photographer. Image quality is generally pretty good, though it's not any better than rival cameras in the market, and is a worse performer than cameras such as the Sony RX100, which features a larger sensor in what is a smaller body. . . . read more

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The bright 7.1x NIKKOR zoom lens with fast f/2.0-4.0 aperture enables vivid images in low light and beautiful background blur when you want to single out subjects. The large backlit CMOS sensor delivers superior results at high sensitivity.

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