Nikon P7100 review at Digital Camera Review

Nikon P7100 review at Digital Camera Review

Nikon P7100: the little engine that couldn't? It appears Nikon R&D is being spent on the SLRs and and now the 1 series. Their top of the line prosumer camera is always behind the competition and/or seriously flawed. The P7100 was released in a quick succession after the P7000 to mend its shortcomings, but one serious issue remains: The camera still locks up while writing raw files to the memory:

 

"The improvements that Nikon has made in response to the P7000's speed issues have done a lot to make the P7100 a truly usable and versatile camera. Write times when shooting in raw still aren't fantastic though, and since the camera 'locks up' during this period, this can quickly become frustrating if you're trying to shoot many frames in succession.

Traditionally, cameras with this form-factor would have acted as 'bridge' models, spanning the gap between much cheaper 'point and shoot' compacts and DSLRs. These days of course this niche is also being occupied with a new generation of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras - many of which aren't much more expensive than the P7100. Cameras like the Olympus PEN E-PL3 or Sony Alpha NEX-C3 offer a similar level of manual control to the P7100, but boast much larger sensors. What the P7100 does have, of course, which these cameras don't, is a versatile 28-200mm (equivalent) zoom lens in a genuinely portable package. A camera like the Olympus E-PL3 is comparable in size and general bulk to the P7100 when paired with a fixed focal-length pancake lens, but as soon as you stick a zoom on the front it gets very big very quickly.

There is no escaping the fact that the P7100 exists in a market that is rich with competitors - both compact and interchangeable lens models - that are faster, in some respects more versatile and which offer sensors capable of significantly better image quality for around the same price. But despite such aggressive competition the P7100 holds its own and offers a couple of genuine advantages - its lens, and its impressively generous manual control and customization options."

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