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."

"In making a comparison with other cameras, it seems fairest to look at alternatives that appear to have similar specifications. Canon fills this brief with the Powershot G15 and Fujifilm with the Finepix X10. Neither of these has quite the zoom range of the Coolpix P7700 which has a range of over 7X, the Canon has a 5X zoom and the Fuji a 4X. There are numerous other candidates too, but these two seem closest.  The overall DxO Mark scores for these three cameras are 46 for the G15, 50 for the X10 and 53 for the P7700. In the individual scores the Nikon wins in every measure except for low light in which it is pushed into second place by the Fuji, 191 against 245. These cameras are very similar, they are about the same size and weight, the functionality is very close too. If it were not for the different names on their casings they could be from the same stable. What makes the comparison interesting is that for all their similarity the Nikon has an indicative price nearly 20% lower than the others whilst still performing the best of the three."

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