This past weekend, I got to spend two days with the Nikon P7100, Nikon’s “pro” point-and-shoot camera. There was a lot of enjoy about this camera, particularly its size (nice for someone with bigger hands) and it’s 28mm/f2.8 end of a 7x zoom lens.
Here’s some snapshots of the camera itself, outlining what I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy so much about it. Here is Part 2 – the Photos!
Of course, if you’re interested, you can get the P7100 at Mike Crivello’s Cameras!
Here first are my “cons” of the camera – but take them for what they’re worth, as that’s something that’s always so subjective. “One man’s trash” and all that, right?
- shutter is almost too sensitive. Easy to accidentally take pics.
- seems to lean towards overexposure in many situations. Tends to benefit, in my limited experience, from a -.3 or -.7 of Exposure Compensation.
- so many buttons on the right rear side of the camera, that while trying to work the camera one-handed, it is easy to accidentally press other buttons you didn’t mean to.
- viewfinder – isn’t that accurate in its framing. You get at least 10% more in the photo than you see in the viewfinder.
- It’s a small quibble, but I don’t like that the power button blinks when it’s in the “sleep” mode – it’s just mildly obnoxious.
- I wish there was more information in the viewfinder besides “flash ready” and “focus locked”.
- nice screen – bright, easy to see in playback mode or in shooting mode
- easy to use controls – everything seems pretty well laid out
- nice to have a viewfinder, even if it’s not that accurate.
- nice to be able to capture RAW/jpg.
- The menu is well organized and easy to go through
- I like the option to easily set up user profiles
- The “special effect” modes are unique, even if I personally wouldn’t use them much.
- 7x zoom (28-112mm equiv.) is more than I’m used to having and was real convenient.
- I LOVE the wide-angle end at 28mm/f2.8. LOVE it.
- The features dial on the left side of the top panel is a nice way to cycle through common functions like ISO, WB, and so on.
- Though I didn’t get to use them, I really appreciate Nikon including not one, but TWO “function” buttons, to which the user can assign their use.