Taking its place at the top of Nikon’s CoolPix line is the P7100. Among the highlights of this follow-up to the P7000 is a three-inch variable angle LCD screen, a sub-command dial on the front face of the camera, and a new EXPEED C2TM image processor.
The CoolPix P7100 has a 10.1 megapixel 1/1.7-inch sensor and 7.1x zoom lens (28-200mm 35mm camera equivalent) with two ED elements and VR image stabilization. The camera also has a built-in neutral density filter. ISO sensitivity is 100-3200, with an H1 mode taking it to 6400 and a special night mode bumping it to 12,800.
Aimed at enthusiasts, the camera has the traditional PASM exposure controls. It will take Nikon’s WC-E75A wide-angle converter, which gives a wide angle equivalent of 21mm (35mm-format). It also supports Nikon’s Creative Lighting System and can be used with the latest Nikon iTTL flash units.
The P7100’s movie mode is 720p at 30 frames-per-second, which is a little behind competitors like Panasonic’s LX5, but the CoolPix brings a few goodies to the party nonetheless. It has a built-in stereo microphone with a jack for an external mic with gain control for the external; it allows zooming while shooting; and exposure and focus lock as well.
The CoolPix P7100 should be available in mid-September. Nikon Canada’s SRP is $499.95.