Nikon’s Point & Shoot Pro

Nikon’s Point & Shoot Pro

Posted On: September 9, 2010
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The P7000 is also quite nakedly, um, inspired by the Canon G-series pro point-and-shoots it’s competing against.

Not only does it look a lot more like the G11 than it does the P6000, it pulls the same trick of dropping megapixels for better low-light performance: The P6000 had a 14.2MP sensor, while the P7000 has a 10MP CCD sensor.

It also drops a lot of the P6000′s whizzier features in the process, like built-in GPS geotagging and that ethernet jacking. But if it says anything the ISO range is expandable up to 12,800. Radical in this kind of camera, so Nikon’s got some confidence in the sensor’s performance. Good.

On paper, the P7000 outclasses the G11 and looks on par with Panasonic’s Lumix LX5. It shoots 720p video at 24fps (and it’s got a stereo mic input, which is kind of killer, again, in this kind of camera). It goes for lens flexibility versus straight speed, with a 7.1x zoom 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 lens. What I’m unexpectedly excited about is the optical viewfinder.

Missing entirely from the LX5 and practically a shrunken pinhole on the G11, Nikon promises a “large optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment dial.” There is a heavy sprinkling of the kinds of fiddly dials photo nerds love, naturally, though I’m not crazy about their arrangement at first glance.

And of course, it’s got full manual controls, bracketing and shoots RAW (this time, compatible with Macs, too).

Right on target, it’s $500 when it comes out later this month.

Nikon die-hards have a lot to be happy about—it’s a flagship compact that’s finally rewarding their faith by possibly being the best point-and-shoot Nikon’s made in a long time.

And camera diehards in general finally have a reason to take a good long look at Nikon’s top point-and-shoot while they’re gazing at what Canon and Panasonic have to offer. [Nikon]

Article courtesy of Gizmodo