Nikon Coolpix P7800 Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 12.2MP 1/1.7"-type CMOS sensor
  • 8 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 28-200mm equivalent F2-4.0 VR lens (7.1x optical zoom)
  • ISO 80-1600, expandable up to 6400
  • 1080p HD video
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • Electronic viewfinder with 921,000 dots
  • Lens accepts 40.5mm screw-in filters
  • Built-in ND filter
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot

Product Description

The Coolpix P7800 is Nikon's flagship compact camera, and the replacement to the P7700. The main difference between the two is the addition of an electronic viewfinder, which required the removal of the Quick Control dial. Other features are unchanged. They include a 12.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor and a 28-200mm equivalent zoom lens, a relatively long telephoto reach in this class. Full 1080p video is offered, along with 8fps continuous shooting and a fully articulated 3.0 inch LCD.

The P7800 provides lots of options for expansion. It's compatible with the GP-1 GPS unit, and includes a hot shoe that works with the full range of Nikon's Speedlight flashguns. Ergonomics are top-notch, with dual command dials for DSLR-like operation along with a generous, textured grip.


Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Other resolutions 3264 x 2448, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480, 3984 x 2656 (3:2), 3968 x 2232 (16:9), 3000 x 3000 (1:1)
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 13 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes (2)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–200 mm
Optical zoom 7.1×
Maximum aperture F2.0 - F4.0
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points 99
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder resolution 921,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 10.00 m
External flash Yes (via hot-shoe or wireless)
Continuous drive 8.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (10 or 2 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (25p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p); high-speed: 1920 x 1080 (15 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included 86 MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via WU-1a
Remote control Yes
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Nikon EN-EL14 Lithium-Ion & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 350
Weight (inc. batteries) 399 g (0.88 lb / 14.07 oz)
Dimensions 119 x 78 x 50 mm (4.69 x 3.07 x 1.97)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes via GP-1A


User Reviews

  • SRHEdD, Oct 2, 2013 GMT:
    Loving #503!

    Mine came today! #509. Still playing and adjusting, but it FEELS great, somehow more solid than 7700 (which I loved!). Macro shot below just for the pixel peepers to tear apart. If it has the same sensor as the 7700, and the same results, the build alone lets me give it 5 stars. I love having my beloved P7700 WITH a viewfinder when I want it. ISO400, 1/20 f2.8 Macro setting, natural light. Handheld, and just noticed date on watch was wrong... doh!

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  • Canis42, Nov 28, 2013 GMT:
    Two Flaws of P7800

    Nikon made a lot of things right again. Everybody talks about the good things, so let me just add two flaws I found. FIRST flaw is the sensor: Why did Nikon not use a chip with more than 24bit (8 bit/pixel). The comnpetitor has 36bits/pixels. That allows to correct little over- or underexposures and handle problematic light situations to do something HDR-alike in the photo editor. SECOND flaw is, that other formats than 3:4 are not available in display are not storable as raw. I want to ...

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  • Crac1, Dec 24, 2013 GMT:
    Nikon Coolpix P7800 First impressions

    Merry Christmas and Sorry for my bad english! I often wonder if people who make negative comments about a particular camera: Have they tried? I had not bought the Nikon Coolpix P7700 because it had no viewfinder. At the announcement of the P7800, I said at last! The man always wants more than what you give it ... I took the P7800 and I went to do what it was made: take pictures. I have not explored everything with this compact camera, but I can say that this is a very good camera that my ...

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  • Chimere, Apr 4, 2014 GMT:
    P7800's rating ?

    Very impressed with the P7800, specially with the JPEG image quality, the good range of the zoom - it makes it a good all-round travel light camera. These are very important items. In contrast the drawbacks, such as poor EVF are not that important for my use, easy to live with. Slow write times in RAW ? With fast ultra cards hardly noticeable! Very good value for the money. The interface is a bit confusing, but, finally, it is a P & S - I can live with it, considering the final product: good ...

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Questions & Answers


Nikon P7800 Video: Difference between 1080*("star")/30p and 1080/30p settings?

Page 30 of the Nikon P7800 Reference Section of the manual titled, "Qual Movie Options" gives this information: Option (Image size/ Frame rate, File format) 1080*/30p 1080*/25p (default setting) 1920 × 1080 (High) 1080/30p 1080/25p 1920 × 1080 So the difference between 1080*("star")/30p and 1080/30p settings is that the 1080*("star")/30p setting says "High". High what? High quality? Does that mean less compression? The manual does not elaborate. Files shot in each of the two settings seem to be the same size for the same length of take. Anybody got an answer?

weisman asked
3 months ago


Not a good one. I also assumed that the 1080* (High) would be higher 'something' and that appears to be the case, but I don't yet know what that 'something' is. I thought that it might mean that the JPEGs that could be extracted from the video might be higher quality. I don't have a P7800 but my P520 has 1080*/30p and 1080/30p movie settings but the manual doesn't show the word "High" for the 1080* option. I recorded two video clips of the same subject using 1080*/30p and 1080/30p and then extracted and saved a JPEG from each, and they were both 2mp "NORM 16:9" JPEGs with approximately the same file sizes, so no difference there. Then I filled a folder with enough files so that the remaining space on the card was about 750MB. After setting the video option to 1080*/30p, the display showed 5m 10s remaining video time. Changing it to 1080/30p (no asterisk) increased the remaining time to 7m 44s so there's the difference. What the P520 manual has that I can't find in the P7800 manual ... Continue Reading

photoreddi answered
3 months ago

It makes perfect sense that the 1080*("star")/30P setting would mean a higher movie bitrate than the other setting. That's got to be the explanation. Thank you very much for your post, Photoreddi, I really appreciate it! Continue Reading

weisman answered
2 months ago


Screen protector for P7800?

Searching for a screen protector, I find a large number of generic pull-offs (meaning they only last so long and the package includes more than one), but I am looking for a Zagg or other name brand that is permanent. Seems that Zagg and others, when they do not produce a camera-specific protector, sell by size; I don't know that all "3-inch" screens are the same proportions -- or are they? One brand says that the screen is 60.5mm x 45.5mm. 1. Can anyone verify that, or that the 3-in screens are all same proportions? 2. What "permanent" protector have you found and where purchased? thanks, z

zpix asked
1 month ago



What is a good compact pro-sumer camera that allows the following

back button focusing. Or something similar to that. I'm coming from a Nikon D300 and I'm so used to using back button focusing I just really really want that feature in my compact cam I've looked at the NIkon P7800 and while it has a lot of things I like I realize that you can't reassign the AE-L/AF-L button to function as back button focus button. anyone know of any brands that would allow this?

noobphoto asked
2 months ago


Hello noobphoto, I use this function ALOT with my Fz200 (but its also on other Panasonic cams)(some ppl like me name it PUSH-focus..) Its the side button on the barrel, right where it should be, under your left thumb. It says FOCUS, and normaly, this button will give you the ability to switch between 4 sizes of the target box, (roughly...) 23% 14% 3.4% and a amazing usable 0.7%!! for really tough/hided subjects, and you can move it around where you want it to be, with the same screen(works fast) BUT... when you set the switch next to it to MF... the same FOCUS button will give you the nice BBF functionality and i love it. Combined with the AE-lock under your right-thumb it will give you freedom in creativity and its working fast.. REAL fast. I hope this information is /was usefull to you. Regards Continue Reading

MissingLinkie answered
2 months ago

It is a mistake. In the page 89 of the Reference Section from P7800 English edition user´s manual you will find clearly you can configure the AE/AF Lock for any of four function: (1) AE/AF lock (default) (2) AE lock only (3) AE lock (hold) (4) AF lock only Menu -> Tab -> AE/AF Lock button I think it is standard in Nikon cameras as all Nikon I had saw with AE/AF button had those possibilities. I use that in my P7800. Works as expected. All the best, Continue Reading

Osvaldo Cristo answered
2 months ago

I saw the 4 options when I was playing with the camera but AF-L is a bit different than what I want. I want the AF-on button from the D300 Continue Reading

noobphoto answered
2 months ago

Warranty Information

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