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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
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
Image
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
Autofocus
  • 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 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
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included 86 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via WU-1a
Remote control Yes
Physical
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

Reviews

User Reviews

3.875 out of 5 stars
  • 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

QUESTION

P7100 versus P7800

Hi all. I have a P7100, bought as a possible replacement for my nice but a bit dated Coolpix 8400. In a lot of ways, it's a nice camera. I like the overall design, the controls at one's finger tips and the excellent lens. And the viewfinder, which even if you have to guess a bit with framing, at least tells you you're pointing the thing where you want to. I should mention that I'm almost entirely interested in landscapes. As far as compacts are concerned I want something to stick in a rucksack pocket when out on a walk, which I can pull out as a decent scene opens up. For landscapes I need a sharp lens to give the pic depth, a viewfinder as a rear screen is no good, and the sensor needs to deliver sharp results with good dynamic range, and definitely quality natural colour. So if I use a compact it's got to be a premium compact. To me the P7100 has one big problem. It also has a few little ones, like you can't turn off noise reduction completely, so there can be some detail loss, ...

NCB asked
15 days ago

ANSWERS

Thanks a lot for the replies. I've played around between the two Auto WB modes and it doesn't make much difference. I'll have to think about this some more. I could go for the P7800 and hope it does the trick. But I'm beginning to wonder if a larger sensor something could be a better approach; my 8400 has 8mp on a slightly larger sensor (2/3" v 1/1.7") which might be to its advantage.  There's the Nikon 1 but it seems to tick the wrong boxes for what I want. An APS-C CSC could be small enough and light enough for my purposes; did try the EOS-M but unimpressed with the image quality. The Fuji X-E2 would be OK were it not for the greens; I need grass to come out well, and on the example pics I've seen it doesn't. I'll see what comes out over the next month or two. Continue Reading

NCB answered
11 days ago

I sold my P7700 when I got the Sony RX10, and regretted it. I have ordered the P7800 again, because its lens is a collector (low distorsion, excellent acuity, great homogeneity) . I do know from the P7700 that you have the option of a warmer Auto WB setting. Hope it helps. You'll never get from Nikon a camera with colors as punchy as Olympus or Fuji, but I do prefer the subdued look of Nikon files which you can tweak to your liking. This is the kind of images you can expect from P7700. Continue Reading

Altruisto answered
15 days ago

I agree with Altruisto. Canon and Olympus give punchier jpegs. But Nikon gives more natural colors IMO. That said, I shoot only raw with my P7100, and I'm pleased with the results, much better than jpegs. I'm waiting to see if Nikon comes up with a faster P7800 successor, and I'll buy it. Slowness is the only fault of the P7800. Continue Reading

andrbar answered
15 days ago

QUESTION

Nikon P7800 Lens obstructed. Any built in safety?

Hi forum, recently i was in a rush and lay my camera with the lens facing downward onto the table and undeliberatly turned it on. I didn't realise straight away and am now worried i might have broke the lens mechanics, although it still works seemingly. I was wondering if there was any built in safety measures that stopped the lens from emerging if there was an obstacle hindering it.I couldn't find any technical explanation with a google search so i hope to find some answers here. Thx for advice and help.

dave22 asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

I have had my Nikon Coolpix P7700 accidently turn on in my camera bag and carry it around. Opening the the bag and taking the camera out the lens fully extended.  No damage was done.  I did have the auto off setting on and set to 5 minutes before camera would turn off. Hope this helps. Continue Reading

Joseph Broz answered
1 month ago

Welcome to our forums. From my own experience there is some kind of protection in both P7100 and P7800 to avoid a disaster in case of some obstacle impeding the lens go out when the camera is turned on. I passed for this experience a few tines with no collateral consequences. Actually I think all cameras (or most of them) have similar protection. It is a very obvious potential reason for problems and serious damage otherwise. All the best, Continue Reading

Osvaldo Cristo answered
1 month ago

Thx for the replys guys. I'm confident now that nothing happened and i can still enjoy my cam:) Continue Reading

dave22 answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

Need advise on my short list: rx100m2, p340, p7800

After asking several questions on these forums, (thank you to everyone who has helped so far) and loads of research, dp's buying guides, etc, I think I have narrowed my choice down to three.  Can I trouble you for some advise, what your personal preference would be? I know that they aren't really all in the same class, but I want a camera that is smaller and easier to transport than my DSLR, has good IQ (particularly in low light) and good connectivity.  I like the idea of controlling the camera via my smartphone over wifi, but I would also like to be able to do some time lapse photography as well.  Budget is a concern, but I am willing to pay a little more for a good quality product that will last me for years.  This will be my travel and outdoors/backcountry camera. Now to be honest, I'm still very inexperienced at photography and probably don't really know what I want.  So, out of the three models below, can I get some votes on which one you would go with and why? Sony cyber Shot ...

Nick in Knox asked
17 days ago

ANSWERS

Should I include the Cannon Powershot G16 in this list? Continue Reading

Nick in Knox answered
17 days ago

I would. But then I bought a G15 for the same sort of purpose. :-) I know that the G16 has various Wifi features, but can't say much about them. The Canon G cameras have good controls and pretty good image quality considering their sensor size. Their optical viewfinder is basic but I find it useful -- a VF rather than using the rear LCD was one of my criteria. All SOOC from my G15 ISO 1600 ISO 1600 ISO 6400 Something a bit close Continue Reading

AlbertInFrance answered
17 days ago

As you know these are very different cameras, and yes, I would include the G16 and the Panasonic LF-1. You have to decide what's most important to you. Do you want the best low light performance? Then the RX100 II would be best. Do you want a longer zoom with still good low light performance? Then maybe a Nikon P7800 would be best. Do you want a viewfinder? Then a P7800, LF-1, or G16 would be best. The G16 and P7800 are a little  big for compacts. The LF-1 is much  smaller, has a 28-200 f/2-5.9 lens and an electronic viewfinder. We all have different needs and wants. That's why there is a demand  for so many different cameras. I have both a P7800 and an LF-1. Both have a 28-200 lens and an electronic viewfinder but the P7800 lens is a little faster and it has a hot shoe for an accessary flash. The LF-1 is considerably smaller and fits in a shirt and most pants pockets where the P7800 needs a bigger pocket or a belt case. Photography is full of trade-offs. You may have to give up ... Continue Reading

mgd43 answered
16 days ago

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