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Nikon P7700 vs Pentax E85

Portability
82
Imaging
37
Features
70
Overall
50
Nikon Coolpix P7700 front
 
Pentax Optio E85 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
10
Overall
25

Nikon P7700 vs Pentax E85 Key Specs

Nikon P7700
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-200mm (F2.0-4.0) lens
  • 392g - 119 x 73 x 50mm
  • Released May 2013
  • Older Model is Nikon P7100
Pentax E85
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F2.9-5.2) lens
  • 145g - 93 x 58 x 24mm
  • Launched September 2009
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Nikon P7700 vs Pentax E85 Overview

Here, we will be comparing the Nikon P7700 vs Pentax E85, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Pentax. The image resolution of the P7700 (12MP) and the E85 (12MP) is relatively similar but the P7700 (1/1.7") and E85 (1/2.3") boast different sensor measurements.

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The P7700 was launched 3 years after the E85 which is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a brief view of how the P7700 matches up versus the E85 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon P7700 over the Pentax E85

 P7700 E85 
LaunchedMay 2013September 2009More modern by 45 months
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kSharper screen (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax E85 over the Nikon P7700

 E85 P7700 

Common features in the Nikon P7700 and Pentax E85

 P7700 E85 
Touch friendly screen Neither offers Touch friendly screen

Nikon P7700 vs Pentax E85 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry around your camera frequently, you will need to factor its weight and measurements. The Nikon P7700 offers outside dimensions of 119mm x 73mm x 50mm (4.7" x 2.9" x 2.0") accompanied by a weight of 392 grams (0.86 lbs) whilst the Pentax E85 has proportions of 93mm x 58mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") with a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are working with at that time. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the P7700 and the E85.

Nikon P7700 vs Pentax E85 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the P7700 and E85 is 82 and 95 respectively.

Nikon P7700 vs Pentax E85 top view buttons comparison

Nikon P7700 vs Pentax E85 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very difficult to visualize the difference between sensor sizes just by going over a spec sheet. The pic below might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the P7700 and E85.

Clearly, the 2 cameras feature the identical MP albeit different sensor sizes. The P7700 features the bigger sensor which is going to make achieving bokeh easier. The more modern P7700 provides an edge in sensor technology.

Nikon P7700 vs Pentax E85 sensor size comparison

Nikon P7700 vs Pentax E85 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon P7700 vs Pentax E85 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon P7700 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax E85 as a Portrait photography camera
46
you can focus manually
includes face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
21
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
low MP (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon P7700 Street photography info
Pentax E85 Street photography info
64
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
very small sensor (1/1.7")
heavier than average in class (392 grams)
47
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon P7700 Sports photography advice
Pentax E85 Sports photography advice
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
better than average battery (330 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
no phase detect autofocus
17
max fps very slow (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon P7700 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax E85 as a Travel photography camera
65
better than average battery (330 shots)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
pretty wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than average in class (392 grams)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
51
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse mode
low MP (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (32mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon P7700
Landscape photography with Pentax E85
54
you can focus manually
pretty wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (330 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
23
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (32mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual mode
does not have image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon P7700 Vlogging features
Pentax E85 Vlogging features
75
pretty wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external mic socket
heavier than average in class (392 grams)
22
wide angle not the best (32mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external mic socket
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Nikon P7700 vs Pentax E85 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon P7700 and Pentax E85
 Nikon Coolpix P7700Pentax Optio E85
General Information
Brand Nikon Pentax
Model type Nikon Coolpix P7700 Pentax Optio E85
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2013-05-28 2009-09-17
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Max boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 99 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-200mm (7.1x) 32-96mm (3.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.0-4.0 f/2.9-5.2
Macro focusing range 2cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 921k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 2 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 8.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 10.00 m 3.00 m
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (15, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (120, 30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 392 grams (0.86 lb) 145 grams (0.32 lb)
Physical dimensions 119 x 73 x 50mm (4.7" x 2.9" x 2.0") 93 x 58 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 53 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light rating 191 not tested
Other
Battery life 330 images -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL14 D-LI95
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at launch $499 $0