Nikon P7100

 
Nikon Coolpix P7100 front
 
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-200mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 395g - 116 x 77 x 48mm
  • Introduced February 2012
  • Replaced the Nikon P7000
  • Refreshed by Nikon P7700
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
82
Imaging
36
Features
55
Overall
43

Nikon P7100 overview

Nikon P7100 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally launched on February of 2012. The camera has got a 10MP, CCD 1/1.7" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 3648 x 2736.

Nikon introduced this model in an effort to improve the older Nikon P7000 (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently released the newer Nikon P7700 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this model.

The P7100 stands at #23 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #577 out of 1421 for cameras in our database. Remember to look at our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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The following is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon P7100 history

The Nikon P7100 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed list underneath.

ModelLensResolutionSensor SizeReleasedWeight
Nikon-Coolpix-P340 front thumbnailNikon P340
P7100 vs P340
24-120mm
F1.8-5.6
12MP1/1.7"2014194g
Nikon-Coolpix-P7800 front thumbnailNikon P7800
P7100 vs P7800
28-200mm
F2.0-4.0
12MP1/1.7"2013399g
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Nikon-Coolpix-P7700 front thumbnailNikon P7700
P7100 vs P7700
28-200mm
F2.0-4.0
12MP1/1.7"2013392g
Nikon-Coolpix-P330 front thumbnailNikon P330
P7100 vs P330
24-120mm
F1.8-5.6
12MP1/1.7"2013200g
Nikon-Coolpix-P7100 front thumbnailNikon P710028-200mm
F2.8-5.6
10MP1/1.7"2012395g
Nikon-Coolpix-P7000 front thumbnailNikon P7000
P7100 vs P7000
28-200mm
F2.8-5.6
10MP1/1.7"2010310g
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Nikon P7100 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon P7100 based on features which are often viewed as useful in a digital camera.

better than average battery (350 shots)
good min ISO (100)
good resoluion screen (921 thousand dot)
good zoom range (28-200mm 7.1 x zoom)
has built in flash
has external mic jack
has HDMI support
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus
nice screen size (3 inch)
offers face detection focus
offers tracking autofocus
reasonably wide (28mm)
saves RAW files
tilting screen
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
heavier than competition (395g)
lacks phase detect auto focus
low resolution sensor (10MP)
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
missing headphone jack
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.3 fps)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Nikon P7100 Sensor information

The Nikon P7100 is powered by the Expeed C2 processor. The spec of the sensor in the Nikon P7100 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 10MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. The ISO can be increased digitally to a maximum of 6400. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath displays the P7100's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The P7100 sensor has a crop factor of 4.8 and is showcased in green.

Nikon Coolpix P7100 sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon P7100 dimensions

Nikon P7100 has a weight of 0.87 pounds (395 grams / 13.93 ounces) & has outer dimensions of 116mm x 77mm x 48mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 1.9"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Nikon P7100 is more heavy compared to its competitors.

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Down below is a picture of the Nikon P7100 alongside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix P7100 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button arrangement on the P7100.

Nikon Coolpix P7100 topview buttons dials

Nikon P7100 Lens information

The P7100 has got a built in lens giving a focal range of 28-200mm giving it a 7.1 x zoom which isn't amazing but it might be helpful in certain situations.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.8 which will be fairly sluggish and not very good for low light events and you may find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You would also have to raise your ISO setting giving you noisy photos. For the long end, 200mm comes with f5.6 which is pretty slow and you might have to set slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon P7100 Connectivity

The P7100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send files and at times change settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

A few apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external monitor. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Nikon P7100 Video information

The maximum video quality in the Nikon P7100 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in H.264 file format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You should really target a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. Even though the body contains a mic jack, it is lacking a headphone jack which means you won't have the option to check your audio levels.

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Nikon P7100 Weather Sealing

Nikon P7100 doesn't have weather sealing so wet conditions can ruin the camera.

Nikon P7100 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon P7100 has got a 3 inch tilting screen with a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details for Nikon P7100 are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)
  • Coverage 80%

Viewfinders can be quite helpful for sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Nikon P7100 Shutter information

Nikon P7100 continuous shooting rate is 1.3 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Nikon P7100 Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon P7100 comes with both in-built flash together with external flash ability.

Nikon P7100 Autofocusing information

Nikon P7100 comes with only Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier & accurate compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detection making it useful for taking portraits of people.

The Sensor has got 99 focus points to choose from. It also comes with Tracking AF for moving things. Nikon P7100 has got manual focus when needed for low light conditions or you require more exact control on focus.

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Nikon P7100 Battery life

The battery on the Nikon P7100 is built to last for 350 photos with respect to the CIPA specifications making it higher than standard in comparison to its class. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest possible (470) battery life for this type of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the strongest battery life:

ModelMax VideoBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Fujifilm-X30 front thumbnailFujifilm X30
P7100 vs X30
1920 x 1080470 yesnono
Casio-Exilim-EX-10 front thumbnailCasio EX-10
P7100 vs EX-10
1920 x 1080455 yesnono
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Canon-PowerShot-G12 front thumbnailCanon G12
P7100 vs G12
1280 x 720370 yesnono
Canon-PowerShot-G16 front thumbnailCanon G16
P7100 vs G16
1920 x 1080360 yesnono

Nikon P7100 for varying types of photography

The following graph displays a summation of the Nikon P7100 for varying types of photography. To find out more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon P7100 as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon P7100 receives a rating of 45 which is subpar, meaning that it is just not good for portrait images. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files together with the capability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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manual focus
supports face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
megapixel count low (10MP)
small sensor (1/1.7")

Street photography with Nikon P7100

Getting a very good points total of 64, the Nikon P7100 is a fine option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
very small sensor (1/1.7")
heavier than others in class (395 grams)

Nikon P7100 Sports photography highlights

A subpar sports photography points tally of 39 means the Nikon P7100 is just not good for taking photos of sports. A camera should have great focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
better than average battery (350 per charge)
slow fps (1.3 frames/s)
low MP (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
no phase detect AF

Nikon P7100 as a Travel photography camera

Size is super important when choosing a travel camera. Over-all, the Nikon P7100 gets a average 57 as a travel camera which is reasonably suitable to take on your journeys.

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great battery (350 shots)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
heavier than competition in class (395 grams)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Nikon P7100 Landscape photography advice

For those who are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most important factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon P7100 with it's decent score of 52 for a landscape camera is relatively acceptable compared to it's competition.

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manual focus
really wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (350 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")

Nikon P7100 Vlogging information

A vlogging camera should really have a moving screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Nikon P7100 is just not good for vlogging as it receives a subpar rating of 30.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
includes microphone port
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
more heavy than competitors (395 grams)

Nikon P7100 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the P7100, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph just below offers you a bird's eye view of the P7100 versus it's highest ranking rivals listed previously.

There are more cameras you may look into as alternatives. To go through a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix P7100
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2012-02-20
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Powered by
Expeed C2
Sensor size
1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area
41.5mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW support
Max native ISO
3200
Max boosted ISO
6400
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
99
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-200mm (7.1x)
Largest aperture
f/2.8-5.6
Macro focus distance
2cm
Focal length multiplier
4.8
Screen
Range of screen
Tilting
Screen sizing
3 inch
Resolution of screen
921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology
TFT LCD monitor with anti- reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage
80%
DXO scores
DXO All around score
41
DXO Color Depth score
19.4
DXO Dynamic range score
10.7
DXO Low light score
165
Features
Slowest shutter speed
60s
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed
1.3fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
9.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Manual, Slow sync, Rear curtain flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
395 gr (0.87 lb)
Dimensions
116 x 77 x 48mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 1.9")
Other
Battery life
350 images
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (10 or 2 second delay)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
1
Pricing at launch
$750