Nikon P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7800 front
  • 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
  • 399g - 119 x 78 x 50mm
  • Released November 2013
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon P7800 overview

Nikon P7800 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera originally announced on November of 2013. The camera houses a 12MP, BSI-CMOS 1/1.7" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The P7800 is ranked #2 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #400 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can look at our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your personal factors.

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

Nikon P7800 family

The Nikon P7800 is part of a family of products. You can see the complete range below.

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Nikon P7800 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of good and bad points of the Nikon P7800 based on factors that are oftentimes seen as essential in a camera.

above average min ISO (80)
exports RAW formats
fairly wide (28mm)
fast at the long end (f4.0)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
focusing manually
fully articulated screen
good battery power (350 CIPA)
has built in flash
has HDMI socket
has mic socket
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
high resolution screen (921 thousand dots)
image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (28-200mm 7.1 x zoom)
nice screen size (3 inches)
provides face detect autofocus
provides tracking focus
selfie friendly screen
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
heavier than competitors in class (399g)
low MP (12MP)
missing headphone socket
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
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Nikon P7800 Sensor details

The dimension of the sensor on the Nikon P7800 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12MP and delivers a native ISO range of 80 to 1600. This ISO can be widened electronically to a high of 6400. RAW files are saved therefore you have wider margin for error.

The image below shows the P7800's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The P7800 sensor has a crop factor of 4.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon P7800 dimensions

Nikon P7800 weighs around 0.88 lb (399g / 14.07 oz) & has exterior dimensions of 119mm x 78mm x 50mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 2.0"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Nikon P7800 is heavier in comparison with other competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Nikon P7800 with a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix P7800 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will illustrate the button layout on the P7800.

Nikon Coolpix P7800 topview buttons dials

Nikon P7800 Lens specs

The P7800 features a built in lens and it has a focal range of 28-200mm making it a 7.1 x zoom which is not at all exceptional however it is going to be valuable in certain scenarios.

At the widest 28mm, it features an aperture of f2.0 and that is helpful for low light situations and capturing a shallow depth of field. It will also let you choose a lower ISO in order to get cleaner files. At the tele end, 200mm comes at f4.0 making it really decent and will allow you to set high shutter speeds.

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Nikon P7800 Connectivity

The P7800 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send photos and at times change camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Some applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Nikon P7800 Video specs

The highest video quality on the Nikon P7800 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance for quality vs file sizes but FULL HD will not leave you with any room to crop. Even though the camera offers a mic socket, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone socket which means you will not have the ability to keep an eye on your sound levels.

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Nikon P7800 Weather Sealing

Nikon P7800 doesn't include weather proofing so damp conditions can affect the camera.

Nikon P7800 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon P7800 is equipped with a 3 inch fully articulated display screen supporting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

It possesses a selfie friendly display to take self portraits as well as group photos if required. Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Nikon P7800 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 921 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%

For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are pretty helpful.

Nikon P7800 Shutter specs

Nikon P7800 continuous shooting speed is 8.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Nikon P7800 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon P7800 features both inbuilt flash along with external flash ability.

Nikon P7800 Autofocus specs

Nikon P7800 features just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & precise in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which makes it valuable for people photography.

The Sensor supports 99 focus points to pick from. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Nikon P7800 comes with manual focusing when required for low light situations or you require more exact control on focusing.

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Nikon P7800 Battery life

The battery power (EN-EL14) for the Nikon P7800 is designed to last for 350 clicks based on the CIPA standards which is above the usual in comparison to its category. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the highest (470) battery life for this group of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the strongest battery life:

Nikon P7800 for specific styles of photography

The following bar chart shows a analysis of the Nikon P7800 for specific styles of photography. To look at more, browse to the specific section below.

Nikon P7800 Portrait photography information

The Nikon P7800 has a points total of 46 which is decent, and means the camera is fairly acceptable for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files along with the capability to work with off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
features face detection focusing
supports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")

Nikon P7800 Street photography info

Getting a above average points total of 65, the Nikon P7800 is a very decent fit for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
small sensor (1/1.7")
more heavy than average (399g)

Nikon P7800 Sports photography advice

A lousy sports photography rating of 44 suggests the Nikon P7800 is just not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera needs fantastic focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking focus
better than average battery pack (350 per charge)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect AF

Nikon P7800 Travel photography information

Portability is super critical when buying a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon P7800 gets a nice 68 as a travelling camera which is a fine fit for your journeys.

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good battery (350 shots)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
fairly wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than competitors (399 grams)
megapixel count low (12MP)

Landscape photography with Nikon P7800

When you're planning to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon P7800 and it's reasonable score of 58 as a landscape camera is reasonably adequate within the current market.

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has manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
great battery (350 shots)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/1.7")

Nikon P7800 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera should really offer a moving screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon P7800 is a fine pick for vlogging as it gets a nice rating of 75.

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rather wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have mic socket
heavier than competitors in class (399g)

Nikon P7800 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the P7800, below is a selection of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph underneath offers you a bird's eye view of the P7800 compared to it's top rated competitors mentioned above.

These are various other cameras you might look at as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon Coolpix P7800
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-200mm (7.1x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display sizing
3 inches
Resolution of display
921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
921 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Lowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
10.00 m
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video 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)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
399g (0.88 pounds)
119 x 78 x 50mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 2.0")
Battery life
350 images
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (10 or 2 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Card slots
Retail price