Nikon focuses on prosumers with full-function Coolpix P7800 point-and-shoot

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Nikon focuses on prosumers with fullfunction Coolpix P7800 pointandshoot

Say hello to the Coolpix P7800. It's an incremental bump, so we wouldn't necessarily recommend ditching last year's P7700 to upgrade, but if you've been holding out, there's a bit more value here. Cosmetically, the most significant addition is a 921k-dot EVF, whichNikon reps feel justifies a jump in price, from $500 to $550. You'll also find a1/1.7-inch 12.2MP BSI CMOS sensor, 7.1x 28-200mm f/2-4 lens and a 3-inch 921k-dot RGBW articulating LCD, which, like on the D7100, yields better clarity and contrast. There's 1080/30p video capture, an 8 fps continuous shooting mode (but only for six consecutive JPG frames) and an ISO range of 80-3200. Surprisingly, there's no built-in WiFi, but you can add on the $60 WU-1a for wireless connectivity. There's also a full-size hot shoe, for attaching an external strobe and the like.

One of this flagship point-and-shoot's most attractive features for advanced shooters is the manual control. There's a mode dial up top near the shutter release, with access to manual and aperture-priority modes, for example, along with a dedicated exposure-compensation dial, giving you direct access to three stops over and under the metered values. There's also a built-in three-stop neutral-density filter, netting a bit more flexibility for video shooters. Absent this time around, however, is the quick access dial. It's been replaced with a dedicated button and a corresponding on-screen menu, which some photographers might even find more efficient. Nikon's planning to ship the Coolpix P7800 later this month, with a MSRP of $550.

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