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.