Photokina 2010: Serious Compacts

by Reads (188)

We’ve had a chance to check out some newly announced compact cameras on the show floor, and the verdict is in: they mean business. Read on for impressions and hands-on photos with the Nikon P7000, Casio Exilim H20, and the elusive Fujifilm FinePix X100.

Nikon Coolpix P7000
The P7000 gained some attention when it was launched for the serious upgrades it made to its predecessor. With a 10.1 megapixel 1/1.7-inch sensor, 7.1x optical zoom lens and HD video recording, it brought P7000 up to speed.

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon’s website calls the P7000’s optical viewfinder “large.” After testing it out in person, I wouldn’t give it that description. It was small, and I could see it might become frustrating to use for a long period of time. It is present, though, for those who prefer it over squinting at a washed out LCD in bright sunlight.

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Operation is intuitive with the command dial on the back panel. In aperture priority mode, it predictably controls aperture. The 7.1x zoom range leads this advanced compact class. It has the solid look and feel that it should as a “P for Performance” Nikon Coolpix.

Nikon Coolpix P7000

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