Nikon Coolpix P7000
10.1 megapixels; 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor; 7.1x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle; Optical (lens-shift) image stabilization; 3-inch LCD monitor (921k dots); Optical viewfinder (80-percent converage); 720p HD video; External microphone input; Full manual control; ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800); Built-in flash; EXPEED C2 processor; JPEG + RAW formats; Captures to SD/SDHC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The P7000 is Nikon's foray into enthusiast/high-end compact territory, a direct competitor to powerful shooters like the Canon G12. The goal here is excellent image quality, achieved with a larger-than-average CCD sensor, a powerful processor, high sensitivity, RAW shooting, full manual control, and heightened image stabilization. The feature that really makes the P7000 stand out from its peers is the 7.1x zoom lens, the longest we've seen on any high-end compact. The twin-dial interface is also the most dSLR-like of the bunch. It has extra enthusiast appeal because of its optical viewfinder, too. The overall image quality is great, on par with other advanced compact shooters, but the huge size and clunky interface hold this back a bit. If it feels right, go for it, but we prefer the Canon G12 by a hair.