Review posted for Nikon Coolpix 7600|
(Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 15:04 EST)
Nikon's Coolpix line of consumer digicams has always been well-received, appreciated for their image quality and ease of use.
The Nikon 7600 continues that trend, with a 7.1-megapixel CCD and nice range of preset scene modes. The Nikon Coolpix 7600 would be a good choice for anyone who wants an easy to use camera that delivers good-looking pictures with pleasing color and plenty of resolution. For those willing to delve just slightly deeper than "just pushing the button," its extensive scene modes and unique framing-assist options greatly extend the camera's capabilities, making it easy to bring back good-looking shots of what might otherwise be difficult subjects.
All in all, a good choice for the point & shoot user looking for an easy to use, compact digicam with a surprising range of capabilities. I would liked to have seen better low-light exposure capability, less-noisy flash shots at distances greater than 9 feet, and less color left in images shot under incandescent lighting, but the bottom line is that I think a lot of consumers will be very pleased by the Coolpix 7600's photos, and it clearly goes the extra mile with its scene modes and framing assist options to help novice users bring home good-looking photos.
Considering its workmanlike performance, strong feature set and relatively few weaknesses, I came close to awarding the Coolpix 7600 Dave's Picks status. Too many of its characteristics were just "average" though: While it's a perfectly functional camera, I just didn't think that it rose to the level of a Dave's Pick. Read our Nikon Coolpix 7600 review for all the details.