Nikon P7700 ditches viewfinder for faster lens, smaller body


posted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 12:02 AM EDT

Nikon's Coolpix P7700 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for our Nikon P7700 preview!Have you ever wondered why optical viewfinders have largely gone the way of the Dodo? A quick comparison of the brand-new Nikon Coolpix P7700 against its sibling, the P7100, could prove informative.

Nikon's latest enthusiast flagship compact drops the viewfinder from the design, and in the process makes way for a significantly brighter lens, despite having a slightly more trim body. Although both cameras share the same 28-200mm equivalent focal range, the Coolpix P7700 boasts a maximum aperture starting from a bright f/2.0, and falling only modestly to f/4.0 by the telephoto position. By way of contrast, the P7100 started from an f/2.8 max. aperture, and fell all the way to f/5.6 by the time you reached the telephoto position. Quite a difference!

The Coolpix P7700 also makes the jump from a ten megapixel CCD image sensor to a twelve megapixel CMOS chip, and is said by its manufacturer to address one of our main criticisms of the earlier camera: it's rather sluggish operation. By contrast, our hands-on time with the Nikon P7700 found a noticeably more responsive camera. That's good news, indeed.

To find out more, take a look at our hands-on Nikon P7700 preview!

Nikon Coolpix P7700
Nikon's Coolpix S01 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Mid-Sized
Manufacturer North America: P7700
Dimensions 4.7 x 2.9 x 2.0 in.
(119 x 73 x 50 mm)
Weight 13.8 oz (392 g)
Planned Price $500
Planned Availability September 2012
Image Capture
Sensor Type CMOS
1/1.7" (approx. 0.59 in. diagonal)
12.76 megapixels (total)
12.20 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Image Dimensions 4000 x 3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 8.0 frames per second for 6 frames
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 3.0 in. diagonal921,000 dots
Playback Zoom 10.0
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 6.0 - 42.8mm (actual)
28 - 200mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.0 (wide) / f/4.0 (tele) - f/8.0
Focusing System Contrast Detect
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.8" - 4,082" (2 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, Auto (80-200), Auto (80-400), Auto (80-800), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600; 3200 and Hi 1=6400 (available when using P, S, A or M mode)
Exposure Modes Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes 256-segment Matrix, Center-Weighted, Spot; metering can be focus-coupled
Exposure Compensation +/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto 1 (Normal), Auto 2 (Warm), Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent (1/2/3), Incandescent, Cloudy, Flash, Manual (3 presets), Fine Tune By Kelvin Color Temperature Setting
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Manual (1/64 - full power), Slow sync, Rear curtain sync, Commander
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV increments
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Night landscape, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show, Black and white copy, Backlighting, Panorama, Pet portrait, 3D photography; plus Special effects (Creative monochrome, Painting, Zoom exposure, Defocus during exposure, Cross process, Soft, Nostalgic sepia, High key, Low key, Selective color), HDR, Active D-Lighting
Digital Zoom Up to 4x
Self Timer Yes, 10 or 2 seconds
Movie Format MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo) with audio
Max. clip length: 1,740 seconds (1920x1080)
Movie Resolution / Frame Rate 1920x1080, 1280x720, 640x480
Recording Medium SD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format 12-bit RAW (.NRW), RAW+JPEG, JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
Other Mini HDMI, 3.5mm Stereo Microphone Jack
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary EN-EL14
Product Bundle
Software Nikon ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary EN-EL14 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 86.0MB Internal
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control Yes, Optional IR remote
Waterproof No
Notes Fast f/2-4 lens, Optical Image Stabilization, Full HD movies using Auto, Manual, Aperture-priority or Custom movie mode, compatible with GP-1 GPS unit and ME-1 external stereo microphone, magnesium alloy body.
More Photos
Nikon's Coolpix S01 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix S01 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix S01 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for a bigger picture!

Press Release

Nikon's Compact COOLPIX P7700 Combines First-Class Image Quality, Top-Tier Optics And Unparalleled Creative Control

Nikon’s New Flagship COOLPIX Camera Sets the Standard for Performance, Versatility and Functionality for Those Who Expect The Best and Need The Convenience of a Compact

MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 22, 2012) – For the compact camera user only satisfied with the very best, today Nikon Inc. introduced its new flagship COOLPIX camera, the P7700. This powerful and versatile point-and-shoot camera features a sharp 7.1x zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens with a maximum aperture of f/2 and a 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. Conveniently compact and loaded with innovative features and manual controls, the COOLPIX P7700 will capture still images and Full HD 1080p video with stunning sharpness and vivid color, whether used as the ultimate go-to travel camera or D-SLR companion.

The COOLPIX P7700 is ideal for those looking for a compact camera with high performance and a complete feature set which will allow them to capture high quality still photos and Full HD video. For photographers looking to step up from traditional point-and-shoot cameras to professionals who crave complete creative control, the P7700 offers one of the most comprehensive feature sets available in its class. Featuring a new 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, a high-performance NIKKOR lens and full manual control settings, Nikon’s new flagship COOLPIX camera can unleash a photographer’s inner creativity and inspire truly magnificent images.

“Nikon’s new COOLPIX P7700 pushes the boundaries of traditional point-and-shoot cameras, offering stunning image quality and fast performance along with the freedom to customize every shot,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Nikon’s flagship COOLPIX P7700 is a powerful and versatile companion that consistently delivers incredible results in various shooting scenarios.”

Exceptional Clarity, Powerful Performance
The COOLPIX P7700 sports a large 1/1.7-in 12.2-megapixel backside illumination (BSI) CMOS sensor that offers excellent tonal range and vivid color reproduction.  Additionally, high-speed image processing helps achieve fast continuous shooting at approximately eight frames-per-second (up to six continuous shots) affording the ability to freeze a fleeting moment with exacting precision. The P7700 delivers extremely rapid performance from a quick startup time to lightning-fast autofocus recognition to help ensure the moment is captured.
The P7700’s high-performance 7.1x zoom f/2 NIKKOR glass lens is equally as essential in providing the very best clarity and sharpness that professional photographers have come to expect from Nikon. With a large maximum aperture of f/2, the optics cover an equivalent range from 28 to 200mm, allowing for tack-sharp images and HD video throughout the entire focal range. An evolved Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) function minimizes camera shake for shooting blur-free photos while handheld or in challenging light. Combined with the COOLPIX P7700’s powerful CMOS sensor, this bright, large-aperture NIKKOR lens provides reduced noise, beautiful background blurring, fast performance and high image quality whether shooting stills or Full HD video.

Uncompromising Creative Control
Every photo and HD video is truly in the hands of the photographer, as the P7700 offers unprecedented creative control for its class, from easy automatic options to full manual controls. For even more control in users’ images, the COOLPIX P7700 supports RAW shooting, providing the ability to capture and edit uncompressed images without losing image quality. Customizing every shot has never been easier as Nikon’s flagship COOLPIX camera features full manual control (PSAM) and 19 unique and versatile Scene Modes and Scene Auto Selector, ready for any shooting scenario. In-camera special effects and filter effects such as Nostalgic Sepia, Vivid and Painting help satisfy amateurs and enthusiasts alike. With the P7700, features like a noise reduction filter, tone level information, COOLPIX Picture Control and versatile bracketing functions open the door for even more creative control and freedom when capturing still images. To capture the most amount of available light, users can also activate consecutive shot combining technology, or use the HDR effect for a wide dynamic range image.

Full HD Video Unleashed
Creativity continues beyond still images with stunning Full HD 1080p video capability combined with unprecedented movie customization options for its class. Capture HD video using Auto, Manual, Aperture-priority or Custom Movie Mode and enjoy several creative options also available for still shooting, including COOLPIX Picture Control and noise reduction while flexibly adjusting ISO sensitivity, shutter speed and white balance. 

Taking HD video to the next level, the COOLPIX P7700 is capable of intelligent autofocus while recording in any mode as well as optical zoom when shooting in Auto mode. For pristine stereo sound, the P7700 incorporates a built-in stereo microphone, an external microphone input, a HDMI mini connector and HDMI-CEC support.

Intuitive Operability
The P7700’s 3-inch vari-angle LCD monitor, with a wide-viewing-angle and 921,000-dot resolution, offers comfortable shooting from any angle, giving the freedom and flexibility needed to capture every spontaneous moment. Whether shooting videos overhead at a concert or inverting the screen to capture a creative self-portrait, the vari-angle LCD of the P7700 provides users the ability to rotate the screen to adapt to any shooting scenario. The LCD screen can also be flipped closed for protection when not in use. 

Furthermore, the COOLPIX P7700’s intuitive ergonomics and control system allows the user to easily access menus and manual controls, ensuring fluid operation. This lightweight point-and-shoot features quick menu, mode, exposure compensation and sub-command dials, all arranged to achieve natural and smooth shooting adjustments on the go. Additionally, the COOLPIX P7700 has a camera body composed of durable yet lightweight magnesium alloy.

Optional Accessories Expand Creative Control
The COOLPIX P7700 offers compatibility with several optional Nikon accessories for enthusiasts who demand versatility and first-class performance. Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) supports advanced wireless lighting and creative flash shooting by controlling flash output independently for a master unit and a remote unit group. The P7700’s hot shoe allows for compatibility with Nikon Speedlights (SB-910 and SB-700) as well as the GP-1 GPS unit and ME-1 external stereo microphone.

Price and Availability
The COOLPIX P7700 will be available in September 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $499.95*. For more information about this COOLPIX camera and other Nikon products, please visit

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the new Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. In 2012, production of NIKKOR lenses surpassed 70 million, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @NikonUSA.


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