Review of Nikon P7700

Brand New and pre ordered from Wex Photographic arrived Saturday 29th August and whoa it’s a doozy!

I’ve bought this as a replacement for my Nikon P7000;  primarily as discrete camera, the images from which I’ll be able to upload onto my Alamy page, but also as a discreet back up for weddings and events. First impressions are great, though I have one or two reservations.

The new lens is superb. F2-F4 with VR (vibration reduction), so on wide angle the lens can pull in a lotta light, which is great for candid shot, and with the new, fast EXPEED 2 image processing system, and high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 6400 the possibilities with such a small camera are extreme.

Resized to less than 1/4 original the clarity from this lens is just superb.

But there’s more .. iTTL-(CLS) Nikon’s Creative Lighting System is another reason I’m so happy with the new camera. The previous cameras in the series lacked this option, but now I can sync it up with my SB800s and strobist away!  And by using the P7700’s electronic shutter I can sync flash upto 1/2000th of s second. Fantastic for making striking flash-lit shots even in daylight.  I’ll be doing some test shot to show this off in my next post.

The downside so far .. the lack of a optical view finder is a bit of a shame, but it’s not the end of the world and something I can live with. I would prefer to be able to shoot without having to have the monitor on when shooting concerts or plays, but maybe (Nikon if you’re listening !!) that’ll be a software option. The biggest bug bear I’ve found so far is the new file format NRWs. I run mac and they don’t translate on Leopard. Photoshop, Lightroom, Media Pro and even Nikons View NX2 wont allow me to edit the RAW files, so I’m stuck to shooting Fine JPEGS. The quality’s still great, but for my library work I’m gonna need the full Monty, so pull your finger out Nikon!

pin sharp and 1/4 original size


Well more to come from my new toy. Any questions just drop me a line