The line between amateur and enthusiast photography have blurred in recent times with the prominence of entry-level DSLRs making everything from advanced camera systems to accessories more affordable. It is no longer uncommon to find the casual hobbyist sporting the same setup as a serious enthusiast. Still, there is one segment in digital photography that is uniquely identifiable between casual and professional, and this is interestingly in the compact market. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 is the perfect example of an ideal professional compact, delivering all the advantages and mobility of a pocket camera, while promising advanced optics, manual controls and customizability that every enthusiast demands.

Small In Body, Big On Optics

The key feature of the Nikon Coolpix P7000 comes from its 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor. Enthusiasts know that image quality in digital cameras isn’t tied exclusively to megapixel resolution, so while the Nikon Coolpix P7000 features a modest effective megapixel count, its larger 1/1.7″ sensor provides improved light collection, lower image noise, and a cleaner signal. With this, photographers arc able to capture images that have richer tones and a broader dynamic range even under high sensitivity settings that regular compacts just cannot achieve.

Versatility Is Key To Greater Experience

Besides imaging performance, the Nikon Coolpix P7000 is also capable of emulating the versatility of a DSLR. Its 7.1x zoom lens goes from 28mm wide-angle to 200mm telephoto with lens-shift vibration reduction. It is also has a neutral density (ND) filter built-in that allows for greater flexibility of shutter and aperture settings under different lighting conditions. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 also retains its use of an optical viewfinder comes with an electronic virtual horizon display, and even microphone input for enhanced stereo audio recording.

Getting Back Control Of Your Shots

Regardless of advancements in optic technologies, compacts are still a point-and-forget affair where built-in intelligence is heavily relied on to handle the intricacies of setting up a shot. The Nikon Coolpix P7000 puts power back into the hands of the photographer with extensive controls, customizable buttons and twin dials for full manual settings at your fingertips. While the design seems daunting, easy to reach manual dials actually help in refining speed and control when shooting compared to navigating multi-layered digital menus.

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