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Nikon Coolpix P7100
10-megapixel digital camera with 7.1X optical zoom
Item # 054P7100 | MFR # 26286
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Our take on the Nikon Coolpix P7100 by Crutchfield's Meredith Krebs
A point-and-shoot that encourages exploration
The Nikon Coolpix S7100 looks like a point-and-shoot camera, and it's slim and light enough to take with you wherever you go. But the camera's image quality is is top-notch. Its large, advanced CMOS sensor gives you sharp, detailed photos even in low light. With a fast image processor, this camera is ready to shoot frame after frame from the moment you turn it on so you'll never miss a golden photo opportunity. Optical image stabilization keeps your shots steady and blur-free even if you don't have a tripod with you.
Great photo opportunities don't wait
The 'S7100 is perfect for photographers who like to take vacations from their larger SLR cams, but who never like to take a break from shooting interesting pictures. There's no need to compromise on creativity, even though this camera is small enough to slip into your pocket. Full manual controls let you make minute adjustments until your photos look exactly the way you want them. The LCD screen flips out and rotates vertically so you can capture your pictures from new and exciting angles, or you can use the optical viewfinder to frame your shots. And if still images just won't capture the moment, switch over to HD video mode. You'll have YouTube™-ready clips in no time.
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera (black)
- Hot shoe cover (installed)
- EN-EL14 Lithium Ion battery pack (7.4V/1030mAh/7.7Wh) with plastic terminal cap
- MH-24 Battery Charger (8.4V/0.9A)
- 59" USB cable (UC-E6) with a USB type-A connector on one end and a micro USB connector on other end
- 58" Audio/Video cable (EG-CP16) with a composite video and stereo RCA connectors on one end and a micro USB connector on other end
- Neck strap
- Nikon ViewNX2 software CD-ROM
- Reference Manual on CD-ROM
- Quick Start Guide (Eng / Span / Fren / Port)
- Nikon Digital Imaging Limited Warranty card
- "For Your Safety" sheet
- "My Picturetown" offer
- Manual Error sheet
- 10.1-megapixel effective recording
- 7.1X optical zoom (4X digital/28X total zoom)
- high-resolution 3" Vari-Angle LCD screen (921,000 dots)
- records photos and video onto SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
- 35mm equivalent focal length: 28-200mm
- high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
- optical viewfinder
- advanced CMOS image sensor for sharp photos even in low light
- night mode and night portrait mode
- smile mode automatically snaps the shutter when the camera detects a smiling subject
- virtual horizon indicator on the LCD screen helps you keep the camera level
- continuous shooting mode for shooting up to 90 frames at 1.2 frames per second, at full resolution
- panorama mode stitches photos together for a 360° or 180° view
- optical image stabilization
- 94MB internal memory
Connections and Dimensions:
- mini HDMI output for connecting the camera to a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
- high-speed USB interface
- 4-15/16"W x 3-3/16"H x 1-15/16"D
- weight (with battery and media): 14 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||28-200mm|
|Internal Memory||94 MB|
|Sensor Size||1/1.7" CCD|
|Highest Resolution||3648 x 2736|
|Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||14|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
3" Vari-angle LCD Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix P7100 has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 921,000 dots, an anti-reflection coating and a five-level brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor has approximately 96% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting mode and approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in playback mode. The LCD screen can be tilted for best viewing at difficult angles; approximately 81° downward and 105° upward.
Monitor Display Options: When using the LCD monitor in shooting mode, you can choose whether or not to display the picture and shooting information, hide the shooting info, or turn the monitor off altogether (for using the viewfinder). In playback mode, you can display the photo along with the information, hide the picture information, or display a smaller picture along with the picture information and tone levels (histogram, etc.).
Optical Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" monitor, the P7100 has a real-image optical viewfinder. It has approximately 80% horizontal and vertical coverage, compared to the actual picture. The viewfinder's diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight.
Image Sensor/Processor: The Coolpix P7100 features a large 1/1.7" CCD image sensor with approximately 10.39-million total pixels and 10.1-million effective pixels. The EXPEED C2 Image Processing engine delivers high-quality, natural-looking pictures with stunning color and sharpness.
Optics: The Coolpix P7100 digital camera uses a Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens for superb image quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing process is controlled by Nikon. The Zoom-Nikkor lens is designed for the specific camera and CCD combination. The Coolpix P7100 uses a 7.1x wide-angle optical zoom lens, that is equivalent to a 28-200mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the camera's total zoom capability is 28x. The angle of view is equivalent to that of a 800mm lens (35mm format).
Zoom Memory: When the zoom control is operated while pressing the Fn1 button on the front of the camera, the zoom stops at the following preset focal lengths: 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm, and 200mm. The function is similar to having 7 different prime lenses on a D-SLR camera. You can select any or all of the presets in the menu. (Zoom Memory is only available in the P, S, A, or M shooting modes.)
Optional Wide-Angle Converter: The WC-E75A Wide-angle Converter (sold separately) can be mounted to give you an even wider angle view, equivalent to a 21mm lens. The UR-E22 Adapter Ring is required for mounting.
Photo Information: Three display options for the LCD monitor are available during shooting:
- Virtual Horizon: A level display allows you to check whether the camera is being held perfectly horizontal or vertical.
- Histograms: A graph that shows the brightness distribution in the picture.
- Framing Grid: Two vertical and two horizontal lines can be overlaid in the picture, dividing the frame into 9 sections, to assist you in framing your shot.
Vibration Reduction: The Coolpix P7100 offers Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization to reduce blurring caused by camera shake when shooting. The camera compensates for the effects of camera shake by shifting the lens.
Motion Detection: Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts the shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
Best Shot Selector (BSS): Nikon's Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to 10 shots while the shutter is pressed, and then saves the sharpest image.
File Formats: The Coolpix P7100 records still images in JPEG and RAW (uncompressed) formats. HD and SD movies are recorded in MOV format (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo). You have a choice of 11 still image size options and three movie options (see chart below). You can set the image quality (compression) for each image size as Fine (1:4 compression ratio), Normal (1:8), Basic (1:16).
NRW (RAW): Raw, uncompressed data from the image sensor is saved in the memory. You can convert the raw data to a JPEG image file in the camera using the NRW (RAW) processing option in the playback menu. You can also take a RAW image and a JPEG image at the same time. The JPEG image compression can be set to Fine, Normal, or Basic. The image size of a RAW image is set to 10M: 3648 x 2736.
Built-in Memory: The camera has a built-in 94 MB internal memory for storing still images and movies with sound.
Recording Media: In addition to the built-in memory, images can be recorded onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards. When an SD Memory card is inserted in the camera, the images are automatically recorded onto the card. When no card is inserted, the images automatically record to the internal memory. The camera can support 2 GB SD cards, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards over 32GB. The capacity of the internal memory and optional memory cards is as follows:
|Number of Storable Images (approx.)|
3648 x 2736
3264 x 2448
2592 x 1944
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
3648 x 2432
3584 x 2016
2736 x 2736
1280 x 720
|1 min 26 sec||55 min|
640 x 480
|4 min 13 sec||2 hrs 45 min|
320 x 240
|17 min 5 sec||11 hrs 20 min|
Note: The maximum movie length for a single movie is 29 minutes, regardless of the amount of free space on the memory card.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can choose one of the following shooting modes:
- Auto Mode: This is an automatic "point-and-shoot" mode recommended for first-time users of digital cameras.
- Programmed Auto Mode: The Programmed Auto Mode is a simple point-and-shoot mode in which the majority of camera settings are controlled by the camera. The camera will automatically set the shutter speed and aperture. This mode is recommended for most situations.
- Shutter-Priority Auto Mode: The Shutter-Priority Auto Mode allows you to choose the shutter speed and lets the camera select the aperture value for best results when freezing or blurring motion.
- Aperture-Priority Auto Mode: The Aperture-Priority Auto Mode allows you to choose the aperture value and lets the camera select shutter speed for best results when using to blur background or bring both foreground and background into focus.
- Manual Mode: The Manual Mode allows you to control exposure by adjusting the shutter speed and aperture manually. You can set the camera's shutter speed from 1/4,000 to 60 seconds and adjust the aperture value between f/2.8 and f/8.0 (W) and f/5.6 and f/8.0 (T).
- User Setting Mode: Settings that are frequently used for P, S, A, and M shooting modes can be saved in the User Setting Mode. Up to 3 settings can be saved, and recalled by moving the Mode Dial to one of the "U" settings (U1, U2, U3).
- Low Noise Night: For capturing the atmosphere of a low-lit scene, and shoot with a low amount of noise and without flash. The image size can be 3M: 2048 x 1536 or smaller, and the ISO sensitivity is set automatically within a range of ISO 400 to 12800.
- Scene Mode: You can manually or automatically select a
scene mode with settings optimized for the shooting situation:
- Scene Auto Selector: The camera automatically judges the type of subject (scene mode) when you frame the picture so that you can more easily take a picture suited for the scene. The mode will automatically be changed to one of the following scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Close-up, Backlighting, and Other Scenes.
- Portrait: Useful for photographs where you want the main subject to stand out clearly from the background.
- Landscape: For vivid landscape shots that enhance outlines, colors, and contrast in such subjects as forests and skyscrapers.
- Sports: For dynamic action shots that freeze the action in a single shot or record motion in a series of pictures. Up to 45 frames are captured at a rate of about 1.3 frames per second when the shutter button is fully held down. Image size is set to 10M: 3648 x 2736 pixels.
- Night Portrait: For shots that provide natural balance between the main subject and the background when shooting portraits under low lighting.
- Party/Indoor: Shots include details of the background behind the main subject, or to capture the effects of candlelight and other indoor background lighting.
- Beach: Vividly captures the brightness of subjects such as beaches or sunlit expanses of water.
- Snow: Vividly captures the brightness of subjects such as snow fields.
- Sunset: Preserves deep hues seen in sunsets and sunrises.
- Dusk/Dawn: Preserves the colors seen in the weak natural light before sunrise and after sunset.
- Night Landscape: A slow shutter speed is used to produce stunning night landscapes.
- Close Up: Used to capture vivid colors in close-up shots of flowers, insects and other small objects, with the background artistically blurred.
- Food: Used when shooting pictures of food.
- Museum: Use indoors where flash photography is prohibited or in other settings in which you do not want to use flash.
- Fireworks Show: Slow shutter speeds are used to capture the expanding burst of light from fireworks.
- Black & White Copy: Provides clear pictures of text or drawings on a white board, business card or in other printed matter.
- Backlighting: Use when light is coming from behind your subject or when your subject is in the shade but the background is brightly lit. You can use the HDR (high dynamic range) function when a bright backlight cause dark shadows on the subject.
- Panorama Assist: Use to take a series of photographs that you will later join to form a single panoramic scene.
- Movie Mode: Record movies with sound in HD 720p (1280 x 720), VGA (640 x 480), or QVGA (320 x 240).
Continuous Shooting: In the P, S, A, or M shooting modes, you can select in the menu from the following single or continuous shooting options:
- Single: One image is shot each time the shutter-release button is pressed.
- Continuous: Up to 90 pictures are shot at a rate of about 1.2 frames per second each time the shutter button is held down. Image size is set to 10M: 3648 x 2736 pixels.
- Continuous Flash: While the shutter button is fully held down, continuous shooting is performed with the built-in flash. Approximately 3 frames continuously are shot at a rate of 1.0 fps (when image size is set to 10M: 3648 x 2736 pixels).
- Best Shot Selector: Camera captures up to 10 images while the shutter release is held down, and the sharpest image in the series is selected and saved.
- Multi-shot 16: Camera takes 16 shots at about 30 fps and arranges them in a single image of 5M: 2560 x 1920.
- Interval Shooting: The camera shoots still images automatically at a set interval. The maximum number of frames that can be taken depends upon the length of the interval:
- Movies: Shooting HD movies at 24 frames per second and SD movies at 30 fps.
Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second and 2 second timer for self-portraits. In addition, the camera can use face detection to detect human faces, and automatically release the shutter when a smile is detected (Smile Timer).
Remote Control Shooting: With the optional ML-L3 Remote Control, you can take self portraits or shots on a tripod to effective eliminate camera shake. You can choose from quick-response remote shots (shoots instantly when you press the remote control button), 10 seconds remote or 2 seconds remote shots.
AF Area Mode: You can select between the following AF Area Modes to determine how the camera selects the focus area for Auto Focus:
- Face Priority: When the camera recognizes a face (front view only), the camera will focus on the face automatically.
- Auto: The camera automatically selects the focus area (up to 9) containing the subject closest to the camera.
- Manual: You can manually select one of 99 focus areas in the monitor. This method is handy when the intended subject is not positioned in the center of the frame, and is relatively still.
- Center: The camera focuses on the subject in the center of the frame. The center focus frame can be set to one of three sizes (Wide, Normal, Spot).
- Subject Tracking: Once you select a subject to focus on, the focus area will move and follow the subject.
Focus Modes: You can choose a focus mode according to the subject and composition. The choices include:
- Auto Focus: Camera automatically adjusts the focus. Focusing distances: 1'-8" to infinity (W), 2'-8" to infinity (T).
- Macro Closeup: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close as 0.8"
- Infinity: For use when shooting distant scenes through window glass or when shooting landscapes.
- Manual Focus: The focus can be adjusted for any subject 0.8" to infinity from the lens. The rotary multi-selector is used to adjust the focus while viewing the image on the monitor.
Focus Lock: The Focus Lock feature is used to focus on off-centered subjects in the frame while shooting in Center AF mode.
AF-Assist Illuminator: If lighting is poor, the AF-assist illuminator may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The illuminator has a range of about 26' at the maximum wide-angle position and 22' at the maximum telephoto position. You can turn this function on or off.
Blink Warning Function: The Blink Warning function is available when you are shooting in Face Priority mode. When the camera detects that one or more human subjects may have blinked, the blink warning screen is displayed. The subject is framed by a yellow border, allowing you to check the picture and decide whether or not to take another picture.
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -3.0 to +3.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps, using a rotary dial on the top of the camera.
ISO Settings: Sensitivity is the measure of how quickly the camera reacts to light. The higher the sensitivity, the less light needed to make an exposure. The camera features the following ISO settings:
- Auto: Sensitivity is set to ISO 100 when there is sufficient lighting, and raises the sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 800 when lighting is dim.
- High ISO Auto: The ISO sensitivity is set automatically between ISO 100 and 1600.
- Fixed Range Auto: Select from two ranges in which the camera automatically sets the sensitivity: ISO 100-200 or ISO 100-400.
- Manual: Sensitivity is locked at the set value: ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, or Hi 1 (equivalent to ISO 6400).
White Balance: You can set the White Balance to Auto Normal, Auto Warm, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent (FL1 to FL3), Cloudy, Flash or Choose Color Temp. You can also choose Preset White Balance and use a neutral-colored object as a reference to set the white balance under unusual lighting conditions. Up to three preset values can be saved in Pre1, Pre2, or Pre3.
Built-in Flash: The Coolpix P7100 has a built-in flash with a range of 1' to 29' (Wide angle) and 1' to 14' (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes:
- Auto: Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
- Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Pre-flash fires before main flash to reduce red-eye effect.
- Flash Off: Flash will not fire, even when lighting is poor.
- Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.
- Manual: Flash fires at a preset output. Choose from Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, or 1/64.
- Slow Sync: Auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds.
- Rear Curtain Sync: Fill flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating the effect of a stream of light behind moving objects.
External Flash: The P7100 is equipped with an accessory shoe for mounting an external flash unit, such as the Speedlight SB-400, SB-700, or SB-900. The camera is also compatible with the SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander for controlling multiple flash units.
In-Camera Red-Eye Fix: If the camera detects red-eye after the pre-flash has fired, advanced red-eye reduction processing is used to further reduce red-eye, slightly increasing the time required before the next picture can be taken.
AF Modes: When shooting still images or movies you can choose between two auto-focus modes:
- Single AF: The camera focuses when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway and locks at this position during recording.
- Full-time AF: The camera constantly adjusts focus, even when the shutter-release button is not pressed.
Voice Recording: Audio voice memos for pictures can be recorded over the camera's built-in microphone and played back over the unit's built-in speaker. Memos can be up to 20 seconds in length. Memos are saved as WAV files.
Slide Show Playback: View pictures in the internal memory or on the memory card in an automatic slide show with 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds between pictures. If desired, you can loop the slideshow so it will continuously play. Maximum slide show duration is 30 minutes without operation.
Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images (4, 9, 16, or 72) at a time. While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.
Calendar Display: This feature displays a calendar allowing you to select and view pictures taken on the same date.
Playback Zoom: During playback, you can enlarge a still image up to 10x. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.
Rotate Image: Recorded pictures can be rotated 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise on the unit's LCD screen.
Editing Picture: You can use the Coolpix P7100 to edit recorded pictures in-camera and store them as separate files. You can choose from the following editing functions:
- Quick Retouch: Quick Retouch can be used to easily create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been enhanced.
- D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects. While playing back an image, you can select the D-Lighting function, apply it, and save the corrected image without harming the properly exposed areas of the image.
- Skin Softening: The camera recognizes faces in pictures and creates a copy with softer facial skin tones.
- Filter Effects: You can apply the following digital filter effects: Soft, Selective Color, Cross Screen, Fisheye, Miniature Effect, or Painting.
- Resizing Pictures (Small Picture): You can create a small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file with a compression ratio of 1:16. You can choose from the following sizes: 640 x 480 (suited to television playback), 320 x 240 (suited to display on web pages), or 160 x 120 (suitable for email attachments).
- Black Border: Allows you to add a black frame around the picture.
- Straighten: Lets you compensate for a slanted picture.
Copy: You can internally copy images and voice recordings between the camera's internal memory and an inserted SD-card.
- NRW (RAW) Processing: Creates JPEG-format copies by performing RAW processing inside the camera.
Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from 29 different menu display languages including English, Spanish or French.
Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card by using the Print Set option in the playback menu. Using DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), you can designate which images to print, and how many copies to print. Pictures can be printed as followed:
- Printer or Photo Lab: insert the memory card into a printer, or take the memory card to a digital photo lab (images stored in the internal memory need to be transferred to a memory card prior to printing).
- PictBridge-compatible Printer: connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer via USB cable
- Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before printing them via USB
Power Requirements: The Coolpix P7100 is powered by a supplied rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (EN-EL14). The battery is charged using the supplied MH-24 Battery Charger. The supplied rechargeable battery will last up to approximately 350 shots or 2 hours 55 minutes of HD movie recording on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery charges in about 90 minutes.
Auto Off: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Off mode will automatically turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit for the Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30 minutes.
HDMI: The Coolpix P7100 is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) output, allowing you to connect the camera to an HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. The camera's HDMI output can be set to Auto, 480p, 720p or 1080i.
USB/Audio-Video Output: The camera features a single proprietary jack on the bottom of the camera for connecting the supplied AV (EG-CP16) cable or USB cable (UC-E6). This one output allows you to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB using the supplied USB cable, or view your photos on a TV using the supplied AV cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The video output is NTSC or PAL compatible.
ViewNX 2 Software CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains Nikon Transfer 2, ViewNX 2, and Panorama Maker 5. Nikon Transfer 2 is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and ViewNX 2 is used for viewing your images and movies on the computer. Panorama Maker 5 is used for creating panoramic images from the camera's recorded still images.
System Requirements: The supplied software will work with Windows and Macintosh. Your computer will need to meet the following system requirements:
|CPU||Still Images: Intel Celeron/Pentium 4,
or Intel Core series, 1.6 GHz or faster
Playback: Pentium D 3.0 GHz or better
Editing: Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz
|Still Images: PowerPC G4 (1 GHz or better), G5, Intel Core
Playback: Power PC G5 Dual or Core Duo 2 GHz or better
Editing: Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or better
Pre-installed versions. All installed programs run as 32-bit applications in 64-bit editions of Window 7 and Windows Vista.
|MAC OS X Versions:
||512 MB or more (1 GB or more recommended)|
|Hard Disk Space||
A minimum of 500 MB available on the startup disk (1 GB or more recommended)
|Monitor||Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels (XGA) or more
Colors: 24-bit color (True Color) or more
|Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels (XGA) or more
Colors: Millions or more
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