Nikon’s Coolpix P7100 at a glance:

  • 10.1-million-pixel CCD sensor
  • Raw and JPEG capture
  • 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 equivalent lens
  • 921,600-dot, tilted LCD screen
  • Street price around £490

Nikon’s intentions were thinly veiled when it released the Coolpix P7000 last year (see AP 16 October 2010). Its dramatic makeover bore a striking resemblance to Canon’s PowerShot G11, which, at the time, was one in a long series of such cameras that dominated the high-end compact camera market and has since been replaced by the PowerShot G12.

The P7000 was Nikon’s most successful attempt at producing a high-end compact camera, but operational shortcomings meant it had a distinct first-generation feel.

One year on and the next generation has arrived. The P7100 gives much cause for excitement, because hopefully Nikon has addressed the issues raised with the launch of the P7000 to create what could be the best compact camera on the market.

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