With the Nikon P7800, Nikon has added an essential ingredient to this small camera designed for serious photographers. Nikon has added an electronic eye-level viewfinder. Unlike the dinky little squintfinders that covered not quite 70% of the image and were on some of the P7800's predecessors and which can still be found on one or two competitors, the P7800's 921k high-resolution finder covers 100% of the scene so you can compose precisely. Unlike the optical finder, it does this while still allowing room for a 3-inch, fully articulated LCD monitor.
In addition to the new viewfinder, the Nikon Coolpix P7700 features a magnesium-alloy body and is fronted by a glass 7.1x zoom lens that covers 28-200mm (35mm equivalent), the same focal range as its predecessor, but with a faster f/2.0-4 wide aperture range. Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction is said to minimize camera shake. In Macro Close-Up mode, the lens focuses to within an inch.
Full Manual Control
The Nikon Coolpix P7800 offers full manual exposure control as well as shutter- and aperture priority and program modes. The camera also has 19 Scene Modes and a Scene Auto mode that automatically selects the most appropriate mode based on the shooting situation. In-camera special effects include Nostalgic Sepia, Vivid, and Painting. A noise reduction filter is available for low-light/higher ISO shooting. Another low-light option is consecutive shot combining, which combines a sequence of ima ge s to reduce noise, or HDR to increase dynamic range. The ISO range is 80-1600, boostable to 6400. There are three custom modes so you can quickly switch to your most frequently-used settings.
The Nikon P7800 can capture full 1080p HD video, and video exposure can be controlled using auto, manual, aperture-priority or custom movie mode. Autofocus is active while shooting videos, and the P7700 offers both a built-in stereo microphone and an external microphone jack and an HDMI mini connector and HDMI-CEC support.
The Nikon Coolpix P7800 is a true system compact, compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System, in addition to a built-in pop-up flash. The P7800 supports wireless lighting by controlling Nikon Speedlights (the Nikon SB-910 and Nikon SB-700) wirelessly via a master unit and remote unit group. The hot shoe can also accommodate the Nikon GP-1 GPS unit or Nikon ME-1 external stereo mic. A new Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a, allows users to share images online via their iOS or Android device using a free Nikon app.