The P7700 in Venice - an user review!

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Vieri, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Vieri

    Vieri Rookie

    Mar 2, 2013
    San Ginesio, Italy
    Hello everyone, I just posted my impressions on the P7700 on my blog A COMPACT STORY: THE P7700 IN VENICE! It's a very nice little camera packing a lot of punch in a small enough package. Here some images:






    the rest in the review. Enjoy!
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  2. Great review and great photography. I love your "direct using" approach, as opposed to test charts and brick walls:)

    I remember playing with P7000 in a shop and while I loved the size, body style and handling, the slowish lens was not that inspiring. Now, with an articulated screen and faster glass, it becomes much more appealing. Did you have a chance to shoot in similar conditions with Panasonic LX7 or Olymus XZ2? Or Canon G15? A comparison similar to one you did with Sigma and Sony would be interesting.

    Thanks for bringing a lot of interesting content over here.
  3. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Great review Vieri.
  4. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Excellent review. Nice pix.

    Quite a bit of water in the streets, though. Perhaps the drains are blocked.

    Cheers, Jock
  5. Yeats

    Yeats All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Fine photos, the P7700 would've been on my shortlist if it only had a 24mm lens.
  6. Mayank

    Mayank Veteran

    Jul 16, 2010
    Thank you for sharing your lovely article and images. As a P7700 owner, I too feel it is a fantastic creative tool.
  7. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Hall of Famer

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    Wow, love the topmost one -- it just hits me in the eye! (In a good way!)

    Great shots from what is obviously a very good little camera.
  8. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Wonderful images! Another member here (Pim) has also posted some great images from one of these cameras. The P7700 strikes me as having just about the best size and ergonomics of this class of camera; essentially the same as the Canon G11/12 with the flip screen but without the hump of the below average OVF on the Canon. This is the exact type of body that I would like the Sony 1" sensor (from the RX100) used in.
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  9. Vieri

    Vieri Rookie

    Mar 2, 2013
    San Ginesio, Italy
    Thank you very much, I am glad you enjoyed my "real world" approach - charts and brick walls have a place in camera reviews, but there are already quite a few very good sites providing that kind of information, while the real world often provides different views and conclusions: for instance, charts are 2D while the real world is 3D, so a lens' with field curvature can show poorly in charts but better than another in the real world, etc.

    I didn't have a chance to use the LX7, XZ2 or G15 yet; I'd love to test them, but I am doing this without any support from brands etc, so everything comes out of my pocket and this, sadly, limits what I can do :frown: However, I started a fund-collecting mechanism on my blog: I hope to get enough subscribers or donations to be able to do much more reviews in the future! In the end, 4.99 US per month is less than most people spend for coffee in a day, and you'll not be getting any gear review with your cuppa :biggrin:

    Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed

    Hey Jock, you noticed, huh? I told these guys to fix their draining systems, they told me that works started in the 1500's and didn't end yet... :biggrin: Seriously though, I am glad you enjoyed the review and the pics - thank you!

    Hello Yeats, yes - I would have loved a 24mm wide end. Maybe Nikon thought that 28-200 is a "classic" super-zoom focal? ;) Seriously, probably going 4mm wider would have meant a slower lens and a lower performer; anyway, maybe in the next iteration...

    Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it! I agree with you, the P7700 is finally a very very good "serious compact" from Nikon, after the P7000 & P7100 "beta tests"...

    :D I am glad you enjoyed the pictures, the first one is pretty striking technically speaking to be coming from such a small sensor. I really enjoyed working with the P7700!

    Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed the pics! As well, thank you for the heads up, I will go and check Pim's images out. I agree, the P7700's size and ergonomics are just about perfect; the camera is solid and finish is top notch, controls are very well positioned and aplenty for serious users, the tilting screen is really useful and they managed to keep it large (3") and of very high quality; all this while managing to keep size down to a very compact level for such a camera.

    I would love a 1" sensor in it, but this would mean a larger lens if you want to keep range & speed; in turn, this would mean a larger body... in the end, every camera design is the result of compromises, and no camera is perfect: for what it is, to me the P7700 is a very successful tool! :D
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  10. Archiver

    Archiver Top Veteran

    Jul 11, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Those are some nice pictures. I've never paid much attention to Nikon compacts as they didn't have the best reputation in the early 2000's. But I recently saw a video sample from the P7700, and I was quite surprised. And looking at the specs and design, it's the kind of camera I would have loved around 2007-2009, when I was using the Canon G7, G10 and Sigma DP1. The G7 was no slouch for the time, but I often wished it had 28mm instead of 35mm at the wide end, and was faster than f2.8. The G10 was a bit of a legend of its generation, too, but again, not as fast as I would have liked.

    Even though I shoot larger system cameras now, the feeling of an all-in-one zoom camera still appeals. Thanks for the photos and review!
  11. Vieri

    Vieri Rookie

    Mar 2, 2013
    San Ginesio, Italy
    Thank you guys, I am glad you enjoyed. Damon in Oz, nice write up. Archiver, I also shoot large(r) cameras, up to MF; however, the last generation of high-level compact is increasingly interesting, after Sigma with the DP Merrill series, Fuji with the X100, Sony with the Rx1 (and RX100 to an extent), finally Nikon with the A and the P7700 joined in; good times for us photographers, lot of choice and all of very high quality! :biggrin:
  12. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Great review and awesome photos!