Nikon P7000 : solid improvement but can it challenge Canon G11/G12?

by Enche Tjin on September 8, 2010

Nikon P7000 is successor to two years old Nikon P6000. It gets many impressive improvement such as new hi-res LCD screen, 28-200mm popular super-zoom lens, better quality video, and more buttons and dials. On the other hand, Nikon P7000 loses GPS and has lower pixel count.

While P6000 has higher resolution, 13.5 MP vs P7000’s 10 MP, I am almost certain that Nikon P7000 will have higher image quality especially in low light condition.

But will P7000 is capable enough to compete with Canon G11 and upcoming G12?

nikon-p7000-front

Let’s look at Nikon P7000 advantages over Canon G11 / G12

  • Longer zoom (P7000 zoom is up to 200mm vs G11’s 140mm)
  • Higher res LCD screen (921k) but can’t swivel
  • Electronic virtual horizon
  • Two customizable function buttons
  • Quick access dial for ISO, quality, histogram, bracketing and MyMenu setting
  • Socket for external microphone
  • Higher quality video (720p) compare to Canon G11
  • Able to zoom in video mode
  • External mic jack for video recording

and G11/G12 advantages are as follow:

  • More responsive especially in RAW recording and general performance
  • Dedicated ISO dial
  • Front command dial
  • Articulated/swivel LCD screen
  • Plenty of scenes mode and color filter for fun or quick snapshot preset

Overall, P7000 is a worthy successor of P6000 and Nikon P7000 is better than Canon G11 in many aspects. It is suited for enthusiast photographers and professionals who demand high quality and capable compact camera that works in any circumstances.

For Nikon users, you will get extra benefits. The camera interface looks like little Nikon DSLR camera. It also has wireless flash commander so it is compatible with Nikon Sb600, SB700, SB900. It also has remote control ML-L3.

Nikon P7000 price / MSRP : $499

If you are considering P7000, you should also consider Canon G12, Samsung TL500 / EX1, and Panasonic LX5.

More info and spec comparison at CNET.

Sample photos and impression by Bob Krist (hired by Nikon)

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kwanonku September 8, 2010 at 6:30 am

Solid contender for Powershot G11, Samsung EX-1 and Panasonic Lumix LX-5..

Enche Tjin September 8, 2010 at 7:09 am

Kwanonku: which is a better buy in your opinion?

Enche Tjin September 8, 2010 at 7:10 am

G11: $449
EX-1: $399
LX5: $499

kwanonku September 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm

imho, it depends on your need anyway..
G11 and P7000 are equipped with Optical VF which doesn’t find on LX-5 and EX-1.

In term of sharpness, LX-5 and EX-1 are the great option ..

John Driggers December 10, 2010 at 5:57 am

NO—it doesn’t have wireless flash commander. It IS ittl compataible with SB400/600/800 and the new replacements for the 600 and 800. It will work with the SU800 wire flash commander, but again—the falsh on the camera is NOT capable of acting as a wireless flash commander.

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