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Nikon P7800: Image Quality ander Verdict

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Nikon P7800: Image Quality

So far the Nikon P7800 has struggled in terms of performance, while it’s hardly been a glowing picture when it comes to design. However, when it comes to image quality it has to be said that the P7800 delivers a slightly better set of results.

Nikon P7800 photos

1/125 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 80, -2EV, AWB (Click for full res)

Metering performance is generally accurate, although there was the odd issue with consistency, while an impressive dynamic range captured in most scenes.

The P7800’s dynamic range can be further boosted by switching on Nikon’s D-lighting setting, which manages bright highlights more capably.

If you’re presented with a particularly challenging scene then, as is often the case, it’s best to shoot Raw files as well as JPEG as Raw files manage to maintain even more detail in shadows and highlights.

Nikon P7800 photos

1/60 sec @ f/4, ISO 200, 0.7EV, AWB (Click for full res)

In terms of colours rendition, the P7800 delivers JPEG files that appear somewhat muted on closer inspection, with the green end of the scale lacking any particular vibrancy. The good news is that, once again, if you choose to shot Raw files you’ll be rewarded with greater colour depth and tailor colours to suit in post production.

Nikon P7800 ISO

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news, as when it comes to quality at higher ISO settings the P7800 certainly struggles. Noise begins to be an issue even at ISO 200, with detail beginning to suffer in areas of shadow.

Although it’s fair to say that ISO 1600 and 3200 are still usable, results are far from impressive with colour noise affecting fine detail and, on the whole, images lagging some way behind the competition.

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Should I buy the Nikon P7800?

On paper, the Nikon P7800 offers a full specification and several additions that are sure to please the target market. However, when you dig a little deeper and put the P7800 through its paces, ultimately it’s a camera that disappoints.

This disappointment is accentuated by the high price tag – a price tag that places it amongst some really impressive cameras.

The Fujifilm X20 and Canon PowerShot G16, for example, are both similarly priced, and on the basis of the P7800’s performance alone it’s difficult to recommend it in the advanced compact market.


Although the Nikon P7800 impresses on paper it fails to deliver when put through its paces, with its shooting performance a particular lowlight. When you consider the current price tag of just short of £500, while there are some redeeming features with the P7800 it’s difficult to recommend in the advanced compact market

Next, read our in-depth group test: the best cheap compact system cameras under £500

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 6
  • Features 8
  • Image Quality 6
  • Performance 5
  • Value 5


November 23, 2013, 4:24 am

I am a seasoned part-time pro and shoot mostly nature, travel, and people, and do some product photography. My main systems are APS-C and M43, but I purchased the P7800 to carry it with me everywhere I go. I put the camera through its still photography paces and find it delightful to work with: good feeling in my hands, a truly effective EVF, a comprehensive set of functions and controls and, cherry on top of the cake, excellent IQ for this kind of sensor. I develop my Raw pics in DxO Optics Pro 9 and make fine-art quality prints up to 16x24" (with the Epson 3800 printer on 17x25" art paper). After diligently reading the manual, I have no problem setting up (and resetting) the camera the way I like it. With a SanDisk Pro 8GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 memory card that costs me $24, writing time for Raw + jpg is about 1.5sec/frame or 9 sec for a sequence of 6 frames. In my opinion, this is not the model and kind of camera that one would choose for demanding action and low light photography, but for general use it's a little jewel and a ton of fun to use.


January 17, 2014, 10:48 am

Fully agree with showmeyourpics. I would add that the camera may be customised in such a way that nearly all manual settings that matter can be set while keeping the camera at your eye. Very usable viewfinder and fully articulated lcd make it a very versatile camera, especially when shooting outdoors.

Also, it has some image stabilisation (quite ok for the non-pro camera) which makes shooting with shutter speed of say 1/10s quite possible without tripod. 1/8s is for my shaky hands in the maybe territory, 1/5s require usually multiple shots and still generally will end up a little blurred. However, the tilting and rotating lcd helps if you want to make low-light photos stabilising the camera partially and use say any support/wall available.

I use Sandisk Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I card and I would say it is something you should buy at the time you are buying the camera (do not try to use any old cards you may have). I got mine for 30 AUD, delivery included - those cards are really affordable nowadays.


August 12, 2016, 4:26 am

very nice image quality.. great little camera..

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