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Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000


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Nikon Coolpix S7000
Nikon Coolpix S3700
Nikon Coolpix S6900
Nikon 1 J4
Nikon Coolpix AW120
Nikon Coolpix S7000
Nikon Coolpix S3700
Nikon Coolpix S6900
Nikon 1 J4
Nikon Coolpix AW120
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Release Date
Apr 2015
Mar 2015
Nov 2014
May 2014
Feb 2014
Weight
0.36 lb.
0.26 lb.
0.4 lb.
0.51 lb.
0.47 lb.
Camera Type
Ultracompact
Ultracompact
Ultracompact
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact
Optical Zoom
20.0 x
8.0 x
12.0 x
5.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CCD
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
13.23 mm
2.5 mm

  • The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is a simple camera but it offers quite a few useful features which make it appealing, and with a 20x optical zoom, perhaps particularly to those who want a camera to take with them on holiday.
    Although it doesn’t offer full manual control, at least you can change a few key settings (such as sensitivity), and handily, the autofocus point.
    It’s also quite a fun camera to use, with a nice range of digital effects, the ability to create panoramas and other nifty features such as the ability to create a video comprised of short clips with an added soundtrack.


  • A basic but well-specced camera that's worth considering if you're looking for a long zoom compact that will let you capture pleasing images on your next trip with the minimum of fuss.
    Offering a neat little package for your money, the S7000 performs well and boasts some useful features that will appeal to those looking for a simple family or holiday camera.
    The Nikon S7000 offers versatility and value for money.


  • The Nikon Coolpix S3700 is a capable camera that performs well in most situations. Well exposed, vibrant images impress right from the off, and noise levels are fairly low up to ISO800. Vibration Reduction is an essential feature when shooting indoors or in low light, so it’s great the S3700 includes it.
    Still welcome, but arguably less important, is the in-built Wi-Fi. This works well, especially if you have an NFC-equipped smart device, and makes image sharing a breeze.


  • The Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a compact camera with a small sensor and average resolution for its class. Yet it has enough style in terms of unit design and feature implementation to catch the eye of the casual observer, plus a couple of tricks up its sleeve (flip down ‘arm’/stand and swivel LCD) that should appeal to the self-portrait obsessed generation, or those simply wanting a simple-to-use snapper with the advantage of retractable 12x optical zoom.


  • A range of decent features including a 12x optical zoom, touch sensitive articulating screen and inbuilt Wi-Fi and NFC are let down by less than fantastic image quality.


  • With its swivelling touchscreen, gesture control, built-in stand and front-facing shutter button, the Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a fun camera for taking selfies. And it's much faster than its predecessor. But if you're looking for a 12x compact, there are many others out there that will give you better picture quality for a lower price.


  • The new Nikon 1 J4 offers a lot of the features from the flagship V3 model at a much more enticing price-point, making it a better-balanced camera that's our pick of the current Nikon 1 line-up.
    The Nikon 1 J4 offers many of the key features of its more expensive and bigger brother, the V3, in a smaller, lighter and simpler package that is clearly targeted at people upgrading from a compact.


  • The J4 performs well and looks good – fans of Nikon will particularly enjoy this camera, while those who aren't can enjoy an easy to use compact system camera.


  • Small, fast and well-made, the Nikon 1 J4 as a lot going for it. However, it’s not great at dealing with more challenging lighting and general image quality can’t touch the best at the price.


  • With Wi-Fi, GPS, and an OLED display, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is one of the better rugged compact cameras you can buy, but it's not quite an Editors' Choice.


  • So should you buy a Nikon Coolpix AW120? As far as its features go, it’s up there with the best cameras in the toughened compact class. Its GPS geotagging and world map navigation are useful for the aspiring adventurer, as is the compass, altimeter and depth gauge. The AW120’s Wi-Fi capability is a little more limited, but nonetheless a welcome inclusion.


  • A good compact camera with plenty of features, but only really worth the price if you need its waterproof, shockproof qualities.


Top 5 nikon digital camera for beginners:

  1. Nikon Coolpix S7000
  2. Nikon Coolpix S3700
  3. Nikon Coolpix S6900
  4. Nikon 1 J4
  5. Nikon Coolpix AW120