One of the more popular compact camera choices available today is the Nikon Coolpix S7000. With this camera, there are quite a few useful features that make it a great choice for many consumers. However, there are also a few downsides that you should be aware of as well. In our Nikon Coolpix S7000 review, we’re going to be covering these types of factors to help you make an informed purchasing decision.

Pros

  • Great optical zoom capability.
  • Supports both NFC and Wifi photo transmission.
  • Offers a broad range of unique creative effects.
  • Light camera body design.
  • Face detection mode simplifies the photo taking process.
  • Relatively fast continuous shooting speeds.


Cons

  • Lacks full manual control settings.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • Lower than average battery life.
  • No external flash support.
  • Somewhat lower screen resolution.
  • This model has no weather sealing.

Nikon Coolpix S7000 Features

  • Sensor: 20MP CMOS.
  • Weight: 5.76 ounces.
  • Optical zoom capability: 20x.
  • Maximum video resolution: 1080p.
  • ISO sensitivity: 125 to 1,600.
  • Shutter speed range: 1/1500 of a second to one second.
  • Approximate wireless range: Ten meters.
  • Estimated battery life: Approximately 210 shots.
  • Approximate battery life for video recording: 40 minutes.
  • Self-timer options: Ranges from two seconds to ten seconds.

The Nikon S7000 was at the same time as of other new Nikon cameras in early February 2015. This digital camera features a back-illuminated 20 million pixel CMOS image sensor and a 20x optical zoom lens giving the user a view angle of 25-500mm in 35mm terms.

The Nikon Coolpix s7000 digital camera also offers full HD video recording and a built-in Wi-Fi button and NFC support for connecting the camera to your smart devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Other Nikon Coolpix s7000 specs include an EXPEED C2 processor, a range of scene modes, the capability of creating panoramic shots, a three-inch 460k dot screen, and battery charging through a USB port. The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is available in four colors –  black, white, pink or gold.

How Much Does It Cost?

The current price of the Nikon Coolpix S7000 compact camera can be found on Amazon. With this point and shoot model, there are no additional lens kit options to buy. Instead, you may want to purchase an SD card since this model does not come with one. The largest SD card that this camera supports is currently 256GB.

All About The Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000 Gold

How It Looks and Feels

In this portion of our Nikon Coolpix S7000 review, we’re going to examine the look and feel of the camera. With this model, the first thing you will notice as soon as you pick it up is how light it is. Weighing in at only 5.76 ounces, this digital camera model is an ideal choice for users who prefer to pack light. Besides its low overall weight, it’s surprising how small the camera is.

The power button, the shutter release button, and the mode dial are located on the top of Nikon Coolpix S7000. The mode dial lets the photographer switch between the 18 scene modes. The different modes include an automatic mode, effects mode, a video clips mode, scene modes, and other specific point and shoot modes like the Backlighting and Smart Portrait.

For some users, this may actually prove to be a drawback rather than a positive. All of the Nikon Coolpix s7000 primary controls are located on the right side of the camera and are a bit bunched together. This can be particularly problematic for users with bigger hands. A big issue that may impact many people is accidentally covering the flash with your ring finger while holding the compact camera.

The zoom switch is right around the shutter release. This allows the user to move the optical zoom lens to focus on the subject. The optical zoom lens will let the user reach the furthest distance the telephoto optic can get.

If the digital zoom is turned on, the lens will pause slightly before it enters the digital area. The user can also use the zoom lever when checking the file to zoom into an image, check the image quality or zoom out so you can quickly see all the photos in the camera’s memory card.

On the plus side, you can easily operate this camera using only one hand once you have become accustomed to its button layout. In addition, the overall layout is relatively simple and doesn’t take much time to get used to. The dial system at the top is also extremely easy to use and clicks each time you make an adjustment.

The final two buttons are the Menu button to access the main menu and the trash button to delete any unwanted photos.

The user can set the autofocus point manually. Just head to the Main Menu>AF>Manual>OK. Other AF area modes include Face Priority, Subject Tracking, Target Finding AF, and Center. Other useful options when using Auto mode from within the Menu are White Balance, Image Mode, and ISO sensitivity.

How It Displays

This part of our Nikon Coolpix S7000 review is going to primarily focus on the display capabilities of this particular camera model. Sadly, this camera does not support a touchscreen display. That is one of the biggest downsides that we found with this particular model. With an estimated 460k dot count on the display, this model falls in the below average category compared to newer camera models.

Image quality is excellent as the compact camera produces sharp images and realistic colors. Image quality with some inexpensive point and shoot cameras tend to look over processed, but that’s not the case with the Nikon Coolpix S700. Pictures are saved in JPEG format and not in the RAW image format.

While perhaps not being suitable for hardcore professional photographers, the display on this model should prove to be more than sufficient for the average point and shoot photographer. It does a great job of displaying most colors accurately. This is especially true when you are taking shots with ample lighting.

How It Performs

Nikon Coolpix S7000 sample image

Image taken with the Nikon Coolpix S7000 (Source: Flickr)

This portion of our Nikon Coolpix S7000 review is going to be one of the larger sections that focuses primarily on the camera’s performance. With the Nikon Coolpix S7000, the first thing we noticed is that the camera does an excellent job shooting in wilderness settings during the day. This is likely due to the impressive 30x optical zoom capability that this camera offers.

One thing we did find is that this camera can suffer some stark performance issues when photographing in lower light settings. With an ISO range of 125 to 1,600, we expected it to perform a bit better in these types of scenarios. However, the performance impact is likely due to the relatively modest 16MP CMOS sensor.

We did find that this camera does excel in point and click shooting. Connecting the Nikon Coolpix S7000 to your smart device is very easy. The dedicated Wi-Fi button enables the user to connect to a Wi-Fi only enabled device, Once pressed, the LCD screen will display the name of the network you need to connect to from your smart device.

Once connected, launch the Nikon Mobile Utility App. The app lets the user control the camera, view the pictures taken, download and share the images to different social network platforms or through email. The app won’t allow the user to remotely control the camera if the smart device is low on battery.

With automatic face detection, this camera does a great job photographing friends and family while you are out enjoying yourself. Though the camera does lack full manual control settings, you can still adjust certain key options like white balance and sensitivity using the control knob at the top of the camera.

Another thing users may want to be aware of is that the average battery life for this camera is slightly below average. When fully charged, you can expect to take around 210 photographs before the camera will need to be recharged. Though this number may be a bit too small for serious photographers, it is more than adequate for more basic photography needs.

Does It Record Video?

In this part of our Nikon Coolpix S7000 review, we’re going to be focusing on the video capabilities of the camera.

The four-axis Hybrid VR (Vibration Reduction) prevents camera shake when using the 20x optical zoom lens, or when in low-light conditions. The camera records Full HD video up to 30p with stereo sound capabilities, and the camera will let you record time-lapse movies in-camera for up to 150 minutes and optical zoom is available while recording,

However, filming at larger distances can be slightly problematic with this camera. We noticed an increase in jarring when using the zoom feature at high distances. To combat this, you may want to consider using a tripod when recording from further away.

Final Review of Nikon Coolpix S7000

Based on the information we covered in our Nikon Coolpix S7000 review, we believe that this camera is an ideal choice for amateur photographers and casual use. Though it does lack some higher-end features that are seen in professional models, it still has a lot going for it.

With features like 30x optical zoom and automatic face detection, this camera is an excellent pick for taking to your next vacation or family gathering.