Nikon Coolpix P7700 vs. P7800 specifications comparison *UPDATED*

Nikon Coolpix P7800 front
Nikon Coolpix P7700 front
So, what is the difference between the old Nikon Coolpix P7700 and the new P7800 model? The biggest update is the EVF and a new video recording option (1080p). Here is the breakdown:

Nikon Coolpix P7700 front Nikon Coolpix P7800 front
Effective Pixels 12.2million 12.2million
Image Sensor CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size 1/1.7in. 1/1.7in.
Lens Zoom 28-200mm equivalent f/2-4, 7.1x zoom, 13 elements in 10 groups (2 ED lens elements) 28-200mm equivalent f/2-4, 7.1x zoom, 13 elements in 10 groups (2 ED lens elements)
Vibration Reduction Lens-shift VR Lens-shift VR
Focus Range [W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 2 ft. 8 in. (80 cm.) to infinity
Macro close-up mode: Approx. 0.8 in. (2 cm.) to infinity
[W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 2 ft. 8 in. (80 cm.) to infinity
Macro close-up mode: Approx. 0.8 in. (2 cm.) to infinity
Monitor Size 3.0in. diagonal 3.0in. diagonal
Viewfinder no yes
Monitor Type Vari-AngleTFT-LCDwithAnti-reflection coating Vari-Angle
Wide Viewing AngleTFT-LCDwithAnti-reflection coating
6-level brightness adjustment
Monitor Resolution 921,000-dots 921,000-dots
Storage Media SD memory card
SDHC memory card
SDXC memory card
SD memory card
SDHC memory card
SDXC memory card
Movie Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps
HD: 1280x720p / 30fps
HS 120 fps (640×480)
HS 60 fps (1280×720)
HS 15 fps (1920×1080)
VGA: 640x480 / 30fps
Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 25p
HD: 1280x720p / 30fps
HS 1920x1080 / 15fps
HS 1280x720 / 60fps
HS 640x480 / 120fps
VGA 640x480/ 30p
ISO Sensitivity ISO 80-1600
ISO 3200, Hi 1 (equivalent to 6400) (available when using P, S, A or M mode)
ISO 80-1600
ISO 3200, Hi 1 (equivalent to 6400) (available when using P, S, A or M mode)
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution Up to 6 shots at approx. 8 frames per second Up to 6 shots at approx. 8 frames per second
HDMI Output Can be selected from:
Can be selected from:
Battery / Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth) 4.7in.(118.5mm) x 2.9in.(72.5mm) x 2.0in.(50.4mm)
4.7in.(118.5mm) x 3.1in.(77.5mm) x 2.0in.(50.4mm)
Approx. Weight 13.9oz. (392g)
14.1oz. (399g)
Price $499.95 (now sells for under $400) $549.95
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  • tertius_decimus

    It’s a marketing constipation.

  • tertius_decimus

    It’s a marketing constipation.

  • DavidCBCS

    It looks like the new one has a viefinder, and the old one doesn’t.

  • Stefan Georgiev

    the MAIN difference is that theyadded abck the EVF, and this time they heard the crowd – it’s a 100% coverage

    • sshoihet

      They didn’t add it back, there has never been an EVF on this line before. The 7100 had an OVF.

      • Yes, the previous P7700 had an EVF and as far as I can tell it was not updated in the new P7800.

      • leicalemur
        • I stay corrected, the EVF was the major update in the P7800.

          • MJr

            Normally i wouldn’t say anything, but i’ve seen you write this multiple times now. The saying is:
            “I stand corrected”.

      • Stefan Georgiev

        I currently own P7700 and I did own P7000 and P7100 before it.
        P7700 is the
        first one, where Nikon removed the “anyway useless” EVF, as it was
        covering about 70% of the field of view. That’s why I wasn’t “upset”
        about the lack of EVF in P7700. But it seems they got it right this way.

        Despite the small sensor, this is quite serious camera, and It’s real fun to shoot with it. EVF will be a plus.

  • Kylewest

    I think the addition of an EVF is a major improvement. Omission of viewfinders on higher end compacts has been an awful development for outdoor shooters. My P7100 still has a lot of life left in it, but I am glad a replacement wih a viewfinder exists again. I would not buy one without it.

    • The P7700 also had an EVF.

    • Camfan

      No the P7700 does not have a viewfinder. I own a P7700.

      • I missed the lack of EVF in the P7700, I updated the post.

    • Harry

      Concur with camfan. I have used one extensively. What is the motivation to spend $220 more for one though

  • Alfonso

    The upgrade is in the EVF and 1080p vs 1080i

  • Ad am

    Omg. You miss EVF…

    • The P7700 had an EVF.

  • Alfonso

    The difference is in the EVF and 1080p vs 1080i. Strange that our admin didn´t get info prior to the annoucment! This is de BIG difference

    • I agree, I was clueless about this announcement, but the P7700 also had a EVF.

  • Ryan

    OMG, how did the author miss the addition of an EVF to the P7800? It’s the biggest addition to the new model!!!

    Anyway we have to wait until we get word of if the AF speed and accuracy has been improved over the P7700, but the addition of an EVF is enough to get me over the line and purchase the P7800.

    As much as the Sony RX100-2 is a great little camera, it’s the addition of an EVF, a solid handgrip and more physical buttons on the body for manual control that, at least for me, tips the balance in favour of the P7800.

  • sperdynamite

    Otherwise known as why you shouldn’t buy these crappy cameras. I’d rather use vscocam on my iPhone. If I’m gonna bring a small camera with me it’s gonna be an X100s, because that’s a real camera. Not this lowest common denominator playstation thing with an uber zoom and a tiny sensor.

    • Stefan Georgiev

      I wish you luck shooting with your almighty iPhone…. ha..
      I had 3 of these cameras in a row (currently have the P7700) and they are amazing little beasts. Well, at least in low ISO. Function-wise – they are excellent – just like a little DSLR!

    • BRYL

      Oh yes I would buy a x100s in a minute..or a olympus ..but if I’m gonna spend that much..(1,100-1,300.00).might as well buy another lens for my Dslr kit..or a DX d7100…which really isn’t that much bigger (in my opinion)..The “under 550.00 price tag,,with all it’s features..makes it a “great” alternative to the “over a grand” pocket camera…(in my opinion)..,of course…I think the two cameras are in a “world” apart..and I really “hate” using my iPhone 4S to take quick me… even in bright light…the pics are just “ok”..

      • Eric Duminil

        You can put a X100s in your jacket pocket or at the bottom of your backpack, you won’t notice it.
        That’s just not possible with a D7100+lens.

      • sperdynamite

        Sony RX100 then, or Fuji X-M1, or Ricoh GR digital. You’ll get your high ISO work back, and it’s pretty cheap compared to the x100s.

      • yrsued

        I don’t know, but this is DEFINITELY NOT the forum for your Rants, we are supposed to talk about Photo stuff and you didn’t like that I didn’t like the camera you got!!

        take your rant elswhere!!

        • I agree 100%, this is not the place to discuss gun issues. I am sure there are other websites where you can voice your opinion, but this is not the place. Thank you.

  • TClair

    Boy.. this is headed in the right direction and an APS-C sensor would probably put it in my camera bag. Oh so close, Nikon.

    • Stefan Georgiev

      I would be happy even with 1″ sensor.
      Which would make the whole 1 series useless!

      • Ken Elliott

        You appear to be unaware that the Nikon 1 has interchangeable lenses, and a lot of features lacking on the p7700. I didn’t think much of the V1 until I spent some time with one. Boy, I underestimated how good the V1 is.

        • Stefan Georgiev

          I am very well aware that v1 is an interchangeable lens camera. About the features, I think that v1 is lacking more features than p7700. I had v1 twice and twice I sold it. The second time i really wanted to reassess my initial thoughts, but after the first serious shoot i realized I’m definitely not in love with this camera. But that’s just me. That’s why we have such big camera/lens choices.
          Otherwise I liked 1 lenses. Small, sharp and smooth. But what I was trying to say is that p7xx series needs 1″ sensor and Vx series needs aps-c size sensor, our at least m4/3 to be competitive with m4/3 and nex cameras.

          • Ken Elliott

            Thanks for clarifying. I did not end up using the V1 as I expected, but I found a lot of things it does do that make it pretty nice to have. Stuff like high speed video, 60 fps stills, etc. But you have owned one, so your opinion seems well founded.

            I’d like a V-series body, but with a F-mount and DX sensor. Call it a D400 and you’ll make a lot of people happy.

            • Stefan Georgiev

              ha ha – I like your way of thinking.
              Indeed it’s very useful to have 60fps but we can’t expect that from APS-C or FF body. If they manage to keep the D4 speed, that would be more than awesome though.
              I also wait D400, but Sony seems to have strong response on that market soon.

            • Ken Elliott

              Well, the processing issue is a matter of bit-depth and quantity of pixels. The processor has no way of knowing the physical distribution of those pixels.

        • yrsued

          In small, I want SMALL!! If I want to change Lenses, I have three D4’s and two D800’s for that!!

          • I carry my Nikon V1 and two lenses everywhere with me. They take almost no space and weigh next to nothing. A D7000 with a single prime lens is far bigger and heavier.

            My work laptop bag with laptop, ipad, chargers, and Nikon 1 system is smaller and lighter than my camera bag.

            • yrsued

              I wish I didn’t have to carry so much crap on location!!

              Three D4’s
              Two 70-200 VRII’s
              Two 24-70 2.8’s
              Two 85/1.8G’s
              One 70-200f4
              One 200-400 VRI
              Five SB900’s
              One 50/1.4G
              and that is one Roller and One backpack, not counting stands and a Box full of Vivitar 285’s!!

              there is ABSOLUTELY No room for extra cameras and lenses! Having A Small Camera and lenses defeats the purpose of having a small camera.

            • sperdynamite

              You’re carrying too much gear. Why would anyone need to have all that?

            • yrsued

              I don’t know, call me crazy, but when Smith & Wesson pays my way and my day rate to the US Nationals and a part of my gear shits the bed, and I can’t get the images they want, I can’t go back to them and want to get paid!! I don’t think they will write the check without Images, but that’s just me!!

              Yes, last year one of my D3’s blew up in the middle of the IDPA Nationals, but guess what, I had three more D3’s and I use two at a time!!

              I saw a guy while shooting a Marathon in 2010 and all three of his MKII’s shutters went in one Marathon!! My buddy loaned him a MKIII and he FEDEX’d it back to him!!

              Murphy was a Photographer, things go bad quickly and without notice!! I never saw that shutter do anything wrong until it just went!!

              In the real world, where I have to consistently create the same lever of work, day in and day out, these are NOT toys to me, they are the tools of my trade. I can’t have a tool go down in the middle of the event and NOT have a backup!! NPS will loan me a body or a lens, but is is MY responsibility to have backup gear, NOT NPS!! They will extend me the courtesy of a loaner, but they are NOT obligated to do so.

              Sorry for the long reply, but I thought I should explain my situation.


            • sperdynamite

              Less about your back up bodies, more about the idea that you would be carrying 3x 70-200s and a 200-400 at one time. Wtf… When shooting Sea Doo’s catalog a few years back we had less gear. And the roller bag of vivitars? Whyyy? If your gear is failing at this rate then it’s you, not the gear. Or maybe you just wanted to tell us about how much stuff you bought?

            • yrsued

              I shoot Catalogs for:

              Smith & Wesson
              FNH USA
              Comp Tac


              The gear I mentioned is what I carry on Location, NOT what I have in the shop!!

              This is how I pay for the Mortgage and College Tuition!!

              This is NOT a game!!

              And of course, there is MY Video!!


            • sperdynamite

              So now you’re bragging about your client list? Wonderful dude.

              And why am I not surprised you’re also a gun nut?

            • yrsued

              And a Proud supporter of Our Rights, Liberties and Freedoms!!

              All granted by the Bill of Rights under the Constitution of the greatest country on earth!!

            • sperdynamite

              Ah, well, the 30+ thousand people who die every year in the greatest country on earth, and all the children of Sandy Hook, are positively thrilled that a bunch of ancient dead people gave you and your bully friends a hall-pass to hold the rest of us at literal gun point, and call it ‘liberty.’

              Your photography exhibits high school skill level. Your many expensive lenses apparently do not make up for your complete lack of talent and vision.

            • G81

              Is anyone pointing a gun at you at this moment? You’re out of topic, this is a photographic forum not an anti-gun political forum. Post your stupid political rants somewhere else more appropriate.

            • nostatic

              You’re probably also an advocate of cigarettes, because they’re not illegal. There’s something known as a moral absolute that trumps hiding behind a self-serving misinterpretation of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. The epidemic of gun violence in this country is fueled by the ruthless, immoral NRA and an irrational–and probably racist–paranoia that someone is going to kick in your door and murder your family. I haven’t seen a British Red Coat do that for umm, about three hundred years or so.

            • Can’t Believe It

              Bro, chill. This is a camera site, not MMA.

            • I loved the “Murphy was a Photographer” line and will quote it, with your permission 🙂

        • Brian Boing Photo

          I looked at the V1 system and had high hopes, but the one reason I chose the P7700 to put in my bag over the V1 is the simple fact that the V1 does not have a standard hot shoe like the P7700 does. For me this is HUGE as I have a whole complement of Nikon flash gear that syncs beautifully with the P7700 at any shutter speed.

          • Ken Elliott

            I feel your pain. And experience it.

            I have several SB800 and SB 600 flashes, studio strobes, pocket wizards and flex ttl. Can’t use any of them in any way. Yeah – that sucks. Really, Nikon?

      • yrsued

        The Series 1 IS Useless

        • Ken Elliott

          Mine is quite useful, and enjoyable. It has its place.

          • yrsued

            I bet it does, but to me, the D7000 and the AW100 are the ones I put in my two Think Tank Cases when I roll on an event!! In a few weeks in Tulsa, the AW100 will be very useful, because I bet it will rain cats and Dogs!! I can do Candids under the rain and I don’t have to bag the D4’s!!

  • BRYL

    I have been “looking” at these for quite a while..and almost purchased the 7700 recently to bring along when I did not want to lug around my D800E…From what I have seen this looks like a “decent” little camera from Nikon that keeps getting better…The controls and raw capabilities really have me wanting this “newer”(almost the same) p7800…I honestly have never used any of them..I know picture quality is not “out of this world”..but for everyday photos..looks like alot of fun…Just kinda wondering why Nikon added the ev and “not” more mega pixels?? To keep the “noise” of that little sensor down?? Do any pros that visit Nikon Rumors “like” their p7700,p7100..etc??

    • Brian Boing Photo

      Love my P7700. Ability to sync my Nikon flash at any shutter speed is really cool. Also nice when I want to take a break from lugging the pro gear around. I didn’t really miss the EVF on it, but now that the P7800 has it, that’s great.


    The Nikon logo looks better balanced on the 7800.
    Great upgrade.
    Thats 1 sold!

  • Joe C

    Are these two, fixed lens cameras mirror-less?

  • Mark123456

    I never upgraded my P7000 to the P7700 because Nikon removed the viewfinder, which i felt was a big mistake. If the EVF is any good in the P7800 I’ll upgrade now. The P7000 has been a great little camera the past few years.

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    Good move Nikon! I think EVFs may be the thing that keeps the high end compact market alive. Customers wanting a HEC (high end compact) often want an optical viewfinder. But they also want their HEC to be small, pocketable. So you end up with crappy OVF with lousy coverage, parra lax and other issues. But adding a higher quality OVF only makes the HEC heavier, bigger and more expensive. But now that EVFs are maturing, they are becoming a viable alternative and will only get better as technology evolves. Hopefully they will breathe life back into the HEC segment. I’m hoping Panasonic will add a good EVF to their next LX HEC instead of charging a ransom for an add on EVF.

  • kassim

    I thought the sentiment is EVF can never be as good as OVF. Why it’s a good addition now?

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