The P7000 is a great camera with a lot of manual controls and options that a photography enthusiast can expect to find on a DSLR. Based on a compact design that is based on the P7000 but has been modified slightly to eliminate an Optical Viewfinder (OVF) and to include a fully articulated 3” LCD screen, the P7700 is a great camera for someone who already has a DSLR. Even Nikon means this camera to be used by pro DSLR users who want to carry something lighter, non-complicated and easier to compose and use.
Comparatively the Sony RX100 is a model that is evidently based on a large sensor compact body and features a 1” sensor significantly larger than the 1/1.7″ (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor of the P7700.
Viewfinder and LCD screen
None of the cameras have an optical viewfinder. The older P7000 and the P7100 that the current P7700 replaces had an optical viewfinder the same as the Canon G12 that they copied the looks from. But for some reason Nikon had decided that the P7700 does not need an OVF and thus resorted back to a slicker and slimmer more compact Point & Shoot like body. For those who have been used to the OVF of the earlier models, they can take some heart from the fact that the 3” 921,000 dots resolution LCD screen is now fully articulated. One can catch a really tight angle using the LCD to compose.
Comparatively the Sony RX100 has a fixed (non-articulated) 3” screen with a display resolution of 1,228,800. Both the screens give live view composing because of the lack of an OVF.
The Sony RX100 has a wide maximum aperture of f/1.8 to f/4.9. This is slightly better than the P7700 which has a f/2 to f/4 maximum aperture. Maximum aperture wise f/1.8 would be slightly better than the f/2 and as such together with the larger sensor of the Sony RX100 low light performance would be significantly better than the Nikon.
The Nikon P7700 gives a slowest shutter speed of 60 seconds. Compared to that the Sony RX100 gives a slowest shutter speed of only 30 seconds. Fastest shutter speed of the Sony RX100 is 1/2000th of a second which goes with the wide aperture of f/1.8. Compared to that the P7700’s fastest shutter speed is 1/4000th of a second.
Nikon Coolpix P7700 captures full HD videos in 1080p and variable frame rates of 15 and 30. It can also capture 720p HD videos using 60 and 30 frames per second. It supports both MPEG-4 and the latest H.264 mode for better compression and smaller file sizes. Comparatively the Sony RX100 also has a full HD mode in 1080p but in 60 fps and 30 fps frame rate. The 60 fps is suitable for faster shooting speed and then playing back in slow-mo for stunning effects. It shoots 720p HD in 30 fps.
Storage wise the Sony RX100 gives a better range of choices. It is compatible with all SDHC, SDHX and SD cards along with Sony’s Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo. The Coolpix P7700 supports only SDHC, SDHX and SD cards.
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