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Nikon Coolpix 7900

alaTest has collected and analyzed 589 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and performance. The image quality and usability also get good views. Some have doubts about the manual image adjustments and energy efficiency, and there are some mixed opinions about the exposure and lens.

portability, usability, image quality, performance, design

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 7900 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix 7900 Review [Bottom-line: good camera with an excellent display]


Click to enlarge Co-Published with Laptop Magazine: Solutions for Business and Life. LCD The Nikon 7900′s two-inch “amorphous silicon” 115,000-pixel [...]

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Included Memory: On Board, Media Format: Secure Digital, Type: Compact, Maximum Resolution: 3072 x 2304 pixels, Meg...

Great variety and depth with scene modes. Competitive price.

Slow boot-up time. Lacks manual settings. Slightly noticeable shutter lag.

The Nikon Coolpix 7900's innovative scene modes provide an easy way for beginners and intermediates to take good images, though performance wasn't always ideal.

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Nikon Coolpix 7900


Great-looking and compact; unique set of features for its class; above-average image quality, no red-eye.

Slow shot-to-shot times with flash, dual-purpose control buttons impose a learning curve; weak low-light autofocus.

Despite a few shortcomings, the handsome little Nikon Coolpix 7900 packs a punch, with practical snapshot features and solid picture quality.


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Frame your shots with ease and share them on the spot with this big-screened pocket camera.

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Nikon Coolpix 7900 Camera


Small and attractive, the Nikon Coolpix 7900 combines an extensive array of scene modes with two very useful advanced settings--exposure and white-balance bracketing. The 7900's 3X optical zoom is relatively pedestrian, but its 7-megapixel imaging...

Intuitive menu system Lots of scene modes

Shutter, aperture settings not displayed

Nikon's PictureProject 1.1 software, bundled with the 7900, is a capable, general-purpose image management package. Its one-button Auto Enhance tool effectively improves color saturation and image sharpness. The collection also includes tools for...

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Nikon puts 7-megapixel imaging in a compact, nicely designed point-and-shoot camera.

The Coolpix 7900 is a great, general-purpose snapshot camera. Now-and-then photographers will find it easy to use; and its array of controls, great image quality, and high resolution will make it attractive to advanced shooters as a backup camera.

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Nikon Coolpix 7900 Digital Camera (7.1MP, 3072x2304, 3x Opt, 13.5MB Installed Memory)


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Intuitive menu system ; Lots of scene modes

Shutter, aperture settings not displayed

Small but easy to hold, the stylish 7900 combines an intuitive menu system, many scene modes, and a few advanced features.

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Nikon Coolpix 7900 reviewed


Nikon's Coolpix 7900 was announced back in February and reviews have slowly been cropping up at all the usual locations. The Photography Blog is one of the latest to chime in with their hands-on take, giving the 7 megapixel camera a mostly positive...

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Nikon Coolpix 7900


In February 2005 Nikon announced several new additions to its compact Coolpix range, including an entry-level 7 megapixel model (the Coolpix 7600) and two slightly more feature-rich cameras which are indentical except for their sensor pixel count; the...

Very compact and pocketable ; Beautifully built and all-metal construction ; Good resolution and good edge-to-edge consistency ; Excellent natural color and exposure - very few blown highlights ; Manual (custom) white balance ; Fast focus and very...

Images soft (though they respond well to unsharp masking) ; Very poor low light focus - even with the new AF illuminator ; Some focus errors at the long end of the zoom even in good light ; Low ISO results relatively noisy using default settings ;...

In an increasingly crowded 7MP compact market, the Coolpix 7900 has much to recommend it. Design, build and ease of use are excellent, and there is a surprising amount of power hidden in the extensive menus, offering control over focus, metering, white...

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The 7.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 7900 and the 5.1-megapixel Coolpix 5900 combine state-of-the-art technology, image quality, and speed, with a unique all-metal design to give consumers what they truly desire in a digital camera. These sleek all-metal...

The Nikon Coolpix 7900 will please a lot of families with its high quality images, ease of use and diminutive size. Set everything on automatic and beginners will have fun taking well exposed snapshots without being burdened with the details of camera set

Product Specifications

Compact and stylishly designed in a durable black metal body, the COOLPIX 7900 not only takes great pictures but it looks great too. A sophisticated digital camera, packed with advanced features and innovations, it will help you take the best photographs in all kinds of settings and conditions. It comes equipped with a 3X Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with 38-114mm (35mm equivalent) range. Snorkeling enthusiasts and scuba divers will enjoy the new Underwater Scene Mode shoot true-to-life colors automatically, while under water. Unique new Face-priority AF feature automatically detects the human face in the frame and sets focus accordingly, making portrait shooting more accurate than ever. Nikon's innovative D-Lighting feature adds light and detail to dark areas while leaving bright areas as they are. A handy Blur Warning function alerts you when an image is blurred because of camera movement and Nikon's proprietary Best Shot Selector (BSS) saves the best of a series of several shots. Record VGA-size movies with sound at a very smooth 30 frames per second.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL5

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:23.4mm
Min Focal Length:7.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):200
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto (50-200)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Color / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical