I'm taking a trip to India in November. I'm going to take one DSLR, but I want a less noticeable and more compact camera for street photography. I've got a thread going about the D5100 as an alternative. Earlier today I came across the P7100. Even thought I suppose it might be considered a P&S I like all the dials and buttons that will let me change settings on the fly.
Is the P7100 a good street camera, and what are the main challenges I am likely to face when compared to, say, a D300?
Graham From St. Augustine, FL. "I like photographers, you don't ask questions." Ronald Reagan to White House Press Photogs
Wed 01-Aug-12 12:58 AM | edited Wed 01-Aug-12 01:10 AM by mklass
I tried a P7000 as a travel camera. I just couldn't get used to it.
While it has a lot of controls, it isn't a DSLR. The viewfinder wasn't good for focusing and focusing with the rear screen was not for me. If you are a frequent live view user, you may have better luck. My issue was getting focus on the correct part of the composition.
The images I did get were good, although noise is low light is not up to DSLR standards.
Zoom range is too limited for my purposes.
If you can accept the limitations, it is a good camera and certainly a lot less obvious than a DSLR.
Low-light performance and the difficulty of seeing the LCD in sunlight are the most significant limitations for me. The really nice thing is convenience. When I have my Sigma 50-500mm or an extreme wide-angle lens mounted on my D800E for wildlife, I like the fact that I can take those “document” shots with the P7100 without taking the backpack off my back to change lenses.
I do a lot of motorcycling and walking and my P7000 gets by far the most use of my camera collection. Since getting the P7000 it is with me most of the time taking excellent pictures and my DSLRs seem to be quite neglected.
Regards, Clive Liddell Pietermaritzburg South Africa
I recently bought a second hand P7000 as an alternative to my F100 or D80. Until now I used a Lumix LX3 that was very good as a point and shoot but had no contolability when lighting was not optimum or difficult.
I have to say I am very impressed with the P7000. I upgraded the software to 1.2 and the results so far are quite amazing. It is larger than the LX3 but the quality of the pictures is stunning. The viewfinder is best thought of as an aid to composition and you soon get a feel for what it doesn't show. It would not shoot sports or fast moving wildlife but as a serious travel camera it is ideal.
I have a D7000 & The P7100. The P7100 is everything you want in a point & shoot with bells +whistles! Its not a DSLR for sure but its not meant to be. When it comes to travel there is little you will not be able to do, well except shoot NWR to the full extent of the zoom - it only zooms to telephoto range not into the electronic zoom range in RAW. Frankly my ONLY criticism of it is the lack of shutter sound when bracketing. I think its crazy. The shutter sounds in single shot but not when you bracket. My traveling companion has the Canon G12 & its good but for me the P7100 wins.
I currently on a trip with both a DSLR and P7100. I believe that the P7100 is a great street camera. The biggest challenge I have is focusing from a head-on moving object. But the camera is more discreet than my DSLR. The tilt LCD allowed me to make images with the camera down at my waist and not in my face. I can say that the image quality is amazing and makes up for things. I find that you have to prepare yourself for the shot upfront. Not a bad practice.
Here are a few images using the P7100. The first is an Afghan soldier who was attending training. He seemed distracted by some women standing behind the class...without wearing a scarf on top of their head. I made this image with the camara down at my waist...not wanting to add to the distractions.
This photo is an example of planning ahead and luck. We were in an armored vehicle, rolling through Kabul. The thick ballistic windows definitely impacts focusing. But it did see a subject at an intersection. I started visualized a shot...gave my self some room room for error with a liberal focal length...and caught the subject at the right moment...you know...luck
I just came from vacation, where I took a D7000 and a P7100. Both were used, since I was vacationing, and didn't want to carry the big one all the time. Going to the beach, or out for dinner, the compact is quite usable, and got great results with it.
With nearly 7000 pics taken in 16 days (several bullfighting events, parades, etc), my biggest problem was choosing just one pic-per-day for my blog. Several of the chosen ones were taken with the P7100, care to guess which ones?
(holyday entries are named 31jul to 16aug and were all posted yesterday)
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Graham: I am in Ireland on Vacation as I stated a couple of months ago. I bought the P7100 with this and other trips in mind. Not the the same as my D90, however, if your adept in photography, this camera offers stealth, quality and practicality. Yes I miss my long and macro lenses, but hang this with an opti/tech strap. You will love it. Put it through some test paces before you go. Learn the camera. As close to SLR as you get. Once I get back I'll post pics. I shoot Raw and Jpeg.