Nikon’s Professional Point-&-Shoot

I’m going on a short vacation in a month and decided to travel light photo equipment-wise. Usually I’m lugging my Nikon DSLR, a few lenses, flashes tripod and some other accessories on vacation, much to my family’s chagrin sometimes.

So I bought Nikon’s P7000 camera, a high-end digital rangefinder, if you would. Not quite a true rangefinder camera, like the Leica M9, with interchangeable lenses (and a $7,000 price tab). But it’s a high-performance camera nonetheless.

What’s so great about this camera? High quality optics like Nikon puts into their professional SLR lenses; the ability to have full manual control of shutter speed and aperture settings; an exposure compensation dial found only in SLRs; and the ability to shoot RAW image files–an uncompressed digital mode that captures a lot more information than jpeg–so there’s a lot more photographic data to work with when editing. This means better cropped images  and better color management when editing in Photoshop.

Here are a few pictures I took this weekend in Central Park and Times Square:

The Osborn Gate, cast in bronze, sit in the entrance of the Ancient Playground on 5th Ave. by The Metropolitan Museum. They’ve been in storage for 30 years and  were recently restored. The gates depict various scenes from Aesop’s Fables.

“Counting Sheep”, part of an outdoor art installation in Times Square from March 1-7. Some 24 sheep are made out of paper mache and stand on a platform in the heart of Times Square.










This 10-foot tall statue is made of ceramic tiles, glass pebbles & mirrored glass. More information can be found in the Times Square Art Alliance site.

The Nikon P7000 is a great compact camera to carry around everyday and offers some amazing creative control and produces high quality shots. Let me know what you think.


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