The 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor offers excellent image quality, whereas the NIKKOR ED zoom lens will give you the zoom range for all kinds of photography. It is one of the best point and shoot under 500, especially when you look at the compact size and all the features. The camera also has a rechargeable battery that offers up to 330 shots.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Nikon P7700\r\nThe Nikon Coolpix P7700 is an excellent digital camera that comes with a large 1\/17\u201d CMOS sensor and offers 19 scene modes. The fixed NIKKOR ED zoom lens offers high quality images and video along with 7.1x optical zoom. The P7700 also features a fully articulated LCD screen.\r\n\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nThe Coolpix P7700 Nikon compact camera features a 12.2-megapixel resolution 1\/1.7\u201d CMOS sensor that offers full manual exposure control, Shutter speed priority mode, and Aperture adjustments. It supports continuous shooting up to 8fps. The camera is capable of shooting RAW images in NEF format and can shoot full HD videos with stereo sound in video mode. The 7.1x optical zoom is plenty for most users and also works when recording videos. The Nikon Coolpix B700 is another great point and shoot alternative with better features.\r\nDesign\r\nThis is a well built camera, and you can feel it when you first hold it. The Coolpix P7700 features a magnesium alloy chassis with a rubberized grip for easier handling. Nikon worked on the ergonomics and improved accessibility to functions\/buttons such as the shutter button, the mode dial, and the quick menu dial. It gets an optical viewfinder, and a vari-angle LCD display with touch support. It features a memory card slot and is truly one of the best compact cameras around. You could also check out the Panasonic Lumix FZ70 that has a slightly different design.\r\nValue\r\nThe Nikon P770 compact camera will let you shoot a custom movie in full HD with stereo sound, and let you take high resolution photos with noise reduction. The images have great white balance and dynamic range, which makes them pleasing to look at. This camera is total value for money as it\u2019s both affordable and feature packed. The optical zoom lens offers 7.1x zoom with good clarity, and supports RAW format output. If not this, then perhaps you\u2019d like the Canon Powershot G16.\r\nNikon P7700 Wrap Up\r\nThis Nikon Coolpix P7700 review shows what this affordable compact camera can offer. The 1\/1.7\u201d 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor results in excellent image quality, and can also take bright images in low light. The 7.1x optical zoom from the NIKKOR ED glass lens, and the RAW support, make this a great buy. The only gripe with the camera is that the lens cap doesn\u2019t stay well attached, but that\u2019s not really a problem.