Nikon Coolpix 7900 7 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

SUMMARY: Great camera for point and shoot photography. Also great for taking video which can be later burned to DVD.

I am not a professional photographer with masses of photographic equipment all over the place. I have always loved taking photographs, but have a limited budget to do so. I could afford to buy top end stuff, but for the amount of time I would spend using it, and my skill level, it would be a waste. I have owned several digital cameras. My last camera was a Fuji Finepix 3800 (3.2mp). With a Caribbean cruise planned for next year, I decided I wanted something better. I was looking at the Nikon 8800, which looked like it would take great pics, but when I considered whether I was likely to actually carry it every place, I thought probably not. What good is having a great camera, if I am going to leave it in the room. So I decided to get something smaller. I looked at offerings from Sony, Fuji, Olympus, etc. The Sony looked promising, but was a little more expensive, bigger, and the memory was more expensive as well. I ended up going with the Nikon 7900. Thus far I have been very please. I have not used half the features, but am slowly learning the ones I am most likely to use. I have taken video with it, it did an awesome job! With the software that came with the camera, I converted the .mov files to .avi files, and then using Pinnacle Studio 9, I burned these to DVD. I am looking at geting Sony Vegas DVD software which I believe will do the whole process of going from .mov files to DVD in one package. With the quality of the video, I am not planning on taking the hi-8 camcorder. Why bother when I can take good video with this camera that is not much bigger than a cell phone. In the best quality mode 640X480 at 30 frames/sec, it will take over 14 minutes of video on a 1gig card. So if you want to take a lot of video, you will need a bunch of SD cards, or get something to save the video to such as one of those portable storage devices.
While it does have 7 mega pix, I think it is a limited by the optics. If I had gotten the 8800, which has bigger lenses, I am sure the pics would be sharper. But overall, I think the 7900 does a good job. I like the built in lens cover as opposed to the plastic lens cover for my Fuji 3800 that kept falling off. I like the feature that warns me that the picture was blurred before I save it, thus giving me the option to retake. How many times have you gotten home to find that picture of you and an old friend, or the picture taken in front of a water fall were blurred, and you will never have the opportunity to get another picture just like it? Very cool!
I would recommend this camera to people looking for a nice digital point and shoot camera!
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