In my Olympus XZ-1 user report (see here), I touted some of the features, benefits and annoyances of this new entrant to the increasingly crowded advanced compact camera arena. In that review, I casually dismissed the Nikon P7000, a camera admittedly I’ve never used (though have played with at Best Buy), as one for which the professional reviews have been “lukewarm”. 2 Guys Photo reader and P7000 shooter, Tom Reichert, noticed. He said in response, and I quote: “Great review… but it’s time for a shootout! I’ll put up the P7000 against anything. What do you think? I notice there are no night shots and I believe that’s the true test. Low light shots are awesome with the P7000 as well as daylight…”
OK, Tom… you’re on.
If you saw my recent update to the XZ-1 report, you’ll know that my camera was defective and so now it’s on the way back to Olympus. In the mean time, I thought I’d accept Tom’s gauntlet toss using a Canon G12 camera instead. That’s probably a better challenger to the P7000 as they’re so alike, not only in capabilities, but in form factor as well.
Image courtesy of CrunchGear.
In follow-up correspondence with Tom, we agreed that in order to see what the two cameras are capable of, we’d each shoot two daytime photos, two nighttime photos and one HDR composite and post them together here. Each of our photos are marked by our respective watermarks – remember, Tom’s using a Nikon P7000 and I have my trusty Canon G12. Ideally, I would have liked to have had some time to come up with a few decent photos, showing precisely what the G12 is capable of. But, since Tom’s a New York City shooter, I thought I’d take full advantage of the exactly 22 hours that I just had in Manhattan over the past few days. The majority of that time was consumed by meetings on East 70th, but on two occasions, I walked the distance from there to Rockefeller Center (51st) where I was staying. So, all of my shots are from those two excursions.
The above image is Tom’s HDR candidate, a lovely shot taken inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Here’s my HDR entrant, captured next to the skating rink at Rockefeller Center:
As for the daylight images, here are our respective photos:
And now the night shots:
Clearly, this is no scientific comparison of the two cameras. It’s just a fun attempt to show what they’re capable of in different, and I’ll add, challenging situations. And nobody ought to make a purchase decision based purely on this test alone.
Tom has a discerning eye for composition and I’m particularly impressed by the London-style double decker shot (how’d he add the red in?). Thank you, Tom, for prompting this shoot out. 2 Guys Photos is always interested in its readers’ suggestions.
I’ll have more to say about the G12 in the future, but I’ll give you a preview: it’s great.
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