Nikon Coolpix P7700
Make no mistake — the Nikon Coolpix P7700 is a direct shot across the bow of Canon’s Powershot G1 X, packing a similar level of pro features in a compact form. Specifically, the P7700 boasts a large backside-illuminated 1/1.7-inch 12.2MP CMOS sensor capable of shooting up to 8fps, as well as a 7.1x Nikkor glass zoom lens with a max aperture of f/2 and full 1080p video capture (complete with manual controls).
While a slew of 19 unique shooting modes and auto scene selection will help the clueless, ergonomic front-mounted full manual controls and support for RAW capture will satisfy overbearing shooters behind the lens. Externally, the king of the Coolpix line is solidly built, but it lacks an optical viewfinder — a definite disappointment. On the upside, the fully articulating 3-inch 921k-dot rear LCD screen provides added viewing flexibility for awkward angles. Priced at just a dollar under $500, the camera hits shelves in September, just in time for beautiful fall foliage captures.
Buy Now: $499 (Available September)