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Nikon Coolpix S1000pj Review

Review Date: Sept 20, 2009

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Nikon Coolpix S1000pj


Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - Here's what I receive in the box:

  • Coolpix S1000pj [Black]
  • No Memory Card included [Nikon sent me a SanDisk 2GB SD memory card for the review]
  • Wrist Strap
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (3.7V 1050mAh 3.9Wh) with terminal cover
  • Battery Charger MH-65 with Power Cable
  • Projector Stand ET-2
  • Remote Control ML-L4
  • Interface Cables: A/V EG-CP14; USB UC-E6
  • English and French Instruction Manuals: Quick Start Guide; User's Manual
  • Software CDs: Nikon Software Suite for Coolpix (Nikon Transfer 1.0.2, ViewNX, ArcSoft PanoramaMaker 4)

The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj looks like any other ultra compact digital camera until you turn its built-in projector on! Conversation around the table stops, people stare, and you hear words like, "Wow!, Kewl!" It's all about sharing with family members and friends in a way that is much more convenient than everybody crowding around you peering into the LCD. Surprisingly, the projector works quite well, though, of course, the clarity of the projected image depends on how much (or little) ambient light is present: the darker the surroundings are, the clearer and brighter the projected image.

Besides the ability to project pictures, the Nikon S1000pj is otherwise your standard entry-level compact digital camera. I like the handling and feature set that Nikon has equipped even this point-and-shoot camera, such as fixed auto range ISO, manual WB and manual AF area mode. Performance is snappy. Image quality is good at ISO 80 with the lens set at wide-angle. As you zoom in, the image quality seems to get softer, less detailed. At higer ISOs, the results are still quite acceptable for small prints and Web display.

The Nikon 5x optical zoom starts at a satisfying 28mm wide angle focal length. It's great for wide landscape and large group shots. The 140mm (equiv.) is perfect for taking portraits from a comfortable distance (instead of getting "in your face") and acts as a medium telephoto. It also has optical VR image stabilization to counteract the effects of camera shake and to effectively reduce blur.

The Nikon S1000pj may be a point-and-shoot model but it has lots of practical features "under the hood." I mentioned VR already. It also has Preset WB, allowing you to obtain correct colors in artificial light settings. Area AF allows you to move the AF frame to one of (11 x 9 = ) 99 points on screen. BSS (Best Shot Selector) allows you to take up to 10 pictures (as long as you keep the shutter depressed) and then the camera selects and keeps the one that is the sharpest, very convenient especially when you are taking hand held close-up shots.

One feature I really like and which is appearing in more and more digital cameras is Manual AF Area which allows you to specify where the camera focuses out of 99 focus areas. This allows you to compose the scene and then move the AF frame to the focus area you want. This greatly facilitates obtaining sharp pictures in macro photography where prefocusing with a half-press of the shutter release button and then recomposing can often result in blurred pictures (since even a few mm movement toward or away from the subject can lose the focus). Combine this with BSS and you have two powerful features to help you obtain pin sharp close up images.

Other useful features include the ability to zoom in and crop a picture in-camera as well as making a smaller version for Web display. The original picture is untouched and a copy is saved in each case. Quick Retouch (sharpening, color saturation), D-Lighting (brighten shadows) and Skin Softening (slight blur) in Playback mode are three features that might just make your life easier if you do not like post-processing.

The Nikon S1000pj allows the date or date and time to print permanently on each picture as in the old film days. If you like to have the date printed on your prints (it's sometimes nice to imprint the date for vacation and family event pictures), this date imprint function is available.

Now, let's talk about the built-in projector. You can turn on the projector either in Shooting mode or in Playback mode. Just press the Projector Button on top of the camera and the last image stored in the camera's internal memory or the SD memory card will be projected. The camera's LCD monitor turns off in Projector mode.

Best results are obtained when you point the camera front toward a flat white surface, when the ambient light is low (the darker the better), and when you keep the distance between camera and projection surface within 2 m (6 ft. 6 in.). Bring the camera closer for a smaller image, farther for a larger image. There's even a stand to place the camera on. Use the Focus Slider on top of the camera to focus the projected image.

A Remote Control is supplied so, once you have focused the first picture, you can sit back, relax and use the Remote Control to browse thru the images. The Remote Control is effective from a distance of 5 m (16 ft.) and can be pointed at the back or front of the camera (there are 2 infrared receivers, one at the back and one at the front).

Almost any surface will do, though a white and flat one is the ideal. Otherwise, the side of a camping tent, a wall, the ceiling (lying on your back in a darkened room), the back of a restaurant menu, or even the front of a white T-Shirt will do the trick. It's not meant for business projection, but the fun factor is definitely there.

The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj is an enjoyable camera to use. It's compact enough to carry in a trousers pocket, so it is always available for a quick shot. The controls are very intuitive. The built-in projector makes this a distintly unique camera.

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