Nikon Coolpix S1100pj Brief Review


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  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Lens-shift optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch touch screen LCD
  • 720p HD video
  • Built-in projector displays photos and videos up to 47 inches at 14 lumens
  • Captures to SD/SDHC media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-10-15
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix S1100pj
14.1 megapixels; 5x optical zoom; Lens-shift optical image stabilization; 3-inch touch screen LCD; 720p HD video; Built-in projector displays photos and videos up to 47 inches at 14 lumens; Captures to SD/SDHC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The S1100pj would be like any run-of-the-mill point-and-shoot, if not for one incredibly awesome feature: the built-in projector. It projects pictures and videos onto a wall (or box or any flat surface, really) at sizes up to 47 inches. Sounds like a convenient way to instantly share shots with friends, at least compared to crowding around a 3-inch LCD. The S1100pj is an upgrade to the first-of-its-kind S1000pj, which worked surprisingly well for a first-generation product. This time around, the projector is 40 percent brighter and can even be used as an external projector for a computer. The look is more polished this time too, with a sleeker design and 3-inch touch screen LCD. The built-in projector is a clever concept, and we've heard of some clever uses for it -- for example, one artist projects pictures onto a canvas to use as a guide for his paintings. It's also pricey, especially as 5x zoom, CCD-sensor point-and-shoots go. It will probably remain a niche product like the S1000pj, but the face-lift and projector upgrade should garner additional attention this time around. Image quality is not what we expect from a $300+ camera, but let's face it: That projector is awesome.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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