ReviewGist Report for Nikon Coolpix S1100pj
After giving the world its first projector-equipped digital camera, the COOLPIX S1000pj, Nikon has released in October 2009 its upgraded version: the COOLPIX S1100pj. In this report, we take an in-depth look of its innovative built-in projector as well as the rest of its primary features. We then explore the COOLPIX S1100pj further with the aid of 33 reviews made by the experts themselves from 'Digital Photography Review', 'Neocamera', 'CNet', 'PC Advisor', 'T3', 'Pocket-lint', 'Good Gear Guide' and more.
What the Manufacturer Says
What makes the COOLPIX S1100pj different and better than its predecessor is mainly on the increase of its projector brightness. From the previous 10 lumens, the COOLPIX S1100pj can support up to 14 lumens, boosting its brilliance by 40%. Brighter surfaces in tents or ceilings will help yield even clearer projections. Images can be projected at a range of up to 240 cm and the size of up to 47 inches.
Another facet of the COOLPIX S1100pj is its 3-inch LCD touch panel monitor. Its touch-screen technology is said to ease camera operation with its touch shutter function. To focus and shoot, all it takes is no longer a click, but a single touch. Fingerprints won't be much of a nuisance because the COOLPIX S1100pj's LCD monitor is made of a special coating to address the usual problem of touch panel monitors. Furthermore, it has a relatively high resolution of 460k-dot,
Alongside the aforementioned features of the COOLPIX S1100pj are the following:
1. Filter Effects and "Glamour Retouch" allow impromptu photo adjustments without using a computer. There are 6 filter effects to choose from: 'color options' for color tones modification, 'soft' for greater emphasis on the subject by blurring the background, 'selective color' to make the image black & white with the exception of one chosen color, 'cross screen' which creates star shapes from bright portions of an image, 'fisheye' to achieve the same effect from a fisheye lens, and 'miniature effect' to generate a diorama effect: a sharp center and blurred upper and lower portions of the image.
2. High-definition video system allows recording of videos at 1280 x 720 pixels
3. 5X optical wide zoom NIKKOR lens with a zoom range that starts at 28 mm
4. Slideshow effects - four image effects, three background music options and an interactive animated character
What the Reviews Say
Majority of the reviews gave favorable feedbacks regarding the COOLPIX S1100pj's image quality. Photos captured with the COOLPIX S1100pj were of superior quality with great color and detail precision, according to some. The same was said regarding images captured in low-light conditions like night shots. 'CNet' remarked of the naturalness and sufficient saturation of the photos. However, 'About.com' had a relatively lukewarm response and rated the image quality as average to slightly above average. 'Neocam' pointed out that the overall image quality decreases as the ISO increases. Higher ISOs were said to yield noisy, poorly detailed photos while at an ISO of 800 and above, no image details can be appreciated at all.
The video recordings taken with the COOLPIX S1100pj were found to be of superb and truly high-definition quality. 'Infosync' mentioned that its MPEG-4 format would make the video clips ready for uploading to the Internet. 'Dpexpert' also noted that its movie mode is great for spontaneous presentations.
The COOLPIX S1100pj's wide angle 5x zoom lens has garnered the camera big points from experts in the area of optics performance. At any focal length, there is no perceptible barrel or pincushion distortion, as observed by 'Neocamera.' 'Imaging Resource' found that in Macro mode, the COOLPIX S1100pj can focus as close as 1.2 inches (three centimeters).
Much has been said about its Scene Mode feature, particularly its smart Auto Mode which captures images of fine color, resolution, white-balance and exposure. 'Pocketlint' suggests that such function would prove helpful for amateur users who are not very acquainted with the various camera settings and modes. However, 'PC Advisor' criticized the COOLPIX S1100pj for its long shutter lag.
Only its display resolution and simpler navigation were received positively by experts in the interface aspect of the COOLPIX S1100pj. Although the touch panel monitor was deliberately made to be resistive, it has led reviewers to judge the touch screen technology ineffective. 'Infosync' was strongly dissatisfied that the user must repeatedly tap on the screen for the camera to execute a command. 'CNet' shared the same response, adding that the stylus will have to be used.
All reviews concerning the COOLPIX S1100pj's battery life were poor, in that it gets easily exhausted. 'About.com' noticed that the battery energy depletes rapidly, especially when the projector function is used.
According to 'Neocamera', the ISO can be increased to the user's preference but warns that doing so can increase image noise and in turn, distort its quality.
Its sleek design and several color options were commended by reviewers. 'Digital Camera Review' remarked that it has a fresh look compared to other Nikon Cameras.
Nikon's effort for an advanced projector-equipped digital camera with bigger touch panel have been lauded by experts.
The 14-lumen projector integrated in the COOLPIX S1100pj was indeed 40% brighter, displaying fine outputs, as affirmed by reviewers. However, its ISO fared badly as images captured at higher ISOs were noisy and of poor quality. Besides that, the resistive touch panel monitor has compromised the ease and comfort of use that it has defeated the main purposes of a touch screen technology: fast and simple operation. Lastly, a short battery life hampers maximum use of the camera.
But even with its loopholes, the COOLPIX S1100pj remains a strong competitor in the camera arena with its unique features, basing on the various reviews collected. As 'Cnet' have put it, the COOLPIX S1100pj remains unmatched with its projector function.
With its integrated projector, the COOLPIX S1100pj undoubtedly stands out in the market. However, should you want a camera with the same image and video quality but with better ISO and battery life, you might want to check out the Panasonic LUMIX FX700.