Last year Nikon introduced a camera with a built-in projector, leaving many wondering how a projector could possibly fit into a camera. Well, Nikon didn't sit back and let people marvel over their accomplishment for too long. With the Coolpix S1100pj, they've released the next generation of their camera/projector.
The camera is of average size for a point-and-shoot, measuring 4 x 2.5 x 1 inches. Its plastic enclosure feels sturdy and comfortable to grip. The front of the camera is dominated by two lenses: the smaller, center lens is the projector; and the larger lens on the top right is the camera. The S1100pj lacks the telescoping lens found in many other cameras, but it does manage to pack in a 5x optical zoom.
The back of the camera has a 3.5-inch-square touch screen, which is bright and clear. Three buttons sit to the right of the screen for use in selecting the camera, reviewing photos and controlling video recording—convenient when a spontaneous recording is desired.
The touch screen is pressure sensitive, making it slightly more difficult to use than a smart phone or an iPod; however, acclimation is relatively easy. The camera's intuitive menu system is controlled exclusively with the touch screen. You can also swipe through your image library, similar to the swiping feature on an iPad.
The S1100pj packs a 14-megapixel camera and 720p HD video recorder, which is more than sufficient to capture every detail of your practice or game. Other features include image stabilization, image effects, a built-in slideshow viewer and on-camera image editing.
Both the camera and video recorder perform well. The quickness between pictures is noteworthy, which is important for athletes looking to capture fast-paced action.
The highlight of the camera is the projector. Nikon touts its brightness and clarity, claiming it works under all lighting conditions. We found that it worked well on a wall from more than 10 feet away in low light conditions; however, during daylight, it needed to be closer to the wall.
All stored pictures and video on the camera can be displayed. Nikon includes a program for PCs and Macs that allows the camera to display its contents on a computer screen, which is ideal for PowerPoint presentations or showing game highlights to coaches, family and friends.
Overall, the Coolpix S1100pj is an impressive product. Its versatility makes it appropriate for anyone looking to capture highlights or memories and to clearly display them quickly and easily.
The Coolpix S1100pj retails for $349.95. For more info, go to Nikon.com.
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