Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ review Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ review

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The projector
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It’s nouvelle, it’s nifty and the ‘ooooo aaaahhhh’ factor will outlast the bite when you look at your bank balance
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Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ

The Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ is special. It’s really rather nice not having to talk about pixel counts, scene modes and optical zooms when attacking a camera. It may sound perverse, but photography isn’t the main draw of this snapper. This is the world’s first projector cam’, and so the focus is on show and tell. Read our Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ review now and we’ll tell you whether it really is a gadget pioneer.

Alongside the Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ’s aperture is a projector aperture which emits a 10 lumens brightness image at the flick of a switch. The camera also boasts a sliding control for focusing your images – whether still or moving – on the wall. The S1000PJ’s projector delivers 5-40 inches images and you can use it from up to 2m away, although the picture will obviously get fainter the further you are from that wall or whiteboard. On one charge, you get one hour of projecting.

The novelty didn’t wear off. The Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ appeals to the inner narcissist in all of us by offering an instant way to show off your shot, and without running the risk of a friend getting their grubby mitts all over your prized snapper.

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Because of this and despite being a first, the S1000PJ isn’t just going to appeal to early adopters. OK so it’s pretty pricey at £399 but it’s marginally cheaper than buying a camera and Pico projector separately, and far more fun.

The projector is also incredibly easy to use, as is the camera. The S1000PJ is a pretty standard shooter in size (99.5mm x 62.5mm x 23mm) with a 12 megapixel sensor, 16 scene modes, vibration reduction, 5x zoom, D-Lighting and face detection. Nikon has perfected its menu system and so finding each and every feature is really simple thanks to the four-way controller on the back of the camera. If it’s too bright to use the projector, you can resort to showing friends your images on the 2.7 inch LCD screen.

The performance of the camera wasn’t staggering at high ISOs (the camera goes up to ISO 6400) but, to be honest, it’s not that often that you would need to push it that far.

All in all, though, the Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ performs well, is quick to get used to and delivers snaps that you will be happy to project in front of an audience of bemused friends. Just don’t be surprised if, after months of showing of your new toy and then a lengthy holiday filled with photographic delights, the invites from pals dry up somewhat.

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