Nikon COOLPIX S1000pj review

A compact camera with a built-in projector

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Our Verdict

It's fun and technically amazing, but far from being the perfect compact

For

  • Astonishing miniaturisation
  • Plenty of helping tech

Against

  • Projector is dim
  • Images aren't stand-out

We like some tech because it lets us get more done in a day. We like some tech because it produces excellent results. And we like some tech, such as this outwardly unassuming compact digital camera from Nikon, because it surprises and delights.

In addition to a solid-if-unexciting list of specifications (12.1 megapixels, 5x zoom, digital and optical image stabilisation, a 2.7-inch display on the rear), the COOLPIX S1000pj also packs a built-in – drumroll, please – projector.

Yes, as soon as you've shot a picture or a video, you can wallow in 70's nostalgia by projecting it onto a nearby wall and invite everyone nearby to look. If you're feeling unimpressed right now – a state unlikely to be altered by the knowledge that the projector is capable of just 10 lumens output – we have some sympathy.

The reaction of everyone to whom we showed the projector in action, however, was unanimous: a grin and a request that they be shot and projected too.

Sure, the dimness of the projector means the room has to be dark before the projected images can be comfortably viewed – the 'denseness' of the image, of course, drops as you try to move the camera further away from the wall to try to make it bigger – and the battery can power the projector for no more than an hour and a half, but it doesn't feel like it's just a gimmick; we can imagine using it a year hence.

The camera itself is a little chunky, but it remains an astonishing feat of miniaturisation. It's not especially easy to use, but a slew of tech – Smile Timer, Blink Warning, Blink Proof, and even a system that keeps the camera focussed on your subject as it moves around – helps minimise the possibility of any inevitable rookie mistakes. Manual controls are buried away in the menu system.

Still, the sensor at the heart of the camera is no more than 'good'. Give it plenty of light and the images and movies it captures are competent enough, but it can get noisy and smeary in low light, and the flash can be painfully harsh.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationDigital, Optical
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsAVI
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)155 g
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height62.5 mm
Width99.5 mm
Depth23 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS1000PJ
Product NameCoolpix S1000PJ Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA490E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The world's first compact camera with a built-in projector, it offers an exciting way to share your photos or movie clips without the need to connect to a TV or computer. Extremely simple to operate, you only need to touch a button to project your favorites onto any flat surface: be it the wall for a presentation or the ceiling for a bedtime story. Combined with a slim body that offers superb portability and a host of automatic functions that make it easy to take superb images, sharing your stories with family and friends wherever you go was never more fun. The Coolpix S1000pj is a groundbreaking way to share your moments.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S1000PJ Compact Camera
  • EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Battery Charger MH-65
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP14
  • Strap AN-CP19
  • Projector Stand ET-2
  • Remote Control ML-L4
  • Software Suite CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year