Nikon Coolpix S1200pj review

Nikon's new 14.1MP projector camera features iPhone & iPad compatibility

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Nikon coolpix s1200pj

DETAIL: The Nikon Coolpix S1200pj's 5-20mm lens is capable of resolving a respectable level of detail, but to make the most of it you need to stick to the two lowest ISO settings of 80 and 100. Even a moderate increase to ISO 200 brings a noticeable drop in definition.

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Nikon coolpix s1200pj

FILTER: As well as choosing one of the six different effects that can be applied in Special Effects shooting mode, the Nikon Coolpix S1200pj enables you to apply a digital filter or creative effect to pictures you've already taken. Here's an example of the Soft filter.

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Nikon coolpix s1200pj

RETOUCH: The Quick Retouch option enables you to create copies of pictures in which contrast and saturation are automatically adjusted. In the original shot, taken at ISO 400, the car was oversaturated. Quick Retouch has brought it down to a more acceptable level, as well as opening up detail in the tyres and road.

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Nikon coolpix s1200pj

D-LIGHTING: There is some occasional purple fringing along high-contrast edges, but for the most part it's well controlled. To rectify some underexposure in this shot, we applied in-camera D-Lighting to open up the shadows a little.

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Nikon coolpix s1200pj

COLOUR: Macro mode enables you to focus on subjects that are only 3cm from the front of the lens, enabling you to achieve frame-filling results with small details. Colour is accurate, even at higher ISO settings, with Auto White Balance proving reliable.

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Nikon coolpix s1200pj

LANDSCAPE: The wider end of the Nikkor zoom captures a 28mm equivalent view, which is useful for landscapes and group portraits. The lens rapidly zips through its full range with a tweak of the zoom ring, although achieving precise and subtle adjustments is more frustrating.

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WELL EXPOSED: The Nikon Coolpix S1200pj's dynamic range is good up to ISO 1600. Pictures are generally well exposed, and compensation can be applied from -2 to +2 in 1/3 stop increments. The rear monitor changes brightness to give you real time feedback as you do so.

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Nikon coolpix s1200pj

WIDE ANGLE: Nikon Coolpix S1200pj at 5mm (28mm equivalent).

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Nikon coolpix s1200pj

TELEPHOTO: Nikon Coolpix S1200pj at 25mm (140mm equivalent).

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Blink Detection, Smile Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)186 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height63.4 mm
Width107 mm
Depth22.6 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS1200pj
Product NameCoolpix S1200pj Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA880E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Shooting and sharing superb images is easy with the versatile Coolpix S1200pj. Equipped with a built-in iPhone and PC compatible projector, it lets you project photos, movies stored on your camera, iPhone or computer onto any flat surface.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S1200pj Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap AN-CP19
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Software CD-ROM
  • PC-PJ Transfer & Document-JPEG Converter CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year