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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WIDE ANGLE: Nikon Coolpix S1200pj at 5mm (28mm equivalent).
TELEPHOTO: Nikon Coolpix S1200pj at 25mm (140mm equivalent).