Nikon Coolpix S1200pj review

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

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Nikon coolpix s1200pj

The Nikon Coolpix S1200pj takes the practicality of a projector camera a step further, and the usefulness and entertainment value that comes with the built-in projector shouldn't be underestimated. Kids love it, as do the big kids in the TechRadar office.

However, it's an expensive compact camera for the level of underlying specification you're getting. Similar features and performance can be found for less - even in Nikon's own range. Take the Nikon Coolpix S4150, for instance. This 14MP compact camera also boasts a 5x zoom and 720p movie shooting, but will only set you back around £140. Our bench tests show that, while the pictures it produces don't have the same level of dynamic range as those from the Nikon Coolpix S1200pj, the overall quality of the images is on a par.

We liked

The projector is fun, and the camera's easy to use. Nikon's automatic shooting modes, including Smart Portrait, make it a simple process to take generally pleasing pictures.

We disliked

Although focus is sprightly, shot-to-shot times are lacklustre. The short battery life (220 shots) and five hour battery charging time means you'll probably want to factor in the cost of an additional battery, too.

Final verdict

If you want a posh point-and-shoot and projector package, your options are somewhat limited. The Nikon Coolpix S1200pj's launch price is £349-£399, and you're paying a premium for its all-in-one convenience. Alternatively, you could spend in the region of £150 for a 20 lumens pico projector and shop around for a well-specced, sub-£200 compact instead.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
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
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 Address
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