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.