Summary: The Coolpix P100 introduces the first CMOS ultra-zoom from Nikon as an update to the P90. In the upgrade, the P100 gains 2X of zoom in exchange for two megapixels less and 1080p HD video recording along with a number of class-leading high-speed features like 10 FPS drive and high-speed video up to 240 FPS. This digital camera offers a versatile package in a small body considering a wide to super-telephoto 26X optical zoom with image stabilization.
Pros: Good color accuracy, Above average white-balance accuracy, Reliable focusing, even in low light, Class-leading continuous shooting, Low optical distortion across zoom range, Excellent video quality with stereo sound, Fast zoom with relatively fine steps, Bright LCD with good visibility, Good build quality
Cons: Tendency to over-expose, White-balance leaves a cast under artificial light, Noise reduction visible at all ISO sensitivities, Very soft at ISO 1600 and 3200, Noticeable vignetting and corner softness, Wrong image coverage on both LCD and EVF, LCD rarely previews exposure correctly, Histogram not accessible for all images captured, Delay starting movie recording, No way to accurately set up initial video framing, Limited dynamic range of LCD
Summary: The Nikon COOLPIX P100 replaces the popular P90 super-zoom, extending the zoom reach from 24 to 26x and increasing the resolution of its 3 inch screen to 460k pixels. But by far the biggest change is the image sensor. In a bold move, Nikon has replaced the P90's 12 Megapixel CCD sensor with a 10 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor.
Pros: 26x optical zoom., Fast continuous and burst shooting., Dedicated movie record button., Excellent high ISO noise performance
Cons: No shortcut menu., No Vibration Reduction for movies., Very modest 10cm macro., Poor battery life.
Excerpt: Nikon's Coolpix P100 is a powerful super-zoom model that boast some appealing upgrades when compared to its predecessor, the Coolpix P90. The P100 has been updated with a high-speed 10-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, along with a longer 26x optical zoom range. This new CMOS type sensor may offer 2 less megapixels than the P90's CCD unit, however this sensor boasts faster burst mode speeds (up to 10fps at full resolution, compared to only 1.8fps on the P90), full 1080p...
Excerpt: I fondly remember earlier digicams like the Coolpix 5400 way back in 2003, complete with 5.1 million pixels, a 4x zoom lens and a vari-angle LCD viewfinder. Dirt cheap at AUD1599! In terms of the Coolpix 5400, the new Nikon Coolpix P100 is definitely retro style-wise, with a severe kick up the tech specs posterior! It’s also an excellent example of a fixed lens mega zoom camera that does much of what a DSLR can do.
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix P100 ($399) is a super zoom digital camera that offers a monster lens, sensor-shift image stabilization, an articulating LCD, plenty of manual controls, and a Full HD (1080p) movie mode.
Summary: The Nikon P100 holds the unfortunate position of being the first superzoom camera that I’ve reviewed out of the latest crop of several other similar cameras. As a result, it will continually be referred to in future reviews of cameras like the Olympus SP-800UZ, Fuji HS10 and other not-so-long superzoom cameras.