Smaller and cheaper than a digital SLR but with performance that dwarfs a compact, the Nikon Coolpix P100 is bridge camera with 1080p HD video capability
Good Gear Guide.au
6 November 2010
Summary: With a lightweight but well-built frame, amazing zoom and the ability to capture broad vistas, the Nikon Coolpix P100's capabilities are admirable. The video mode is far more flexible than the perfunctory nod to video capture on most cameras and we liked being able to directly select it in any mode. As for the camera's value for money, it's close to incredible.
Pros: Great video mode, good value for money, 26x zoom
Cons: Tilting screen is a little stiff, indoor shots aren't always fantastic
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix P100 is a major step forward in terms of banishing the bane of the compact camera - image noise - though it does look fairly pricey. But that price gets you a superb lens (its remarkable focal range is ably illustrated by the two shots of the lighthouse at Dungeness, though oddly the cloudy WB setting struggled in the wide shot, though that proved a rare issue) which with VR tools, all combine to make the P100 and compact versatile camera capable of...
Pros: Good image quality - even at higher sensitivities, handling, design, ease of use, menus, vari-angle screen, HD movies
Cons: EVF, lack of direct controls for some key features, plastic build, stereo microphones pick up mechanical noise as lens zooms