Summary: I really want to love this camera but I can't quite... First, the good stuff: Great pictures. I'm very happy with the photos and videos. Image stabalization and auto features work very well. Even zoomed all the way in I get great shots.
Nikon Coolpix P100 vs. Canon SX20is......Nikon falls short, Canon for the win!
5 September 2010
Summary: Let me first start off by saying I am not a professional photog. However I am not a novice either. After 4 months of regular usage of my Canon SX20is, I noticed a small white dead pixel in my HD video recordings and having a 3 year extended warranty repair plan, the camera has gone back for repairs...
Summary: When I spend this much money for a camera it should excite me - it doesn't. I was enticed to buy this camera by the 26X zoom. I am returning it and will stay with my Panasonic FZ35 - 12mp/18X zoom.
Summary: I played with buying this or the Canon SX20is. I purchased both - the vendor has a "no questions" 90 return policy - and decided to keep the Nikon because of the weight factor and the extra zoom. Then we went on a "one in a life time" vacation.
Summary: Feature wise the camera has everything you could want from a P&S in a form factor that is better suited to my hands than the small flat Canon. Only had it a weak before returning it because of poor implementation: 1) The zoom is WAY too fast with a non-functional "slow" mode.
Summary: Despite seemingly superior specifications in some respects to its peers, Nikon P100's image quality is somewhat dissapointing, particularly when the camera operates in one of the pre-defined settings to take outdoor photographs Their pre-set modes; auto and portrait work OK for indoor objects, but...
Summary: I bought this as a factory refurb for $159, so I shouldn't complain too much. I have an Olympus Pen E-PL1 that I am very pleased with, but I wanted a do-it-all camera with a lot of zoom. I like that it has a EVF, even though it's not very good, and the tilt LCD is a nice feature.
Summary: I own and use a Nikon D90, and was looking for a bridge camera, and thought I would pick this Nikon (P100). The second time I used the camera, just to zoom in to a rabbit that visited my backyard, the lens got stuck!
Summary: The electronic viewfinder on my unit is defective. I didn't know it until 3 days after I got it. (as I only use the LCD view finder). Sent it back to NG for an exchange. (seems to be out of stock on the unit at the mmoment so I might have to wait an extra week or two before I get a replacement)...
Pros: - Fast operation - 26x optical zoom - 1080p video - great still picture quality - great 1080p video quality - the "detachable" lcd view finder is very nice and help with some off angle shots - pretty light but doesn't feel "cheap" - hdmi 1080i output
Cons: - darn proprietary USB cable.. Why the duck not use standard mini USB like my canon P&S - no RAW - optical zoom noise when shooting video - wish it was 1080p 60fps instead of 30fps (not that 30fps is bad) - as someone mentioned, I wished the lens cap would just pop off when u turn it on. - wish i...
Excerpt: I love all the features and the ergonomics of this camera. However, I expected it to be an upgrade from my CanonA720, or at least as good...with the bonus of a large zoom. The quality of images is very poor and doesn't compare at all!