Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj is one of the more unique digital cameras of year 2009. Besides having the 12 megapixel sensor, 5X optical zoom lens and 2.7 inch LCD, along with other bells and whistles like your average point-and-shoot camera, the S1000pj also features a built-in projector. I was pretty surprised at how well Nikon implemented a mini-projector into the Coolpix S1000pj.
Pros: Fairly good image quality; on par with much of the competition and few issues, Built-in projector with good performance, 5X optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization, 2.7 inch LCD with decent visibility, Automatic scene selection, elaborate face detection/portrait features and built-in help tooltips, Easy to use; three useful playback editing tools, Very good bundle: includes projector stand and wireless remote
Cons: Images look a touch too soft, No HD video recording, So-so battery life for taking pictures; power-hungry projector will further reduce runtime, On-screen display lacks info about photos both in shooting/playback modes, Lack of manual controls, Limited burst mode
Excerpt: Tools for sharing photos and videos are increasingly being seen in digital cameras these days. Features such as image enhancement and slideshow with background music and transition effect are common. Some cameras also offer selectable music tracks to go with the mood of your photos. Nikon has gone a few steps further and packed a projector in their latest addition to the Coolpix lineup, the S1000pj.
Excerpt: The world’s first projector camera – yes, that's right – it takes pics and then it projects. It's not about pixel count or optical zoom, it's about taking pics and then being able to beam them directly onto your wall. Alongside the Nikon Coolpix aperture is a projector aperture which emits a 10 lumens image at the flick of a switch, delivering 5-40 inches images that you can use from up to 2m away.
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj's built-in projector offers a unique and fun picture- and video-playback experience, but when it comes to performance and features this $400+ camera doesn't deliver.
Summary: CONCLUSION The Nikon S1000pj was created for a specific set of photographers: the party-goer, proud parent, and all-around show-off are most likely to find this camera appealing. Based on my experience using the S1000pj, I'd say that if you fit into one of the categories above, you won't be disappointed. Just don't expect it to outperform other basic Nikon point-and-shoots or to project images in bright rooms or against dark surfaces with stunning results.
Pros: Sharp lens with minimal distortion, Projector has a nice "wow" factor, Good image quality
Cons: Noise at ISO 400 and up, Poor video quality, Limited exposure and processing controls, Cost
Excerpt: It only seems like yesterday that so-called 'Pico' projectors, battery-powered and pocketable, first arrived on the scene. Battery-friendly LED illumination and successful miniaturisation of projector imaging components made Pico projectors a reality and now Nikon has incorporated this projector technology into a compact digital camera, the Coolpix S1000pj.
Excerpt: We like some tech because it lets us get more done in a day. We like some tech because it produces excellent results. And we like some tech, such as this outwardly unassuming compact digital camera from Nikon, because it surprises and delights.