Summary: If you like unique features in your digital camera, it's impossible to ignore the built-in projector with the Coolpix S1100pj camera from Nikon. The S1100pj's projector offers 14 lumens of light, which is an upgrade over what was available with Nikon's first projector camera, the Coolpix S1000pj . The projector works well over a few feet.
My Coolpix S1100pj review shows a few nice features that go beyond the projector, such as a touch screen LCD.
Pros: Built-in projector is a very interesting option and works well, Camera design looks great with unique color options, Touch screen LCD is sharp and bright, even in sunlight, and includes shutter control, Camera exposure is really accurate most of the time, Camera is very easy to use, thanks to various scene modes, "smart" auto mode, and touch screen LCD
Cons: Image quality is only average to slightly above average, If you don't need the projector feature, price is a little high, It would be nice to have the option of a directional button for working through menus, You may notice some focus or camera shake problems in low light on occasion
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S1100pj adds a projector to an otherwise simple ultra-compact camera. Its projector is a unique feature to instantly share images and videos using an available surface up to 47" diagonally. This alone is the reason to consider this digital camera and, honestly, this is the only reason given its price and minimalist feature set. Nikon also makes quite a few more capable ultra-compact cameras for less.
Pros: Rich image colors up to ISO 800, Reliable automatic white balance, Good metering system, No optical distortion, Reliable autofocus, Short shutter lag, Good LCD visibility, Solid build quality
Cons: Visible noise at all ISO settings, Useless output from ISO 1600, Pronounced vignetting, Slow shot to shot speed, Slow playback mode, Inefficient interface, Video takes 2½s to start, Impossible to setup initial framing for HD video, Below average battery life, Useless continuous drive mode
Conclusion: Hopefully one day the technology will proliferate to other manufacturers which will create both variety and competition, but for now the S1100pj remains a pricey lifestyle gadget that can only be said to do one thing well.
Excerpt: Nikon sells the Coolpix S1100pj. This camera comes with a lot of features, including a built-in projector. Yet, it costs nearly $300. Do you get the bang for the buck? Learn more in this digital camera review.
Summary: We can see a use for this little camera – in training sessions. If, for instance, you wanted to record a person training in public speaking or presentation and to give them an instant review of their performance this little camera/projector could be a winner. The reservation is that the sound will be pretty inadequate. You would still be better off using the provided USB option of connecting the camera to a laptop and video projector.
Pros: The projector function is certainly a Wow! thing, but after the Wow! comes the “what’s it for”? The movie mode is good, so it could be useful in a presentation where instant record and playback to a group is the requirement of the day.
Cons: The resistive touch screen is awful. Smart phones, such as the best Android and iPhone devices, use capacitive screens – the lightest brush of a finger fires the action. Resistive screens react to pressure, and this screen needs a lot of pressure. Compared with the best Panasonic and Samsung camera touch screens this one doesn’t make the cut.
Excerpt: The new Nikon Coolpix S1100pj stlll has the real lamp projector built into the front of its body, making it possible for you to project images and video onto flat surfaces and taking (not only) a camera everywhere, but a projector too. We take a look at features, quality and price tag...
Excerpt: It was only ever a matter of time before someone thought to incorporate a projector inside a digital camera, but two and a half years after Nikon took the plunge it remains the only manufacturer to have done so.
Nikon COOLPIX S1100pj: Show off with this 14.1-megapixel Nikon compact camera, which has a built-in projector
Good Gear Guide.au
17 February 2011
Summary: It may not be the most practical digital camera, but if you're a gadget nut then Nikon's COOLPIX S1100pj is almost a must-have item. It's not without its drawbacks, but it'll definitely make your friends 'ooh' and 'ahh' when you use the integrated projector to display the photos you took of them, and its overall picture quality is quite good.
Pros: Reasonably clear picture quality, good high ISO performance, built-in projector will wow your friends
Cons: Built-in projector will drain the battery quickly, touchscreen is awkward to use, noticeable chromatic aberration, lens position is awkward