What’s good?
Very good picture quality, with 10.3 Megapixels and High Definition video recording. It also uses regular AA batteries, which are easy to find in case the energy level runs low.

What’s bad?
The zoom feature can “freeze” sometimes and the images at maximum zoom can appear a little blurry. The energy requirements are high so batteries get drained relatively fast.

Nikon offers a very good quality camera with a sturdy and elegant design. This camera is intended for amateur photographers who desire to have full manual control of the camera. The lens is of exceptional quality and the images are sharp and clear, suffering a little under low light conditions.

Every year, manufacturers include more and more functions to digital cameras, like face or smile detection or video recording. This time, the Nikon Coolpix P100 includes what will set a new trend for digital cameras: a back-lighted CMOS sensor.

The Nikon P100 arrived with a very similar body design comparable with a reflex camera of the same brand. However, this camera belongs to the “compact” category with very desirable functions that will make many consumers chose it over any other model or brand. The Nikon Coolpix P100 allows for fullHD video recording and the 26x optical zoom definitely makes a difference.

Back-lighted CMOS Sensor
This innovative CMOS sensor with back light helps to improve the quality of pictures in low light conditions or with a very high sensitivity. It’s a revolutionary idea that will surely be copied and implemented in other models. The sensor measures 2.3 inches with a resolution of 10.3 megapixels.

The camera offers a wide selection of image resolutions and aspect radios, including the option to shoot in 3:2, 1:1 and wide-screen 16:9 aspect ratios. There are three JPG compression settings: fine, normal and basic.

Features and picture quality
The lenses are manufactured also by Nikon and are of good quality. The 26x optical zoom is equivalent to a 28-678 mm with f/2.8-5. Unfortunately, the camera has some lens distortion, especially when shooting at the highest zoom.

The Nikon Coolpix P100 can shoot up to 10 pictures per second at the highest resolution. The ISO sensitivity can be set up to 3200 and it comes with image stabilization. Unfortunately doesn’t support RAW format.

The general picture quality is good, but some users have complained that is not as good as in other Nikon products. The color reproduction is a little less accurate than other models in the same price range but the noise, even in the highest sensitivity and very low light conditions is very low.

However, one of the best features is the video recording capability, allowing to record high definition video with stereo sound.

Compact design
The camera measures 4.5 x 3.25 x 3.9 inches and weighs a little more than one pound, it has an electronic viewfinder and a flip-out 3 inch screen. The body feels comfortable and the grip allows for an easy handling. The controls are easily reachable and are fit for those with big or small hands. The rubberized finish allows for a better grip and reduces slipping. Unfortunately, left handed people will have some difficulties because of the off center design. The articulated LCD adds shooting flexibility allowing the screen to be rotated either up or down horizontally.

The built in menus are a little confusing and are set in multiple screens, sometimes requiring a little more navigation that usual, to locate the desired functions. On the other hand, the user menu is very clear and concise.

Consumers will find using this camera a delightful experience. Perfect for all situations or family events, the 28mm initial aperture can squeeze all the family in one shot, or take beautiful landscape pictures.

Video review: Nikon Coolpix P100

Photos: Nikon Coolpix P100


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