Damien Demolder tries to look beyond the wow factor of Nikon’s newest compact camera that can project images to 40in across a wall
- 12.1-million-pixel CCD sensor
- 5x optical zoom
- (28-140mm equivalent)
- 2.7in LCD screen
- ISO 80-1600 (ISO 6400 at 3MP)
- Street price around £350
Nikon S1000pj – Introduction
Printing, I suppose, is the most obvious option for those looking to build some form of output device into a digital camera, but only because we got used to the idea of Polaroid cameras over the past 60 years. In fact, Polaroid is the only company that has attempted something similar in a digital camera with its PoGo model.
However, on face value, incorporating a printing device in a camera seems an unlikely idea, as the standard camera has none of the components required other than power. Also, unless you are happy with tiny prints, the media is bulky, which makes for an unwieldy camera.
One might think, then, that a camera that projects its own images is a much more logical progression, as all that would be needed is a light to push the captured images back the way they came, through the lens.
Nikon’s S1000pj is the first such digital camera to incorporate its own projector, and while the complications that must surely have gone on inside to make it work are well hidden beneath the silvered, boxy surface, one wonders why no one has thought of it before.
You might be forgiven for forgetting that the primary use of the S1000pj is as a 12.1-million-pixel compact camera. It features a 5x Vibration Reduction zoom lens that covers angles we’d expect of a 28-140mm lens on a 35mm camera, and displays recorded images and menus on a 2.7in LCD.
In addition to fully automatic operation, the camera offers 17 subject- or task-based shooting modes, including a panorama assistant, and the usual portrait, beach, macro and fireworks type settings.
Other than some selection options for resolution, exposure compensation and flash controls, there are few choices to be made. This is, it seems, a camera aimed squarely at the point-and-shoot photographer. The picture quality is fairly ordinary, but adequate for the level of potential user dictated by the detail of camera-control.
I found the lack of white balance control frustrating, but the camera seemed to cope well without me. For people who only print to sizes below 10x8in, this camera is likely to be absolutely enough.