Nikon Coolpix S1000pj

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– Review by PhotoRadar

Nikon Coolpix S1000pj is the world’s first digital camera with built in projector which lets you project your favorite photos or movie clips on any wall/flat surface. This 12.1 megapixel camera also offers 5x Wide-angle Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (35m equivalent: 28 – 140mm), 5-way VR Image Stabilization System, and a Bright 2.7-inch High Resolution LCD.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info ($50 Instant Savings on Amazon)

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Nikon Coolpix S1000pj Reviews

Adorama reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“Overall, the S100pj’s image quality is acceptable for 4×6 up to 5×7-inch prints. If you want to make 8×10 prints, stick to ISO 80 or 100. I do not recommend shooting at higher speeds, even though Nikon claims sensor sensitivity up to ISO 3200 at a lower image size.”
Rating: N/A

PhotoRadar reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“We’re impressed that Nikon was able to get such an unusual product to market, and we hope it’s successful enough to result in better, cheaper versions. As it is, though, this is an expensive toy that takes photos that are frankly no more than competent.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DCR reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“The Coolpix S1000pj is a good performer in terms of speed. It came in on top of the pack in our shutter lag test. AF acquisition in the studio test was a good 0.43 seconds. In the field, the camera felt reasonably fast. “
Rating: N/A

PCAuthority reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“The big issue, of course, is the price. For the money, we’d expect image quality to rival the best. But that doesn’t stop us loving the idea and hoping it’s the first of many projector cameras..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“So to round it off, if the idea of being able to show your photos and videos to an audience in a way you can’t with other currently available digicams, the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj will definitely be to your liking. If you simply want a versatile compact camera with good image quality, there are better alternatives around.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“Overall photo quality produced by the S1000pj is very good. Many cameras in its class suffer a significant dip in quality when they use any sensitivity above ISO 200. The S1000pj is actually good to ISO 400. “

Rating: ★★★½☆

TechRadar reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“Still, the sensor at the heart of the camera is no more than ‘good’. Give it plenty of light and the images and movies it captures are competent enough, but it can get noisy and smeary in low light, and the flash can be painfully harsh..”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DCI reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“If you don’t need the projector, you’d be better off with a camera that has a wider range of features. But if the projector sounds like a useful feature,the S1000pj combines a decent point & shoot camera with a projector in a small, convenient package.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“The projector works well and I can see it being a big hit at parties and for showing good old holiday snaps. It does add a premium to the price of the camera, so you will need to decide whether or not it is right for you. Picture quality is average and aside from the projector this is a standard point and shoot camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Gizmodo reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“In fact, ISO 800 shots are clean enough to print, while ISO 400 returns crystal-clear photos, even during longer exposures. That said, this is still a point and shoot, and not even a very high-end one. The lens isn’t spectacularly sharp, and the colors are particularly vivid.”
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WDC reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“The Nikon S1000pj is definitely an innovative product, but it just falls a tiny bit short of the mark. First and foremost it should be a camera – and image quality, light fall off at the wide angle, and lack of manual controls and a better overall layout lack.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“The good: Onboard projector is useful (in dimly lit places); easy operation; 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom; bundled remote control and projector stand. The bad: Picture quality can be improved; slight bulk may not appeal to all users; burst mode can be faster. The bottom line: Some may balk at the S1000pj’s gimmicky projector function, but we found it useful and we’re sure there will be users who appreciate such a feature.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DPI reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“I think the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj marks quite an improvement in the image quality for Nikon’s compact cameras. Though not ‘fantastic’ or class-leading in any manner, at least image quality is now on par with most of the competition. I’m glad to report that image are usable up till ISO 800 most of the time.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

WDC reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“All in all the S1000pj is a great idea that just needs to be honed in with a bit more camera oomph, a brighter, more intelligent projector and better battery life to be a truly astounding product. But hats off to Nikon for getting such an unusual, innovative and exciting new product to market.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoxels reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“Overall, the images are not as detailed as we would expect, appearing at times quite soft, especially at full tele, requiring some sharpening in post processing. As is usual with cameras in this category, images at higher ISOs suffer from noise and detail loss.”
Rating: N/A

KenRockwell reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“The S1000PJ is a pretty decent camera. It zooms and focuses quickly. It has no distortion: straight lines stay straight at any zoom setting. This is the first pocket camera I’ve ever used that does this.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“Is the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj worth the money? Well, it’s an okay camera with a unique feature that will either leave you chortling with delight or utterly unimpressed. It’s definitely something to try before you buy. Just remember that you can get the same basic picture quality and features for half the price, so you’re paying plenty for that dinky little projector. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

HardwareZone reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“Generally, shots turned out well in daylight. While the image stabilization is great for daytime shots, the story is altogether different when we’re indoors.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Photoxels reviews the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj and writes;
“Nikon Coolpix S1000pj delivers average to good image quality at low ISOs for a digital camera in this category. … pictures taken at high ISOs to small prints and for Web display only. Best results are obtained when the S1000pj is used as a sunny outdoors camera at ISO 80 with the lens set at wide-angle.”
Rating: N/A

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Nikon Coolpix S1000pj Press Release

Amsterdam, 4th August 2009 – Nikon Europe today announces the introduction of the world’s first camera with integrated projector as part of its brand new range of COOLPIX cameras. The ground-breaking COOLPIX S1000pj is expected to shake up the compact digital camera market as people begin to see the benefits of sharing and viewing photos and videos using personal projection.

The COOLPIX S1000pj doesn’t just pack a punch with its projector – the compact camera delivers high resolution images with 12.1 effective megapixels and a 2.7” wide viewing-angle TFT LCD monitor. With a high ISO 6400 sensitivity and using Nikon’s exclusive image processing concept, EXPEED, the camera offers the kind of high quality images you expect from Nikon. This is all wrapped up in a sleek aluminium silver or anodized black casing that contains a wide-angle 5x zoom NIKKOR lens.

Mark Pekelharing, Product Line Manager Consumer Products at Nikon Europe B.V: “The launch of our unique COOLPIX projector camera is exciting for gadget and photo lovers everywhere – and another first for Nikon with a compact digital camera that can project images. People can’t help but be blown away by such a beautifully crafted device. It’s packed with everything you need to take amazing photos so easily as well as to show your pictures; a great screen and amazing projector. Sharing photos and videos has never been so easy – or so fun.”

One touch projection
If you’ve ever wanted to share your photos or videos at a party or relive a day’s memories while on your travels, then now you can with one-touch projection on the COOLPIX S1000pj. The built-in projector easily projects an image size from approximately 5 inches up to 40 inches*1. A supplied remote control means that you can wirelessly operate both the projector and usual camera functions, and a simple projection stand is supplied for optimal viewing wherever you are.

Getting the shot you imagine

The COOLPIX S1000pj features Scene Auto mode, whereby the camera automatically selects the appropriate scene mode based on the contents of your shot, allowing picture perfect images at the touch of a button. In addition, five functions to reduce image blur and the Smart Portrait System ensures that you can get those ‘red carpet smiles’ every time. An additional feature enables users to ‘airbrush’ someone’s face using the Skin Softening function to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Together with face tracking and anti-shake functionality, the COOLPIX S1000pj helps you to get the shot you envisaged without any hassle.

The COOLPIX S1000pj will be available at an RRP of £389 / €429*2

my Picturetown
You can now store your images safely and securely using Nikon’s my Picturetown, a free online digital photo storage and sharing service. Easily share photo memories with friends and organise precious memories into online collections. You get 2GB of space free to use for storing thousands of memories and you can upgrade your membership to Gold Account at any time if you need to store more pictures.


Sharper results with five advanced Nikon image stabilising features*3
Nikon’s Optical lens shift and Electronic VR image stabilisation systems combine to help produce blur-free images. High ISO 6400*4 capability allows faster shutter speeds when shooting in low light or capturing fast-moving subjects. Motion Detection automatically controls shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for subject movement and camera shake. And, Nikon’s original BSS (Best Shot Selector) function automatically shoots a series of sequential frames and saves the one with the sharpest focus.

Nikon’s Smart Portrait System with Skin Softening
Face-priority AF helps produce more satisfying portraits by adjusting focus and exposure for as many as 12 faces in the framed shot. Skin Softening function detects and analyses a framed subject’s skin, and then adjusts smoothness to produce enhanced results. Smile Timer automatically releases the shutter when the subject smiles, while its Blink Proof function shoots two sequential frames, then saves the one in which the subject’s eyes are widest open. Blink Warning presents an alert when it suspects that someone in the shot has blinked. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects any perceived red-eye effect before saving the image to memory.

Intelligent automated shooting modes that promote carefree shooting
Nikon’s Scene Auto Selector makes it faster and easier to capture the moment by eliminating the need to manually select a scene mode to match the intended shot. This intelligent function determines the subject, analyses the surrounding settings, and then automatically selects the appropriate scene mode for optimal results. Subject Tracking enhances the shooting experience by following the subject’s movement to ensure clear focus and quick response when that special shutter opportunity presents itself. Subject Tracking even functions if the subject moves out of the frame for a second or two.

Quick Retouch
Quick Retouch automatically adjusts the contrast and saturation of selected photos to create an enhanced copy with the right finishing touch.

Other Features

* 2.7-in. high-resolution LCD monitor with anti-reflection coated cover
* 16 handy scene modes for optimised shooting in various settings
* D-Lighting
* Active Zoom
* Auto Sort and Favorite Pictures functions
* Four movie modes with sound
* Time zone function for easy setting of multiple locations
* Approx. 36 MB of internal memory
* Hi-Speed USB connectivity


Nikon Coolpix S1000pj Specifications

Effective pixels
12.1 million

Image sensor
1/2.3-in. CCD; total pixels: approx. 12.39 million

5x zoom NIKKOR; 5.0-25.0mm (equivalent with 35mm [135] format picture angle: 28-140mm); f/3.9-5.8; Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm [135] format picture angle: 560mm)

Focus range (from lens)
30cm (1 ft.) to infinity (∞), Macro mode: 3cm (1.2 in.) to infinity (∞)

2.7-in., approx. 230k-dot, TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating

Storage media
Internal memory (approx. 36 MB), SD/SDHC memory cards*1

Image size (pixels)
4000 x 3000 (High: 4000★/Normal: 4000), 3264 x 2448 (Normal: 3264), 2592 x 1944 (Normal: 2592), 2048 x 1536 (Normal: 2048), 1024 x 768 (PC: 1024), 640 x 480 (TV: 640), 3968 x 2232 (16:9: 3968)

Vibration Reduction (VR)
Combination lens-shift and electronic VR

ISO sensitivity
ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200*2, 6400*2, Auto (auto gain ISO 80-800), Fixed range auto (ISO 80-200, 80-400)

Hi-Speed USB

Power sources
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-62F (optional)

Battery life
Approx. 220 shots with EN-EL12 battery

Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 99.5 x 62.5 x 23 mm (4 x 2.5 x 0.9 in.) excluding projections

Approx. 155 g (5.5 oz.) without battery and SD/SDHC memory card

Supplied accessories*3
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12, Battery Charger MH-65, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Strap AN-CP19, Projector Stand ET-2, Remote Control ML-L4, Software Suite CD-ROM

Optional accessory
AC Adapter EH-62F

Projector Brightness*4:
up to 10 lumens; Image size: 5 to 40 in.; Throw distance: approx. 26 cm to 2 m (10 in. to 6 ft. 6 in.); Endurance (battery life)*5: approx. 1 hour; Resolution (output): VGA equivalent

*1 Not compatible with Multi Media Cards (MMC).
*2 ISO 3200 and 6400 are available only for image sizes of 3M (2048 x 1536) or smaller.
*3 Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.
*4 Measurement, measuring conditions and method of notation all comply with ISO 21118.
*5 Based on continuous use of a fully-charged EN-EL12 battery at 25°C/77°F.


5 Responses to “Nikon Coolpix S1000pj”

  1. I prefer Canon and Panasonic point-and-shoots but I really can’t wait to see these new Nikons in person. If the video quality is there these could get really popular.

  2. melvin says:


    It’s really a good thing that Nikon guys were able to pull something like this and this could start the ball rolling for other manufacturers. I too wrote about this cool gadget!


  3. Baron, G.W.B.Bancroft says:

    A great idea, especially for corporate use. Imagine a company safety officer taking shots of unsafe situations, then instantly projecting them at a safety meeting for example. But why do the Japanese manufacturers price goods 50% higher in the U.K. than they are in the U.S.A.?
    One could but this from, pay the shipping plus customs charges and still be well in pocket!

  4. techguru says:

    Nikon Coolpix S1000pj it’s an very good camera becasue it has compact has swapped the original HD video for a front video projector that can take your photos and movies on a wall. In broad daylight, in a square at 12 noon, needless to say we do not see much. And it’s rightly so, since the sun is slightly larger and brighter than the S1000pj. Even in finding places too enlightened, although it remains usable, but the image is already visible inside a cafe or in a room without curtains. To make the most of the image, the less light the better. It enables the projection of a push button; the focus can be doing with a dimmer placed on top of the device.
    In use, the device is not the fastest: soft wake up, it needs a little (too much) time to write his image buffer to the memory card. The interval between two images is a bit too slow for our liking. For more information visit

  5. shoaib says:

    Hello .
    I have Nikon s1000pj but when I take the picture at night or in club some light shadows like the snow is coming on picture please let me know how I get the picture in night mode.
    Second is that can this camera is able to show the laptop screen with projector

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