Nikon Coolpix P100

Last updated (11 January’11):
- Review & Sample Photos @ CameraLabs

Nikon Coolpix P100 is a 10.3 Megapixels ultrazoom camera features 26x optical zoom (equivalent to: 26-678mm), New backside illumination CMOS sensor, 5-way VR Image Stabilization System, New Full HD movie with stereo sound and HDMI output, Smart Portrait System, Subject Tracking, and a 3.0-inch vari-angle high resolution HVGA (460,000-dot) Clear Color Display.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon Coolpix P100 Reviews

CameraLabs reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“there’s not much to differentiate between the 160 ISO setting on the COOLPIX P100 and the 80 and 100 ISO settings on the PowerShot SX30 IS. We think the COOLPIX looks better at 200 and 400 ISO though, before the PowerShot pulls it back to neck and neck at the 800 and 1600 ISO settings. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

ITReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“The P100 is unlikely to appeal to serious photographers, as its picture quality isn’t top of the class – but its range of shooting options, plus the addition of Full HD movies and a massive zoom will attract the compact crowd demanding more.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix P100 is up against plenty of stiff competition. I like the features it has, especially the fast burst mode, but I felt picture quality suffered a bit by comparison to other cameras in this category. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PCWorld reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“The powerful P100 does everything easily, thanks to its 26X zoom lens, versatile features, and intuitive controls. Exposure quality and color accuracy are superb, but its photos suffer from distortion and lack of sharpness.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

TechTree reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
” The image quality is quite good, and so is the video quality, but for a camera in the price of Rs.23,000, we expect a lot more… with minor image quality flaws, the Nikon CoolPix P100 is still a lot better than ordinary point-and-shoot cameras with plenty of features such as auto bracketing for an enthusiast to keep experimenting with.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

T3 reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
” As we’d expected from Nikon, colour reproduction leans toward the naturalistic and there’s a tendency to underexpose to preserve highlight detail. Edge to edge sharpness is well maintained, if there’s inevitably slight barrel distortion at widest 26mm setting. Pictures aren’t quite as sharp as on the Fuji HS10 either.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
” The Nikon P100 doesn’t quite deliver on the promises of the specs, but at least manages to produce some sharp images. The colour is the main letdown, as even when altered under manual controls it appears unrealistic. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCI reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
” For the money, the feature set looks pretty good. However, our lab tests revealed flaws in color accuracy and particularly in image resolution that gave us second thoughts about recommending the P100.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
” In summary, the Nikon Coolpix P100 does fairly well for a 10-megapixel camera, outputting good quality images capable of printing at reasonable sizes from each ISO. There was once a time not too long ago when ISO 3,200 shots were a noisy mess, but now you can output a decent quality 4×6 from some pretty dim places, and with a 26x zoom. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

RegHardware reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
” The P100 feels pretty lightweight, and can be conceivably kept in the bag that someone else carries, or a large overcoat pocket, though you may attract the wrong crowd. It is just a little too big to be something you don’t notice you have.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
” Overall, this camera is designed for those who want to step up from a point-and-shoot and also want all the bells and whistles. The Nikon Coolpix P100 is chock full of power, but some of that power needs to be refined within the coming generations of Coolpix Super Zooms. “

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DCRP reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“As a point-and-shoot, small print camera/camcorder, the Coolpix P100 is good, but not great. As an enthusiast camera, it disappoints, mainly due to its mediocre photo quality, lack of RAW support, and menu-centric user interface. While the final decision on the Coolpix P100 falls to you, I personally would consider something else.”
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Adorama reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“If you are stepping up from a smaller compact with a limited zoom range and would be satisfied with 4×6-inch prints (and perhaps the occasional 8×10), and shoot a lot of video, I think this would be a very good camera for you “
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PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
” The P100 will never turn out DSLR-quality photos, but it’s a lot more portable and convenient than an SLR with a bunch of lenses. It also has some excellent movie options for those who like to shoot videos as well as stills, making it an ideal travel companion.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

NeutralDay reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“our biggest problem with the P100 is the image quality. With the plethora of features and smart auto modes and the emphasis on the backlit sensor, we were expecting a little more. That being said, we still like the P100. The different scene modes cover a vast array of scenarios, the video was really entertaining, and we’re sure that those looking to expand their creativity without too much of an emphasis on image quality will be pleased. “
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBay reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“The unfortunate part of the P100 assessment is that the image quality isn’t as good as I had anticipated. When I previously looked the P100 at the time it was announced, I had high hopes for its image quality based on the the preliminary results and the fact that it had a backlit illuminated CMOS sensor.”
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Photoxels reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“noise at ISO 160 and 200 is under control. The smoothening effect of noise reduction starts to be visible at ISO 400, resulting in a slight loss of detail, but the image is very usable up to ISO 800. At ISO 1600 and 3200, the presence of noise is clearly visible at full image size and with increasing loss of image detail.”
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NeoCamera reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“Operating performance of the Nikon Coolpix P100 is good. The camera is generally responsive, with good startup, shutdown and zoom speeds. Focusing is on the slow side, taking about 1s for to lock under most conditions.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“I was hoping for improved ISO noise performance with the P100 versus the P90, and the P100 certainly delivered. ISO 160 and 200 are clean and hard to tell apart. There’s a bit of noise creeping in at 400 and a bit more at 800, but both are still not bad. “
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Pocket-Lint reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“Overall the Nikon Coolpix P100 is a remarkable little camera capable of some superb results across its range of sensitivity settings, and is a camera that should be very high on your list if you want a compact shoot-anything camera in a svelte, easy to use package.”
Rating: ★★★★½

InfoSync reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“The P100 offers an amazing amount of features and is a very enjoyable camera to use. You can do a lot with it and it should appeal to the gadget fan who is more into specification than pixel-peeping.”

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ePhotozine reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“The P100 offers an amazing amount of features and is a very enjoyable camera to use. You can do a lot with it and it should appeal to the gadget fan who is more into specification than pixel-peeping.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix P100 and writes;
“The good: Solid design; overflowing with photo, movie features; very fast shooting performance for its class. The bad: Photo, video quality is weakest part of the package. The bottom line: There’s a lot to like about the Nikon Coolpix P100, but you’ll need to keep your photo quality expectations in check to really enjoy it.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

User Opinions

Nikon Coolpix P100 User Reviews

Excellent product. Great improvement over the P90 | Rating: ★★★★☆
“…I love the facial recognition mode for up to 12 faces and the fact that the shutter releases when every one smiles. The in camera photo editing software is decent the software for your computer is better. I have found only one flaw the battery does not last but for about 300 pictures less with the flash so it is a good idea to buy extras but they are cheap and easy to find on e-bay also it does not come with an external battery charger but again you can find it cheap. In conclusion I LOVE THIS CAMERA!! ” - Robert

Remarkable | Rating: ★★★★★
“…I haven’t discovered a con yet unless it is the learning curve, especially if you are a beginner. But even that is minimal – just do what you can do and learn the rest as you go. The sensor and electronics are exceptional. So far, can’t say enough good things. And the early delivery was the icing on the cake. Well done!! ” - Robert

Excellent Camera | Rating: ★★★★★
“…This camera does a good job of filling the zone between a full blown DSLR with lots of lenses and a gigantic/heavy camera bag, and a point and shoot that will fit in your front pocket. Despite all of the blah-blah from the naysayers, I am in absolute awe of this little camera. My only complaint is that compared with the P80, the P100 has put on a good bit of weight. Still manageable though. I guess the additional weight mostly comes from all the glass needed for that incredible 26x zoom. ” - Paul

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Nikon Coolpix P100 Features

EXPEED digital imaging technology
Nikon’s smarter approach to digital imaging technology. From image capture to processing, Nikon’s comprehensive EXPEED digital imaging concept encompasses the entire picture-taking operation. EXPEED is much more than a processing engine; it is a revolution in digital photography.

Backside illumination CMOS sensor for advanced performance
The Coolpix P100 enables images of exceptional quality even when shooting in night scenes or in dark indoor situations. Thanks to the new backside illumination CMOS sensor, which increases the amount of light that each pixel receives, resulting in improved sensitivity and noise reduction.

The advanced performance of the new CMOS image sensor brings in-camera Backlit Scene HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging to the Coolpix P100. HDR merges some images of the same scene to create an image with a range of tonal detail that could not be captured in a single photo. Night Landscape mode also benefits from a function that combines a series of consecutive shots taken at a fast shutter speed into a single, clearer image when taking handheld shots at night. Further extending its potential as a versatile photographic tool, the Coolpix P100 features high-speed shooting. This capability allows users to shoot consecutive images in maximum size 3648 x 2736 (10M) at a rapid 10-fps (approx.). Other high-speed options include Sport Continuous Mode (120-fps) and Pre-shooting Cache.

3-inch vari-angle 460k-dot TFT LCD featuring Nikon’s Clear Color Display and electronic viewfinder
In addition to its 3-inch high-resolution vari-angle LCD featuring Clear Color Display with anti-reflection coating, the Coolpix P100 features the versatility of an electronic viewfinder that further enhances compositional freedom and accuracy under all lighting conditions. The vibrant 3.0-inch 460k-dot VGA display offers twice the clarity and detail of standard cameras for stunning image reproduction.

High-Definition movie recording
Entertain audiences with movies that capture the entire impact of the scene with Full HD. The Coolpix P100 can shoot up to 2 hours* of Full HD movies (1080p) with stereo sound with its conveniently positioned Movie-record button. Both the camera’s optical zoom and autofocus functions continue to be available while filming. A stereo microphone optimally mounted on top of the camera accurately captures audio. The HS movie function provides the added benefit of recording movies that can be played back in slow motion or fast motion.
*Recording stops automatically after 29 minutes. This figure is based on in-house testing standards and stated for recording at 25°C with a fully charged EN-EL5 battery. Actual results may vary greatly depending on factors that include differences in ambient temperature, and the amount of zoom and autofocus operations used.

Five advanced image stabilizing features* help ensure sharper results
Compensating for the effects of camera shake to realize sharper results and contribute to a more reassuring shooting experience, Image sensor shift and Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) frees you to enjoy capturing special moments without worrying about slight hand movements. High ISO 3200 capability at any image size up to its maximum of 3648 x 2736 pixels 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 as well as 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.
* The camera selects and uses only the features required to optimize each image.

Nikon’s Smart Portrait System with Skin Softening
As part of Nikon’s Smart Portrait System, a series of advanced functions help produce consistently great portraits. The Skin Softening function ensures smooth skin tone on the face of subjects by leveraging built-in face-detection technology. Automatically detecting as many as 12 faces in the shot, Face-priority AF helps produce satisfying portraits by adjusting focus and exposure. Smile Timer helps to faithfully record precious moments by automatically releasing the shutter when the subject smiles. Blink Warning alerts the photographer when it suspects that a subject has blinked, while the Blink Proof function shoots five sequential frames, then saves the one in which the subject’s eyes are wide open. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects perceived red-eye effect before saving the image to memory.

Four exposure modes P, S, A and M
The Mode Dial provides quick access to the rich creative possibilities offered by advanced Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-priority Auto [S], Aperture-priority Auto [A], and Manual [M] exposure modes.

Innovative Active D-Lighting function
Enabled during shooting, Active D-Lighting is a unique technology that adds light and detail where necessary while leaving correctly exposed areas untouched to produce significantly improved images with a more natural-looking finish.

Nikon Coolpix P100 Other Features

* 17 scene modes for optimized shooting in various settings
* Scene Auto Selector
* Subject Tracking
* Optimize image (including monochrome filter effect)
* Active Zoom
* 1:1 size format
* Distortion Control
* Quick Retouch
* Approx. 43 MB of internal memory
* USB charging via Charging AC Adapter EH-68P/EH-68P (AR) or PC
* HDMI connectivity

What’s in the Box

* EN-EL5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
* EH-68P AC Adapter/Charger
* UC-E6 USB Cable
* EG-CP14 Audio Video Cable
* AN-CP21 Strap
* Coolpix Software Suite CD-ROM

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