Nikon Coolpix P100

Last updated (11 January’11):
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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

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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

60 Responses to “Nikon Coolpix P100”

  1. Sayan Sengupta says:

    Hi Shahriar!

    I agree with David that P100 doesn’t give the sharpest shots. But it has some really good features, my favorite being the 26X optical zoom. P100 does take a little practice to master, but once it’s yours, fully, you’ll enjoy it. I prefer using the programmed auto mode. As far as Sony is concerned, most of the users give a very positive feedback. So, if you’re ready to pay a little extra, you can go for it! Else, P100 would also be a great camera to use!
    You can check the picture quality of P100 in my album:
    Wish you good luck!


  2. david says:

    I am enjoying with p100. i am using its so many features.. its really good camera.. i use shutter mode mostly.and some times manual mode.outside or in presence of light p100 take great pictures i feel. i dont feel sony because it takes good pictures but naturalistic missing i dont know they may be using image stabilization which will take away natural pictures. sayan u took really good pics

  3. shahriar says:

    Dear sayan
    thanks alot, Im intrested in P100, but all the comments are possitive about SX1,
    and some users say that rarely P100 have some erors and ,,,,. I should try one of them and then decide.

  4. Sayan Sengupta says:

    Hi all!

    Thanks David for the appreciation!

    Shahriar, do try your hands on before you buy one! In fact i spent a week with my friend’s P100 before going for it! After all we Indians do feel a bit tense before opening the purse! We always want the best our hard earned money can buy!

    Have a great time all!


  5. shahriar says:

    thanks Sayan, I think you are completely right,
    I should try it first, I have tried HX1 it gaves me a simple pic and the LCD was not that great, I should try P100 and then decide, one of the important things is battery life in comments I saw :
    HX1 takes 500 images with a complete charge
    P100 takes 250 images with a complete charge
    Am I right?

  6. Ric says:

    Just a note on battery life…

    For my P80, I picked up 2 spare batteries from some seller on eBay. Total cost, including shipping, was about $20 CAD. So, for that amount, whatever your currency, you’ve got well past the 500 shot range. The same batteries also fit my P100. I now have 4 batteries, 2 chargers and I’m looking at buying either a D7000 kit or a D3S kit. I’ll have to start again with batteries, but I will.

    I’m just back from attending a wonderful Chinese New Year party with a large group of friends. We had a Lion Dance and other festivities. I used the P100 for some shots that have already thrilled a number of people. The focal length range offers so much that one can do. Earlier in the day I was shooting a tree in silhouette and also a large turtle in an aquarium. The camera worked well in wide-angle shots and macro shots and everything in between. The resolution and colour of the images I find quite satisfactory. Yes, I dumped shots for various reasons. I took well over 100 shots today and will likely end up with about 10 that I really like.

    Now for another perspective. A camera is only a tool to reproduce the images that form around us. A camera can capture the environment, or it can be used to create an alternate environment. The choice is up to the photographer. The current state-of-art has given us cameras that do much of the work for us. But, technology will never do it all. We can’t expect a camera to read our mind and reproduce the image we saw in our mind. We have to make the camera see the image we want to capture.

    Ok… The above statement will frustrate a new photographer. Sorry, but that is the way it is. Until a camera can see what you want it to see you won’t get the images that you really wanted. But, practice, and a lot of errors, will give you the experience to make a little adjustment here, a little tweak there and end up with what you wanted to end up with. There is no magic setting that will produce ideal images in all, or even most, situations. It is a lot like cooking…

    So, in summation of this rant…

    Get a good camera. It can be a Nikon P100. It can be a Canon, or Olympus, or Samsung, or Sony, or whatever.

    Use the camera. Expect to be disappointed with most of your shots. Learn why the shots didn’t please you. Adjust the camera to compensate. Use the manual to learn what the tool can do.

    Here’s an old ideal from the days of professional film photography…

    “A great photographer can make a portrait of a black cat, in a coal chute, at midnight and not add light.”

    How’s that for a challenge?


    Get a good camera, whatever you choose. Then, get out there and shoot. Learn the craft. No camera will do it for you. The satisfaction of “getting the shot” cannot be bought.

    Ok, I’m done with tonight’s rant.

    Happy shooting!


    PS: I’m thinking about writing a photography 101 course. It won’t matter what camera you use. What interest is there in learning some basic ideas about camera handling and dealing with light?

  7. PVamana says:

    Can anyone guide me, please, about remote control for P100 and where I can get one?

  8. Ric Hornsby says:

    I’ve now shot around 3,000 images with the P100. I must say that even after a few minor glitches have arisen, I’m very satisfied with the camera. Twice now, I’ve had the camera totally freeze on me. I just popped the battery out, rebooted and then continued shooting. I’ve now played with many of the features and find that the old-school habits haven’t left me. I prefer to keep things simple, but functions like the “Night Landscape” are actually quite good! I still shoot with the P80, but the slightly larger size of the P100 feels better in my hands. I’m also considering a P500 when they start shipping, as I do a lot of nature photography and find that the long focal lengths offered on this range of cameras is wonderful and I’m getting very satisfactory images at focal lengths that would cost a small fortune on a DSLR. Alas, there is no hotshoe for a larger flash. There is no remote control and I can’t stick my old fisheye lens on the body. Given what the camera offers, and the comments I’m getting from people viewing my images, I’ll just have to live with it!


    Ric Hornsby

  9. Sayan Sengupta says:

    My camera is now eight months old, including three weeks of extreme saline and dusty weathers,and it has so far delivered quite a performance!

    During very frequent shootings with the number of shots a day reaching over two hundred, the camera stopped responding completely couple of times. The only way out was to take out and reinsert the battery. After a wave literally splashed sea water into the lens assembly, there has been problem focusing very nearby objects, say a quarter inch apart from the lens. Although that was a really insane handling from my side, the camera soldiered on right from the very next moment! In fact I just mopped up the lens assembly after zooming it out and continued shooting! A tip from a friend helped immensely: keep a sachet or two of silica gel in the camera bag to keep things dry. The problem of focusing got partially fixed on its own, as I had no clues about the deeper technicalities of the camera and nor had the desire to send it to Nikon for a repair.

    Another tip from a friend was about using the Active D Lighting feature of the cam, which cuts out extra light when shooting in highly contrasting lighting conditions, say shooting an object in shade when the daylight is very bright and makes up much of the background. Although this feature generated few good shots, most other shots looked lacking in color and sharpness, with an overall lack-lusture appearance. I’d like to draw the attention of the more experienced photographers in this forum in this regard.

    I found a way by trial and error to shoot dark objects in brightly lit backgrounds: point and focus the camera(i.e. press the shutter release button halfway down and hold to focus) towards a point somewhere in the boundary of the dark object and the background. This will let in neither too much light(if focused on the dark object) nor too little(if focused onto the bright background). Keeping the camera focused(by holding down the shutter release button) point towards the subject and release the shutter.

    I took some really nice shots this way, although it works well only for shooting landscapes and may not give good results for nearby subjects by virtue of the fact that some other object is focused onto instead of the subject.

    Although I opposed touching up pictures with softwares initially and insisted on depending only on shooting skills for good shots, I found out that touching up a photo does sometimes bring out the actual scene which I wanted to capture, which fulfills my purpose. I was delighted to see some of the disappointing shots coming back to life! But there’s really no alternative to honing one’s shooting skills. It’s only lot many frustrating shots, let’s-give-it-one-more-try shots and wading through the features of the cam that finally bring out the shot that gives you that triumphant smile!

    Cheers all and happy shooting!


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