Nikon S1000pj: So how do you get a projector in a camera?

The Nikon S1000pj is the first compact digital camera to include a projector. If your first instinct is to ask "Why?", that's fair enough. But iFixit has decided to ask "how?"

The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj certainly divides opinion. Some think a camera with a projector in it is a terrible idea, and others think it will light up their lives.

Upon getting our hands on the S1000pj, the question foremost in our minds changed from "why?" to "how?" answer that question in the time-honoured manner of taking the thing to pieces.

AboutProjectors shows off a diagram of how the components fit together. The key is an L-shaped projector unit, wrapped around the lens system. Like all cameras that don't have a lens which pops out, the S1000pj uses folded optics. In other words, the lens is turned sideways and zooms in an out thanks to an intricate system of mirrors, rather like a periscope.

Our review of the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj is now live here at CNET UK. We thought... well, you'll just have to read the review.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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