Nikon Coolpix S1100pj review:

Nikon Coolpix S1100pj

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. The camera lets you limit the auto ISO range to either 80-200 or 80-400. If you're in daylight or bright conditions, I recommend locking it down to 80-200. Again, it did perform well up to ISO 400 with minimal color shift and most fine detail intact, but it's at its best at ISO 200 and below. It can shoot at full resolution up to ISO 1,600. However, both it and the step below ISO 800 don't look good because of color shifting and yellow blotching and general smearing of detail. So while you can, in fact, keep shooting in low-light conditions, you probably won't be thrilled by the results. On the other hand, viewed through the projector the photos at the higher ISOs are more palatable.

Colors produced by the S1000pj are vibrant, though not accurate. Everything turned out nice and bright and reasonably natural-looking. Characteristic of compact cameras, highlights tend to blow out, but at least Nikon's D-Lighting system helps bring up shadow detail. Nikon manages to keep distortion under control from the 28mm-equivalent wide-angle lens. In high-contrast areas of photos there is some purple fringing, but the amounts are average.

The S1000pj is capable of shooting movies at a VGA-quality 640x480-pixel resolution and the optical zoom is locked while recording. The results are good, especially if you're primarily viewing them through the projector.

The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj's projector is as novel as the front-mounted LCDs on the Samsung DualView cameras. The big difference is in everyday usefulness, and, well, Samsung wins there. But, the S1000pj is entirely entertaining and if you like to show off your photos on the spot and not on a little LCD, it's a great option. Hopefully if there's an update to the model, the price can come down some and Nikon can fit 2GB or more of fixed internal storage into the budget.

Shooting speed (in seconds)
(Smaller bars indicate better performance)
Time to first shot  
Typical shot-to-shot time (flash)  
Typical shot-to-shot time  
Shutter lag (dim)  
Shutter lag (typical)  
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
1.3 
2.7 
2.3 
0.7 
0.4 
Nikon Coolpix S640
1 
2.7 
2.4 
0.8 
0.4 
Canon PowerShot SD960 IS
1.4 
3.8 
2.6 
0.6 
0.4 
Nikon Coolpix S1000pj
1.8 
2.6 
1.9 
1 
0.5 
Samsung DualView TL225
1.5 
2.6 
2 
0.7 
0.5 

Typical continuous-shooting speed (in seconds)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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