Nikon CoolPix P100 – Review

What is it?

The P100 is Nikon’s contribution to the telephoto compact digital camera world. It functions similarly to an SLR, and the housing resembles that of an SLR. Importantly, however, telephoto compact’s only have one (non-changeable) lens, that encompasses wide-angle shots right through to 26x optical zoom. At only a fraction of the cost needed to buy all the lenses for an SLR of similar specs, cameras like the P100 are perfect entry-level cameras for amateur photographers.
At around £250 it comes in cheaper than Canon’s chief competitor in the field, the Powershot SX20 IS. Whilst the Canon model boasts slightly better specs than the P100, the extra £100 you would expect to pay for the privilege didn’t seem worth it.

Main Specifications

  • Sensor type: CMOS (Backlit)
  • Pixels: 10.6 million (10.3 m effective)
  • Vibration Reduction: Image Sensor Shift / electronic VR
  • LCD Monitor Size: 3 inch
  • Storage Type: SD/SDHC
  • Internal Memory: 43 Mb
  • Battery: Nikon EN-EL5 Lithium-ion Battery (Rechargeable)
  • Dimensions: 3.3 in. x 4.5 in. x 3.9 in. (h*w*d)
  • Weight: 481 g
  • Supplied Accessories: Charging Cable/ AC Adapter, USB Cable, AV Cable, Lens Cap/ Strap, Instruction Manual
  • Software Suite: Nikon Transfer, View NX, Panorama Maker 5, Capture NX 2 Trial

Lens Specification

  • 26x Optical Zoom
  • Additional 4x Digital Zoom
  • 4.6-120mm, f/2.8-5
  • Focus Range: 50cm – Infinity (∞)
  • Macro: 1cm – Infinity (∞)

 

Other Reviews

The photography world seems to be divided when it comes to opinions on the P100.
On the one hand, the massive focal range, image quality and affordability are more than satisfactory. On the other hand, however, there seem to be many criticisms on photo quality. Under low light, when shooting in Auto mode, the P100 automatically adjusts the exposure time from a typical 1/30 to between 1″ and 2″. Without a tripod, it is very difficult to produce a sharp, unblurred image at this length of exposure. The manual modes allow you to alter the exposure, and therefore fix this problem.

CBF Photographic verdict?

It would seem to me that the negative reviews come mostly from semi-professional photographers who are seeking to replace their SLR with a single lens digital camera. It is important to realise that this is not an SLR, and does not represent anywhere near the potential offered by even entry-level SLR cameras. However, if you are looking to upgrade from a standard compact model, I think you will be very happy with this camera.

Thanks to http://www.photographyblog.com/ for providing some great, impartial reviews!

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