The original projector point-and-shoot, the Nikon S1000pj, was undoubtedly a novelty, but it was a novelty we found pretty charming. Its successor, the S1100pj, is 40 per cent brighter, can act as a projector for your computer and will retail for $US350 (AU: It'll cost $499 down under - NB).
The 14.1MP Nikon S1100pj sports a 5x optical zoom lens and ISO up to 6400. It has 17 scene modes, a five-way image stabilisation system and the ability to shoot 720p video. But there will still be point-and-shoots that will take nicer pictures for the price.
But the S1100pj has improved its secret weapon, a built-in projector, by making it both brighter and more widely usable: the new 14-lumen projector is 40 per cent brighter than the one that came before it - hopefully that'll help when you're projecting in a non-dim room - and plugging the camera into a computer via USB lets you awesomely project whatever is on the screen, at a size of up to 47 inches over 2m away.
The S1100pj has a 3-inch, 460,000-dot touchscreen, and a new paint mode lets you draw and write and stamp goofy stamps on the projected images in real time, right from the camera. Useful for a presentation or for drawing devil horns on your friends immediately after snapping a shot.
The S1100pj will be available in mid-September for $US350, a tick more reasonable than the S1000pj which initially retailed for $US430, in black, violet, green and silver. [Nikon]
NIKON'S NEW PROJECTOR CAMERA WITH COMPUTER CONNECTIVITY TAKES ON-THE-GO
CONTENT SHARING TO A NEW LEVEL OF FUN
The New COOLPIX S1100pj Offers Exciting Ways to Share Photos, Movies, and Even Presentations,
While the New COOLPIX S5100 Delivers Versatile Performance in a Slim Stylish Design
MELVILLE, NY (August 17, 2010) – At the forefront of product innovation and market firsts, Nikon Inc. introduces two new COOLPIX cameras into the Style Series, marrying first‐of‐its‐kind technology and portable design to enhance the experience of making and sharing great photos and videos.
Building upon its award‐winning projector camera, Nikon continues to broaden content sharing with the new COOLPIX S1100pj's computer connectivity offering a new way to view photos, movies and even presentations. The chic and vibrant new COOLPIX S5100 delivers the speed and ease‐of‐use that have made the S‐Series the preferred choice among consumers who seek style and performance, and advanced Nikon technologies to help create amazing pictures even in low light.
"As the first to introduce a built‐in projector in a compact digital camera, our consumers have come to expect innovation from Nikon's COOLPIX S‐Series," said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. "In order to meet the evolving needs of our consumers, we have further advanced our award‐winning technology, while delivering the high performance and shooting and sharing versatility they have come to trust."
New COOLPIX S1100pj: Innovative Sharing Experiences for Work and Play
On the heels of its ground‐breaking predecessor, the new COOLPIX S1100pj takes advanced technology a step further with a 40 percent brighter, 14‐lumen internal projector complete with a built‐in stand and an easy‐to‐use touch screen interface, allowing the user to share photos and movies in even more environments. With the computer connection feature, the S1100pj also allows the user to connect the camera to a computer via USB and project whatever is on the computer screen or JPEG image files saved to the camera's memory card or internal memory. Additional creative features include a built‐in slide show function that plays photos with music and one‐touch HD 720p movie recording with easy projection playback. Whether sharing family photos and videos with loved ones or presenting an
important presentation to a client, users can make a big impression by projecting up to 47‐inches from over 7‐feet away.
Truly putting creativity at the user's fingertips, the COOLPIX S1100pj features a 3‐inch 460,000‐dot touch LCD screen with Clear colour Display. A new Paint function allows users to write and draw on projected images in real time, while a wide range of new Retouch functions allow users to add stamps for an entertaining effect or rate their favourite photos for a more convenient search. Other new functions in the S1100pj's in‐camera Retouch Menu include Soft, Selective colour, Cross Screen, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect and Makeup Effect, giving the user creative freedom without the need for a computer.
The 14.1‐megapixel COOLPIX S1100pj includes a 5x Wide‐Angle Optical Zoom‐NIKKOR glass lens (28‐140mm) and a 5‐way VR Image stabilisation System with ISO settings up to 6400 to ensure incredibly sharp, crisp images in low light or while shooting handheld. To further help users capture stunning photos easily, the S1100pj also features 17 scene modes, Subject Tracking, Easy Auto Mode and Nikon's Smart Portrait System all packed into a colorful, compact design.
The COOLPIX S1100pj will be available in September 2010 for $US349.95* MSRP in a choice of colours including black, violet, green and silver.