Monday, March 1, 2010

Nikon CoolPix S1000pj Projector Camera

I'm something of a gadget fan, but I missed the unveiling last August (2009) of the world's first compact camera with an in-built projector. I don't need to spell out the advantages of this set-up for a practising artist.

The Nikon CoolPix S1000pj Projector Camera allows users to project captured images or even videos on a flat surface, giving from 5 to 40 inchs of projected display with just a simple touch of a button. The projected image can be decreased and increased in size by adjusting the distance between the camera and the projection surface or by simply adjusting focus with a slider. A supplied remote control means that you can wirelessly operate both the projector and usual camera functions, and a simple projection stand is supplied for optimal viewing wherever you are.

The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a charger for it. The camera has a fairly average battery life rating of 220 shots per charge. In terms of projector playback time, you can get an estimated 60 minutes of projector run-time using a fully-charged battery.

The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj comes with only 36 MB of built-in memory. Unless you usually don’t take more than 10 pictures in a single outing, you need a memory card with the camera. The Coolpix S1000pj takes SD/SDHC cards and a good place to start would be around 2 to 4 GB. Don’t bother with a ‘high-speed’ card as it makes no discernible difference so opt to save a few dollars by getting a ‘standard’ card.

The Nikon CoolPix S1000pj Projector Camera features 12.1 megapixel resolution with an optically stabilized wide angle 5x zoom lens (28-140mm equiv.), 2.7 inch LCD screen and a 12.1MP sensor. It offers up to 6400 ISO sensitivity, D-lighting, 16 scene modes and an integrated SD/SDHC card slot allows users to load or unload media files. It measures 99.5 x 62.5 x 23 mm and weighs 155 grams. Average retail price seems to be around $360 but if you shop around on line or on eBay you could do at least $100 better.

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