Nikon Coolpix P1 Review

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Nikon Coolpix P1



Record Modes & Screens


Nikon Coolpix P1


AUTO record mode offers no menu options, you set the image resolution, ISO speed and White Balance from the Mode Dial. The "8M" icon indicates the image resolution is 8-megapixels at Fine quality and there's 250 pictures remaining at the current image resolution.



Nikon Coolpix P1


When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF dot icon is green, if it fails it is red and blinks.



Nikon Coolpix P1

Program AE mode is also automatic but it allows the user full access to all the menu options (see below.)



Nikon Coolpix P1

Aperture priority mode allows you to specify the aperture value for depth of field (focus) control. A larger number is more depth of focus, a smaller number is less.



Nikon Coolpix P1

In Program or Aperture modes you press the 4-way "right" to access this screen with a histogram and from here you can set the exposure compensation value, or adjust the shutter speed or aperture depending on the mode in use.



Nikon Coolpix P1


Program AE/Aperture mode menu:

    White Balance - Auto, Custom WB, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy or Speedlight
    Metering - Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot or Spot AF area
    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous H, Continuous L, Multi-Shot 16, Ultra HS, 5-shot buffer, Interval timer
    BSS - Best Shot Selector: On or Off (Shoots up to 10 frames and then automatically saves the best [sharpest/clearest] one)
    Bracketing - AE Bracketing or WB Bracketing
    Flash Exp Comp - Flash intensity ±2.0 in 0.3 steps
    Image Adjustment - Auto, Normal, More Contrast, Less Contrast
    Image Sharpening - Auto, High, Normal, Low, Off
    Saturation - Maximum +2, Enhanced +1, Normal, Moderate -1, Minimum -2
    Sensitivity - ISO Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
    Image Quality - Fine, Normal, Basic
    Image Size - 8M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 1M, PC, VGA, 3:2
    AF Area Mode - Auto (5-area), Manual or Center
    AF Mode - Single AF or Continuous AF
    Fixed Aperture - The aperture remains constant as you zoom
    Noise Reduction - Long shutter noise reduction On or Off
    Reset - Return all settings to default
    User Setting - Customize the User 1 or User 2 memory settings


Nikon Coolpix P1


If the Menu option is set to "icon" then this is what your menu will look like.



Nikon Coolpix P1

Whenever you are making a menu selection you can press the Help button (telephoto zoom) to display a brief explanation of the mode or option.



Nikon Coolpix P1


Pressing the 4-way selector "up" changes flash modes, "left" enables the self-timer and "down" changes the focus mode. You set these options via onscreen popups as shown above.



Nikon Coolpix P1

Scene mode options include: Face Priority AF, Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night portrait, Landscape, Panorama, Night landscape, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Fireworks show, Backlight, Closeup, Museum, Copy and Sports



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Face Priority AF mode actually detects the presence of a human face in the frame and focuses on it. Some of the other portrait scene modes have onscreen framing guides to help you properly position your subject for the desired effect.



Nikon Coolpix P1


Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 1.6 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.



Nikon Coolpix P1


Movie mode screen display. You can record QuickTime MOVie clips limited in length only by the amount of remaining available memory. Sound is recorded with the moving image, and the optical zoom can not be used during movie recording - it can be preset before recording begins.



Nikon Coolpix P1


Movie mode options:

    TV Movie 640* - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps
    TV Movie 640 - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 15fps
    Small Size 320 - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps
    Smaller Size 160 - Color 160 x 120 pixels, 15fps
    Time-Lapse Movie - Capture up to 1800 images at specified interval and then create a silent 640x480 movie at 30 fps.
    Sepia Movie 320 - Sepia toned 320 x 240 at 5fps
    B/W Movie 320 - Monochrome 320 x 240 at 15fps
    Autofocus mode - Single or Continuous AF
    Electronic VR - Vibration Reduction On or Off


Nikon Coolpix P1





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