Nikon Coolpix P1 Review

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Nikon Coolpix P1


First Look posted 11/25/2005
Full review posted 1/6/2006

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The 8-megapixel Coolpix P1 and 5-megapixel P2 are the world's first builtin Wi-Fi-enabled (802.11b/g-compatible) digital cameras and allow consumers to immediately transmit images wirelessly directly to a computer or to any PictBridge-enabled printer equipped with the optional Nikon Wireless Printer Adapter (PD-10), for wireless printing. Eliminating the need for extra wires or cables, the new models allow consumers to send images from the camera direct to a selected computer or printer with the touch of a button. With a range of up to 100 feet, the P1 and P2 enable users to transfer images on-the-go from almost anywhere in a home, office--even from the backyard.

The Coolpix P1 and P2 offer a high-quality 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor Glass lens with a focal range equivalent to that of a 36-126mm lens in 35mm format and feature a large, bright 2.5-inch LCD for easy viewing in all conditions.. For greater control and creativity, both models feature Aperture-Priority Auto mode with 10-step manual control in 1/3EV increments and 11 of the camera's 16 Scene Modes are Advanced Scene modes for even greater creative control of the end result. The cameras are compact and lightweight, measuring just 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.5 inches and weighing only six ounces.

Both cameras feature Nikon's innovative and exclusive in-camera technology that makes it easy to capture great pictures. Face-Priority AF makes certain that faces remain in focus when shooting portraits by automatically sensing the presence of a human face within the frame and setting accurate focus accordingly. The In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ technology automatically detects and corrects red eyes in an image while the D- Lighting function automatically compensates for insufficient flash or excessive backlighting. To ensure a crisp, clear image before leaving the scene, Blur Warning will alert the user that a shot has been compromised.

The Coolpix P1 and P2 can also record high-quality VGA resolution movies at a rate of up to 30 fps with a choice of seven movie modes with sound recording in six of those modes. A Time-Lapse function enables the user to capture events occurring over an extended period of time.

The included Nikon PictureProject software work together with the camera seamlessly to make wireless photo transfer as easy as 1-2-3. The Wireless Camera Setup Utility, which uses a simple seven-step Wizard that will configure the cameras for wireless operation. The latest version of PictureProject offers convenient options allowing users, for example, to import wireless images automatically into a slideshow as well as tools to edit, organize, design and share images. The software is designed to extend the enjoyment of taking pictures: transferring images from camera to computer, organizing images so they are easy to find, editing them to add an extra sparkle, designing ways to show off the pictures and sharing them with friends and family.


Coolpix P1 Features:

  • 8-megapixel effective CCD for prints up to 13x19 inches
  • Nikkor 3.5x optical zoom lens (36-126mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Compact, durable and lightweight body
  • Standard 802.11b/g WiFi wireless connectivity
  • Macro focus with AF as close as 1.6 inches
  • Selectable AF: Auto-multi or Center-focus area selection available
  • Exclusive Face Priority AF makes taking incredible portraits easy
  • 256-segment Matrix Metering with Center-weighted, Spot, or Spot AF metering
  • Large 2.5-inch glare-resistant color monitor
  • Program AE and 16 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • Single, Continuous, 5-shot burst, Multi-Shot 16 modes
  • 640x480 @ 30fps movie mode with sound, length limited only by memory card capacity
  • Attach voice memos up to 20 seconds to still images
  • Automatic shutter speeds from 1/2000 sec. to 8 sec's
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction
  • Nikon's D-Lighting automatically brightens dark images in playback mode
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ automatically fixes most instances of red-eye in the camera
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 6 presets, custom set and bracketing
  • 32MB internal memory and SD memory card slot
  • USB connectivity, PictBridge direct-print compliant
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger included


The Coolpix P1 and P2 are available now with a MSRP of $549.95 and $399.95, respectively. The Wireless Print Adaptor (PD-10) will be available in October 2005 with an MSRP of $49.95.






Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix P1

Nikon Coolpix P1

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Nikon Coolpix P1

The Coolpix P1 compared to a standard CD disc.




Nikon Coolpix P1

The Coolpix P1 and the 6-megapixel Coolpix L1.




Nikon Coolpix P1

The Coolpix P1 and the 6-megapixel Coolpix S4.




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Coolpix P1 Specifications

Type of Camera:Digital camera P1
Effective Pixels:8.0 million
Image Size:8M (3264), 5M (2594), 3M (2048), 2M (1600), 1M (1280), PC(1024), TV (640), 3:2 (3264)
Lens:3.5x Zoom-Nikkor; 7.5-26.3mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to36-126mm); f/2.7-5.2; 7 elements in 6 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x
Focus Modes:Auto (9-area automatic focus selection), Manual (99-area manual focus selection) and Center-focus area selection available
Autofocus:Contrast-detect TTL AF with AF-assist illuminator
Focus Range:19.6 in. (50cm) to infinity, 1.6 in. (4cm) to infinity in Macro Mode
LCD Monitor:2.5-inch type, 110,000-dot TFT LCD monitor withbrightness adjustment
Media:SD memory card (optional), 32MB of Internal memory equipped
Shooting Modes -- Still:Auto, Aperture Priority Mode, Advanced Scene Mode (Portrait [Face AF], Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night portrait, Landscape, Night landscape, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Fireworks show, Back light, Close up), Scene (Panorama assist, Beach/Snow, Museum, Copy, Sports; Voice recording; BSS (Best Shot Selector); Blur Warning; Date imprint; Self-timer (3, 10 sec.)
Shooting Modes -- Movie:With sound: TV movie (640*) at 30fps; TV movie (640) at 15fps; small size (320) at 15fps; smaller size (160) at 15fps; Sepia movie (320) at 5fps; B/W movie at 15fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps; Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) available
Shutter:8-1/2,000 sec
Aperture:Wide: Ten-step (f/2.7 - f/7.6), Telephoto: Four-step (f/5.2 - f/7.3)
Capture Modes:1) Single, 2) Continuous H (approx. 2.3fps), 3) Continuous L (approx. 2.0 frames), 4) Ultra HS (up to 100 pictures at up to 30fps), 5) Multi-shot 16 (16 frames 1/16 in size)
Number of Frames:32MB of Internal Memory: approx. 7, Normal: approx. 14, Basic: approx. 27
Built-in Speedlight:Range: 1' 8" - 8'6"/0.5-2.6m (W), 1' 8" - 4'3"/0.5-1.3m (T); Flash modes:Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), FlashCancel, Anytime Flash, Slow sync and Rear Curtain Sync
Interface:USB, Audio Video output (NTSC/PAL); Wireless: IEEE802.11b/g, wireless range up to 100ft (30m) (depending on environment)
Power Requirements:One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-62C (optional)
Battery Life:Approx. 180 shots with EN-EL8 Rechargeable Battery (based on CIPA standard*)* Industry standard for measuring life of camera batteries. Measured at 25°C (77°F); zoom adjusted with each shot, built-in flash fired with every other shot,image mode set to Normal (8M).
Dimension (W x H x D):Approx. 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.5 in. (91 x 60 x 39mm)
Weight:Approx. 6 oz. (170g) (without battery and memory card)
Supplied Accessories:Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, Battery Charger MH-62, USB Cable, Audio Video Cable, Strap, PictureProject CD-ROM
Optional Accessories:Wireless Printer Adapter PD-10, AC Adapter EH-62C, Case/Battery Kit
Supported Languages:German/English/
Spanish/French/
Italian/Dutch/
Swedish/Japanese/
Simplified Chinese/
Traditional Chinese/
Korean/Russian
selectable in menu display
Battery:One EN-EL8 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (Supplied); EH-62C AC adapter (Optional)
Note:Technical specifications are subject to change without notice
Picture Project System Requirements:OS: Macintosh: Mac OS X version 10.1.5 or later (version 10.2.8 or later required for Burn Disc option); Windows: Windows XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Me, Windows 98SE pre-installed models; RAM: Macintosh: 64MB or more recommended; Windows: 64MB or more recommended (128MB with muvee option);Hard disk: 60MB required for installation;Display: 800 x 600 or more with 16-bit color (full color recommended); Others: CD-ROM drive required for installation; only built-in USB ports are supported
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer


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