Nikon Coolpix P1 Review
Features & Controls
The Coolpix P1 is equipped with a 3.5x Nikkor optical zoom lens with a 36 - 126mm (in 35mm equivalent) focal length coverage. The maximum aperture is F2.7 to 5.2 and it has a dedicated macro mode. When powered down the lens retracts and is protected by a builtin shutter, no lens cap needed.
Auto focus is handled by a contrast detect TTL system with a low light AF-assist lamp, the
focus range is from 19.6 in. (50cm) to infinity in normal, 1.6 in. (4cm) to infinity in
Macro mode (wide angle). Auto focus can be single-AF or Continuous-AF with Auto 9-area
selection or Manual 99-area selection and Center-focus area selection available.
The built-in speedlight has a shooting range of approx. 1 ft 8 in - 8 ft 6 in / 0.5 -
2.6m (W), 1 ft 8 in - 4 ft 3 in / 0.5 - 1.3m (T), and can be set for Auto Flash,
Red-Eye Reduction, Fill Flash, Slow Sync or Disabled.
One of the Coolpix P1's unique features is its builtin 802.11b/g-compatible WiFi
connectivity to immediately transmit images wirelessly to a computer or to any
PictBridge-enabled printer equipped with the optional Nikon Wireless Printer Adapter
(PD-10), for wireless printing. (See page 6 for more WiFi information).
The large 2.5-inch color LCD with 110,000 pixels of resolution serves as the viewfinder as
well as for reviewing your images and movies and accessing the menu screens. In lower
light conditions the LCD will "gain up" for better framing and provides 100%
Controls on top include the power on/off button, the shutter release and
the Mode Dial with positions for: Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Scene, Movie,
Setup, Resolution, ISO, WB and Wireless.
Controls on the back: Upper right are the zoom lens control buttons. In playback mode these buttons serve as the magnify and index buttons. When accessing menus the telephoto button can call up Help screens.
The MENU button calls up and dismisses menu screens. The 4-way selector is for navigating menus and selecting pictures. In record mode pressing it "Up" selects the desired flash mode. Pressing it "Left" activates the 10-sec selftimer. Pressing it "Down" enables the macro focus mode. Pressing it "Right" to adjust exposure compensation. The center OK button accepts menu selections and enables image D-Lighting in playback.
The "blue arrow" button puts the
camera in Play mode. The "trashcan" button is for deleting images.
The interface connector is a combination device used to connect either the USB 1.1
cable for downloading images to the host computer or connect the Audio-Video Out cable
to a TV set. The video signal is selectable for NTSC or PAL.
The USB cable can be connected to any PictBridge compatible photo printer for
The Coolpix P1 is equipped with 32MB of
internal memory and a SD memory card slot, no card is supplied with
the camera. Images and movies can be copied from internal memory to SD card or vice-versa.
We recommend the purchase of at least a 256MB (or larger) SD card or your picture
taking will be quite limited.
The camera is powered by a proprietary EN-EL8 rechargeable Li-Ion battery which provides approx. 180 shots (CIPA standard) per charge. The included MH-62 charger works on 100-240v AC systems.
An optional power adapter allows the camera to be powered
from an A/C wall outlet.
Fantasea FP-1 Underwater HousingFantasea Line now introduces a specially designed housing for the Nikon Coolpix P1 and P2 digital cameras with WiFi. The FP-1 housing, due for release Dec. 15th, is ideal for underwater and outdoor photographers who enjoy the cameras' automatic exposure features for capturing fast action pictures easily and creatively. The Fantasea FP-1 housing insures the most compact design for easy handling and accurate access to camera functions through the critical placement of push-button controls.
Underwater photographers can dive or snorkel and capture all the excitement of this fascinating world, while outdoor photographers also have the option of capturing the action of such activities as white water and paddle sports, sailing and boating, surfing, fishing and hunting, backpacking and camping, and for family activities around the swimming pool or at the beach. The Fantasea FP-1 will protect the Coolpix cameras from water, sand, dust, and other damaging elements.
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