Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Coolpix P100

Everything is falling. Now you can get a super-zoom camera for $340.
The Nikon Coolpix P100 seems quite advanced. What I like best is the tiltable screen. As my regular readers know, I always found that highly useful.

On the other hand... 26x zoom!? I guess it comes down to a magic number, twelve. For me, twelve is the sweet spot for megapixels, even for professional applications, you almost never need more. And I think 12x zoom is about the right amount for a super-zoom, above that and the compromises just stack up too high, in image quality, aperture, hand-holding ability.
Also, I never drink more than twelve drinks in one night, or have more than twelve girlfriends in one week.
Still, this looks like a fun camera, and it shoots ten pictures per second! Great for the kid's soccer game, like the long zoom is. And it seems quite capable video-wise too.

But you will do well to remember that even though this sort of looks like a DSLR camera (like the D60 or D3000), you will not get the same image quality as these slightly bigger cameras (with exchangeable lenses). The reason is the sensor in this type of camera is much, much smaller, to allow for the long zoom. The quality difference is especially noticeable in low light.


patrick said...

Nikon has finally developed 1080p technology. Yea!

Sadly it's found first in a coolpix.
I really don't get these camera companies sometimes.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

It must be because of the much longer development time for the high-end models that you sometimes get this leap-frog phenomenon.

review of nikon coolpix p100 said...

Nikon Coolpix P100 is a 10 mp camera. Design-wise, its very appealing to the eyes. Shooting wise, its very fast, the speed is good. The quality of photo and
video is not very satisfying. It easily fits in one's pocket.