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Nikon Coolpix P100 review



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  • Huge zoom
  • Sharp images
  • Decent build quality


  • Unrealistic colour reproduction
  • Sluggish start-up
  • Underpowered image stabilisation

Review Price £229.00

Key Features: 26x optical zoom; 1080p video recording; up to ISO 3200; 3-inch LCD screen; 10-megapixel sensor

Manufacturer: Nikon

Nikon has hit all the necessary specs with the P100, as it offers an impressive 26x optical zoom as well as Full HD movies. The specs don't always translate into decent image quality though, and with a bridge camera this is all the more important. It's a rarity that a camera capable of magnifying an object so closely can maintain any form of decent image quality at the narrow end of the zoom, making the gigantic figures pointless. The P100 has a few tricks up it's sleeve to try and counteract this though, giving it a genuine chance of delivering on the promises of the specsheet.

Nikon has sensibly added sensor-shift stabilisation to counteract vibration at the top end of the zoom, as well as the ability to go as far as ISO 3200. Both of these factors should give the P100 an amount assistance when the user wants to hit the dizzy heights of the 26x magnification, making it far easier to focus accurately.

For low and high angle shooting the 3” LCD screen has a vari-angle hinge, which is able to swing through 90 degrees. Once at a right angle from the body the screen can then tilt through a further 180 degrees, making the likes of macro photography and shooting over the heads of a crowd far easier. To aid with the low light capabilities the P100 also has backlit sensor, which means the camera needs far less light to expose an image. This should, in theory at least, make the appearance of noise far less obvious. The 1080p video also adds an element of versatility for anyone wanting to shoot movie clips.

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June 18, 2010, 9:02 pm

Professional footballers rabbit away about needing consistency in a referee's decisions, which is what we amateur photographers want from kit reviews. that makes this a doubly-good review, since it is every bit as well-balanced as the review I just read on Fuji's S2500HD. It would take some exceptional qualities on other points for the overall score on a camera to exceed the Image Quality score by more than one point.

(I won't spoil things by mentioning the awful English...)


June 19, 2010, 4:59 am

I don't want to spoil things either but it would a real shame not to point that the P100 apparently has a feature I've not seen before-

"the P100 also has backside illumination".

Are you going to show the test photos for that?


June 19, 2010, 9:45 pm

I'm a fickle soul, but the name 'coolpix' has always put me off Nikon's consumer cams! Sounds like a toy.

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