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Nikon Coolpix S1200pj review

Nikon's new 14.1MP projector camera features iPhone & iPad compatibility

Our Verdict

For

  • Decent projector
  • Bright 3-inch screen
  • Build quality
  • iPhone/iPad connectivity (cable required)
  • Useful level of on-board effects

Against

  • Expensive
  • 5 hour full battery charge time
  • Disappointing medium/high ISO performance
  • Camera features available on cheaper compacts
  • Fairly bulky

Nikon coolpix s1200pj

The most significant change you'll notice with the Nikon Coolpix S1200pj comes in the handling. It's a few grams heavier than the Nikon Coolpix S1100pj, and the classiest Coolpix projector camera so far, thanks to its metal front plate and clean-edged design.

This time round, the projector is easily accessed via a simple vertical sliding cover on the front of the camera.

There's been a significant upgrade to the control set on the back of the Nikon Coolpix S1200pj, too. The S1100pj's fiddly touchscreen has been ditched, and instead you get a familiar four-way controller for changing common settings such as flash and exposure compensation, plus dedicated movie recording, scene mode and menu buttons.

Nikon coolpix s1200pj review

The 5x zoom is still enclosed within the camera body, and although the maximum 140mm telephoto might leave you wanting occasionally, it offers a decent everyday reach. The maximum aperture of f/5.8 at full zoom is a little underwhelming, though. Despite Nikon's four "anti blur" measures built into the Coolpix S1200pj - Hybrid VR (lens-shift and electronic stabilisation), Best Shot Selector, and High ISO - we'd take a 1-stop increase in aperture any day.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Blink Detection, Smile Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)186 g
Flash Memory Capacity94 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution14.5 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height63.4 mm
Width107 mm
Depth22.6 mm
Autofocus Points9
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS1200pj
Product NameCoolpix S1200pj Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA880E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Shooting and sharing superb images is easy with the versatile Coolpix S1200pj. Equipped with a built-in iPhone and PC compatible projector, it lets you project photos, movies stored on your camera, iPhone or computer onto any flat surface.

Battery Life220 Shot
Package Contents
  • Coolpix S1200pj Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap AN-CP19
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Software CD-ROM
  • PC-PJ Transfer & Document-JPEG Converter CD-ROM
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesProjector, Microphone