Product Reviews (22)
Coolpix P1 8MP 4X zoom, WiFi
Strengths: The L-ion battery, 8MP, 4X zoom and wifi are all great. The camera is easy to set-up and operate as well. It doesn't need a card reader to upload to computer.
Weakness: The camera is smaller than I anticipated and almost looks toylike. The buttons are small and the compartment that holds battery and SD card is somewhat ackward to open. Price
I like being able to store separate profiles so my son and I can have our preferences available without switching back and forth. I also like the video feature and the fact that I don't need a card reader to upload pictures to my computer. The camera takes quality photo and video even with sound. I'm still exploring all the functions it has to offer. I think it's a great addition to our bulky 35mm.
By satyson - Oct 30, 2005
Strengths: Wifi transfer eliminates the need for a card reader, lightweight, rich feature set such as digital & optical zoom, easy setup, intuitive icons.
Weakness: The camera is smaller than I anticipated and almost looks toylike. The buttons are small and the compartment that holds battery and SD card is somewhat ackward to open. price
P1 has L-ion battery, 8MP, 4X zoom and wifi, It has taken my photography expereince to a different leval and made it easier to archive memories. The camera is easy to set-up and operate as well. I like being able to store separate profiles so my son and I can have our presets available without switching back and forth. I also like the video feature and instant transfer capability enable picture sharing convenience. The picture quality is above average and provides image clarity. This camera makes a great gift for the upcoming holidays.
By satyson - Nov 13, 2005
Nikon Coolpix P1
Strengths: Great lens. Much easier to hold than cameras like Canon SD550 and Sony P200. Nifty wireless trasnmission to laptop & printer.
Weakness: Shutter lag with flash 3 seconds. There is no optical view finder so you can't brace it with the strap (like a rifle sling) so camera shake may be a problem.
Comparison between Nikon Coolpix P1 & old Minolta Maxxum 3000i SLR 35-70 mm zoom. P1 has Nikkor x 3.5 zoom, 36-126 mm (35mm equivalent), 7 elements in 6 groups, max aperture f2.7 @ 36 mm & f5.2 @126 mm. Minolta (with Kodak Max 400 GC film) has x 2 zoom 35-70 mm zoom, f 4.
Took shots of test cards @ 22 feet; one each at center, bottom left corner & bottom center of the scene. Card had font from 72, 48, 36, 28 then down by 2s to 8 point & with blue & & stripe for chromatic aberration check. Cameras were stood on a table & self timer was used. Flash was disabled. The Minolta was on the verge of needing flash so that should have made it use large apertures.
With P1 zoom at 36 mm, 1/30th & f 2.7 the shots on the laptop could be enlarged so that legible font at the center was 72 & almost 48, bottom left corner was 72, & bottom center was 72. On the laptop P1 at 1/125th & f4.8 results images looked the same. On prints P1 and Minolta results looked the same. With P1 zoom at 50 mm (set by matching Minolta framing) (1/30th & f3.3) shots on the laptop showed the legible font was 36-28 on all three positions. On the P1 at 1/125th & f5.2 one could almost discern 26 point font in the center. On the prints P1 images looked better than the Minolta. With P1 zoom at 70 mm (matching Minolta) (1/125th & f4.8) shots on the laptop showed the legible font at the center was 20, at the left-bottom corner was 22, & towards the bottom center was 22-20. On the P1 at 1/125th f5.2 the results were a bit worse (not expected). On prints the P1 looked better than the Minolta (not expected). With P1 zoom at 126 mm (1/125th & f5.2) shots on the laptop showed the legible font at the center was 16, at the left-bottom corner was 18-16, & towards the bottom center was 20-18. Same results at 1/60th & f5.2.
Didn’t see any discernable chromatic aberration on test cards. Took shot in grocery store. Color looked fine. Checked macro with shot of George Washington. On the laptop and on print I can count the dots any where on the engraving.
P1 shutter lag with macro (1/60th & f 2.5) was 3 seconds with flash and 1 second or less without flash. Shutter lag on the Minolta with flash was 1 second or less.
On this non-too scientific test the small Nikkor lens seems just as good as the big Minolta lens. Camera shake will be my biggest challenge because can’t use a camera strap like a rifle sling as one can with an optical view finder.
Originally considered Canon SD500, Sony P200 and DSC-T7. Too many LCD problems reported with SD500. Changed to SD550. Then found P1. P200 and SD550 don’t handle as well as the P1. Priced the P1 in town incl. 1 GB RAM, spare battery & 3 years warranty $951. Chose NewEgg via PriceGrabber. Total $677 for same specs.
Nikon clip-on hard leather bag (#5375) $11 big enough for spare battery & SD chip with camera on top. The dial tends to rotate as the P1 is removed.
Manual page-1 states non-Nikon holograph sealed batteries may void warranty. New battery charged in 70 minutes. Manual states battery should last for 180 shots. By default the P1 shuts down after 1 minute of idle-time.
If there is no SD chip in the camera, it writes about 23 shots to internal memory. If there is an SD chip in the camera, it writes shots to that. With a 1 GB chip the LCD predicts a capacity of 495 shots. Copying from internal memory to the 1 GB chip ran at 17 shots in about 20 seconds. Manual p-149 states SanDisk, Toshiba & Panasonic memory is Nikon-approved.
Installed s/w (Project Picture 1.6 & Quick Player 6.5.2). Checked for updates, none for PP-Coolpix P1. QT never connected to vendor’s server. Wireless setup very easy. Make sure you know your networks data (see Quick Start Guide). Software loads OK but there is a point where you can’t back out of Wireless setup. I had to crash the laptop, bring it up again, check my settings and then rerun setup (pilot error, should have be certain of the settings).
To transmit to the laptop, logon and stand back. Set dial to wireless, select laptop. Press OK for Easy Transmit (just sends shots not already sent). Transmitted 17 shots in 80 seconds. Worked OK at 22 feet. Shots stored in c:Documents & Settingsyour_accountMy DocumentMy PicturesPictureProjectdownload#. Immediately after transmission completes Picture Project auto launches on the laptop & thumbnails display. 28 shots consumed averaged 1.45 MB with range from 942 KB to 3.9 MB.
My camera history: Braun Paxette, tore film, hated it. Leica IIIg loved it. Nikkormat loved it. Linhof Technica 70 (70 mm roll film or 120 roll film, rising tilting everything, 3 lenses). Google images on Technica 70. Just stopped seeing pictures in front of me when I was lugging it around & when I did see them I couldn’t make the beast sing & dance. The Minolta is great but its big & the flash is temperamental.
By singletond - Oct 18, 2005
Nikon Coolpix P1
Strengths: Size, megapixels, wi-fi capability
Weakness: Haven't found any yet...
The Nikon Coolpix P1 is a great camera for just about any level of photography. You can use any one of the 16 pre-programmed "scene" modes, dial it in manually, or put it on auto and point and shoot.
The Wi-Fi function makes picture transfers a breeze. You can also use the included USB cable. That and Windows XP made for effortless picture transfers.
You'll enjoy the Coolpix P1!
By hawkstr - Jan 15, 2006
Strengths: Very small size, large LCD screen, solid build quality
Weakness: Very few manual functions
This camera has 2 features you won't find on other digital cameras. First, it has build in red-eye reduction. Not just the multiple flashes that all cameras have, but true red-eye reduction in the digital domain inside the camera's on-board processor. So far, I have seen far less red-eye with this camera than any other. Secondly, this camera has a mode that searches for faces in the picture and ensures that maximum focus is applied to that area. If these two features appeal to you, then this camera is a good buy. The picture quality of this camera is of the highest I've seen.
By yellow12 - Dec 11, 2005
Nikon COOLPIX P1 Digital Camera
Strengths: Great point a shoot camera and fine print on the wireless transfer.
Weakness: Little noise at ISO 400 when the focus is far away.
The wide end has moderate barrel distortion & the flash doesn't fill the frame. Aperture priority doesn't do anything significant. A little noise at ISO 400 when the focus is far away. Other than that, pics are as sharp as expected and the generous LCD screen is very nice.
By dennghi - Jan 9, 2006
Nikon Coolpix P1
Strengths: Photographs have outstanding vibrant colors
Weakness: Photo sharpness is too soft & the camera has a short battery life
The Nikon p1 is very sleek looking with the perfect compact weight & size. The user controls are easy to navigate through with a wonderful selection of manual and auto settings. This camera takes great vibrant colored photographs with the exception all your photos will turn out soft, as though a softening filter were placed on the camera, even on the highest sharpness settings. Batteries seem to drain quickly. I would say over all this is a decent camera for all purpose use.
By headoftheport - Apr 11, 2006
Nikon Coolpix P1 Digital Camera
Strengths: Great quality photos, WIFI
This Nikon Coolpix P1 Digital Camera takes great quality photos, and has other nice features including WIFI. The WIFI makes it extremely easy to transfer my photos from my camera to my computer. Since this is a 8MP camera, I am able to get great looking 16" by 20" prints.
By eelum - Apr 6, 2006
NIKON P1- AWESOME CAMERA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Strengths: Black in color, Small(however not as small as the canons, Point & Shoot, Easy to understand, Great Features, Wi-Fi Capability
Weakness: None as of yet... point and shoot camera- can't be weak in that sense.
This camera takes really nice pictures. I was skeptical about purchasing because I'm really picky and have high standards so after 3 months of contemplating, I bought it and love it! You won't go wrong.
I got a great deal on it too so I am happy and feel like it was a win-win situation for me.
By doublea - Feb 6, 2006
Nikon P-1 good value
Strengths: Small size, easy to use, big screen.
Weakness: not as fast between flash shots as some others digital cameras.
I purchased the Nikon P-1 due to its good price value relationship, and have not been disappointed. It is very small, and easy to use. The screen is great - very large. I did have some concern about the longer lag time between flash shots, but I still believe that this camera is a good value. I would buy it again.
By lotbook - Jan 31, 2006
A nice digital camera
Strengths: 8M resolution Wi-Fi
Weakness: No optical viewfinder
I loved this camera when I took it out of the box. It already gave me some quality pictures. 8M resolution is cool. Everything is clear. The Wi-Fi needds to learn to set up but it works great. It's compact and convenient. I wish it had the optical viewfinder and used regular AA batteries. Or maybe they can improve the 3.5x optical 'cause I assume it's a high-end product.
By juneloos - Jan 27, 2006
Strengths: good picture quality
Weakness: wifi setup and price
I bought this camera because of the wifi feature. I was a bit disappointed at how difficult to set up the wifi. I have gave up on that and not using the feature.
Other than that, everything seems fine. It takes great out door picture. The indoor picture is not bad if within the flash distance.
By joyce1007 - Feb 9, 2006
COOLPIX P1 Digital Camera (8.0MP, 3.5x Opt, 32MB Internal Memory, SD Slot)
Strengths: Comfy to hold, 2.5", crystal pics, pictbridge, WiFi, Excellent Pretty slick little camera
Weakness: You have to be connected to the internet to use WI FI
The LCD is very clear and usable under sun-light condition.Solid picture quality, build and feel.If you are looking for something that delivers excellent pic quality, go for it!!
By dinarkamat - Feb 4, 2006
Strengths: The camera is pretty small and light, have almost all functionalities that you can find from a point and shoot camera, support wifi which means you don't need a card reader or usb cable.
Weakness: not so far
This is a decent point and shoot camera, the picture quality is very good, lightweight, small, perfect for your travel. Meanwhile, it supports wifi (the first product i've seen that supports wifi) which means you can connect to your computer through wireless. Now the price goes down a little, which makes it even more appealing.
By wjarcher - Jan 20, 2006
A solid Nikon with Wi-Fi
Strengths: 8MP, small size, large lcd, wi-fi
Weakness: so-so photo quality, not very stylish
Got it for almost 3 months, it was much smaller out of the box than I thought before. Large and bright LCD displays photos clearly, even under strong sunshine. Wi-Fi feature is great and easy to use although I have not yet used it a lot.
My only concern is the photo quality which is not as good as I expected for a 8MP digital camera. Probably it is caused by very limited manual features provided by Nikon P1.
By caoguangyu - Mar 3, 2006
Strengths: I like the wifi.
Weakness: Not as small as some of the other cameras
I believe the above summarizes it pretty well. Takes awesome pictures that I think everyone can appreciate and the wifi makes it easy to transfer them to your pc however its not really pocket size so just keep that in mind.
By alex1432 - Feb 1, 2006
Review for Nikon Coolpix P1
Strengths: Price Performance Ratio
am comparing this camera to the Olympus Stylus 800. I was never a Nikon user. I loved my Olympus, but after a few months of using it, my pictures became pixelated (something that a few others noticed right away). After taking roughly 300 pics on my Nikon, I have no complaints. The name says it all. I have been a digi-cam user ever since they came out and this one by far gave me the best clear cut pic production. If you are looking for something that delivers excellent pic quality, go for it...it is well worth every penny.
By marisolita7gmail - Jan 23, 2006
ReviewGist for Nikon COOLPIX P1 Digital Camera
Image is Good according to 10 Digital Camera experts. -- "Image quality is very good on the Nikon Coolpix P1, with neutral color balance and minimal lens and processing artifacts"-asia.cnet.com -- "Image quality is very good on the Nikon Coolpix P1, with neutral color balance and minimal lens and processing artifacts."-reviews.cnet.com -- "Some users may find the Nikon Coolpix P1s photo quality...
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By reviewgist.com - Dec 28, 2009
Nikon Coolpix P1
Testseek.com has collected 20 expert reviews for Nikon Coolpix P1 and the average expert rating is 75 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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By testseek.com - Feb 9, 2009
Nikon Coolpix P1 Digital Camera Review
The Nikon Coolpix P1 looks like all of its other compact Coolpix cousins with its 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.5-inch body, but it comes with a little something extra—wireless technology. The P1 and its sibling, the P2, were announced in September 2005 and hit the market a month later for a $549 retail price. Nikon claims the P1 to be the world’s first wireless digital camera, though Kodak also makes that...
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By Digitalcamerainfo.com - Dec 2, 2005
Nikon Coolpix P1
Will WiFi-connected cameras be the next big wave in the digital camera market? Perhaps... and perhaps not. Regardless of whether they'll ever achieve dominance though, it's clear that we're going to see more of them cropping up over the next year or two. The Nikon Coolpix P1 is that company's first effort at a consumer-level WiFi camera, and it has a lot to offer. Most importantly, beyond the...
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By Imaging Resource - Nov 4, 2005
WiFi is a wireless networking...
WiFi is a wireless networking technology that becomes more in vogue every day, and it's not limited to just laptop computers - it's now conquering the digital camera market as well! Nikon was one of the first to adopt it, but their P1 has more than WiFi to attract buyers.
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By tomshardware.com - Nov 30, -0001