Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:07 PM
"Nikon Canada today introduced two new COOLPIX cameras to its popular Style series of compact digital cameras with the S1100pj and S5100. Building upon its award-winning projector camera, Nikon continues to broaden content sharing with the new COOLPIX S1100pj’s computer connectivity, offering a new way to view photos, movies and even presentations. The chic and vibrant new COOLPIX S5100 includes advanced Nikon technologies to help create amazing pictures even in low-light conditions and delivers the speed and ease-of-use that have made the S-series the preferred choice among consumers who seek style and performance."
Right on cue to make me look like an idiot with those belated-rumour posts is Nikon's announcement of its latest pair of Coolpixes, with the above S1100pj being the more interesting. "Interesting" in the sense that it has something different, with that pico projector built into the centre of the camera. Coming in at 14 lumens, the S1100pj also lets you use the camera as a projector for your computer via USB. This added functionality is certainly cool, although letting it talk with a Nikon DSLR would be even cooler. The camera also provides the ability to draw over the projected image via the touchscreen in real-time. The camera bits are quite standard: 14 megapixels with a 28-140mm equivalent lens in a folded optics configuration, and the lens itself has some kind of VR. The ISO goes up to 6400, but do you really believe you'll use that?
The S5100 (pictured with the press release after the page break) is a bit less exciting. 12 megapixels with 28-140mm equivalent lens packed in a compact body that is not too expensive and doesn't look too ugly. Press release after the page break.