The S1000pj isn't what we would call a looker. It may look like someone's knight in shining armor, but the said shining armor is soon going to be mucked with fingerprints all over it. Thankfully, the only body part that would suffer from said fingerprints if you're careful would be the device's grip where your fingers should be resting on. The S1000pj is quite the chunky device and is reflected in its 175g mass.
Gripping the S1000pj isn't as hard as we've imagined it to be. We managed to use a one-handed approach for most of our shots, using only two hands at times to ensure that our shots are stabilized. However, what you need to take note of is your finger placement. The location of the foldable optics at the top left corner of the S1000pj means you need to avoid blocking the lens with your fingers. We came to this realization through the hard way after a few shots.
Besides the lens at the top left, the S1000pj's flash is placed right smack at the top center of the camera's front. And right below the flash, is the main highlight of the device: the projector lens. We'll talk about the projector lens in greater details in the next page.
The top of the device is slightly more cluttered than usual. The Shutter button and its accompanying Zoom scroll dial are raised sufficiently for our thumb to operate with ease. The Power button, however, is too close to the Shutter button and too flushed for comfort. As we've said, the buttons are cluttered, and it's all for the pico projector within the S1000pj. The lens focus, which is essentially a slider, takes up most of the real estate here. The projector is activated via a separate power button, located at the left of the device.
Navigating through the user interface on the S1000pj is strictly via the five-way navigation pad on the rear of the device. The said buttons, however, are too stiff for our liking. Not to mention that they are small and cramped together. As such, we had to fumble a bit to access the Menu or Delete images.