Nikon S1000pj - More than a Camera


Catering to a Crowd

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.

Foldable optics, centered flash and a new addition to the family - a projector lens. These are just some of the new-fangled things we've been seeing on the latest compacts lineup in recent times.

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.

The top looks slightly more cluttered than usual. And we don't fault Nikon for this, since it's part of the package when they included the pico projector within the S1000pj.

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.

Though we understand the need to keep it compact, we wished that the buttons weren't as hard to utilize as we've experienced during our time with the S1000pj.

The S1000pj is powered by a 1050mAh battery, and will support SDHC cards for your imaging and video needs.

While having a projector to display your images is quite a novelty, there is still an A/V Out port to connect the S1000pj to a bigger display screen.