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This is a superb camera from a quality company.
The 8 Mega pixels are enough for the average users. don't forget that the picture quality of actual photos depends largely on the paper, ink and printer used!
The P1 has so many functions, I've had this camera for about 1.5 years now and I still haven't used all the functions. Saying that though, it is still easy to use. The 'automatic' function gives a good quality picture. Other modes allow countless options, including the Scene mode for taking good pictures in all light conditions and speeds.
The most impressive function I feel is the multishot mode. When selected, if you hold down the button, the camera will take continuous photos (around 90 shots per second!) I only realised this when I was waiting for the click sound and though nothing had happened. Only to realise that I had taken 90 shots! When played back it looks like video clips. When I bought this camera I wanted one that took the shot when I pressed the button, and not about 2 seconds later when the 'moment' had gone. This camera certainly does the job.
The camera can be connected to a PC via the AV (USB) cable. Or just stick the SD card in the PC card slot.
Battery life is pretty good. Mine usually works for a solid day of pictures. Turning cameras on and off uses up battery because the motors moving the lens. The camera has a sleep mode which you can adjust to your liking.
You can record sound over the top of your photos. This helps to identify photos.
The size of the camera is good, its small but not too small. The overall shape is perfect, with grips in the right place (or at least for me). It could do with being a tiny bit smaller, but you can't have it all!
Offering built-in Wireless LAN support (IEEE802.11b/g), the COOLPIX P1 presents new potential in the field of compact digital photography and offers unprecedented photographic freedom. Supporting wireless transfer, the COOLPIX P1 is able to transfer pictures from the memory card to a computer at the user's command. Enabling wireless shooting, the camera can transfer each individual picture to a computer literally as soon as it is shot. The COOLPIX P1 also offers wireless printing (requires optional Wireless Printer Adapter), which combines the advantages of wireless transfer and PictBridge direct-printing technology to achieve simple printing of pictures without the inconvenience of cables.
Providing users with much closer control over the appearance of the final image, the COOLPIX P1 offers a selection of Advanced Scene Modes in addition to the ample range of conventional Scene Modes. Giving a choice of three different effects (Normal, Effect 1, Effect 2), these Advanced Scene Modes can produce results that match personal preferences more closely.
The COOLPIX P1 also comes with the advantage of Aperture-priority Auto Mode. Offering 10-step manual control in 1/3EV increments, it lets the user decide depth of field while the camera automatically ensures optimal exposure.
The COOLPIX P1 even features a range of functions that give users the ability to refine images in-camera. Nikon's unique D-Lighting Function is available in Playback Mode for the correction of images with insufficient flash or excessive backlight. Just select the image you want to improve and D-Lighting creates a copy with automatically added detail and light wherever necessary. Portrait (Face AF) has the unique ability to detect human faces in the shot, providing sharp, appropriate focus, when the subject is facing the camera from a typical portrait distance. There's also In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which corrects for the unfortunate red-eye effect that can be caused by flash to make for more pleasing portraits in low light.
In addition to offering such an impressive array of capabilities that go beyond the norm, the COOLPIX P1 delivers excellent imaging quality. Equipped with a 1-inch CCD featuring 8.0 effective megapixels, the camera offer outstanding resolution that can stand up to significant enlargement. What's more the COOLPIX P1 is also equipped with a powerful, high-quality 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, which delivers 36-126mm (35mm equivalent) performance for broad compositional freedom.