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      08.09.2013 22:15
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      A good all round camera for the money

      I bought this camera about 18 months ago, back when Jessops wasn't in any financial trouble. They went bankrupt, but I believe are still in business. Anyway, that's beside the point, up until this point I had only had digital cameras - my old Casio was still going fine but I felt I wanted to take some more professional pictures or at the very least have something that delivered better quality pictures. I wasn't too concerned about the megapixel number (my Casio had 8MP but still seemed to deliver pretty well) so I wasn't particularly interested at something with 14, 16 or even more megapixels so the 10.3MP Nikon seemed a good bet. It was well priced and looked rugged (not that I take pictures anywhere particularly adventurous or off the beaten path but I wanted something that could take the odd bump or scrape) and it was the Nikon brand - something that has a good reputation.

      First impressions were good - the camera is light and looks just as good as the pictures suggest. To hold, it has a rubber grip to place your thumb on above the controls wheel to the right of the screen on the back, and I rest my other finger above the power button on the top of the camera. It's comfortable to hold, and its weight makes it easy enough to carry around without too much bother. In the box the camera came with it has a neck trap that attatches to the sides of the camera which means it can hang around your neck when ambling around which means you have your hands free to carry things and also it's more safe - it's much easier for someone to pinch it out of your hand than from around your neck. Also in the box it comes with a lens cap which I place on the camera when I'm not using it or if there's a fair bit of time between shots.

      Now, before I get into the techincal details of the camera and it's features - let me forewarn you that I'm no David Bailey! It was a fair jump for me from a standard digital camera to a bridge camera, hence the reason why I didn't make the big jump to a DSLR (and because they are blooming expensive, and I don't take enough pictures to warrant one, also).

      So, let's start with the back of the camera - there is a large high-res screen to the left of the back of the camera which also flips out and swivels up and down so you can clearly see the screen at a number of different angles. The screen can actually turn 90 degrees and is a full 3 inches of LCD goodness and it's one of the best I've come across on any camera so I was impressed. Moving to the right there is a circle of controls - these control many of the display options on the camera screen - either when you are taking a picture or viewing it back. To the bottom left of this, is a rubbish bin icon which deletes any picture you have taken.

      Underneath there is the Menu button which controls most of the options of the camera and also the different picture settings. For most people, the standard 'Auto' feature is good enough for everyday picture taking and can do all sorts of pictures fairly well but produces no outstanding pictures, and I find that in bright light it doesn't fare too well and doesn't get the depth of the colour quite right, e.g in bright sunlight, though if it's darker colours, indoors or on a rainy day it does it pretty well. Next on the list is the 'Portrait' setting which is well, pretty self explanatory. Next down is 'Landscape'. Now this is a favourite of mine and I often find that I use this mode rather than Auto mode for everyday pictures. It gives lighter colours a much more realistic colour and doesn't make them too bright and on pretty much every colour it gives it a better depth and range of colour. The only problem is that I often forget to take it off this and I go to take a portrait photo and it messes it up because of course, it's still set on Landscape. There options on the list continue - Sports, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show, Black and white, Panorama and Pet photo.

      Now - I will confess to not having used all of those modes (who on earth uses a museum mode?) For indoor photos I find that the Dusk/dawn setting works as good as, if not better than the indoor setting though it does give it a slightly orange tint. Of course, you could always turn the flash on but I really don't like pictures taken in low light with the flash on, it looks, well - HORRIBLE. I would much rather a slightly different tint, or a darker picture than one all flash and not much picture. When it gets pitch black, unfortunately the camera isn't great. And don't even think of using firework mode for fireworks! Maybe other people have more luck than me (or are just better at taking photos of fireworks!) but they take an age to process and always come out blurred no matter how much I steady my hand or even rest the camera on a table or railing.

      Also in the Menu, there are options for filming and general camera options like Welcome screen, Time zone settings and monitor settings. These are all easy to use and are controlled by the wheel to the right of the screen.

      Moving up above the screen, we have the little window to look through if you like to take your pictures the old-fashioned way and to the right is the Dispaly button marked 'DISP'. This alters what you want to see on your screen whilst taking pictures, I keep it just blank with just the battery life in the top right corner. To the right of that button is the record button, and the camera can record 720p and even 1080p (I believe?) HD footage which it does well (though this does suck quite some of the battery life, and sound quality is only average, but it does deliver a good picture). I don't really care though, as this camera is all about the pictures for me. Down below that is the playback button, to review the pictures you have taken.

      Finally, on the top of the camera is the ON/OFF switch and to the left the big chunky black wheel were you can alter the settings you take your picture with. The first one is a green camera which is the standard Auto mode, next is Programmed auto, then Shutter-priority auto (which works VERY WELL), then Aperture-priority auto, then Manual mode, then User settings, then Smart portrait, Backlighting, Night portrait, Night landscape and finally scene select (which you do by the aforementioned Menu button). If I'm honest, I haven't used half these but I am listing them here so that you have the information. I did say at the start that I am no professional photographer so I don't use ALL the settings on the camera, especially not the most obscure ones. Finally, at the front of the camera is the zoom switch which you rock back and forth to toggle the zoom. Oh - and you can raise the flash by pressing a button on the side of the camera - it then pops up on top.

      Taking pictures is really easy and the zoom and quality when you are zooming is phenominal. It has a 26 x optical zoom and can steady and stabilise pictures even when you are zoomed in quite some way. Even when you haven't got shutter priority on, it still takes a picture very fast so even if something is quite fast moving then you should be in good hands.

      I hope this review hasn't been too bad - I've tried to explain the best I can the features of the camera. Like I have said, I'm no professional photographer so don't know every single thing about the camera, and the things I have mentioned are just what I have found and what my personal preferences are.

      Finally, on the underside of the camera is the battery and SD card and on the left-hand side is the flap which opens the HDMI port and charging slot.

      To sum up, this is a very decent camera. I'm under no doubt that there are better cameras out there with more fancy features and even more megapixels but for me and for what I use it for - it is great. It's pretty straight forward to use and with Landscape mode on does some fantastic everyday shots. At night, it's not so great - but that might be me. Overall, a great all-round camera, and for the price I paid (£225) it was money well spent.

      (On a side note - christ, a 1524 word review!)

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        19.07.2012 22:42

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        A highly recommended product to anyone who wants great pictures but isn't a professional!

        A brilliant camera, which can easily be used by the non professionals (such as myself) to take great quality pictures without the confusion found in other similar cameras. It contains a varied range of features on the camera, including settings for dusk/dawn, sunset/sunrise, party, indoor, fireworks, beach, food, pets, portraits, close ups, a backlighting option, panorama option for capturing great views, and others such as black and white etc.
        The camera is lighter than I expected making it less cumbersome to take places. The memory capacity obviously depends on the type of memory card you have, and the intended use for your camera, but so far I have found my 8gb memory card to be more than sufficient for my photographic needs.
        Overall the quality of the pictures is very very good, with colours as clear as they are to the eyes, and great zoom options (optical and digital) which allow you to zoom great distances while still retaining a clear quality of pictures.
        The camera is simple to use with great results.
        I got my camera when it was in the sale and found it to be a brilliant bargain (costing £170 with a case and memory card). However even if you are purchasing this item at full price I still believe it to be a worthwhile purchase.

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        18.07.2012 18:34
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        It is a fantastic begginer camera.

        The 10-mega pixel Nikon bridge camera is the perfect companion for any beginner. It's 26x zoom lens enables you to capture the breathtaking action in stunning clarity, it has a full HD mode, recording in 1080p detail it's accompanied with a stereo microphone that enhances the overall result.
        Being in at just 481 grams, it is extremely light weight. Its DSLR like body gives you a firm sturdy grip when taking you photographs.
        It's built in pop-up flash, mounted at the top of the camera, is nice however it is not a necessity due to the back illuminated CMOS sensor. When the flash is used however it can spoil the photograph as the light produced can be too vigorous on the other hand, you can fully adjust the settings of the flash and many other parts of the camera.

        Despite the camera being extremely attractive, it is not completely customisable in the way that you can fit on external parts, this means that if you wanted a high end shot using a polariser, it would not be possible as there are non available on the current market to fit it's unique design.
        Thankfully, Nikon as include a Vibration Reduction mode, I have found that this makes a noticeable difference to the sharpness of the image.
        The 3 inch LCD screen is a beautiful addition to the already fantastic camera, it shows its detail across 460,000 dots of excellence. If you wanted more professional shots, you may opt for use of the electronic viewfinder. It is not as appealing as the LCD screen likewise it is less detailed being only 230,000 dots however it is brilliant for use on a sunny day when you might not necessarily be able to see the LCD screen.
        For the price, it is a bargain. Priced at around £150 it is an unmissable camera for a beginner or intermediate.

        Overall I would give this camera a thorough 8/10. I believe its special design is fantastically suited for beginners use offering high end quality results for a fraction of what it would cost to buy a DSLR.
        I personally think that there are areas that can be improved on, for example the electronic viewfinder and the flash however the standard of image that is produced can make up for it.
        Owning this camera for several years, I strongly recommend this camera to any budding photographer that are looking on improving their skill.

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        24.06.2011 11:22
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        A Lovely camera with good features for its price.

        **Quick background

        I have been an enthusiastic but frustrated convert to the digital photography age. The flexibility of a digital snap has sometimes been weighed down by slow reactive speed and cameras so light and small that accuracy is a problem. The Nikon Coolpix P100 has a good try at overcoming these difficulties:

        **Weight and Comfort

        At 481g this camera might be seen as too heavy for the casual backpacker snapper, but for me the weight renders it solid in the hand and gives me greater balance when lining up my shot. Some of the very light cameras currently available are perfectly efficient and it is probably a personal quirk that makes me prefer the more sturdy, but I definitely get a safer set up and feel more secure with the slightly extra weight.
        The Coolpix P100 has a rubberised hand grip which is another plus in terms of stability and stillness whilst shooting. Its moulded hand grip is a great feature as it allows a firm grip without risk of fingers in front of lens or light filter! The moulding may, though, be a problem for the left-handed user and would need to be taken into consideration in case this affected balance.

        I very personal view of mine is that this camera looks like a camera! Not a popular view in the age of small is beautiful, but I feel more secure with this "proper" looking model.

        **Size

        At 11 x 10 x 8 cms this is a sturdy camera. Not one to pop in your bag as a just-in-case, but solid enough to be a serious instrument. the inclusion of its own integral battery rather than the fujji standard batteries has kept the weight down compared with other cameras of equivalent lens quality, but it is still stockier than many in this range. As I indicated, this is a plus for me but maybe a consideration if you are after an "anytime" camera.

        **Flash

        The flash is a popup and needs to be activated manually. This is useful for the experienced photographer but maybe a hindrance for the beginner or those who want such decisions taken out of their hands. The flash's auto and red eye reduction, slow sync etc are easily navigated the user manual has a good explanation of these functions.

        **Battery

        No need for packets and packets of AA batteries - the P100 uses a Li-ion battery and can be recharged as desired. The downside of this unit, though is that the battery is re-charged through the mains or computer whilst still in the camera. What is really needed is the facilitty to purchase a second battery so that the spare can be ready charged. There is, to be fair, adequate warning of a low battery and so planning is not always on the hoof. There are about 200 full shots on the battery life and once you've worked this out you have more chance of being one step ahead, but there is nothing worse than lining up a shot and missing it through low battery!

        **Shot Quality

        At 10 megapixels and massive 26 optical zoom this is a quality picture. A step up from your standard point and click this makes for a good half way stop on the way to a more pricey DSLR. The rear LCD display is 3 inches in size with a resolution of 460k, making the set up incredibly clear for a camera of this size. The screen has an anti-reflection coating to reduce glare which, when combined with the tilt makes it very adaptable in different light settings. The vibration reduction mechanism is useful especially when you have posed a shot over a period of time without a tripod.

        **Control

        The huge number of features on the P100 are operated using buttons and wheels located on the top right and the reverse of the camera. Zooming is achieved via a traditional lever around the shutter operator and a top mounted wheel shifts through the varioush shooting modes. On the rear, top right is second wheel which allows you to change through a myriad of shutter speeds. Below that is the multi directional button layout around a central OK button which operates set timer modes,as flash and focus options. The menu and operating lists are displayed in lcd form on the rear display and though the manual is certainly initially necessary, the layout is pretty logical and easy to navigate with a little thought.


        **Price

        At around the £300 (or £299 if it makes you feel better!) mark this is a middle range camera, but for the price you are getting one that behaves as well as some twice its price. Many of the features are personal taste though so before you hook up online go and try one for yourself in a camera shop. If you like it - its good value.

        **Verdict**

        A great camera of the middle range with good reaction and lots of extras.

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          01.05.2011 11:14
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          A good camera for the price, shame about the battery life

          I've been into photography for years and previously owned an older model of Nikon camera. After it was stolen in Barcelona and the insurance company begrudgingly paid out; I had the task of finding the best camera on the market for the amount of money I had to spend. I bought the P100 and I've been pleasantly surprised with it. The P100 is the successor to the 2009 model the P90. I was quite surprised that the older model was a 12 -megapixel camera and the newer one, the P100 has been reduced to 10 -megapixel count. Not that it seems to make that much difference to the images and by doing this Nikon have managed to make some astounding improvements to the P100. It can capture a phenomenal ten frames per second when used at full resolution. (For anyone that doesn't know, this means that it will take ten photographs per second when you hold down the shoot button.) This is great and yes there are other cameras on the market that can shoot 15-20 frames but these cost a lot more money. The zoom is also a great feature. 26 x optical zoom is a great addition to the camera that other cameras on the market are struggling to compete with for the price.

          So how does the camera feel in your hand? I personally find the camera quite heavy weighing in at 481 grams but I prefer to hold something that feels more solid so do not find this a problem. It is one of the heavier cameras on the market at the minute. The camera has a comfortable rubberised hand grip; moulded to fit comfortably in the right hand. However as a leftie this does feel slightly odd but unfortunately something I've resigned myself to get used to.

          The flash on the camera has to be popped up manually and has a button on the side. The flash has a few options such as auto with red eye reduction, slow sync, rear curtain sync for example and these are easily toggled between by using the up button on the multi controller.
          The 460K 3" LCD screen is extremely sharp and the 1080p videos are incredible and extremely detailed. They can be captured with slow motion capability and with zoom. However at the telephoto end of the zoom are not as clear and the focus fails to lock on to subjects and creates a shaky picture. The sound quality of the videos though is impeccable.

          The camera on the whole is quiet; although the Vibration reduction feature does make a small mechanical purring sound when turned on. This feature is one of my favourite and a necessity, it means you can use slower shutter speeds and still end up with really sharp photographs. You cannot quickly toggle in and out of this mode but I just leave it in this mode all the time and it doesn't drain the battery.

          Another reason why I like the camera so much is that the li-ion battery is my preferred option to x amount of double A batteries. However the battery doesn't last as long as I thought and I'm only managing to get around 230-240 shots before the battery runs out. You can charge it up through the mains or through a computer but you have to leave the battery in the camera. This means that you cannot just buy a spare battery and swap them over when one has run out. This is my main bug bare at the minute and looking at buying a separate external charger.

          Another miniscule bug bare is that the camera lacks an orientation sensor so any photos taken portrait style do not automatically adjust themselves but need flipping on a computer.

          There are many filters on the market to accompany the camera. I've just bought a UV filter which reduces haze and increases the contrast and a lens cap to keep the lens clean and dust free.

          This review may also appear on ciao with the username Jennster85.

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          17.04.2011 10:12
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          10.3MP, 26x Optical Zoom, 1080p Video Quality - ideal for any situation!

          If you want to take photos without having to worry if the pics will come out blurry or inadequate, then this is the camera right for you! Featuring a stunning optical 26x zoom, with impressive 1080p video quality, along with 10.3MP camera, the Nikon P100 is one that you'll fall in love almost immediately due to its simplicity in functionality as well as wide-range focus due to its wide-angle lens that it comes equipped with!

          Featuring functions like Scene auto-detector (in which the camera automatically detects how to take photos based on the environment you're into), Blink-eye detector (in case someone in your group tries to blink, the camera automatically knows and alerts you), Manual for professional photographers (you sometimes need to take pics your way), or even Aperture Priority/Shutter Priority Auto for those of you who want to set how much the camera focuses on, the Nikon P100 will surely match your highest expectations - an investment that is worth the price!

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            03.04.2011 17:24
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            Overall, it's a good camera, it's just not exactly what I wanted.

            I was so excited about this camera and ordered it on the day it came out - it seemed like the perfect compromise camera as I couldn't afford a DSLR and wanted something better than my regular point and shoot.

            Unfortunately though, I was really disappointed with the results. Yes, it's a nice camera, it feels good and is easy to use and hold, it is fairly portable and compact (compared to a DSLR) but still has the whopping (26x) zoom and 10MP. One feature I did like was the HD movie recording with stereo sound, this was not something I bought the camera for but I did find myself using it quite a lot. The disadvantages are the shutter lag you get and the fact that (even though it's quick) sometimes by the time I'd turned it on, I'd missed my subject. The battery life is not amazing either, and the thing that annoyed me most was the battery would be fully charged and then suddenly drop down to half an then empty in a space of about an hour.

            Overall, it's a good camera, it's just not exactly what I wanted. My advice would be if you want something a bit better than a point and shoot then go for this, if you can afford it though (or it takes an extra 6 months of saving) wait and get a DSLR.

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              A good, basic point-and-shoot, but do no get if obsessed about picture quality.

              Main Features:
              10MP camera, 26x optical zoom, HD video capture support

              I like the overall feel, balance and grip of the camera. It feels great and stable on the hands even with the zoom barrel fully extended. Did I just mention the zoom? It comes with 26x optical zoom which you won't find with a lot of cameras within the same price range. It also has a large LCD screen and a decent viewfinder. The menu is also very user friendly. Even novice users will find navigating a breeze.

              On to the cons. My main beef with the P100 is the photo quality. I notice that the white balance seem to be off in some photos and the color temps usually shaky, resulting in a lack of detail. For a camera with its price tag, the so-so quality of the photos will be hard to get over. There is also no option to capture in camera RAW - a big turn-off for hobbyists who like like to fiddle around with HDR.

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                03.08.2010 17:20
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                a great bridge camera with Nikon reliability and quality

                This camera is absolutely outstanding. There are so many functions on it it is difficult to know where to start, and then added to that you have the reliability and quality you would expect from a Nikon lense. This camera takes outstanding pictures in dark rooms, although you do need a steady hand as you can get a bit of blur. The zoom functionality allows you to take some brilliant close up shots, and the ISO quality is fantastic. As a camera it is good to hold and tripods can be attached for better quality photographs. The packaging of the actual camera does feel a bit plasticky and when you are spending the money you want it to feel good. I like the way the flash pops up with a button so you don't have to worry about the flash going off automatically, but in darker areas it switches the mode so it can produce blurry pictures. Look to shop around for this product as I saw in priced anywhere between £250 and £350 online. I ordered mine for £255 including p&p, it was an ex demo and is perfect in every way and well worth the £100 saving. This camera is a worthy bridge camera for people who want something better than a point and shoot camera, but not so complex as digital SLRs for the non photographer. It may be a little bulky to take on a night out but it perfect for holiday snaps and days out and amateur photography.

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                03.08.2010 14:13

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                Would recommend this camera as it can be used in all situations. Good fun!

                The Nikon P100 is a great all round camera that is perfect for all situations. The massive 26x optical zoom is incredibly useful for distances shots and the resultant image quality is superb.

                To use the zoom you use buttons for zooming in and out and this works fine. It's actually quite standard but I do prefer the barrel zoom style of the Fuji HS10 (which also has a greater zoom at 30x).

                The camera feels nice to hold and is very well balanced. It's a good weight as Nikon use their own battery and this keeps the weight down (compare to the Fuji's 4 AA battery requirement). The screen is also nice and bright and of a good quality. You feel like you have an expensive camera in your hand.

                As with all modern superzoom cameras, there are an array of fun features to play with which have their uses but by and large I use this for point and shoot and the camera works fine for that purpose. The image quality is great and I can print the shots without tweaking them in photoshop first. For the price, this is a great purchase and I recommend it.

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                30.07.2010 21:16
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                A camera for those wishing to step up their photography.

                Having only entered the world of digital photgraphy in the last few years, the cameras I had used thus far had been the smaller handsized versions. They did a good enough until I started taking better shots. The limitations became very obvious and while you shouldn't blame your tools, I felt it was time to invest in a bigger and better camera. And that camera is the Nikon Coolpix P100.

                The P100 looks no different than the majority of it's class. It conforms to the traditional layout of a handgrip on the right-hand side, centrally mounted large lens barrel, flip top flash and on its' rear the viewfinder. The camera is finished in a matte black composite material with dimensions of 83mm x 114mm x 99mm and weighs a little under half a kilogram.

                So what can it do? The lens is a mighty impressive beast and very compact given that it ranges in size from 26mm to 678mm. Why is that so impressive? Well an SLR could cover that range only with 4 seperate interchangeable lens!! With that in mind you are starting to see the quality of this piece.

                It has a 10.3 megapixel resolution with a 26x zoom lens. The vari-angle TFT LCD display is 3 inches in size with a resolution of 460k dots. It also has an anti-reflection coating to reduce glare. The P100 also uses a very handy vibration reduction to ensure crystal clear shots. Very good if you are using the camera for a prolonged period.

                The camera and it's multitude of features are operated through the buttons and wheels located on the top right and the reverse of the camera. Zooming is achieved via a traditional lever surrounding the shutter button. The top mounted wheel allows you to shift through shooting modes. On the rear, top right is another wheel which allows you to change shutter speeds. Below that is the multi directional button layout around a central OK button. This allows the user to set timer modes as well as flash and focus modes. Options are displayed in the traditional manner on the LCD display.

                The device has an internal memory of 43MB but like most digital cameras, there is a slot for SD and SDHC cards. The battery is rechargeable and will give you enough life for 250 shots.

                Images that I have taken are of excellent detail no matter the range. The flash provides an excellent light source when required and has several modes including red eye reduction. An added bonus is the video recording option which delivers results in Full HD (1920 X 1080 pixel) at 30 frames per second. It's not going to replace your camcorder, but it is handy to have for those spur of the moment events.

                So am I happy with the P100, Very. In comparing what it does to previous cameras I have owned, the results are brilliant. It is a step in terms of results which is what I desired in choosing to buy it. Downsides, I can't think of too many, obviously the cost and the weight but you have to expect that from this type and quality of equipment. Would I recomend it, well if you have looked at phots you shot of special events and had disappointing results, then yes this is for you. If not and you are happy, then stick with what you have.

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