Nikon's New Projector-Camera Has Business Appeal

Beyond snapping the occasional shot of a whiteboard, there are few reasons to carry a point-and-shoot camera with you into a conference room. But the Nikon Coolpix S1100pj--one of two just-announced cameras from Nikon--wants in on your business meetings. Here's why.

Nikon Coolpix S1100pj: Built-In Projector and Business Features

The 14-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S1100pj has a a front-mounted projector with a brightness rating of 14 lumens, and the camera replaces last year's innovative S1000pj. In a new twist, the S1100pj offers a USB-in port that lets you use the camera's built-in projector as an LCD projector for Windows and Mac computers.

According to Nikon, the S1100pj's built-in projector is powerful enough to project image slideshows and videos from its SD/SDHC card or presentations from its USB-in connection at distances of up to 7 feet.

The 14-lumens brightness rating is solid for a projector of this size: Last year's S1000pj had a brightness rating of 10 lumens, while most stand-alone pico projectors have brightness ratings in the range of 10 to 12 lumens range. That said, it does fall way short of the 1000-and-higher lumens ratings of full-size portable projectors.

Another business-friendly feature for the S1100pj is its 3-inch-diagonal touchscreen LCD, which can be used like a telestrator to draw on images projected from the camera. The camera also offers a number of transition effects and the ability to add music to its in-camera slideshows.

On the camera side of the equation, the Coolpix S1100pj is one of Nikon's first point-and-shoot cameras to offer the company's new Expeed C2 image processor, which the company claims has been optimized for low-light performance.

The Coolpix S1100pj has a 5X optical-zoom wide-angle lens (28mm to 140mm), a combination of hardware- and software-based image stabilization, motion-tracking autofocus, a wide array of scene modes, 720p high-definition video recording, and a range of image-editing modes that include tilt-shift and fish-eye lens simulators.

Available this September in black, silver, green, and violet, the Coolpix S1100pj is priced at $350.

Nikon Coolpix S5100: Quick on the Draw

Also new from Nikon is the Coolpix S5100, which is also built around the new Expeed C2 processor. Nikon is touting the S5100's fast start-up time and lack of shutter lag; the company claims that you can turn on the camera and snap a shot within 0.75 seconds.

The 12-megapixel S5100 offers a 5X optical zoom lens, dual optical/digital image stabilization, motion-tracking autofocus, and an in-camera mode that detects whether the camera is connected to a tripod and adjusts exposure settings accordingly. The S5100 also records 720p high-definition video at 30 frames per second.

Due in October, the Coolpix S5100 will be available in black, blue, pink, and purple for $180.

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