Excellent quality pictures
Love how easy this camera is to use. Excellent close up shots and amazing zoom quality photos. I wanted a camera that took quality pictures like a DSLR but without the hassle of having to buy additional lens. This camera has really amazed with the quality of photos it takes. Pictures at concerts, pictures of moving children, and a few nature shots have all turned out wonderful.
One negative aspect about the camera is how slow it gets when in a poorly lit room but with patiences the pictures turn out. Pictures in rooms with yellow lighting don't turn out as well, for instance churches and auditoriums.
Otherwise I highly recommend this camera! I uploaded a picture that I took at a Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus. The picture was taken from the upper balcony seats and turned out as though I was standing next to the tigers. I also uploaded a picture of Taylor Swift at a concert. This picture was taken from the lower balcony straight in front of the stage, over all the ground seats, as the seats curve around. If this camera takes amazing pictures this far away imagine what it can do close up and in excellent lighting!
September 23, 2010
Great picture quality, easy to use
I'll try not to gush, but I love this camera! They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words so I uploaded one of the fist I've taken with this camera. A close up of some Vinca growing under a big pine tree. The image quality rivals photos taken with DSLR cameras costing far more. Note the silkiness of the petals, the detail shown in the leaves, the vivid colors, good contrast.
Settings: Focal length 25.7mm, Focus AF-S, Apeture F/6.3, Programmed Auto exposure, White Balance set to Direct Sunlight (focus was on lower left flower) Sharpening set to medium high, Saturation +1 with an ISO of 160.
I wish you could add filters to the lens and maybe a numbered scale to know how much you zoomed in so you can go back to that setting without guessing. Aside from that just about anything you could wish for is included in this camera.
September 21, 2010
really good camera for a good price.
very good lens and i find it to be very user friendly and takes great pictures hi speed movies of 1080 hd.
September 19, 2010
Daughter loves this camera
Purchased as a grad gift for my daughter, she has taken it to Hawaii and Korea. She enjoys everything about it and family in Korea are impressed with picture clarity. I was a great gift to give to her for her graduation.
September 19, 2010
GREAT CAMERA! I bought it 3 days before we went on a cruise to Alaska. Although I didn't have time to learn to use all of the features, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I recommend this camera to anyone.
September 13, 2010
A great purchase!
This camera has done all we wanted plus some. A definate ***** purchase.
September 8, 2010
SINCE I CAN'T NAME MY PREVIOUS CAMERA, LET IT SUFFICE TO SAY THAT THE P100 RESOLVES EVERY SINGLE NEGATIVE ISSUE I HAD AND THEN SOME. I WAS DETERMINED TO BUY A CAMERA WITH A RE-
CHARGEABLE BATTERY AND USER FRIENDLY ZOOM AND WIDEANGLE CONTROLS. THE 1998 BATTERY SAVER MODES WERE VERY ANNOYING TO THE POINT WHERE I HAD TO TURN THE CAMERA OFF AND BACK ON AGAIN TO SHOOT AFTER A SHORT DELAY. THE NEW LARGE SCREENS ARE WONDERFUL, ESPECIALLY FOR US FOLKS IN OUR RETIREMENT YEARS. THE 26XWIDE OPTICAL ZOOM IS INCREDIBLE. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ON THE FINE QUALITY OF THIS CAMERA.
September 4, 2010
great zoom easy to use
My first digital camera. I like taking a lot of pictures. I like the zoom and all the features.
Easy to use.
August 30, 2010
My fourth digital camera ... and third Nikon.
I am a mid-range amateur. This camera suits my every need. One small criticism ... ... no lens shade hood available.
August 28, 2010
Excelent All Round Camera for SemiPro
Being the camera buff in the family (several Nikon F3's, N90, D70, D90, D300, dozen lenses, etc.) I was "commissioned" by my brother to get a digital SLR for my nephew. He is in his second year of college, and wanted a good SLR for taking casual photos in college, and for more serious landscape, wildlife photos while on trips, etc. My nephew has only used "point and shoots" so far. Having carried a film SLR throughout my college days; I missed out on a lot of fun because I had to look after my "baby". I was looking for something in-between. Something that he could put in a small bag, yet have the ability to zoom in and take close ups. I saw a D90 kit with two lenses (going up to 300 mm) for $1500.00, but it was a big bag full of stuff he would have to carry around. I saw an advertisement for this camera and checked out the specs and I was impressed. Optical viewfinder, large LCD, HD movie, and the most important, a glass lens that went from 26mm to 678mm and had vibration reduction! I have a 24 mm Nikon SLR lens that cost me close to $600.00, and the price of a 600 mm Nikon lens would be in the thousands. To get an equivalent SLR with similar specs was out of the question. We were planning on a trip to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Diego as a family, so I bought this camera for him the day before we left.
My brother and nephew were very disappointed with my choice! They both thought I would have got him a "good" SLR, which is what they both wanted. As the trip went on, my nephew got used to the camera, and realized that it was light weight, and took very good photos, especially at the extreme of the telephoto range because of the vibration reduction (VR) technology. I had my motor driven F3 with a (heavy) manual Nikkor 400 mm lens that I used on my trip, with Kodak Ektar 100 ASA film. We saw some condors at the Grand Canyon, at quite a great distance, and my nephew took some photos with the P100 and I got some with my camera. After I developed my photos, there were no question that his were better! The images were sharp, and you could read the number on the condor's tags! Mine were blurry, and showed obvious shake. In my defense, I did not carry my tripod. I was already carrying about 15 lbs of equipment, so a tripod was out of the question.
Overall, a very good camera for the price (less than the price of my 24mm wide angle Nikkor lens!) Loads of features, and if my nephew ever out grows it, he can step up to an SLR, although I don't see any reason why he would have to. You will need are a good case, which may be hard to find because of it's odd shape, and an extra battery. It goes through a battery very quickly if you have the LCD on. An external charger is provided, and the battery charges quite quickly. Have extra memory cards available too, since the images are large.
Disadvantages are only one, it is a bit more bulky than the "point-and-shoots" which you could slip into a shirt or pant pocket. This will not even fit in a large coat pocket. It must be carried around your neck at all times, or in a moderate sized bag. Overall, I am very pleased with the camera, and would buy one for myself, but have too many cameras as it is!!
August 15, 2010
I really like the features on this camera. Also the way cutting edge Nikon technology like Exspeed and Dlighting can trickle down to a compact model. I want the HDR for IBL techniques when doing graphics and the full HD for some matchmoving fun. Also like the BSS for working with the top end of the zoom. This camera look like a lot of fun. NIKKOR lens? Looks like a winner to me.
August 13, 2010
Perfect Step down from a DSLR
I originally purchased a Nikon D3000. After having it a week I found I loved the zoom, the option to focus manually, and the clearity of the pictures. But what I didn't like was I didn't know enough about photography to use the camera the way it should be used.
So I took it back and exchanged this for the Nikon P100. I originally had a Nikon Coolpix S50. Best point and shoot I ever owned but after a 2 years of taking great pictures I wanted more options. My family is growing and we love being outdoors.
This camera has the manual options that my DSLR had and it has the point and shoot scene modes that are automatic! What more can a mom ask for. I don't have to mess around with different lenses, or adjust settings to get the shots of my kids smiles and goofy faces. This meets and exceeds all of my expectations.
I honestly know I will NOT have to get another camera unless this one breaks or I decide to finally make the jump (and have taken enough photography classes) for a DSLR.
Until then though I am in love with my P100. The video quality by the way is great. As some reviews say YES you can hear the zoom and focusing of the lense IF what your recording is dead quiet. If not you really dont pick up the noise that much. (Found this out during a game of catch with our 13week old puppy who was barking his head off).
I would recommend this camera to any of my family and friends. Already 3 people I know have purchased it after I have posted my pictures on Facebook. that I took with this camera. Defiintly a good buy.
I also haven't had any problems that I have read where the lense locks up. Never happened to me and I use it alot.
Also what they don't tell you is that you can charge the camera with the battery in it. You can also charge it by a USB port on your computer! Yay!! So while your editing your pictures you are also charging your camera.
August 9, 2010
This is a great camera. But it could be better.
P100 is a great camera. Come with lots of advance features and very powerful zoom. Not to mention that it's very light compares to my D300.
However, I noticed that I can't install a UV protective lens to it. Also, there is nothing to protect the LCD from scratches. In addition, Nikon should include an external charger for the battery. Everytime I charged the battery, I have to plug in my camera. That doesn't make sense. All the Nikon camera I owned came with external chargers. This one doesn't. Go figure.
One more thing though, when the lens cap is on, there is an error message when turning the camera on. Instead of giving the error message, it should go to the setup or playback mode. Lots of time I just want to review the pictures or change the settings. I don't want to leave the lens uncovered.
Other than that, this camera is excellent. Highly recommended.
August 8, 2010
This full featured camera is a joy to use.
The long zoom; clear, large EVF; wide array of useful features; easy to read and use manual combine to make the P100 an almost unbeatable choice in the super zoom catagory.
I am amazed that I can use this camera for bird and wildlife photography in the mountains and deserts of Southern California one day and then shoot family pictures of my 2 preteen grandchildren at school sports and class events the next.
My lab people see tons of images every week and they never fail to complement me and my Nikon after viewing my prints and enlargements.
I wish a lens hood were available but have little else to fault this fine camera.
August 2, 2010
Perfect in between camera
I was using an old Kodak point and shoot for my digital picture needs the last 3 years and wanted to go a step up, but I wasn't ready for a full on dSLR. I love this because it's right in between point and shoot and dSLR. We live in Tokyo and we are getting ready to move to Alaska. So I decided to take my camera game up a notch. This has been AMAzing. Love the zoom and all the features (automatic and manual). Easy to use for somebody that's just now getting into more complicated cameras. If you are ready to kick your camera game up a couple notches this is the one. I haven't had any issues with it as of today. I will be a Nikon user for life!
August 1, 2010
Just what I wanted(and needed)!
Purchased this camera to replace a 10 year old Olympus. I wanted ZOOM, MEGApixels and an easy, simple camera. I feel I got all in the P100. A great optical zoom lens, ease of use and MEGA pixels to boot. Very easy controls; delete pics you don't want, a snap. Camera has worked flawlessly. Took it on a 1K motorcycle ride in the rain(Oregon of course) camera worked without ANY problems. Great shots of the Astoria Column(in the rain). Love this camera.
July 31, 2010
Excellent camera for the most part
I immediately upgraded from the Coolpix P90 when the P100 was released. This like the P90 is an excellent travel/vacation camera since it is so many lenses in one. And the 10 meg resolution is more than enough to capture fine details. It feels a bit more solid than the P90, smoother zooming, less lag time and faster focusing.
Here are some "buts": I still wish Nikon would add a strobe mount on the camera; focus at its full 600mm-plus length - like the P90 - still isn;t as sharp as it should be though it is acceptable. Why did Nikon not include a battery charger but requires plugging the enclosed charging cord directly into the camera? Why can;t we have both methods? Regardless, I have recommended this camera to several friends.
July 30, 2010
LOVE THIS CAMERA !!!!--- Originally bought another brand of Digital camera to replace my old one but was not pleased with it and the lack of features for the price so I returned it and searched some more for just the right camera--This is definitely the RIGHT camera. This camera has tons of features and is easy for a novice like myself to use. It feels good in your hands (ergonomic shape) and is comfortable to wear on the carrying strap around your neck (not too heavy). I LOVE the 26X Optical zoom!! Took pics of fireworks on the 4th of July WHILE FLOATING ON A BOAT and they turned out great! Video of the fireworks turned out even better that I ever expected. Also love the adjustable screen and the optional viewfinder feature for those days when it is too sunny to see what you're shooting on the LCD screen. Couldn't have asked for a better camera and features for the price- I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone who is interested in taking high quality pictures without a lot of fuss and camera adjustments
July 29, 2010
exelente camera for that price,lack of info too
The camera is exelente in most of his atributes but the information how to use it in the most comun cases ,like if you want to photo your pet or some bird doesn't help too much is good idea that the company uses some kind a possibilities agains aperture -speed - ISO and others variations in a table instead that amount of bored words that repeat and repeat logical things.
July 29, 2010
This camera was my move from 35mm film to digital & I am not disappointed. Makes great photos, color & detail are excellent. The menus are easy to use and find what you want. The camera has a nice feel with the controls in good locations. It was very easy to transition from my SLR.
July 28, 2010
Product is everything I was looking for!
This camera has everything I was looking for and more. It's lightweight enough to carry all day while traveling. It has a fabulous mega zoom without carrying expensive, heavy extra lens. It's easy to use. I have gotten some excellent pictures in the past couple of months even though I am pretty much a novice when it comes to photography. Lots of great features many of which I don't even know how to use yet but many I have already taken advantage of. My friends say my pictures on facebook are awesome...
July 26, 2010
Great value and easy to use.
One of the reasons I bought this camera was the 1080p movie feature. However, I find myself using it for photographs almost as much as my D-SLR. It is much lighter and has almost as many features. On a recent trip to Greece (very photogenic country) I really broke it in. Hundreds of stills and around an hour of movies.
I need a recommendation for a program to make a DVD of the movies.
July 26, 2010
LOVE this camera!
I am a "fun photography" kind of person. I have used just about every brand and type of camera ever made. I bought this Nikon to avoid carrying my SLR, accessories and bag when I travel. I have a small Sony that is purse friendly but not the best photos. I have loved using my new Nikon - great photo quality and options. I am still learning all the capabilities so I feel that my "love" will only grow!
July 26, 2010
I researched a lot of cameras for over a year. I needed a camera with a good wide angle lens to photograph the construction projects I work on. I also needed to have manual functions for personal/family use. This camera meets all my needs.
July 25, 2010
A lot of feature, Easy to learn!!
I'm a beginner at photography, and i always wanted to learn a DSLR camera, but because it has so many lenses change and more complicated feature, i choose this Nikon Coolpix P100, at first i'm confused because it has so many features, but after reading it for awhile, and looking some tips from pro on the web, i get a grip of it pretty fast, and the video length is great, because many camera with camcorder usually don't have a lot video length. So this is a good camera for beginner who wants to take a great picture ^^
July 25, 2010
I actually went to purchase a Canon camera when I came across the Nikon CoolPix P100, and let me say that I was not disappointed at all. I love it and the pictures I've taken with it are amazing!! It's a great camera for the prize, features and everything else ;) I'd definitely recommend it to all!!
July 24, 2010
Great camera, easy to use.
This is a replacement camera for my P90 (purchased in Feb and stolen in May) and this is every bit as good if not better. Great zoom although at longer ranges a tripod works best. Have had no trouble and the LCD screen is terrific. The only way to make it better would be if the LCD swiveled in both directions and not just up and down. Otherwise I couldn't be happier.
July 24, 2010
very easy to edit & download pics
We bought this camera after researching for several months. We had always had a SLR, so I was concerned that this would not take pics as clear. We decided to try this one because we: never changed our lens out on the SLR anyway & because the zoom on this one was so great. We haven't been disappointed- the zoom is absolutely wonderful! When editing pictures, small things (freckles, sunburned noses, etc.) show up very well. It is very easy for me to upload/download images to our computer.
July 24, 2010
It's a Nikon. 'nuff said!
I've been using Nikon cameras almost my entire adult life, from the F model on up, so it was natural for me to look to Nikon for my digital photographic needs.
This is not to say that I didn't spend a great deal of time reviewing what the digital market had to offer, but the market is so saturated, and the technical reviews, both professional and consumer, so ambiguous, that I decided to go with the brand that has shown me so much quality for so many years.
As always, Nikon did not disappoint.
Now, mind you, I have only had the P100 for a short time, but the nice thing about modern photographic technology is that it doesn’t take long to put a camera through its paces, and the bottom line is this: The P100 produces clear, sharp images, with as little or as much fuss and bother as you’d like, from ultra automatic functions right down to fully manual.
This camera, and its features and functions, has been reviewed by many people, so I will simply describe those impressions which I find most important.
First off, the feature that makes me jump up and down with joy is the tilting monitor screen, Now that I’ve tried it, I can’t imagine how I got along without it in my film camera days. If you want to know why I’m so excited about this, head on down to your local Nikon dealer and check it out for yourself, and you’ll see what I mean.
Moving on, the camera, which I consider as being light, has a very rugged feel to it that I really like. The ergonomics are very comfortable, and functions are not just user friendly, but the controls are, what I would describe as, intuitivly placed. Since I’m “blessed” with gorilla mitts, all this is very important to me. Additionally, the same may be said for the menu functions which are also easy to find and use.
Now as anyone who has been into photography for any length of time knows, the “perfect” camera is a chimera, and so there are a few faults the P100 has that I ought to mention. The main one, as far as acts of commission go, is that the zoom function is entirely too twitchy. That is, it’s too difficult to control the zoom speed. The zoom control is supposed to act sort of like an accelerator pedal. A little little pressure and the car moves slowly, a lot of pressure and the car moves faster. With the zoom control on my camera, it’s like it wants to leap up to full throttle almost from the git-go. I’m hoping that over time, I’ll be able to learn to control this better.
Otherwise, my only complaints, if I may call them such, are acts of omission. A feature I would have given my right arm for would have been a cable shutter release for macro and other technical photography. Also, the ability to add a UV filter on the lens would have been a big plus.
Otherwise, for my purposes, the Nikon P100 is the ideal camera which, barring any catastrophic failure, ought to serve a good long while.
Thanks again, Nikon!
July 24, 2010
Perfect set of features
This is a terrific, easy-to-carry camera that does an amazing job, equal to that of bigger, more elaborate units. And, it creates incredible, high-def videos, viewable with QuickTime or convertible to other formats, so you can leave your video cam behind (or, forget about buying one!) If you were planning on a pocket-sized, simple point-and-shoot, I'd suggest you go for the P100 instead. And, don't let the features and menus overwhelm you. Start with automodes, then play with one feature at a time. Make learning how to add audio memos to your photographs a priority--a terrific feature.
Spend a bit more, and wade a bit deeper into the "complicated camera" waters with this multi-featured bridge camera.
July 23, 2010