excellent for beginners
I purchased my P100 last November and this is the first time i have this kind of camera. I usually used point and shoot camera. The camera is good, so far. I am satisfied with the results. However, the zoom knob is now not functioning well. I can't control the zooming, its either zoom the longest or back to normal. Only this i was disappointed.
December 19, 2010
Powerful long zoom, and a decent hd video
This camera has an amazing long zoom. Take a look at the picture of moon (hand held photo). I am not entirely satisfied with the quality of the picture, sometimes I am able to take good pictures but other times not. They do not look entirely crispy (lack of sharpness). The hd quality is super good except for the background noise coming with zooming. Overall I am pretty satisfied with the purchase and looking forward to continue enjoying it.
November 19, 2010
i have 3 products by Nikon. i like this tools. but i think that the most important for an artist or photographer is has a only instant for capture.
November 11, 2010
Great features and image quality... freezes
At first when I got this camera, it was amazing! I loved playing around with all the different settings, and the image quality seemed superior to any other (non-DSLR) camera I've used. Of course, it soon ran out of battery, so i plugged in the cord, watched the orange light start blinking, and then left the house. About 6 hours later, I got back and unplugged the camera. Now, every time I turn on the camera, it freezes! None of the buttons are responsive, and the only way to turn it off is to take out the battery, which I know isn't good for the camera. I sent a very detailed question to Nikon customer support, and I'm waiting for them to get back to me.
November 7, 2010
Easy, compact and awesome.
I got my Nikon Coolpix P100 about two months ago and right after I charged my battery, I started taking random pictures and took the one in the gallery above the review.
After my uncle thought me a few techniques, I started loving this camera even more.
What I have to say is: If you are not rich and really want awesome pictures and videos with and lower price, just go ahead and buy it. I can guarantee you won't regret.
Hope you enjoy the pictures.
November 2, 2010
P100, nice zoom
User's Manual a little difficult, one topic leads to a different page. But once you understand how the book is written it gets easier to understand.
The battery that came with has little life. Had to purchase another. Also you only see battery life icon on camera screen when it starts to die and then it dies very fast. The battery can only be recharged in camera, on pc, or with optional battery charger.
If you're looking for a fast camera this is not the one for you. For me, it takes too long to set up to take another picture.
Love Museum feature! Love being able to go between auto and manual.
Not too heavy or cumbersome with the long zoom.
September 23, 2010
Great camera! Versatile to create nice pictures
I have only had this camera for two weeks and have already taken over a thousand pictures! I get better pictures using the Manual settings however the pictures taken in Auto mode are certainly respectable pictures. The 26x zoom has been awesome to capture nature photos and some night sky objects (the moon and Jupiter).
I wish the camera would stitch panoramic pictures in the camera but maybe I just need to learn more about the camera.
I'm very happy with my decision to purchase this camera.
September 22, 2010
Excellent choice for the price
Always been wary about having a big camera, because of the inconvenience of carrying it around. But this one is worth it!
I must say the ptical zoom on this camera it's simply amazing. 26X optical it's perfect for taking pictures of the kids during sports or school presentations.
the camera it's fairly straight forward to use, "READ the MANUAL" you'd be amazed what you can learn.
the swivel LCD viewer it's cool, very handy.
My only dislikes on this camera it's that it's hard to see the LCD during daylight....but at least you have the optical view finder to make it easier on your eyes.
Battery life and HD video are excellent.
September 19, 2010
Very nice camera
Excellent camera at an affordable price. I compared lot's of cameras and contemplated what I wanted and what I would actually use. I chose this over a lot of others. I'm not very familiar with the terminology of photography and still need to study up on all the lingo and settings. However I am very pleased with the picture quality of this right out of the box. The only thing so far that I've had any trouble with is night time shots eg.. lighted bridges, the moon, things like that. The pictures were all blurry however I'm certain that there are things to adjust to get what I'm looking for, just have to take the time to read up on it. When I first used this my wife was taking pictures with her camera of the same things and was jealous at how fast this can take shots over her higher priced competitor brand camera.
September 2, 2010
All in all this is a great product.
The Coolpix P100 was everything I was hoping it would be with some extra features I did not expect. The photo quality and video quality are great. The super zoom lens that is utilized mechanically functions fairly well but does has a couple of issues I have run accross. I had an occasion or two where the lens tube appeared to get lost and started extending and retracting, such as hunting. The only way to stop it is to pull the battery. Frequently when filming in HS 240 frames/sec, the camera locks up, it never finishes the film segment and of the camera controls do not function; have to pull the battery to get out of, and all of the video clip is lost. It would be nice if the battery could be charged somewhere else than the camera. I use a backup battery however, I have to install it into the camera to charge it, thus making the camera unusable until the battery is charged. A separate battery charger that you can slip your battery into would be great. I was disappointed to find that the software, Nikon Transfer / ViewNX, does not have a video conversion codec to change the *.MOV to WMV or AVI. Not all video software in the world will accept the MOV file format, these programs require the file be converted before you can use them on the video. I had to purchase extra software just for this reason. Although there are free conversion programs available on the web, these programs do a poor job converting at best, especially when your dealing with the HD1040 video the camera records.
August 22, 2010
Nikon continues to improve but not great
I shot for 7 years and took 10,s of thousands of photos with my Nikon, 5700. Went through two replacement lens sets and finally it just couldn't figure out how to get the exposure right.
On to the Nikon P100. It's much improved, focuses faster and generally actually focuses on what your pointing at. All the camera controls are infinitely better laid out. Downside is the lens that flops around. I went back to the store and their store model did the same thing. After 1,000 photos still can't get the force flash to work properly. On to the color wheel check for color accuracy and line definition. Well pretty good for daylight but the other modes just are not right. It's bad enough that I shoot the color wheel and then correct the corresponding images in photoshop. Still for macro-photography it's a bargain. For telephoto, not so much. I have no clue why anyone would use it as a video camera.
August 10, 2010
Great camera but not amazing
I have three main complaints about this camera.
1) Any photo taken in "auto" mode has had very washed out color. This means using one of the manual modes and therefore taking more time.
2) Interval timing has very limited options. A minimum time interval of 30 seconds is not sufficient.
3) With the auto focus area selected to "center" the camera focuses anywhere other than the center of the image. This is something Nikon needs to fix and not just a complaint on my part.
Other than these three issues the camera has been very good. I have not yet explored all the features but I am happy with the camera. It is light and can be used with one hand. If you buy a small case it can be carried easily. It has great zoom and image stabilization, lots of features and easy to use manual features, a good large screen, great buttons (easy with gloves even), fast startup and processing times.
For it's compactness and ease of use it is a very good camera, just not an amazing camera
July 29, 2010
After using a Konica for many years, I bought the P100 as a Christmas Present for myself.
Have really enjoyed it, but it it taking a lot of time to get used to the "Gadgets". I keep playing with it and learn something new every tme I pick it up.
July 26, 2010
Great tag along
Are you looking for a camera that you can bring with you that is not to heavy, is easy to use, appealing, and gives you pleasing results, then look no further. This camear will do this and more.
Tired of a point and shoot not having enough zoom power and tired of carrying a DSLR with lens, this P100 came to mind but not before some of the features caught my attention. Full HD, 26x Zoom, CMOS sensor with Backlit technology, Vibration reduction, Burst mode and the list goes on.
I knew the camera had some limitations not being an SLR camera.
I wanted something I could tag along with me that had enough zoom to bring things in a little closer, HD capability as this seems to be the trend. View finder for those sunny conditions, tilt LCD view,This camera has really given me some great results. Macro,zoom, & Black & White modes all have allowed me to enjoy taking photos on the spur of the moment. Full HD mode was an option I truly wanted to explore and this camera has allowed me to enjoy the moments caught on memory. I don`t think I`ve used my SLR since buying this camera.
July 24, 2010
Everything in one small package
I first bought the P90...I took it back as soon as the P100 was available b/c I wanted the HD video. I took this camera to South Africa for the World Cup. It functioned wonderfully. The variable LCD screen really helped me get great shots when other people were taller than me. While on a safari I got excellent close ups of lions and elephants with great detail. I have been playing around with the PSAM functions to ascertain what works best for me. I think that the focus and reaction time is very fast; but the battery life is depleted rapidly when using the HD video. I wish there was a way to make the orientation self correct. After taking 1800 plus photos it is time consuming to rotate each photo individually (for computer playback and DVD/CD use). That is my only gripe. I have always had Kodak or Minolta cameras; and was reluctant to switch after all of these years. I am satisfied with the P100 and recently bought another Nikon point and shoot.
July 24, 2010
the best camera for me
I wanted a camera under 600$ with great optical zoom. I found the P100. The zoom is fabulous. The pictures are excellent with nice details. It is easy to manipulate. If I want to learn manual photography I can. It is a Nikon product and I am proud to own one.
July 24, 2010
Good for amatuer like me
The picture quality is satisfactory. However, I get a burr result for indoor group picture some times. Probably because I'm still learning how to make use of its functions. The digital zoom is very helpful in taking distance short, with camera attached to the tripod. Overall, it's suitable for part time shooter like me.
July 24, 2010
An awesome camera and I highly recommend, but...
I'm really pleased with this camera. I normally shoot D-SLR and my girlfriend and I bought this as a camera we can both use and have some fun with. Awesome features, in camera lighting and pic touch-ups,and ridiculously good image quality for a camera that is not a digital slr, images are on par with good D-SLRs!
I don't think there's a better digital point and shoot value on the market for what you get, not to mention the 1070HD is nice.
HOWEVER! Nikon, what were you thinking? You make a camera this nice and then don't give the user more choices on aperture selection and shutter speed choices? Nobody expects full bulb setting at this value, but 8 seconds is the maximum exposure time allowed on manual mode, and one can not go beyond f8 manually on the aperture settings.
The reason this dismays me so much is because this is the best digital camera Nikon offers before having to go D-SLR and it is such a good camera already. The additional range and option that these two things would afford a more experienced photographer would be so worth it.
However, having said that, I'm very pleased with the image quality on this camera and overall options. The zoom is quite sharp although you're going to need a tripod most likely when you get past 15x and into the digital zoom. Macro abilities with this camera are VERY good. I'm not a professional, but I'm a serious amateur who takes very nice images and this is a fun camera for even those who have a very good Nikon D-SLR already, but may want a bit less kit to haul around in certain scenarios. About as good as you're going to find in a point and shoot Digital. THANK YOU NIKON!
July 24, 2010
I am a DSLR user mostly and use the P100 .for quick shots that I may come back to later with the larger sensor.. so far the P100 has met all my expectations ..I don't like the fact that the lens hood is fixed to the lens barrel not the lens itself and that can interfere with the start up action if one doesn't remember to remove it a penalty uncalled for to a common occurance.
July 23, 2010
Nikon's Coolpix P100 is a very good value and a great choice for someone like me, who is looking to move up from a simple point and shoot basic camera, but is not ready to make the jump to a full on Digital SLR camera.
The Coolpix P100 has a ton of features to help you get the still photos and videos that you want. It has an awesome zoom lens that does almost anything the average person would ever want or need to do, from wide angle to telephoto.
It has a lot of flexibility and more settings than I can count, that allow you to be as creative as you want, or just set it on auto to point and shoot, for those times when all you need is to take some great snapshots or quick videos.
Unless you're a camera buff, you'll need to spend some time with the owners manual ( which I found to be very good ) to get familiar with all of the buttons, settings, menus, and modes. There's a lot of stuff this camera will do. Once you get familiar with it's capabilities the sky is the limit as far as what you can do with it. Still, I found it very easy to take some great snapshots and video with the P100 right out of the box.
The Coolpix P100 is sort of a "middle of the road" camera. It's too big to carry in your pocket, yet it will never give you the kind of quality and versatility of a full on Digital SLR. It does a whole lot more than just take great snap shots and videos. It has enough versatility and capability to satisfy the average person in my humble opinion, but it does have it's limitations. In other words I don't think it's the right camera for everyone, but it sure is the right one for our family. We love it!
July 10, 2010
One cannot expect d3s results in regards to photo quality.. However, if Nikon decides to design a
Bridge camera such as the p100 then Nikon management is responsible to sell a product which includes the basics. The p100 produces less than sharp photos and the ability to shoot raw files was not included in the design. A poor management decision.
October 21, 2011
consistant problems by reviewers
I bought this camera as a fun "grab and go" and an alternative to my Nikon D5100 when going to the beach or camping with the extended family. In concept it is a great 'bridge' camera, with nice features and I am not unhappy with the optics for the price. The problem seems to be with the firmware which causes the camera to unexpectedly freeze requiring it to be turned off and on or have the battery removed and reinstalled to reboot the camera. It also experiences a strange pattern of colors on the monitor and/or the splits the monitor screen with odd shapes. A review of popular comment sites like Amazon reveals this is a common complaint. The camera has now been in the shop under warranty for over a week and so far the technician cannot isolate the problem.
July 22, 2011
I bought the P100 six weeks ago and I've been trying to get a sharp picture ever since. I love the features but I've compared it to my Sony H17 (same type of camera with 8.1 mega pixels) and the Sony pictures are tack sharp but the P100 is soft. If it wasn't too late to return it I would. This is my first Nikon and I am disappointed that it doesn't produce a better picture. I expected more from Nikon.
January 31, 2011
Not so Good
I purchased this camara to get some good Christmas pics. Eight days later and about twenty pics it has some internal failure. I called Nikon and I had to seed it in for repairs. The camara did great for the first fifteen pics. I do hope this is just a freak event.
December 15, 2010
Concerns! Will it last and make it, P 100!
I have worked with many cameras, from process
cameras (printing field), then to the last set of cameras, the basics. I have had the P 90 camera and it was a total failure, and Nikon was very nice to me and they gave me the choice to exchange for the Coolpix P 100. After the 9 months of using my Nikon, and reading about
the heart-aches and failures about Nikon, I wished I never tried.
After 9 months after using my P 100 and Not To Forget, the software upgrade that was needed to
correct minor problems, is it worth the pain and will the camera last with basic usage? I have a
small 10 years of experience in photography, all
I can say is, never give up never surrender. Please help. Personal information (My privacy is protected!)
There is not any personal information of mine,
only the basics, privacy is secure!!!!!!
November 20, 2010
i love this little camera -- fantastic zoom --- however, am very disappointed in the focusing... i've lost MANY shots because the camera won't focus on my target... so plan on taking TONS of pics to make sure you got some decent ones.
in manual mode focusing, you have to use the toggle up/down arrow button and it's practically impossible to get the sharp focus needed in full zoom because you spend all your time with the arrow button and by then the subject is either gone or moved (wildlife).
so, my review is POOR on focus, but VERY GOOD in other aspects.
the HD video is FANTASTIC! but make sure you have it set in multi-continual focus.
the size & weight is great... sure which they could package a digital SLR in this body :-)
my husband bought the D5000 which is SUPER!!!
October 4, 2010
P100 - Overall ok
The autofocus isn't great. The overall performance and travel size is good. I love Nikon so I do reccommend it over others.
July 25, 2010
Good camera except,
Took camera on a trip to D.C first week of July, did good indoors and out. Videoed the entire 4th of July fireworks from the base of the Washington Monument and thought that it did good including the sound effects. It was easier to carry compared to my D70s or D80 with their 28/300 and 17/50 lenses and much smaller for my small sling pack.
The only thing that I personally think it needs is a adapter system to allow haze filters or similar filter to be used. My daylight pictures have too much haze and my son made the same comment when he shot some shots of me and my G-kids with various monuments as back ground
July 24, 2010
Need of Improvement
The picture quality is downright disgraceful. Pick any other camera but this one. The extra features aren't forth the poor picture quality
December 15, 2012
Okay Camera , Lasted only about a year , dissapointed.
I purchased this camera , and it was pretty good. I spent over $400 on this retail when it first came out.
Then one morning i turned on the camera and the gears were vibrating really loud and getting stuck.
the lens came out , but in the picture the outer ring of the lens is covering the lens. So on the LCD , the picture has a pitch black round curve partially on the lens. I was terribly Disappointed , due to the fact that i had a wedding the next day. i had to spend another $900 buying a New Nikon D5100 , which is fantastic and love it. Over all , if you are just starting out it's good , but if you have the money , i recommend investing into a Nikon dslr.
December 25, 2011