I've had this camera about a year, and I have finally come to the decision that I am nothing short of disappointed with it. At first, I thought that it was just me getting used to a new camera, but it's not. Not at all. I also have an old 5megapixel Kodak that my boyfriend started using when I got the Nikon. Now for an entire year his photos have come out better than mine. By far. I've tried different settings and modes, and nothing seems to help.
The close ups are great, I'll give it that. The huge crystal clear LCD on the back is amazing. There is hardly and shutter delay. There are many good features. BUT I bought the camera for the supposedly nice zoom. Sure, it'll zoom in far, but good luck getting it to focus nice! Anything that you zoom in on will come out grainy (even not using the digital zoom). I've read other reviews where this has been a noted problem.
I could go on forever about comparison. I've taken side by side photos with the same settings on both cameras, over and over again. Bottom line, I'm selling this Nikon, and I'm going BACK to my little old Kodak. It's heartbreaking really, because this was supposed to be a nice upgrade.
June 26, 2011
has everything you would want execpt FOCUS!!
Push the button half way down and the camera will focus then 'bounce' out of focus... but not all the time only when you need it to be on target.
Does not seem to do it in the macro mode.
Great idea with a poor lens, I might try the Sony Hx100
May 27, 2011
I'll be trading this camera in very soon for something else. If you live anywhere cold, like I do, don't expect this camera to perform well in lower temperatures. The lens for some reason fogs up like no other camera I've seen before. This makes it practically useless for me since I shoot a lot out in the snow.
January 29, 2011
Features not reliable.
Had this camera for about a year. This camera incorporates many features. The 26x optical zoom was one of the main reasons why I bought this camera, however, some of the other features had problems that make it an unreliable camera. Auto focus is not reliable, a sharp focus of subject being photographed is not always obtained. In the video function, camera screen blanks out a couple of seconds before a picture is displayed, if your subject is moving, you will have to relocate subject on your display. This camera has subject tracking, however, the photo taken of the subject being tracked is never in sharp focus. The flash is not auto mode. Sometimes indoor photos get over exposed even when the flash is off. Many features but not a camera for those one shot photos.
November 24, 2010
I was disappointed
I was quite pleased with the camera's features but after working with it for a few weeks I encountered a number of issues.
It took great macro shots and short range photos especially on cloudy days. However, in full sunlight nearly all photos were overexposed and adjusting the exposure levels or correction with the software didn't change the overall quality of the image.
The 26X zoom was attractive, however, the noise levels in the images were such that the clarity suffered.
I used the HD video and had good results if it was indoors or cloudy outside. Trying to zoom while using the video was a real problem because the high zoom speed was incompatible with the camera's ability to maintain its focus.
The camera locked up at least once a week and the lens would not come out of the camera or would be stuck when fully extended. I had to reboot it by removing and replacing the battery.
I generally felt that using the camera was going to be another frustration, so I returned it. Maybe I just happened across a dud but I found similar remarks on a few forums.
July 23, 2010
Would not recomend
I purchased this camera, when it came tome to recharge the battery, the USB port in the camera was bent and I could not insert the cable.
I returned the camera and the vendor gave me a new one. The same thing on the replacement camera, in addition, the zoom lens would not return unless I pushed on it. I returned that camera for a refund. I was very disappointed.
July 23, 2010
having a problem with picture shake on movie mode
Have the camera a couple of years take good photos I notice in move mode when using the zoom the picture shakes from the motor. I contacted Nikon customer service even though its out of warranty and they had me send a sample. They reply was that was normal but if i wanted it fixed it would cost me .If its normal why would it need to be fixed? I do not think nikon designed a camera to have the lens shake when using the zoom. I've been thinking about moving up to a D-SLR but after reading about the horrible customer service on the oil spotting on the D 600 I'll look at Canon. i would feel confident if nikon would fix or replace the defect.
April 29, 2014
I bought this camera as a gift for myself and boy was I dead wrong on suggesting this gift for myself ..... what a piece of junk? Does not focus correctly all the way out on the zoom, camera is very shakey and photo's are blurry. Even if this camera had a shorter lens like a 21x it may be better in handling and focusing. Photo's shot in sunny daylight look Okay, but a bit washed out; forget about photo's indoor they are absolutely terrible, the color is way off scale. My theory is the Nikon & Canon are Rivals to each other and it seems that they have to put out a camera to compete against each other. The digitals made back in 2005 were great with the CCD Chip, today with the CMOS sensor they are JUNK, I would not recommend Nikon to anyone! Sony & Panasonic are the Frontier for Digital Camera's.
December 5, 2011
This product is a big disappointment.
I bought this camera because of the size, zoom and other features to carry when it is not convenient to carry my Nikon D90. More often than not, my photos are blurry. I find I leave this one at home more often than not. I have owned many Nikon products and this is the first I have not been satisfied with. Spent nearly $400 to leave it in a drawer?
November 15, 2011
This is my first Nikon, and probably last, I will ever own. Although it has many features and a great owners manual, the consistency of quality photos it not there. I am not a professional photographer, but am not a novice either and have had many difficulties with this camera, having it in for repair 5 times in a year since purchase. Better off spending a little more and going with a DSLR
October 27, 2011
Poor excuse for a camera
Highly disappointed in the overall P100 experience. Picture quality is horribly soft, the color reproduction is poor. Worse, the build quality is terrible. When zoomed out the lens barrel flops and wiggles. After 4 months the flash switch is broke and won't turn on. The auto-bracketing feature never has worked. This camera was/is a total waste of money. For the purchase price there are far better cameras out there.
July 1, 2011
Don't buy this camera
I bought the P100 about a year and half ago. Right out of the box the focus was fuzzy in all lighting conditions. It freezes up when zooming out. So far I have sent it back 3 time to be "fixed". It has been in the shop over 200 days of the 450 days I have own it. I do not trust this camera to preform. I will not buy another Nikon.
June 27, 2011
This camera is inconsistent and unreliable.
I was so excited after receiving this camera, but quickly realized the terrible light detection features and instability. The focus is terrible and when I zoom- especially if it is not in good light- my picture frequently comes out blurry. Even when I was taking pictures in my living room at night with the lights on, the pictures were still blurry because of the camera's incapability to adjust to light. Please do yourself a favor, and buy a different camera! Don't fall for the nice reviews and features you read about! SO not worth it.
May 8, 2011
After trying to get a decent photo from this camera for 5-weeks, I was sadly disappointed. Poor focus on the long lens and chromatic distortion dominated my shots. Too bad because this camera has some otherwise awesome features! As a long-time Nikon user, back from the F-body days, I’m saddened that the makers of my weapon of choice have allowed the quality to slip so badly. I’m holding out hope for a newer P500 but should that fail, I may be forced to choose another manufacturer or go back to film – God Forbid!
April 4, 2011
Slow, very slow.... no RAW, no Hot Shoe !!!
being a Nikonian for more than 15 years now, owner of D3s, D700, D200, and D5000, I bought the P100 expecting to have an acceptable bridge cam when I want to go light.
The Slow focus, shaky zoom, the small sensor, the absence of RAW, Hot shoe, and the absence of manual zoom and focus in such a cam, for me, is unacceptable....
I prefer to get the S8100 or S9100 for the compact size, even if it has shorter zoom range.
I sold this cam after 3 weeks....
February 9, 2011
I bought this camera in Dec '10 and loved it! By January, I was having problems with it freezing. It wouldn't turn off or the zoom wouldn't come back in. I figured it was just that camera so I returned it for another of the same kind. Within two weeks, I was having the same issues. When I would be in the middle of doing a "sports" picture, the screen would go white and say I had the lens cap on, which I didn't - I would miss half of the "sports" pictures because of that. I really liked all the "stuff" it did, but it had so many problems so now I am looking for another camera :(
February 7, 2011
I bought the camera 3 days ago. I opened the box put the batery and memory card in and turned it on. NO PICTURE!!!
read the manual still NO PICTURE!
Brought it back to replace it opened the second one NO PICTURE!!!!
brought it back the third one worked, but I am wary about this camera it may be too sensitive because my other coolpix did the same thing and I had to send it back to NIKON to get fixed.
I was interested in all the features but I with 2 bad cameras back to back I will probably return it and get something else.
January 25, 2011
Freezing, Focus, Yellow Cast
I've had this camera for awhile, sold a DSLR to get it. I figured the name would dictate the quality but thats not the case. Pictures were out of focus some had a yellow tint to them whether the flash was used or not and it did freeze up several times, mainly when lens was extended. Another thing, when extended the lens felt very loose and it would wiggle sideways and in and out a little. Suffice to say the P100 is gone and a replacement in on order, not a Nikon.
January 14, 2011
Three words... Do Not Buy. I just got this camera 5 days ago and it is already broken... I have been taking amazing care of it and have barely used it, and now all of the sudden it has a large black glob covering a third of screen and i have cleaned off the camera lens and it is still there. I think that something in the camera has moved but i don't know how because like i said, i have been treating it perfectly. Also when i turn it on it vibrates and makes a weird clicking noise. I am really upset and if this can't be fixed I am going to be enraged...
December 30, 2010
A not successful compromise.
Bulky, slow recycle time, stabilization inadequate, neither a frame camera or a video camera... Sold it at a consignment shop.
December 7, 2010
DO NOT BUY!
I can't stand this camera! I wanted a great zoom and nice picture without the big bulk. It makes me so sick that my husband spent good money on this camera and it doesn't even handle well or take good pictures. Every picture is yellow tented, even after trying all the different settings, getting a professional to help, etc. I have used MANY cameras and this is by far the worst! It NEVER wants to focus when I try to use the zoom and when it finally does work after a ton of trying; I usually miss the picture I wanted to take. Now the camera is freezing at times and it takes a long time to get it back to working... therefore losing more pictures I wanted. The battery life isn't great but I have had worse... I usually have to charge every time I want to use it for awhile to be prepared and always have to carry the charger. I have owned Nikons before and loved them. I wish I could get a different camera but we gave it a year of trying (I didn't want to hurt my husband’s feelings b/c he was so proud of his gift to me) and now it’s too late. DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA! I tried calling the Nikon customer service and I got treated like "oh well", so now I am writing this.
November 18, 2010
This camera was amazing for the 4 months I had the opportunity to use it. After 4 months though, I picked it up to use it and it wouldn't turn on. I sent it back and the repair process seems agonizingly slow and frustrating. I doubt I'll buy another Nikon even though I really enjoyed the camera and it took very nice photos.
October 25, 2010
freezing and other issues
This is the 3rd time I'm trying to post. Hopefully Nikon will let it through. Received Nikon P100 as gift. This is the first Nikon I have ever owned. It was freezing up, had to remove battery and then other features, stopped working. Had to get the camera replaced. Don't know if this one is working correctly yet since I've been too afraid to touch it and possibly go through everything all over again. I like the size of the camera and the way it fits in my hand. I think it's pretty easy to use. Just need everything on it to actually work.
October 4, 2010
This camera freeze about 10 times since I had it for 4 months. It was a very BIG disappointment! Now I always worry if it will freeze again whenever I use the camera.
It tends to act sluggish and occasionally freeze when it couldn't re-focus itself when I switch scene. I believe it may be software problem, I love Nikon, I really hope Nikon would do something about it!
I still love Nikon, but not this particular,model!
September 5, 2010
Frozen after 3 days
Avoid! I have had this for three days and now it is frozen and doesn't work.
August 26, 2010
unnatural colors, focus problems, tech support dif
The pictures taken with this camera have unnatural colors and it doesn't want to focus when zoomed to about 1/2 the max zoom. In addition, the second time I used the camera, it didn't want to focus then told me the lens cap was on (it wasn't) then wouldn't turn off or on. I talked to customer service and they wanted the pictures (which I sent), then they wanted more but the web site is difficult to insert pictures into and by the time I had them loaded the web site timed out. I don't have time for this. I just want a camera that works!!!
July 24, 2010
A not successful compromise.
Nikon trying to satisfy both photo and video desires has a misstep. The electronic viewfinder is slow and delays recovery, the anti vibration feature is inadequate, cycle time doesn't approach advertised rates except for very low resolution pictures making the 10+ mp capability useless and the camera is bulky and cumbersome. I returned my camera for consignment sale and dusted off my P5100 for my pocket and learned to love my D300 even more. Digital cameras should not be compromised to produce vide.
July 24, 2010