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Nikon Coolpix P1
Nikon Coolpix P1

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Nikon Coolpix P1

Editor's Review

8 megapixels and Wi-Fi in your camera. The newly announced Nikon Coolpix P1 is short on details at the moment, but we do know that the camera will have a built in Wi-Fi module that will allow the wireless transfer of photos to the new version of their PictureProject software. Aside from that, the Coolpix P1 is looking like an adequate point and shoot camera for most users.


  • 8 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom /4x digital zoom
  • program exposure
  • 1x EN-EL8 battery
  • Part Number: Coolpix P1
  • UPC: 100000568619
  • Release Date: Sep 02, 2005

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Nikon Coolpix P1 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix P1 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad picture quality (Michael — 01/13/2007)

I purchased this camera 12 months ago and regretted it ever since. I was really disappointed with the the quality of the photos. The photos are not clear and the colours are not true to life. The camera's ability to take marco shots is appalling to say the least. I have have had better results from camera half the price. I will think twice before buying a compact Nikon camera in the future.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Only for outdoors! (Vijaybahu Joshi — 01/11/2007)

Bought this camera about 9 months back. Has developed lens error (stuck lens) twice. Too much zooming in and out wears up the battery very fast. Also the interface design for Aperture and Shutter priority mode are not that clear. Outdoor shoots are ok, but try using the 'landscape mode' and you'll get over saturated red and green tones, which comes quite faded when you use a regular autofocus mode. In slightly low light condition one feels like tying the subject to chains to avoid shakes or else carry the three legged object everywhere with you. Macro like most other cameras works fairly good. The camera is a bit bulky and can be used as 'stone' for hitting in case of a life threatening situation. Also the WiFi feature is useless, since being very slow and complicated, also because, why would someone take the pain of loading a software to eat up your 'ram' when a simple USB cable can do the magic. Over all, it is an average pick, like most Nikon where the red, green and blues are slightly over saturated.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good (Sebastian — 01/10/2007)

Its a very good camara and i am pleased with it but it gets a lot of red eye and is bad at night.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Red Eye (Al — 12/28/2006)

The camera is excellent in most situations but we too get red eye in most indoor pictures. Especially frustrating since the camera ads boasts of "in-camera red eye fix". The movie mode is very good in daylight but very yellow indoors.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not Great... at all. (Julia — 12/24/2006)

I was really disappointed with the camera. It was too big to do anything with, like if I wanted to go out then i would just have to go without a camera because it wasn't compact enough to slide into my purse or pocket. Also, the quality is not that great, the settings are less than impressive.
I got this camera maybe 5 months ago, and I'm getting a new one this holiday season.
There has been so many times where I am at a big party or event, and I cant take any pictures because either they all come out blurry, or the camera just was too big to take with me.
the purchase of this camera was a huge regret.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Practice with it's features! (Lyndon Johnson — 08/15/2006)

I have tried to use the P1 features in different cituations and different lighting cituations. I find that noodleing with these features helps my creativity. For instance, I have used the "Fireworks" setting in the scene mode to take great pictures of Lightning strikes. I do have an issue when taking pictures in any flash mode. When the subject is ready, I snap the picture, however, it takes a few seconds longer to capture the exposure leaving me with the leftovers of my pre composed subject? I also can't tell if the ISO setting remains constant through all the settings? All and all I have some 11x16's hanging on my wall that are awesome!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I work at a Camera store and I am around many camera brands and models. I have read the reviews and I have failed to see what they have as far as negatives go with the P1 or the P2.
Both cameras are great at what they do. They are simply point and shoot cameras and just like their 35mm cousins they are simple and easy to use. With all the pre set modes the only way you should get a bad pictures is because of user error. I have heard about the zoom issue. Well its a point and shoot not a SLR. Most small digital cameras only have 3X optical zoom it doesn't matter what brand. This is not a professional camera and anyone who bought it thinking that, well, they aren't professionals to begin with!
I have had this camera for over 6 months and just bought my friend the P2 so I have no complaints here.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nikon Coolpix P1 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Nikon p1 is very sleek with the perfect compact weight & size. The user controls are easy to navigate through with a wonderful selection of manual and auto settings. This camera takes great vibrant colored photographs with the exception all your photos will turn out soft, as though a softening filter were placed on the camera, even on the highest sharpness settings. Batteries seem to drain quickly too. Over all this is a decent camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad picture quality especially with low light and long distance>3m and always with redeye shots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera from a shop here in Calgary -Canada and took many shots with it in different light and exposure settings for people and landscap, most of the picture came with redeye for the people and their pictures are not sharp/clear enough especially with low light. I thought something wrong with the camera, then I replaced it with another one from the shop I purchased from and also got the same results.

Its weakness in low light and long distance shot especially for the human body, its pictures are not clear and I would say its zoom is un-usefull for the nature shots.

Its advantages only that its giving a good close pictures shot and nice colors with the good feature of wireless transferring for a few meters only (max 8m in the open area).

its recommended only for the beginners.

  • 4.0 out of 5
takes great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i would like a better zoom. the pictures are great but for the price would have liked a 10x zoom. thinking of exchanging for the s4.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent piece of equipment (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I find this is not just point and shoot, it has 16 programable options. plus manual mode which helps me to fix the f stops a variable focus which steadies even the moving hand. good for speed and night photography as well. I have done over 2000 shots of varied exposures as an awardwining armature photographer i find the the camera really good for armatures and at 8 megs it is a swell.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Okay Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Wifi feature sounds great specially when it gives you the ability to shoot and transfer images to your computer right away bypassing the memory card except that you have to wait until the transfer is complete before you can take another picture. As far as picture quality, I rate is as good.