Nikon P100, problems, problems and more problems
(S Miller — 08/24/2010)
I received the Nikon P100 for my 50th birthday as I wanted to start taking more than just point and shoot pictures. On the 3rd day, the camera completely froze. Had to remove battery to get it to work again. It has done that quite a few times. Then the focus started going out - I would press the shutter halfway to get it to lock in and focus and it wouldn't. I would have to get out of any zoom and then try again. This became a huge issue. Then the flash stopped working and then different features started having problems. I would say that only about 40% of the pictures I had taken were actually usable. Most of the pictures were very blurry, so there was definitely a problem. I sent the camera to Nikon service and they had my P100 camera for a month. Turns out the lens and some other part had been on back order. I got the camera back a week ago and after turning it on and taking a few test shots, it was apparent that it had not been fixed and that it had even worse problems. When I used the view finder instead of the LCD display, I actually couldn't see anything - everything was very dark. I would click the shutter anyway and it would take the picture, but it's hard to take a picture of something you can't see. Since I mainly use the view finder, and the camera is close to my face, there was now a noise whenever I pressed the shutter halfway down that wasn't there before. I also noticed that there were lots of spots in the pictures I took - these were not orbs - they are from a "noise" problem. And then while I was outside taking pictures in the bright sunlight (I live in Florida) I noticed that the pictures had an extreme amount of glare in them that had never been an issue in the past. The glare issue was so bad that there would be a bright white round ball on the right of the picture with the glare shooting up towards the upper left corner of the picture. I tried changing pictures, using backlit, but nothing helped. And the camera started to freeze up all over again. I called Nikon and sent them a few photo's and was told it looked like there was an "over exposure" problem and I would need to send the camera back to them to fix again. At least this time they are going to pay for the shipping, but who knows how long the camera will be there this time... or even if it will ever work correctly whenever I get it back. This was my very first Nikon camera and am extremely disappointed.