Ham and burger. Peanut butter and bananas. Soy sauce and mashed potatoes. Apple sauce and sausage. These are all great tastes that, when combined, taste great together (really!). Well go ahead and add digital camera and built-in projector to that list, as Nikon has seen fit to put the two technologies together into one digital camera to rule them all…or at least one you can impress your friends with at your next wine and cheese party: the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj.
The S1000pj’s projector can project a still image or video ranging in size from 5-40 inches onto a screen or wall up to 6 1/2 feet away. At VGA resolution and with a brightness of 10 lumens, it’s not exactly going to replace your home theater system anytime soon (or ever), but it’s better than having everyone crowding around the camera’s 2.7 inch wide angle LCD screen trying to see if they look goofy in the last shot you took. Speaking of the actual camera-y aspects of the camera, the S1000pj includes a 12.1 megapixel sensor, high ISO 6400 sensitivity, 5-way Vibration Reduction image stabilization system, four movie modes with sound, and 36MB internal memory expandable via SD/SDHC memory card. There’s also a Skin Softening function that detects and analyzes a person’s skin and then adjusts smoothness to produce enhanced results (perfect for that pimply faced teen), a Smile Timer that automatically releases the shutter when your subject smiles, and a Blink Proof function that takes two sequential photos and saves the one in which the subjects eyes are open the widest.
Somehow all of this still manages to fit into a compact body you can easily slip into a bag or purse. Start saving now, as the S1000pj will be available in September in black or silver for $430.
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