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Nikon Coolpix P100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 686 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the value for money and image quality. The screen and usability are also mentioned favorably. The storage and reliability get negative opinions, while views about the shutter and flash are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix P100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix P100 Review


Images lack fine details High amounts of noise at all ISO settings.

Excellent build quality ; Awesome 26x optical zoom with fast F2.8 max aperture ; Produces nice exposures with pleasing colors ; Captures nice full HD video ; Loads of useful exposure modes for all types of users ; High-quality LCD screen ; Powerful...

Images lack fine details ; High amounts of noise at all ISO settings ; Weird color shift at high ISO settings due to noise reduction ; Super sensitive stereo microphones ; LCD brightness makes photos look a bit overexposed, which is not the actual case

Nikon's Coolpix P100 is loaded with awesome features and plenty of useful exposure modes to choose from, not matter what experience level you may be. It offers excellent shooting performance, nice HD video quality, and a versatile 26x optical zoom...

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Nikon Coolpix P100


The 10.3-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P100 ($400 as of 9/5/2010) is the rare camera that's as easy to use as it is versatile, thanks to a powerful 26X-optical-zoom lens and an intuitive control layout that offers access to full manual controls as well as...

26X zoom with good telephoto and macro performance ; Manual controls as well as auto and scene modes ; Image stabilization works well at full telephoto ; Superior exposure quality and color accuracy ; Adjustable LCD for odd-angle shots

Disappointing distortion and sharpness scores ; No RAW shooting ; All-plastic build and pop-up flash feel flimsy ; Bad video performance in low light

The powerful P100 does everything easily, thanks to its 26X zoom lens, versatile features, and intuitive controls. Exposure quality and color accuracy are superb, but its photos suffer from distortion and lack of sharpness.

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Nikon Coolpix P100 Digital Camera First Impressions Review


Front The front of the P100 is dominated by the large lens, which protrudes from the front of the camera body.

The Coolpix P100 looks to offer a lot of features for its $400 price. It has a huge 26x zoom range with a decent wide angle and can capture 1080p video. The new back illuminated CMOS sensor adds a number of new tricks as well, like being able to...


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Nikon Coolpix P100


The Nikon Coolpix P100 is capable of doing some extraordinary things. It's chock-full of shooting options centered on a high-speed CMOS sensor married with a 26x megazoom lens. Things like high-speed photo and video shooting, fun modes and settings for...

Solid design; overflowing with photo, movie features; very fast shooting performance for its class.

Photo, video quality is weakest part of the package.

There's a lot to like about the Nikon Coolpix P100, but you'll need to keep your photo quality expectations in check to really enjoy it.

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Nikon Coolpix P100


The sensors in these cameras are considerably smaller than you will find in a DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens model. One of the advantages of a smaller sensor is that, compared to an SLR, you need a physically much smaller lens. As you can see...

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Nikon Coolpix P100 Camera Review


The Nikon Coolpix P100 is a megazoom digital camera that is fast, compact, and packed full of useful features. Read this in-depth review to see how it performs when put to the test in real world situations.

Overall the performance of the Nikon Coolpix P100 was quite good. Although I found that the camera tended to overexpose some of my shots, it was not so serious that it could not be fixed with some minor adjustments in my digital photo editor. This...

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Nikon Coolpix P100 Review


Every camera has limitations. It's inherent in all products. Sacrifice one aspect for another, like higher quality materials for a higher price or less functionality. With superzooms, quality usually falters because a good zoom lens is expensive. Many...

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Nikon COOLPIX P100


Nikon's P100 is the company's third-generation SLR-style super zoom, replacing the P90. Launched in February 2010 it swaps its predecessor's 12.1 Megapixel CCD sensor with a 10.3 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Though moving to a lower...

26x optical zoom ; Fast continuous and burst shooting ; Dedicated movie record button ; Excellent high ISO noise performance

No shortcut menu ; No Vibration Reduction for movies ; Very modest 10cm macro ; Poor battery life

The Nikon COOLPIX P100 looks similar to the P90 it replaces, but is, in fact, a very different camera. At its heart, the new 10 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor has very different qualities to the 12 Megapixel CCD sensor of it's predecessor. For...

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Huge-zoom camera for fast action


Reviewers agree the Nikon Coolpix P100 ultra-zoom is loaded with stunning features, yet falls short of the competition with unremarkable image quality. CNET's Joshua Goldman praises the P100's solid design and easily managed controls, and says...

Solid design, whopping 26x zoom, flexible LCD screen, excellent burst mode

Mixed image quality, clunky in-camera battery charging, pricey

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Review: Nikon Coolpix P100 point-and-shoot


The powerful P100 from Nikon has a 26x zoom lens, versatile features, and intuitive controls. Exposure quality and color accuracy are superb, but its photos suffer from distortion and lack of sharpness.

A tiltable LCD screen and 1080p high-definition video recording also add to its creative flexibility, making it a solid fixed-lens option for someone who wants to shoot everything under the sun

Product Specifications

Advanced bridge camera with remarkable reach. The powerful NIKKOR 26x wideangle zoom lens offers outstanding compositional freedom and features Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lens glass to ensure crisp results whether you shoot wide-angle or super-telephoto. The ability to capture full (1080p) high-definition movies in stereo sound, and use the optical zoom and autofocus functions during recording, enables superior-quality video and extends the options for shooting movies from a distance. The back illuminated CMOS sensor and HDR mode offer increased sensitivity and superior results when shooting in dimly lit conditions. The Coolpix P100 - covers all the angles, day or night.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL5

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SDHC Memory Card / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Sliding
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.0
Max Focal Length:120mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:26
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"/1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )/11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Resolution:10.3Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Video Input

Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto (160-800) / ISO 3200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (160-200) / ISO auto (160-400) / ISO auto (160-1600)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD