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NikonCoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 171 reviews)

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    (71)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (139)
  • Easy to use (113)
  • Good image quality (109)
  • Image stabilization (104)
  • Large clear LCD (94)

Cons

  • Short battery life (21)
  • No image stabilization (14)
  • Lag / shutter delay (12)
  • Poor flash (4)
  • Poor image quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (117)
  • Landscape/scenery (107)
  • Travel (103)
  • Low light (77)
  • Wildlife (66)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (75), Photo enthusiast (59), Semi-pro photographer (24), Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (104), Yes (27)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great cost x benefit for enthusiasts

I'm an old car enthusiast and old car club member, and use my digital camera most of time to cover/register events and parties we promote and participate.

I considered to...Read complete review

I'm an old car enthusiast and old car club member, and use my digital camera most of time to cover/register events and parties we promote and participate.

I considered to buy a Sony DSC-HX1 for a very long time, and changed my mind when I used a friend's Coolpix P100 for the first time. The LCD display is extremely sharp and produces clear, bright and vivid images, even in sunny outdoor places - on the other hand, Nikon electronic viewfinder is 'so-so', specially when compared with DSC-HX1's one; its images appears like interpolated, unfocused (even adjusting diopter), a little awkward. Nikkor lens are slightly superior when compared with Sony G Lens, and offers a little extra zoom. Controls are handy and very intuitive.

Coolpix P100 has great scene modes! I tested night shots, twilight, museum mode and all of them played well. The great news for me was the night shots, because we promote regularly old-car events at night and our pictures, made with other cameras, were always poor, blurred and grainy - except using tripods, which is not the case. I've made great photos at night using just built-in flash, without using tripod and other special accessories. This is VERY important for me, because I don't want to carry lots of bulky things for events and parties just to take some good night pictures - remember that I'm carrying me-myself, my wife, lots of beer, some camping facilities and luggage on a fantastic VW Beetle 1986, which definitely doesn't have extra room for tripods, extra lenses and flashes, etc... :)

I was even more impressed with video quality. This camera is capable of capturing Full HD (1920 x 1080) movies, HDMI ready-to-go. Carrying only one lightweight camera, I can make a high quality full coverage of an event, with pictures and videos, and bring it to DVDs, BDs or web. DSC-HX1 unfortunately doesn't capture widescreen movies, and that was the point that changed my mind to buy this Nikon.

However, Coolpix P100 has some handicaps when compared with Sony's opponent: panorama assist, included with Nikon, is computer-dependant and hard to use - you have to be a good puzzle player to get the exact point where you need to capture the next part; good panoramas can be obtained with pacience and a good tripod. Sony's 'sweep panorama' is a bless compared with Nikon's. Slideshows produced by Nikon doesn't have the soundtrack option - if you want to play some pics to friends and/or family on your TV, don't forget to carry a sound player, otherwise it will play in silence (Sony does it with built-in soundtracks perfectly).

So, if you want a great digital camera, capable of taking GREAT pictures, a magnificent zoom, don't want bulky DSLR on your luggage and have a Full HD good camcorder in the same package, for a fair price, you can have Coolpix P100. However, if you need to take panorama pictures, want a sharp and clear viewfinder, multimedia built-in presentations, don't want to capture movies and like Sony's XMB interface, buy Sony and be happy!

TIP: consider buying and extra battery, it runs flat after 250/300 shots, and drains hardly whem capturing movies. SDHC Class-10 or above are very welcome to capture Full HD Movies (Transcend recommended). Oh, and a HDMI cable, incredibly not included with the camera...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Expected More...

This is my first point and shoot cam. Bought it for my wife but I use it when I don't want to bring out the D200 bodies. I don't like the Zoom: there's...Read complete review

This is my first point and shoot cam. Bought it for my wife but I use it when I don't want to bring out the D200 bodies. I don't like the Zoom: there's not much control. It zooms too fast and doesn't stop immediately where you want it to stop. Barely pressing the zoom I can go probably from 35 to 100mm. It's very challenging to get an in between focal length. Focus is another issue in video mode. Focus is all over the place except when you are at full wide angle. Zooming in and the focusing is more difficult except in ver well lit conditions.

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4.0

Worth the money

By Hsuan Kwok

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

The camera looks good not great, since there are some scratch on the sliver loop around the lens.
Picture taken by it seems to be great.
We like it.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

good product

By desi

from el Paso Texas

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

    Got this camera for my first time in photography and it really is a good camera for starting out.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Nikon P100,excellent!!!

    By Yogesh Tiwari

    from Jersey City

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color

    Cons

    • Poor Image Stabilization
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

    This is a marvelous camera. I do not think that the fact that I don't have one should really affect the validity of the following review.
    First off, its NEW, and that alone means that its better than last year's camera, so its got to be worth owning on that score alone.
    Second, based on the reviews, people seem to like it... A LOT, so once again, that is a very good indicator that its worth every penny.
    Now, for more personal observations: It is smaller than most SLR's built up to this point... I like that... (If there has always been a drawback to getting professional quality photos, it has been the size and weight of the cameras). This is smaller and lighter. I like it. I just know I do. Second, but no less personal: It's a Nikon. And look at how affordable it is! I have seen Nikons for thousands of dollars this is a fraction of the price! I'm sure the people at Nikon wouldn't sell something inferior even if it is affordable. Besides it isn't Thaaat affordable. I mean compared to a Fuji or something like that.
    So in summe, it's a great camera, I don't own one, but just the knowledge that I could is a plus! And a lot of people on this site, with a lot more experience using it than myself say it is... so I am sure it is! And if you are on the fence about this I hope this review helped you decide which way to go. In a nutshell: The best camera I have never owned.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 7
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Nikon Coolpix refurbished, what a deal!

    By Kristin

    from Vancouver, British Columbia

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

    • Poor Image Stabilization

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

    The product is in mint condition, everything works perfect, the camera seems as though it was never used. The lens and screen have no scratches, the product came with a manual and computer software. I am so pleased that my refurbished camera is as good as new, but was way cheaper!

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great super zoom camera with great video

    By Tony

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

      This is my second P100. It has excellent image quality if you shoot in Manual Mode and captures very sharp and colorful video with the dedicated video button. Low light is fair but in mixed light and bright light conditions it can capture vivid and detailed landscapes. I like the variety of shooting ratios, from 1:1, 16:9 and standard 35mm ratios. It is a versatile camera and actually shoots cleanest at the end of its considerable zoom. For me, the zoom and image stabiliazation create stunning results.

      The disadvantage of this camera is that my first quit working after about a year. I had bought it refurbished so there was no warranty at that time. But I like the camera so much I decided to buy another even though I have Nikon D90, Panasonic GH1 and Ricoh CX3 cameras which I regularly use. I had shot well over 10,000 images before the camera quit so I feel I got value.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Awesome camera, in great condition!

      By uh, line please

      from Orange County, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Poor Image Stabilization

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

      This camera was like new. Everything works great, and it is in great condition.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      3.0

      Nice, but it nothing more than a bridge

      By Luciano

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Poor Image Quality

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

      I bought it as a present for my brother.
      All in all, it's a nice camera, but it shows it's limitation in those situation where an SLR does a better job (high ISO).
      However, it's a nice camera for someone who wants to start thaking picture and subsequently upgrade to a D-SLR.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 5
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      coolpix is cool

      By paj

      from mississippi

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

        Great camera for the price. A frien
        d has a much more expensive camera and she had a fit over mine, especially when she heard the price.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        A very nice product

        By galvyn79

        from Bologna, Italy

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos

          Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

          Very easy to use and very high photo resolution

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Great Camera!!

          By Maverick

          from Ann Arbor MI

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

          This is a great camera if you are not happy with the quality you get from a small point and shoot but will never have a use for a SLR. This thing has great optical zoom and the pictures are fantastic. Honestly in the few weeks we have had it I have yet to take it off of auto and am snapping better photo's than I ever have. I am not a professional just a family man who wants to document his daughters life with photo's that are actually usable. Two big thumbs up!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Love The Camera at a great price

          By TheRev15

          from Billings,mt

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

                This camera is great and takes really nice pictures. I am really glad i bought it. my only down side is the flash takes awhile to recharge and you have to manually open it up but other then that it is a great camera for the money

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 5
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                [...]

                By Vic

                from Connecticut

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

                  [...] GREAT SELLER

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  2.0

                  Felt cheap compared to my Canon

                  By Reel Thinker

                  from Boulder, CO

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

                    The product felt cheap.

                    And I did not like the focus mechanism...kind of small knob and it seemed to struggle to find the target at times.

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                    5.0

                    So far not too bad

                    By Mister

                    from Fairfield Cty CT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

                      My main camera is a D90, and still is when I'm looking for best quality. But, so far I find the CoolPix P100 a respectable sidekick, or, for more casual usage. It does tout full HD video capability which I haven't used yet (would likely work well using a 32GB card or larger). But, as far as standard camera use it is quite compact and versatile. It does provide more controls and delivers more performance than the typical pocket PAS. My only one dislike is that you have to recharge the battery in the camera. I would prefer an external arrangement. In general, you get better low light, zoom, macro, speed, and image quality performance than with a typical PAS. I do like the eye viewer with built-in diopter adjustment.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Just Right For Me

                      By Grix

                      from Kelso, WA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent lens
                      • Light
                      • Simple

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

                        Purchased to replace my Canon S3 IS. Needed longer lens. It has the required (by me) tilt LCD, interval timer and a couple other musties. I'm a bird and other wild animal shooter. The lens is perfect for that. Overall, quite satisfied.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        CoolPix P100

                        By Jackie

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Lag / Shutter Delay
                        • Poor Image Stabilization
                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

                        We recently purchased the Nikon CoolPix P100. It is a great digital camera. This model takes exceptional photos and has a vast array of features. It is very user friendly for a novice photographer like myself. It has a nice compact body that isn't too heavy. It also has a good size LCD and takes HD video. The video time is very short though. I found the image stabilization to be good, but not great. It performs well in low light, but make sure to use the flash. The zoom and focus features are fantastic.

                        On another note, the camera is slow to startup and has a longer lag time in between photos than we would like. In addition, to conserve the battery the camera goes into sleep. We liked this feature, but it would go into sleep mode far too often which we found to be inconvenient. Due to the longer lag/shutter delay, it was more challenging to take action photos. A sports feature is offered, but we didn't find it to be very helpful. We missed a great deal of key action shots due to this. In addition, the battery life is not very long.

                        We will still upgrade to a faster and professional DSLR camera and use this as our second camera. Overall, this is an exceptional camera and would reccommend it to future buyers.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Perfect For My Needs

                        By clgbsi

                        from Western North Carolina

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Convenient
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom

                        Cons

                        • none so far

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Web store description

                        Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

                        I take photos both for showing my product on the internet (they need to be excellent quality) and for reference (just enough to jog my memory).

                        I love the fact that I can leave this camera on auto-focus for the reference photos (I take far more of them) and then override the auto-focus when I need top quality. Truth to tell, there are enough auto-focus modes that I really don't need to do much but select the appropriate mode.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Nice but not great

                        By Bubbz3

                        from NC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Poor Image Stabilization

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

                        Bought this hoping it would be better than a typical P&S camera. It is loaded with features and has great zoom. I did find the pictures weren't as great as I hoped. It does struggle with sharpness in low light and maxed out zoom. Nice little camera though for just quick shots or video. Will be a nice camera to have handy when I don't want to carry the DSLR.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great camera!

                        By E. Alan

                        from New Hyde Park, NY

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Being discrete
                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

                          This camera replaced my Nikon P80. I was surprised when I got the P100 and found out IT HAS INTERVAL TIMER SHOOTING!! The specs say it does not have this feature. The lens is sharp, the zoom is awesome, the camera is light-weight and very functional. The video feature has 3 slow-motion modes. I videoed the second hand on my watch and saw the second hand move forward every eight seconds of playback! When I am on a pro job I usually use my Nikon D300s, but the camera bag winds up weighing at least 40 pounds with all the lenses and other equipment. The Nikon P100 just fits the bill when I want to travel light.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 9
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Very Good Camera

                          By Amanda

                          from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Short Lag Time

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Nikon CoolPix P100 Digital Camera (Black):

                            A very good camera. I recommend it.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 8
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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