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Nikon Coolpix P1 8MP Digital Camera with 3.5x Optical Zoom (Wi-Fi Capable)

by Nikon
3.5 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • 8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
  • 3.5x optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Face Priority Autofocus and In-Camera Red-Eye Fix; transfer and print images wirelessly with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 16 scene modes; macro setting focuses as close as 1.6 inches from subject
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery (battery and charger included); stores images on SD cards (32 MB internal memory included)
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Product Description


From the Manufacturer

Nikon's Coolpix P1 combines 8.0 effective megapixels and 3.5x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens for stunning poster-size prints. WiFi capability is built-in, so this high-performance camera can download or print images wirelessly. The incredible, bright 2.5 inch LCD makes for easy image composition and playback. A 10-step Aperture Priority mode provides additional exposure control and Advanced Scene Modes offer creative choice over the color intensity of the final image. Nikon's Exclusive Feature System includes many automated features that make it easy to take great pictures. New On-Screen Help eliminates the guesswork by providing explanations for all main menu functions. The Coolpix P1 is performance, unplugged--no strings attached!

Up to 8 Resolution Settings, Plus Small Pic
3264 x 2448
2592 x 1944 2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200 1280 x 960
1024 x 768 640 x 480
3264 x 2176 (3:2)

Choose from a wide range of resolution settings. Small Pic button enables the user to instantly save a copy of an image at a resolution small enough for e-mail or web.

Choose from four Small Pic sizes: 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120, or 96 x 72. Customize your resolution to the final output, getting maximum resolution necessary while conserving valuable space on the SD card. In addition, with Small Pic, you can instantly save an image to the memory card that is an appropriate size for e-mail or for posting on the web.

6 Mode Built-in Flash
Auto, Flash Cancel, Slow Sync, Anytime Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Rear Curtain Sync
There is an appropriate flash mode for almost any lighting situation. Get the shot you want with the light you need.

Quick Review
View images stored in internal memory or on inserted SD card at the press of a single button. Zoom in to see a detail view of the image. Zooming in allows you to check details in the image--for example, whether everyone's eyes are open.

Voice Memo Function
Record vital information regarding the image that was shot. Camera will record up to 20 seconds per image. This is a quick method for recording important shooting data or special information about an image.

In-Camera Cropping
Photo Trim
Use zoom and four position rocker buttons to select part of a picture; camera saves this as a new image without changing the original picture.

Uses standard camera controls to trim an image to create a new image that is part of the original image.

Full-Featured Bundled Software
Nikon: PictureProject
Nikon: Wireless Camera Setup
Arcsoft: Panorama Maker

The bundled software will enable the user to set up a digital darkroom and their wireless Coolpix P1 and P2 without having to purchase additional, costly software packages.

This easy-to-use image editing software allows the user to edit, e-mail and print images. In addition, the Wireless Camera Setup provides a 7-step wizard for setting up a profile to transfer pictures wirelessly.

Easy E-mailing
With Nikon PictureProject software Select image(s) to send and click the Mail button. Choose to send pictures as individual prints or a single index print and select image size from the drop down menu. It's that easy!

Small files are best for e-mailing, and PictureProject makes it easy to select and send small images, regardless of the size of the original image. Clicking the Send button opens a new e-mail with the pictures already attached. All you need to do is address the e-mail and add a message!

99-Area Manual AF System
Face-Priority AF

Contrast detect Autofocus system. With Manual AF, use 4 position rocker switch to move the focus point to the desired position. Face-Priority AF can be activated in Portrait Scene Mode and will set focus on the face when taking a picture of a human subject. Incredibly sharp images from close up to infinity. The 99-Area Manual AF System allows for precise focus on the desired subject. Face-Priority AF will assist in getting sharp, incredible portraits of people.

AF Assist Lamp
Provides extra light when focusing in low-light situations. Enables sharp focus even when the subject is not well lit.

All New 10-Step Aperture Priority Mode with Live Histogram Display
Adjust your aperture in 1/3 EV steps while viewing a Live Histogram. Use the Live Histogram to set the aperture for the optimal exposure in almost any shooting situation. D-Lighting Automatic compensation for insufficient flash or excessive backlight. User selectable in image playback mode; saves a copy of the picture with the correction made without affecting the original image. Incredible versatility for the end user. Enables them to adjust images taken in a low light situation when the flash is not strong enough, or when harsh back light causes underexposed foreground detail--all done incamera (no computer).

Nikon's Exclusive In-Camera Red-Eye Fix
When the flash is set for red-eye reduction, the camera automatically removes most instances of red-eye from the subject(s) before writing the image to the card. Instances of red-eye are removed while the picture is being taken. Produces excellent pictures with no redeye! No extra steps necessary--just download and print!

Best Shot Selector (BSS)
Press and hold the shutter release; the camera will take a series of images, saving the one with the sharpest focus. Ensures sharp focus when shooting in situations where a slow shutter speed could result in motion blur.

Five Color Options
Standard Color, Vivid Color, Black and White, Cyanotype, Sepia
Get creative by selecting one of 5 color options. Choose the mode that best suits the output: standard color for beautiful prints; vivid color for e-mail/internet; black and white for dramatic shots; and sepia or cyanotype for brown or blue tones. Get creative easily. Create old style photos with the sepia option, or imitate an Ansel Adams shot with the black and white option. The only limit is your imagination!

Date/Time Imprinting
Prints indicate the date and time the picture was taken. A great archiving tool; know when an image was taken.

PictBridge Compatible
Connect the Coolpix P1 to a PictBridge compatible printer and print images stored on the camera, either in internal memory or on the SD memory card. Print images directly from the camera; no computer required!

5 Shot Buffer Mode
In anticipation of a special moment, hold down the shutter release button. When the moment has occurred, let go and the last 5 pictures taken will be saved to the memory card. Requires the camera be put into 5 shot buffer mode.

Ensures a fleeting or unexpected moment won't be missed. Gets the shot, even though the photographer isn't sure exactly when the action is going to happen.

One-Touch Upload
Easily upload images from camera to computer at the press of a single button. Makes moving images from the camera to the computer fast and easy.

TTL White Balance with 5 Mode Manual or Preset
Incandescent, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, and Speedlight
Select Automatic White Balance, choose one of 5 manual settings, or Preset to a white or gray card. Always get an accurate color balance, regardless of lighting conditions.

Shutter Speed Range
8 seconds to 1/2,000 second
Capture a wide range of exposures from low light (using slow shutter speeds) to action (using faster shutter speeds to freeze movement). Maintain creative control over your images with a wide range of shutter speeds--take long exposures or catch the action--it's your choice!

Exposure Compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Increase or decrease exposure when using Automatic mode. Ensures you get the exposure you want, giving you great pictures every time.

User Selectable ISO
50, 100, 200, 400, and Auto
Select from a variety of ISO/sensitivity options. Using a higher ISO makes the camera more sensitive, so pictures can be taken in lower light without flash. A wide range of ISO options increases exposure options in a variety of lighting conditions. For example, in situations where using a flash is not appropriate.

Saturation Mode
+1 (max), 0, -1, -2 (min)
Choose from a range of color saturation levels, from +1 to -2. For example, use more saturation for web images that need to really pop.

User sets color saturation before the image is saved to the SD card or modified in image editing. This allows direct output without manipulation, saving time.

4-Mode TTL Metering System
256-Segment Matrix, Center Weighted, Spot, and Spot AF (user selectable)
Choose the metering system to suit the particular lighting condition. Properly exposed images are achieved automatically.

16 Scene Modes
11 with new Advanced Scene Modes
4 with Scene Assist (first four listed)
Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Beach/Snow, Close-up, Copy, Backlit, Party/Indoor, Night Landscape, Panorama, Museum, Fireworks, Sunset, Dawn/Dusk, and Voice Recording

Automatically sets the camera for optimum performance in most popular picture-taking situations. The Advanced Scene Modes let you get more creative and give you more control in 11 different Scene Modes. Scene Assist is available in 4 Scene Modes (portrait, night portrait, landscape, sports); these offer additional assistance for framing, focus and exposure.

The Coolpix P1 makes taking great photographs easy. The ergonomic design is comfortable to hold and use. The controls are well marked, making it easy to access all the timesaving functions. The Voice Recording Scene Mode will allow you to record up to 5 hours of audio (with a 256 MB SD card). Turns snapshots into photographs!

Macro Mode
Close Up
Take pictures as close as 1.6 inches from the subject using the Close-up Scene Mode.

Take incredibly sharp macro images using the built-in Zoom-Nikkor lens--no attachments necessary!

Movie Mode with Audio
30 frames per second
Time-Lapse Movies
Movie size is user selectable (TV 640 x 480; Small 320 x 240; Smaller 160 x 120). Movie length is determined by the amount of memory available. Your camera operates as a digital video camera to record a movie with sound. File is saved in QuickTime format, which makes it easy to share with others.

Noise Reduction Mode
Noise is minimized when using exposure times of 1/4 second and longer. This is automatically turned on in Dawn/Dusk and Night Landscape Scene Modes. Capture clear, sharp images, even when using longer shutter speeds.

802.11b and 802.11g (Wireless LAN required)
Transfer Images to a computer without a wired connection. Send images as they are taken, or batch send pictures on command. Do a Live Transfer of images directly into a PictureProject slide show! Wireless capability offers the freedom and convenience of moving images to a computer or printer that is within 100 feet of the camera without the need for cables. (Exact distance depends on the signal strength of the wireless LAN.)

All New Wireless Print Adapter PD-10 (Optional Accessory)
Print wirelessly to any PictBridge compatible USB inkjet printer. Camera prints directly to the printer without the need of a computer. Send images to a printer that is within 100 feet of the camera without the need of a computer or cable. (Exact distance depends on the signal strength of the wireless LAN.) The PD-10 print adapter is not included and must be purchased separately.

3.5x Zoom-Nikkor Lens
35mm equivalent: 36-126mm
Made with world-renowned Nikkor optics, the lens features 7 elements in 6 groups and incorporates 2 aspherical elements, allowing for a lightweight, compact lens design.

Excellent image quality. Capture a broad range of pictures, from wide angle to a longer telephoto to extreme close-ups, all at the press of the shutter button.

Incredible, Bright 2.5-Inch LCD

Frame and review your images with the big, 2.5-inch LCD. Compose and share your images easily with the big, easy-to-see LCD.

Help Function
The Coolpix P1 includes an in-camera help feature that explains the function of specific menu items. In-Camera "instant tutor" helps the user better understand different features of the camera.

Selectable GUI (Graphical User Interface)
The user can select how they want to see the menu options on the camera's LCD. Choose the traditional Menu Item View or the all new Icon View. Selecting Icon View displays all the menu options on one screen; no scrolling through a list of menu options. Menu Item View displays the name of each feature.

LCD Gridlines
Gridlines (composition lines) can be displayed on the LCD; these aid in composing, or framing, the shot. Helps user ensure horizon lines are level and architecture is vertical, resulting in better pictures.

Compact Design, Matte-Black Metal Body
The ergonomic and compact design retains a traditional camera feel without the extra bulk. Comfortable to hold and use, the Coolpix P1 and P2 fit nicely into a jacket pocket or pocketbook. They're easy to carry and easy to use.

New EN-EL8 slim design battery included
Charges within 2 hours with the included MH-62 Battery Charger. Use the new slim design rechargeable battery to take as many as 180 images on a single charge.

Included Li-ion Rechargeable Battery and Charger
Comes with rechargeable battery and charger to charge the battery in 2 hours. Rechargeable battery minimizes the cost to power the cameras.

32 MB Internal Memory
SD Slot for optional memory card
No memory card is required for taking pictures. Images can be copied between internal memory and SD cards. Camera is ready to go right out of the box! Plus, you can continue to take pictures when memory card is full.

Accepts SD Memory Cards
Compatible with any size Secure Digital (SD) memory card.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 1.5 x 2.4 inches ; 6.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Item model number: P1
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,698 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 4, 2006

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I picked this camera up at the new lower price ($150 less). For this price the camera is definately worth the money. From a picture taking standpoint the camera is great. 8-Megapixel photos that look great, great flexibility for different sceens and a pretty quick shutter release are the highlights. The camera does have some difficulty focusing in dark situations especially if you have zoomed in and the object is too far away.

The only real problem I encountered is setting up the wi-fi feature. I consider myself pretty computer literate, but this stumped me for some time. A call to Nikon was pleasant but a waste of time. The biggest problem you will run into is if you have Firewall-Enabled in XP or XP Pro. You have to look close but on page 136 of the manual there is a little note about Port settings if you use a firewall (and who doesn't?). By the way, the Nikon rep was clueless when I told him it worked with firewall off but wouldn't with firewall on. He basically said, he had no idea and firewalls aren't Nikons specialty. Anyway, the key is to go to security settings, click on Windows Firewall Settings, click "Add Port" and then add UDP port 5353 and click OK. Add another port only this time select TCP port 15740 and click OK. This was VERY POORLY explained in the manual and I couldn't find anything on their website.

While just taking pictures the battery life was fine. Using the wi-fi feature really eats up battery life. I would recommend picking up an extra battery (only $17) as a spare for those longer trips. That should give you well over 300 photos.
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I am a consummate camera buff having been in photography since the mid 1970s. I have used many different cameras (Canons, Pentaxes, Olympuses, Kodaks, Polariods, an Agfa, even had a Minolta for a brief time, yuck!) and shot tens of thousands of photos all over the world. In 2003, I retired my T-50 and EOS 650 and stepped into the digital world with a Canon "Powershot" S-50. (It has been a delight not having to fumble with film while having the capacity to take 1000s of shots on a 1.0GB card!)

The S-50 broke in Nov. 05 (with shot number 4000 on Waikiki Beach). For Christmas my wife gave me the P1 (my first, ever, Nikon). To date, I've taken about 1500 photos with it.

The Nikon P1 "Coolpix" is handy. The 8.0 megapixels and 3.5 zoom are excellent (and the reasons for the P1's purchase). It fits in a pocket comfortably. It is light weight and not cumbersome to hold. The large 4.5 monitor screen is nice (enlarging all subjects).

The P1 "recovery time" (the moment between the photo taken and its recording to the Sandisk) is much quicker. The mode choices are numerous and the camera is easy to use. The recording mic hears all sounds. If I were a novice camera user I would be well pleased with the P1.

Experience has shown, however, that the P1 could be better. Here are the things I do not like about it (allowing it to earn only 3 stars).

1) The digital flash is never bright enough. All my photos are much darker- less vibrant- with the P1.
2) The mode dial atop the Coolpix turns too easily. Often it twists even as the camera is being handed over. The dial moves randomly in the pocket, the backpack, the suitcase, and the briefcase. It's irksome to be continually resetting the photo mode.
3) The 3.
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I find the Nikon P1 to be a great point a shoot camera. I had no problems with it right out of the box. I have taken many well developed pictures and I'm more then pleased with it.

This is a point and shoot camera so you do give up full manual control. But there is a variety of features to let you play around and be creative to a certain extent.

I've gone through most the settings and have had very little to complain about. The only pictures that have not turned out are ones taken with very little light. This issue can be attributed to user error not camera error. For example taking a night picture with a large shutter time by hand caused some blur (imagine that).

I have seen a little noise at ISO 400 when my focus is far away and there is very little light but nothing different then any other camera. You can still get some really nice night pictures if you use a tripod and the correct settings even night shot mood will produce decent results then.

As for WiFi I personally love it. No more having to find the right cable and plug it in. I used the cable once to see how it compared and I can get just as fast results through wireless. So after that finding I tossed that cable in a drawer with a lot of other lonely cables and have not brought it out since. I am a PC user so I'm not sure of any apple issues but I was setup and going with wireless in under five minutes so I was really happy. I've also played with some of the settings like direct transfer to the computer and that could be useful in some situations.

Over all I've really enjoyed using this camera and as always compare them in the store first for your preference. But I've had no real issues and would definitely suggest taking a look at this camera if you're looking for a good compact Digital camera.
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