Ah, how times have changed. I’ve been to many concerts, but usually cameras are prohibited items. Not this time, as I was able to bring my Nikon P7000 to a recent show in California. For the most part, I was impressed with what I got, and the manual functions on the P7000 really helped when things got dark.
I took advantage of the high ISO mode (ISO 1600) and used spot metering to avoid drastic overexposure– something that happens a LOT when a point and shoot camera sees a very dark stage and a spot-lit musician. I also liked being able to dial in -EV compensation to keep the background dark. At the end of the night, I got some memories that I could take with me.
Chalk this one up to the unexpected. Nikon today announced an update to the Coolpix line, offering three new models. I don’t usually get excited by any of the Nikon Coolpix announcements, because they still miss the mark when it comes to offering something that a pro photographer might consider when traveling on vacation. But Nikon does seem to be getting creative with their gimmicks, features.
The Coolpix S1000pj is the first digital camera to offer a built in projector. Yep, you heard me right– even I had to read that one twice and make sure it wasn’t lack of caffeine driving me to see funny things in the press release. A projector. In a camera. Packing a not so mighty 10 lumens, you won’t be using this to light up an auditorium for your next photo exposition. But it is interesting!
The Coolpix S1000pj also includes “hybrid VR”– a combination of lens and sensor shift to maximize image stabilization, a 28-140mm equivalent lens, and packs 12 megapixels.
So, if you are a multimedia freak and enjoy slide shows on the go, here’s your Coolpix!