The Nikon S1000pj was created for a specific set of photographers: the party-goer, proud parent, and all-around show-off are most likely to find this camera appealing. Based on my experience using the S1000pj, I’d say that if you fit into one of the categories above, you won’t be disappointed. Just don’t expect it to outperform other basic Nikon point-and-shoots or to project images in bright rooms or against dark surfaces with stunning results. And do expect to use flash when indoor lighting is dim.
If it’s “oohing” and “aahing” you’re after, the S1000pj will deliver. It will capture outdoor snapshots nicely and brightly-lit interior images fairly well. Performance slips in dim light indoors and outdoors as noise levels climb and noise-reduction smooths out fine detail. But that’s expected for a camera of this size.
The bottom line is that you could spend as much (or maybe even less) on a camera that takes better images in low light. You could find a camera at a lower price point that offers greater control over image quality or features a much bigger zoom range. But you won’t have a built-in projector. If that’s a sacrifice you don’t want to make, the S1000pj is your best (well, only) option.
- Sharp lens with minimal distortion
- Projector has a nice “wow” factor
- Good image quality
- Noise at ISO 400 and up
- Poor video quality
- Limited exposure and processing controls