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Nikon launches world's first projector camera

Coolpix S1000pj coming to UK in September

Nikon UK has launched what it claims is the world's first camera with an integrated projector.

The Coolpix S1000pj allows users to share photos or videos at a party or relive a day's memories while travelling, according to Nikon.

The camera maker says the built-in projector projects an image size from approximately 5in up to 40in, while a supplied remote control means the Coolpix S1000pj can be operated wirelessly. The S1000pj also ships with a simple projection stand for optimal viewing wherever you are.

In PC World magazine US's brief hands-on with the S1000pj, the projector worked well in a dimly-lit room, and images were sharp when projected on a blank white surface about a foot away from the camera. The projector still produced visible images when projected onto a wall about 10 feet away, but they were (understandably) much less sharp and bright.

Nikon Coolpix S1000pj

The S1000pj's projector was designed by Nikon, and most mini projectors (such as the Optoma Pico Pocket Projector) fall within the same brightness and throw-distance ranges; most office and home-theatre projectors fall in the much brighter, 1000-plus lumen range. With that in mind, you shouldn't expect to host many drive-in movies with the S1000pj

The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj also comes with a 12-megapixel sensor, a 5X optical zoom lens (28mm to 240mm), a 2.7in wide viewing-angle TFT LCD, and ISO levels of up to 3200 at full resolution.

In addition, five functions to reduce image blur and the Smart Portrait System are included, as is an additional Skin Softening feature enabling users to ‘airbrush' someone's face.

The product is due to hit the UK in September for £400.

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