Watching video clips and slideshows on a small LCD on your pocket-cam isn’t bad. Projecting the whole thing up on a wall while you sit back, however, should be leagues better. The Nikon Coolpix S1100pj does just that, packing a VGA projector for casting images over any flat surface.
Projected images can be beamed from close to 8 feet away, with 14 lumens of brightness, VGA resolution and up to 47-inches of display (diagonal). Not only can you show clips and videos, you can do slideshows with an accompanying soundtrack too, making it a potentially useful standalone presentation tool. It can playback 720p video recordings, as well, but display will be downscaled to compensate for the VGA limit.
The Coolpix S1100pj has a 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom wide-angle lens, ISO up to 6400 and a 3-inch touch-sensitive display with stylus. Most of the controls can be accessed right on the screen, including the shutter (tap to trigger). Notable features include 720p video recording, a full suite of in-camera editing functions and a scribbling function that lets you scrawl over images while you beam them over the projector. When tethered to a computer, you can use the projector to display PC output too.
Obviously, it packs all of Nikon’s usual digicam fare, such as the Expeed C2 image processing engine and a five-way image stabilization system. Onboard battery is good for 220 shots or one hour of image projection.
Availability for the Nikon Coolpix S1100pj is slated for September. It will come in various colors, priced at $350.