Nikon Fields Coolpix S1200pj Projector Camera

Nikon announced a slew of new, impossibly thin consumer cameras this year that included the latest generation to feature a built-in projector, the Coolpix S1200pj.

It’s neat enough the camera can project pictures and video of its own, but you can also project video and still images from any Apple iOS device as well.

Coolpix S1200pj
The Coolpix S1200pj features a 20 lumen built-in projector - photo by Nikon

The S1200pj is actually the third generation of Nikon cameras to feature a built-in projector.  The first to have the feature was the S1000pj launched in 2009, but that model suffered from lackluster photo capabilities.  Apparently the projector was a popular enough feature for Nikon to stick with the concept.

In this model the engineers were able to up the output of the projector to 20 Lumens, which improves the viewing experience but drains the battery in less than hour.

Nikon beefed up the picture quality in the S1200pj with a 14 megapixel CCD sensor behind a 5x 28-140mm zoom lens with 720p HD movie capture.

The camera internals feature an automatic motion detector that tracks the subject’s motion and modifies the photo settings to keep the image in focus.  The camera also features the type of in-camera filter effects you’d expect in a point-and-shoot.

Blurry images are a thing of the past with a four-way advanced vibration reduction system and people pictures will be vastly improved with the Smart Portrait System with features like smile detection, face-priority AF which can track up to 12 different faces, blink warning, red eye fix and skin softening.

Available for pre-order at Amazon for $429.00 USD.