Nikon packs a projector into its latest camera

Nikon has launched a new model of camera that features a tiny projector for instantly displaying snaps.

The Coolpix S1100pj contains a front-mounted projector that the leading manufacturer claims will project image slideshows and videos at distances of up to seven feet.

The 14-megapixel camera also harbours a USB-in port that enables you to hook the camera up as an LCD projector for Windows and Mac computers. For a projector of such a tiny size, the 14-lumens of brightness it creates sets it apart from the 10 to 12 lumens of brightness offered by most stand-alone pico projectors. The impressive features of the camera and projector can all be controlled on the three-inch LCD touchscreen, which also serves as a telestrator to draw on images projected from the camera.

In terms of the model's actual photographic capabilities, the Coolpix S1100pj is one of the first point-and-shoot cameras to offer Nikon's new Expeed C2 image processor. The processor is said to provide optimum perfomance in low-light environments.

It also has a 5x optical-zoom 28-140mm wide-angle lens, motion-tracking autofocus and a combination of hardware and software-based image stabilization. The video mode can record in 720p high-definition and a range of image-editing modes that include tilt-shift and fish-eye lens simulators are also available.

And anyone who wants to have this colourful camera in a colourful package can buy it in a range of colours, including black, silver, green and violet.

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