|Nikon Coolpix P1 - Flash
A small handgrip on the front of the Nikon Coolpix P1 makes sure the camera lies comfortably in your hand. You'll hardly notice carrying a camera around as its weight is as light as a feather. Certainly when you're used to working with a digital reflex on a daily base. Personally I find the Nikon P1 just a little too light; I miss the feeling of actually having a camera in my hands. In the centre, on the front side, the internal flash is placed, with below it the AF Assistance Light and the microphone. Right below the flash the lens is positioned with a 3.5x optical zoom, which suffices for panning as well as close-ups.
Nikon P1 camera - Wireless Wi-Fi connection
On the right side a black spot is quite obvious. This is the transmitter for establishing a wireless connection through Wi-Fi. This connection works with both, the 802.11b (11 Mbps) and the 802.11g (54 Mbps) protocols. When the connection is established a blue light is visible. The transmitter extends a bit but nevertheless it's nicely unobtrusively integrated in the housing. On the other side of the P1 digital camera, the USB and AV/Video connections are found behind a rubber placed on top. The USB connection is necessary for setting up the camera in order to enable Wi-Fi transmission. The Coolpix P1 is therefore not completely operable without a cable. At the bottom of this side, another rubber is found with behind it the connection for the optional A/C power adapter.
Nikon Coolpix P1 camera - Tripod connection
The bottom of the Nikon Coolpix P1 contains the universal tripod connection which is not made of metal but, just like the camera's casing, of plastic. Although this is less solid than metal and will wear out easily when used often; I don't expect the average user to frequently use a tripod, still it's something to keep in mind. Behind a large cover the battery and the Secure Digital memory card are hidden.
|Nikon Coolpix P1 Wireless - Selection button
When investigating the top of the camera we find a loud speaker on the left and in the middle the button for selecting exposure programmes and the main camera settings. This button also lets you accomplish the Wi-Fi connection. On the right of this button the release button is placed, and top right the button for activating or deactivating the camera. This latter one is somewhat sunk in. It prevents from accidentally pressing it, but it requires some attention to be able to activate this button correctly.
Nikon P1 digital camera - LCD display
Most of the time users will actually look at the back of the Nikon P1. It contains the large 2.5 inch monitor, dominating the back. This is fantastic, especially as the optical viewfinder is missing. We welcome the fact that camera manufacturers like Nikon have taken the step from a small size to a big size monitor. That this is at the cost of the optical viewfinder is not a loss. The quality of current monitors in general is excellent. On the right top we find the zoom button that also lets you enlarge images when playing back. Below that you will find the indicator that shows when the flash is loaded and below that the menu button. The 4-way controller lets you control the flash, the exposure correction, the macro mode and the self-timer. The settings are confirmed by pressing the OK button in the centre of the controller. Down right the button for reviewing the images is positioned and of course the indispensable recycle bin.