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Nikon Coolpix P1 | Digital Camera Review | Control
The Nikon Coolpix P1 is extremely well thought-out which makes the operation benefit from it. A digital camera such as the Nikon P1 must be simple to operate. Most users won't be seasoned advanced photographers knowing their way around on different digital cameras. And for most users it won't be a problem to work with the users' interface of the Nikon Coolpix P1.
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Nikon Coolpix P1 - Focussing
The button for activating the Coolpix P1 is rather inconvenient. The best way however is to use your fingernail. After a short time-span the lens will extend and the camera will be ready to shoot. Activating is very fast, within a second. Under normal light circumstances the Nikon Coolpix P1 is able to focus fast and correctly. When the camera is used in difficult light circumstances, the AF assist light will be activated which also allows for correct focus. This light will however give away that you're on the scene, capturing the situation, so if you want to make a photo secretly, this function is not suitable. Without the assistance of the AF assist light the focus encounters some difficulties to focus properly in dim light conditions. The Nikon Coolpix P1 is able to select a focus point itself, but personally I prefer setting the camera so that you yourself select the focus point. When testing the Nikon P1 I often found that the P1 took a different focus point than the one I had in mind. So before capturing you don't know which point will be selected by the Nikon, that's why I prefer to select it myself.

Nikon P1 Wireless - LCD display
It's extremely pleasant to work with the large monitor positioned on the back of the camera. In bright sunlight it is a bit harder to see the picture but in most cases it will do just fine. You can select to see more or less information on the monitor. The icons are projected over the picture but are never in the way thanks to the huge sized monitor. Although an optical viewfinder is lacking it is not missed, also because of the excellent quality of the monitor. The use of an optical viewfinder on a compact camera is already generally rather limited.

Nikon P1 camera - Play back the images
To play back the images a separate button is available on the back of the Coolpix P1. The great advantage of having a separate button is the fact that pushing the release button will enable you to directly capture the next photo. In practice this works a lot easier than having to use a dial button. Sometimes when reviewing the captured images, something special happens in front of your eyes that you just have to capture.
The separate button enables capturing it, you don't loose time and it's a lot more pleasant to work with. When viewing the captured images a lot of information is given, amongst it a histogram. This latter one enables checking the exposure in a simple and quick way. But I doubt if the user of the Coolpix P1 will use it often.

Nikon Coolpix P1 digital camera - Menu
The menu button lets you choose from an extensive selection, but the main functions are also accessible via the top side of the Nikon Coolpix P1. A disadvantage of this system is that you are constantly turning the button away from the exposure function, having to put it right back afterwards. It's rather time-consuming; it's even easier to do it via the menu. Programming a button yourself is out of the question, which is however no big deal for a camera in this class; it simply doesn't apply to this type of camera.

Nikon P1 - Wireless transmission of photos
In order to enable wireless transmission of the photos, the Nikon P1 has to be set to blue mode. Before it's possible to send them, you have to create a so-called profile. This can be done by connecting a cable between the Nikon Coolpix P1's USB port and the computer. Creating such a profile is a piece of cake. Make sure to have all data at hand, and when you've followed the instructions, you're ready. This means that it is not possible to just log in to any hotspot; you have to make a physical connection with the network before you can log in. When Picture Project is used, the captured picture can be viewed clearly and enlarged on the computer screen. Unfortunately the camera lets you only shoot in full auto mode and you're unable to see live on the computer what you are shooting. Maybe an idea for the next generation Nikon? Still, working with Wi-Fi is a great experience. Photographing your children in the garden at a birthday party, shows the pictures immediately on the computer screen in the living room. Or they appear freshly from a printer.
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