|Nikon Coolpix P1 - Scene modes
Let's start with taking a look at one of the main settings: the exposure. Besides a full auto 'green' mode, the Nikon Coolpix P1 also offers auto P-mode. The difference between these two modes is the fact that P-mode offers more options concerning quality, white balance etc. If this is too complicated but you don't want to shoot every picture the same way, you can select one of the scene modes the Nikon P1 offers. The number of scene modes is comprehensive and besides the usual settings like portrait, it also offers fireworks and beach. If you like to stay in control, the aperture priority is ideal. To enable selecting aperture, you have to press the +/- button first. Then you can move the four-way selector to the left or the right. Maybe a bit time-consuming, but it works fine and moreover I don't believe that the A-mode will often be used by the target group. So a small detour won't be a problem.
Wireless Coolpix P1 - Menu options
All settings are selectable through the menu, which can be set to a large amount of languages, enhancing the user-friendliness. The fact that the user him/herself has the choice between icons or text is very useful. When selecting icons, all functions will be shown on the monitor at the same time. When selecting text, scrolling down is inevitable. I selected the text menu when testing the Coolpix P1 because text for me is clearer than an icon. A few menu options are only selectable when the exposure button is set to the Set-up mode. Personally I find this rather disturbing; I'd have preferred to find a separate tab here. But of course this is my personal opinion. And once you know that the button has to be set to Set-up, it's not unpleasant to work with it.
Nikon P1 - Panning assistance & Best Shot Selection
It's advisable to read through the users manual with the camera at hand. Otherwise it's quite easy to overlook a couple of functions on the Coolpix P1, such as the panning assistance. Every next photo shows half of the image you took before, so it's easier to aim properly for the next shot.
|Another function that could easily be forgotten is the Best Shot Selection. Nikon has been integrating this function into the Coolpix series for years now. The idea is simple: you take a few shots sequentially and the camera selects the best photo based on sharpness and histogram. This is ideal when you want to get a good picture under difficult circumstances like a concert. In practice it works surprisingly well. You'd expect the camera to miss one here and there, but the software is obviously so advanced that no miss is made.
Nikon P1 Wireless - Movie mode
The Nikon Coolpix P1 is not only fit for photographing. A movie-lover can play all he wants with the options for movies. Besides the normal movie mode, 15 or 30 frames per second, also black & white belongs to the possibilities. And in order to make the movie look really ancient, sepia mode (brown tone) is available. Furthermore the P1 offers the possibility to follow an event, such as the blossoming of a flower. This mode is called interval movie and some 1800 separate shots are taken in a certain set time. This is very convenient for researchers or students. They can place the camera in a room to make the interval movie. Wi-Fi will enable sending the movie to the office. The applications of Wi-Fi are getting more interesting by the day.
Nikon Coolpix P1 - Sharpening
The Nikon Coolpix P1 generally performs great. The lens shows the usual barrel distortion in wide angle. Also purple fringing is visible, especially at high contrast. Those who want to edit the pictures made with the Nikon P1 will benefit from lowering the sharpening or deactivating it completely. Auto mode works fine for prints. Astonishingly fine is the white balance even in difficult artificial light circumstances. Noise is visible from ISO 200. If you want to limit the noise ratio, you have to concentrate on ISO 50 up to ISO 100.