If there is such a thing as a no-compromise point and shooter, the Coolpix P100
might just be it. It throws a back-illuminated 10 megapixel CMOS sensor in behind a 26x optical zoom lens, and supplements them with the hardware to record 1080p video at 30fps, with stereo mics pulling in sound, or full-resolution photos at a stunning 10fps clip. Throw in the articulating display
on the back and you might already be asking where to buy one
. Not so fast, though, as the Photography Blog
guys have some notes for you. Firstly, the 10fps mode fills up the camera's buffer after only 6 shots, and the usable
burst mode is actually a (still decent) 2.8fps. There's also the criticism that low-contrast detail is often lost thanks to overzealous noise reduction, but on the whole their experience of the camera was still positive. Macro performance was rated as "outstanding," while Nikon's Vibration Reduction was credited with performing its job admirably, and the conclusion was that casual photographers would get a lot of mileage (and fun) out of the P100. Read on for the full analysis.