Nikon P100

Nikon Coolpix P100 front
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-678mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 481g - 114 x 83 x 99mm
  • Revealed July 2010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon P100 summary

Nikon P100 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially launched on July of 2010. It features a 10 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The P100 places at #192 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #863 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please use our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your custom requirements.

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The following is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Nikon P100 history

The Nikon P100 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can view all previous and more recent models as well as main features.

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P100 vs P600
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P100 vs P510
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P100 vs P500
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Nikon P100 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Nikon P100 based on criterias that are often regarded as crucial in a digital camera.

built-in flash
comes with HDMI support
focusing manually
good minimum ISO (80)
great zoom range (26-678mm 26.1 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
pretty wide (26mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
screen tilts
very long reach (678mm)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
can't use external flash
does not contain selfie friendly screen
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of RAW format
low resolution sensor (10MP)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.0)
missing external microphone jack
missing headphone jack
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (481g)
screen has low resolution (460 thousand dot)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Nikon P100 Sensor specs

The Nikon P100 is powered by the Expeed C2 processor chip. The size of the sensor on the Nikon P100 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 10MP and includes a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below shows the P100's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The P100 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

Nikon Coolpix P100 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon P100 dimensions

Nikon P100 weighs 1.06 lb (481 grams / 16.97 ounces) and the size of the camera is 114mm x 83mm x 99mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Nikon P100 is more heavy compared to various competitors.

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The following is a visual of the Nikon P100 besides a softdrink to help you have a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix P100 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button arrangement on the P100.

Nikon Coolpix P100 topview buttons dials

Nikon P100 Lens details

The P100 provides a fixed lens giving a focal range of 26-678mm giving it a 26.1 x zoom which is very good and will make it easier to zoom right in.

At it's widest 26mm, it will have an aperture of f2.8 making it quite sluggish and not great in low light circumstances and you will find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will likely also need to boost your ISO which results in noisy photos. On the long end, 678mm is phenomenal zoom and comes to f5.0 which is quite slow and you may have to use slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon P100 Connectivity

The P100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer images and in some cases change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Many apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Nikon P100 Video details

The highest possible video resolution on the Nikon P100 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in H.264 file format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in video quality and file size but 1080p isn't going to leave you with much room to downsample. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone jack which means you get zero control over your sound. It is perhaps best to look into an alternative camera if you want good sound in your videos.

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Nikon P100 Weather Sealing

Nikon P100 does not have environment sealing so damp conditions can ruin the camera.

Nikon P100 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon P100 features a 3 inch tilting display with a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder details regarding Nikon P100 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

Viewfinders can be really beneficial in bright outdoor situations which can make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Nikon P100 Shutter details

Nikon P100 has the ability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Nikon P100 Flash and Hot shoe details

Nikon P100 boasts just inbuilt flash with missing external flash support.

Nikon P100 Autofocusing details

Nikon P100 boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & exact compared to Contrast Based focusing.

Nikon P100 has the ability to use manual focusing if needed in low light occasions or you want to have more accurate control on focusing.

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Nikon P100 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the best (600) battery life in this type of cameras.

Here is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the best battery life:

Nikon P100 for various types of photography

The following graph shows a summary of the Nikon P100 for various types of photography. To find out more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Nikon P100 as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon P100 receives a points tally of 28 which is bad, and means the camera is not really good to use for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files along with the flexibility to use external flash.

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you can focus manually
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Nikon P100 Street photography advice

Getting a modest points total of 50, the Nikon P100 is relatively acceptable for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
heavier than competition (481g)

Sports photography with Nikon P100

A bad sports photography points total of 37 suggests the Nikon P100 is not really good for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have great tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great zoom range (26-678mm 26.1 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus

Nikon P100 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is really crucial when selecting a travel camera. All things considered, the Nikon P100 gets a decent 49 as a travelling camera which is reasonably adequate to purchase for your trips.

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has built in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
long reach (678mm)
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (481 grams)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Nikon P100

When you're planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon P100 with it's bad rating of 40 as a landscape camera is not really good within the current market.

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manual focus
quite wide (26mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse function

Nikon P100 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a articulating display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon P100 is not really good as a vlog camera as it receives a bad score of 25.

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decently wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have mic port
heavier than competition in class (481g)

Nikon P100 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the P100, here is a number of the top scored cameras which fall into the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram here shows you an overview of the P100 versus it's highest ranking rivals listed earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might look at as alternatives. To browse through a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Nikon Coolpix P100
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Expeed C2
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW data
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
26-678mm (26.1x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Screen resolution
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
4 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
481 gr (1.06 lbs)
114 x 83 x 99mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.9")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 to 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots
Launch cost