Summary Nikon P100

Prices Price
Camera only
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 0
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 1
Specifications Key specs
Help 26.1x
Screen size
Help 3"
Help f/2.8
Screen resolution
Help 460k dots
Wide angle
Help 26 mm
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
see all specifications
Nikon Coolpix P100Nikon Coolpix P100


Nikon has replaced the Coolpix P100 with the P500.

Nikon Coolpix P500
Nikon Coolpix P500 announced February 2011
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Zoom Slightly more zoom

Compare the new Nikon P500 vs the P100

reviewsWhat are people saying about the P100

"Nice image quality" | talking about the camera's image-quality
"Materials, fit, and finish are typical for the class and price point." | talking about the camera's build-quality
"Good high ISO performance" | talking about the camera's iso-noise


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P100.


Nikon P100 Quality Review
  • Review
  • Preview
  • Image quality
Nikon Coolpix P100 Slow Motion 240fps test #1 (Macro, Bee)
  • Sample video
  • Demo
  • Slow motion


Report a correction

The Nikon P100 vs other recent digicams

Aperture Wide aperture Help
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Report a correction

The Nikon P100 vs other recent super zooms

Size Quite small Help
Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm)
Weight Light Help
481 g
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Inexpensive Help


Report a correction

The Nikon P100 vs other recent digicams

Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Announced Old Help
February 2010
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Thickness Thick Help
Report a correction

The Nikon P100 vs other recent super zooms

Zoom Poor zoom Help
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
460k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
External flash No external flash Help
Less expandable
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
8 seconds
Wide angle Poor wide angle lens Help
26 mm
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Sensor shift
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9.8 MP
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/2000 of a second


front photo of the Nikon Coolpix P100back photo of the Nikon Coolpix P100angle photo of the Nikon Coolpix P100


Nikon Coolpix P100
Coolpix P100

Report a correction

Showing 25 comments

Michael Igual (9:24 AM, August 06, 2011)
how do you take pictures with the nikon p100 without making it blurred?
Gdemissiejobir (3:29 PM, May 23, 2011)
 The camera cannot record simultaneously a movie and photo at same time! Am I right?
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:02 PM, May 14, 2011)
 Hi Bhagavatvr, "noise" in an image is random pixels being brighter or darker than they should be, or different color than they should be.  An image that has no noise is a good quality image, an image with lots of noise will look low quality, the random pixels will look a bit like "grain" in the image.

See the crop of the football player in our low light iso page you can see "luminance noise" here, e.g. pixels are randomly darker or lighter than they should be, which makes the image look grainy.
Bhagavatvr (0:20 AM, May 14, 2011)
I am a relatively new in this field and having a query...what does the term 'NOISE' means in could a image produce this respect which is better.....NIKON p100 or FUJIFILM S3300 (I am planning to have one)
ISA (3:15 PM, March 30, 2011)
Andrew B (2:32 PM, March 28, 2011)
I received this camera for christmas this year. This is a wonderful piece of technology, it has the simplicity of a point and shoot with the features of a DSLR. It allows me photograph wildlife from a distance with its 26X zoom. My one piece of advice, for night shots or long distance i would recommend a tripod, the VR makes all the difference but a steady hand is needed at long distance. It takes clear pictures and is user friendly. The battery lasts quite a long time, i can shoot all day before it warns me of low battery. This camera is perfect for people looking to take great photos at a reasonable cost. Once you learn how to use all the features it will become your best friend.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:17 PM, March 14, 2011)
Here is a comparison of the Nikon p100 vs D3100 just in case you have not seen it yet. The D3100 is designed for beginners, there is a guide menu built right in that will help you take great photos. You tell it what you want to do and it will help you set up your camera to take those types of photo.
But if you are only an occasional photographer I think you will be very happy with the Nikon p100, and save yourself $200.
shubho (5:56 PM, March 14, 2011)
I've been using basic pt. and shoots for a long time and really dont do much photography .I've decided to go for a high performance digi cam like the p100 but recently i've been getting inputs from my friends about the d3100.I just need a good quality camera for holiday snaps, other special occasions and shooting nice videos. dont do much photography.will the p100 be right for my need ?
Avatar for Lam_Ang Lam_Ang (3:37 PM, March 09, 2011)
oh, thank you so much.
i am really learning from you.
by the time that im ready to go dslr, ill definitely get a Nikon D3100.but for now, im still with my tx5, enjoying while learning some basics of photography.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:55 PM, March 09, 2011)
The P100 does have high performance and a fair number of manual settings/controls. However, it doesn't shoot RAW, it has a regular sized sensor, and doesn't have a wide aperture, which are all thinks the S95, LX5 and XZ-1 have.

DSLRs don't have lenses built in, you have to buy lenses. You can't buy lenses with 30x zoom generally, instead you'd have to buy multiple lenses to fill different parts of the zoom range.

The Nikon D3100 is a great DSLR and great for an amateur. Its easy to use, has great image and video quality, and has enough features that you'll have room to grow.
Avatar for Lam_Ang Lam_Ang (5:27 AM, March 09, 2011)
So it is like a large Pro P&S, am i correct? Because it can be compared to the pro cameras like Canon S95 and G12 or Panasonic LX5 and maybe Olympus XZ-1.

Are there any other DSLRs out there which can be compared to Nikon D3100, which also have large optical zoom?

Im on a search for a good DSLR camera , because im planning to have one soon, but i dont know whats best for an amateur like me. Pls help.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:04 AM, March 09, 2011)
Hi Gester, no the Coolpix P100 is not an SLR. Generally SLRs have interchangeable lenses, and have an optical viewfinder than lets you look through the lens.

DSLRs (digital SLRS) have much bigger sensors than cameras like the P100, so generally have much better image quality, especially in low light. Because of this, DSLRs and their lenses are much bigger too.

You might compare the P100 to something like the Nikon D3100, equipped with an 18-250mm lens (about 14x zoom).

Although many people think of super-zooms like the P100 as being closest to DSLRs, cameras like the Canon S95 and G12 or Panasonic LX5 are often closer in some ways, since they have large sensors, shoot RAW, have many manual controls.
Avatar for Lam_Ang Lam_Ang (2:36 AM, March 09, 2011)
i though Coolpix P100 is an SLR, im wrong. what is the SLR-equivalent of this superzoom?
Za1n (0:15 AM, March 09, 2011)
hi i bought a fujifil s1800, i tought it would be a good camera with decent picture quality, but after using it for a day. i did not like the way pictures came out, especially in low light and there is also alot of picture noise, its so grainy:(
i am planning on either a nikon p100 or nikon p500
or if theres any other you can suggest for me. i prefer better picture quality in almost any kind of light
Tenotch (8:11 PM, February 20, 2011)
go for the canon s95
Lemperts (8:10 PM, February 19, 2011)
snapsort or anyone knows if there is any new CANON SX series improved model coming up in the next 5 months ?
Avatar for Pedro Silveira Pedro Silveira (1:59 PM, February 18, 2011)
Ok, I've never been so confused in my LIFE!
My price range is 350 - 400, and im totally amateur, but i LOVE taking pictures...
Which one should I buy?
Canon S95, Nikon P100, Nikon P500, Sony HX1, Fujifilm HS10 or Lumix LX5??????
I like to take macro pics, and of moving objects, but it would also be cool to take a picture of something far far away with a super zoom!
I am almost hiring someone to tell me what's the best option...
PLEASE help me, I don't have much time, I need to buy a camera this month!
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:19 PM, February 17, 2011)
Hi Fazil, if you post a question at our support community and include a sample image I can see if I can help.
Fazil Careem (3:56 PM, February 17, 2011)
Hey, i just bought this camera today... and thank you very much. I found much info about this camera in this site, and it helped me much to decide. Well, I have a problem, sometimes my pics are coming very dark like solid black... Cant see anything.... pls help me...
cameragurl (7:39 AM, February 15, 2011)
How is image stabilization on this camera?? I want to take pictures of my 3 month old, who doesnt stay still haha. I have the NIkon s8100 and the pictures come out very burry, this is the same brand so I dont wanna get it and have the same results :( So is this one good, or any other brand recommendations? Im looking to spend around 300-400
R Sabra (5:45 PM, February 10, 2011)
Can anybody help me out here? I'm a bit confused. I went to the Sony store and really loved the the sony hx1, especially the panoramic mode option.It's great. I haven't gotten around to see the nikon p100, though. Which would you say is the best, taking in consideration the features, memory, performance?
Thank you very much.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (11:15 PM, February 09, 2011)
Personally I think 26x zoom is more than enough! We'll double check the macro on the P500 thanks, we put up preliminary specs.
Fazil Careem (6:36 PM, February 09, 2011)
Thank you for your reply... I have just decided to buy P100 after comparing with other cameras... but today I'm confused again! P500 has 36x zoom, WOW! Please help me out.... Is this better than P100 comparing with all other features? And P500 macro in 10cm?? Because, I have just checked in Youtube, it says.. this cam has 1cm macro...
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (11:12 PM, February 08, 2011)
We've got some details on our blog of some of the new Coolpix cameras, and we have preliminary specs (some guesses) for the Nikon Coolpix 500 which replaces the P100, it has 36x zoom!
Fazil Careem (7:29 PM, February 08, 2011)
any one know what's the next (2011) model after P100?