After the success of the 24×-zoomer Nikon Coolpix P90 in 2009 Nikon switched its P-line of small sensor digital bridge cameras from using a CCD as sensor to applying a backlit CMOS sensor instead. The Nikon Coolpix P100 was launched in 2010 , featuring a 26×-zoom lens, the Nikkor 26x Wide Optical Zoom ED VR f/2.8-5 4.6-120mm. Its 10.3 megapixel CMOS sensor has the same small size as the CCD of its 10.1 megapixel predecessor of 2008, the 18×-zoomer Nikon Coolpix P80. P80, P90 and P100 belong to the class of super zoom cameras. But wide range of focal length combined with the typical compact camera sensor size 1/2.3" is a critical case concerning the resulting image quality. But despite of the fact that Nikon was just beginning making its bridge cameras with CMOS sensor, combined with a hard race of the camera makers to extend zoom range of their super zoom cameras faster and better than their concurrents did, thus achieving image quality more like a best possible compromise, despite of all that, Nikon's CMOS super zoom camera performed respectably in tests and reviews, thus opening the way for many other Nikon small sensor bridge cameras until today. But image sharpness is truly missing, at least at long focal lengthes. Despite of P/A/S/M plus further modes the set of possible user settings is too limited. For example ISO setting was forgotten - by Nikon!
- ↑ Annoying test conclusion on photographyblog.com : "The Nikon Coolpix P100 can be a good choice for those who yearn for the convenience of a superzoom but also require the creative control provided by a high-end camera, provided they are not overly obsessed with technical image quality ... a lack of direct access to ISO speed and white balance ..." . That actually means the camera doesn't deliver sufficient sharpness, and basic digicam-controls are missing. Maybe more than a handful of monday instances of that camera type left the factory and might result in such verdicts, whilst other users and testers were a little happier with that thing, but at least sharpness at the longest focal lengthes was criticised unisono. A check of the camera shown in the pictures above gave as result, that ONLY image quality setting "FINE" gives ACCEPTABLE images at ANY focal length. The standard setting is image quality mode "NORMAL", but that is everything else but normal! Whenever a test of this camera in that mode is made disappointment will be sure.