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It’s use­ful to have a cam­era that can project your im­ages and videos. “Use­ful” is the ad­jec­tive here, not “nec­es­sary”. Nikon’s Coolpix S1200pj, the lat­est in the se­ries that started with the S1000pj in 2009, comes with a 40-lu­men pro­jec­tor that did a pretty good job of throw­ing the im­ages on a wall from as far as 10 ft away. Plus, in a joint ven­ture with our com­puter, it sim­i­larly pro­jected im­ages or videos lo­cated in our Mac or PC (or for that mat­ter in the Ap­ple trio of the iphone, ipad and the ipod). The pro­jec­tion is pretty nifty in a dark­ened room. Only, don’t think of the S1200pj as a cine­plex ma­chine and you will be more than happy.

Be­sides be­ing a pro­jec­tor, the S1200pj, is ac­tu­ally a good cam­era that comes with the reg­u­lar scene modes, shoot­ing op­tions, etc. The con­trols are hand­ily lo­cated and ac­cess­ing fea­tures is not a mat­ter of curses. How­ever, keep in mind that it is es­sen­tially a point-and-shoot, so the re­sults will sat­isfy the am­a­teur, not the pro­fes­sional. Plus, the pic­tures are good enough for a de­vice that you would think was de­pen­dent solely on its pro­jec­tor to sell. And those of you who love lu­mi­nes­cent hues will adore its fuch­sia coat—oth­ers may baulk at the at­ten­tion it at­tracts.

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