We were quite intrigued when we heard of the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj digital camera/projector. We wondered how Nikon packaged everything into this little device, so we decided to do what we do best — tear it apart and analyze it!
We also made a video of the teardown. Feel free to to check it out on YouTube!
Interesting stuff we found:
- A room has to be quite dark to view the projector’s image properly. We expected as much given the size of the projector, but the image quality is mediocre at best. Anything that’s projected looks like it was shot in the ’70s.
- Surprisingly, both the front and rear outer cases are machined out of aluminum. It’s quite a solid camera.
- Like most compact digital cameras with no externally telescopic lenses, the S1000pj’s internal zoom lenses move perpendicular to the front face.
- Light has to travel through at least four glass lenses until it shines on the CCD sensor. What a journey!
- Disassembling this camera is not for the faint of heart — Nikon definitely did not intend this device to be user serviceable. We had to de-solder a bunch of components including the camera cover actuator, projector LED, and flash bulb.
- Light for projecting images is supplied by a very powerful LED that even has its own heat sink to conduct heat to the aluminum front panel.
If you have any questions, please leave us a comment on the teardown!