Last month, I pondered with myself (and shared with you) what could be the next big digital camera feature. It seems that Nikon could have the answer, because the camera giant is reportedly working on a unit that integrates a pocket projector.
You’ve probably seen some of these pico projectors in the past. They’re about the same size as a deck of playing cards, but they’re able to take an image and project it to the size of a reasonable television. They won’t be able to replace the much larger LCD projectors, but they’re certainly a lot more portable.
The technology itself doesn’t take up a whole lot of room, so this could be the next natural progression for consumer digital cameras. We love sharing our pictures, but getting everyone to crowd around a two-inch preview screen is far from ideal. The projector would allow for instant sharing on a much grander scale.
The new device, which will reportedly be called the Nikon VP650, will apparently be announced this month and will start shipping in September. According to Chasseur D’Image, a print photo magazine from France, the Nikon VP650 will be a compact camera “with a LED projector that could project up to 8×12 images in good quality in the dark.” Taiwan’s FoxLink is reportedly the OEM for the projector.
UPDATE (08/03/09 13:41 PDT): Well, it seems that the rumors are true, except for the model number. The projector-packing digital camera is the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj. The projector is located front and center on this camera, providing an image as big as 40-inches. Other specs include 12.1MP, 28mm equivalent wide angle lens, and optical image stabilization for $699.