Nikon Slide and Cine Projectors


Shortly after the introduction of the Nikon F professional single lens reflex camera in 1959, Nippon Kogaku K.K. alias Nikon Corporation started to produce cameras and lenses for amateur photographers, too. With the help of fellow camera manufacturers in Japan, like Mamiya, Nikon introduced SLR cameras and movie/cine cameras - named Nikkorex. Making pictures on reversal colour films (aka slides) was booming in the 1950's and 1960's. So Nikon's importer in the USA, the late Joseph Ehrenreich, asked an American projector manufacturer to produce a slide projector, while Nikon provided the (Pro-Nikkor) lens.

You may find detailed information on this Nikomat/Nikkormat Slide Projector here.

Making movies or filming on 8 mm and 16 mm. reversal colour films became a hit in the early 1960's too. Nikon introduced several beautiful movie cameras for the 8 mm. format.

You'll find detailed information on those Nikon cine/movie-cameras here.

To present your movie/film Nikon introduced in 1961 a cine projector, which became one of the rarest Nikon products ever! The projector was marketed on the Japanese market only.

To find more information on this rare Nikkorex cine/movie-projector click here.

For ophthalmologists (eye doctors) or/and opticians, Nikon produced some so called Nikon Chart Projectors. Click here for more information.

Modern time's requesting modern equipment. In July 2009 Nikon Corporation introduced (at that time) the world's first digital compact camera with a built-in projector!! (see below).

The Coolpix S1000pj has a 12,1 Mp sensor and a Zoom-Nikkor lens with a zoom range equal to 28 - 140 mm. in 35mm-format. A very unique and practical feature is the built-in projector, which enables the photographer to project any picture or movie on any surface at a distance from 26 cm. up to 2 meters. The projector has a light beam of max. 10 Lumens* so the room in which the projection has to take place needs to be darkened. To improve projection Nikon introduced a successor, the Nikon Coolpix S1100pj, in August 2010 offering a 40 % brighter projection (14 Lumens) and a larger (3 inch + 460 k-dot) touch panel. The sensor was given 14.1 Mp. and it is possible to connect a PC to project computer data or even a HD-movie. One year later (August 2011) the Coolpix 1200pj in exactly the same body appeared on the market. Technical specifications are identical save the 20 Lumens projection, a contrast ratio of 200:1 and a projection distance of up to 3 meters. New is the 'Dock Connector Cable' = a bundled cable enabling iPhon, iPad and iPod connection.

* Lumens is a measure of the power of light perceived by the human eye. 1 Lumens = 1 candela.