Nikon’s new camera: point, shoot… and project?

Cameras in your phones; phones in your iPods; iPods with Wi-Fi; Wi-Fi in your cameras. This, ladies and gentlemen, is called convergence.

Sticking the features of one gizmo inside another seems to be the continuing trend in modern life, as we veer speedily towards a world where we all tote around one single, enormous gadget that handles all our entertainment, communication and probably even teleportation. Except, it seems, that even this is not enough convergence for the Japanese camera giant Nikon.

To whit: the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj, which boasts among its coterie of assets a 12 megapixel sensor for still images, the ability to capture standard def video, and a built-in projector.

Yes; instead of showing your granny those family photos on a tiny LCD screen, you will be able to throw your snaps onto a nearby wall using the patented pico-projector. Handy, perhaps, but I can’t but feel it’s a step too far along convergence road. What’s next? Washing machines with built-in iPod docks?

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