Nikon Coolpix P300: Camera Specs and First Impressions

By Posted 9 Feb 2011, 14:45

If you have been looking to purchase the Nikon Coolpix P300 this article is perfect for you, here we will pull in all of the relevant information from multiple sources, hopefully it will help you decide whether this digital camera is the right one for you.

The Coolpix P300 is an impressive piece of kit, the first thing you will notice is its compact size, it measures in at 58.3 x 103 x 32mm and weighs 189 grams, inside you get a 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 24-100mm lens, an ISO range of 160-3200, 1080p HD video capture, stereo sound capture, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card support, a 3-inch LCD, 4.2x optical zoom and 2x digital zoom, you can see the official specs here.

As for features there is four-way VR image stabilization, motion detection, advanced noise reduction and exposure bracketing, there are also a few neat features which allow you to edit your stills (in-camera), you can see an overview of the most impressive features here.

Recently DPReview got some hands-on time with the Coolpix P300, in their article they take an in-depth look at the camera’s physical design, if you want to see their fully detailed preview check out this link, we will summarize some of the main points raised below.

Overall DPReview seem very pleased with the P300, they were particularly impressed with its looks, feel, size, build quality and robust buttons and dials, also it fits in the pocket nicely and has a thin rubber strip on the front, this make it easier to use single-handed without worrying about it being dropped. Also the dedicated video capture button is a nice touch

DPReview did state that there were a few problems with the camera’s control and aperture settings, also it would be nice if there was an option to add an external mic.

The Nikon Coolpix P300 has a MSRP of $329.95, will you buy this model?

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  • Dave

    Can no-one read a spec sheet. ISO ranges from 160-3200 not 100-3200

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