Nikon CoolPix P300 review


A camera easy to use from Nikon

Nikon is among one of the best camera manufacturers around. Their latest Nikon Coolpix P300 is a very good option for professional photographers. Don’t believe us? We tested the device and here comes our review.

The design is unchanged

When we first spotted the product, we noticed that its design wasn’t changed from previous models, so users should find it easy to handle. The Nikon Coolpix P300 measures 103mm x 58.3mm x 32mm and has a weight of 189g, meaning that we didn’t have any problem carrying it around.
Let’s now see what this device sports on the front, back and top. The front comes with a lens barrel that, once pressed, presents the 24mm wide-angle lens. A four-way directional pad, the Menu, Delete, Flash, Recording buttons and the camera’s 3″ TFT LCD screen sit on the back, while the top boasts a mode dial for access to shooting modes. Next to the zoom control there’s an independent command dial with which we could adjust shutter speed. The LCD display of P300 with its anti-reflection coating offered 921.000 dots of resolution and it worked very well even in bright sunlight.Nikon-CoolPix-P300

Manual controls included

Features-wise, the latest Coolpix P300 camera comes with several good ones. During our test, the device’s manual controls came with four exposure modes, namely Manual, Programmed Auto, Aperture-priority and, lastly, Shutter-priority. The 12.2-megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor was supported by an EXPEED C2 processor; this one was excellent when taking pictures at high ISOs. The shooting modes we talked about earlier in our review include the following options: Scene modes and P/S/A/M exposure modes; the Scene modes sport 5 creative filters (High Key and Low key, Nostalgic Sepia, Soft and High Contrast Monochrome) and 16 options. The Clear Color Display technology considerably minimized reflections and reduced the camera’s power consumption; this feature also produced beautiful colors and sharp contrast.

A very fast camera

We were very impressed with the camera’s extremely fast f/1.8, 24mm wide-angle 4.2x optical zoom lens with Nikon’s High Refractive index glass. Some other good features were the advanced multi-exposure composite image functions which provided really good handheld portraits when we snapped pictures at night, the Backlighting one, the Easy Panorama (with its 180- and 360-degree results), Filter Effects, improved Landscape and Night Portrait modes and Playback mode. The latter could alter pictures by using effects such as Painting, Miniature, Skin Softening, D-lighting and many more. Unfortunately, during our tests, we noticed that the device didn’t capture content in raw format. The ViewNX 2 software helped us browse, import, edit and share pictures and movies.

Beautiful pictures taken

Let’s now see how the Nikon P300 managed in terms of performance. The gadget took very few to actually start and snap a picture, but the shutter lag couldn’t be extended; that aside, the device managed to take some very beautiful and crystal-clear 220 photos with reduced noise (even at an ISO of 1600) on a full charge. If you’re a sports lover, then you should know that this product can shoot up to 7 continuous images at 8fps. What pleased us the most was the macro option of P300 which could focus at an impressive distance of 3cm and therefore offer excellent definition even when the aperture was very wide.

1080p Full HD videos

With the Nikon Coolpix P300 we were also able to shoot video in full HD at a resolution of 1080p. the camera’s autofocus and optical zoom took stills while we filmed and also recorded content in slow or fast motion with speeds of up to 120fps.
A drawback we encountered during our test: the camera’s Macro setting deactivated when we changed filter options, scene mode.

Review conclusions

To sum it up, the Nikon Coolpix P300 is a very easy to use digital camera with stellar performance and good price.

Technical specifications

Sensor TypeCMOS
Resolution Width in Pixel4000
Resolution Height in Pixel3000
Viewfinder TypeLCD only
Memory TypeInternal and External
Optical Zoom4
Digital zoom2
Depth in mm32
Height in mm58.3
Lowest Focal Length in mm24
Focal Length in mm100
Interchangeable LensNot
Screen Size3
Video CaptureVideo + Sound
Secure DigitalYes
Micro DriveNot
Compact FlashNot
Memory Stick / Memory Stick ProNot
Memory Stick Duo / Pro DuoNot
Internal Memory size in MB90
Burst shootingYes
LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel921000
Max Resolution Mode Video Width1920
Max Resolution Mode Video Height1080
Ability to save files in RAWNot
Maximum Aperture Tele4.9
Maximum Aperture Wide1.8
Shutter Speed fastest in Second1 / 2000
Shutter Speed slowest in Second8
Sensor Size1/2.3 “
Battery TypeNikon EN-EL12
Image StabilizerOptical Stabilizer
DebuggingFace Detection and Smile
Shutter PriorityYes
Aperture PriorityYes
Number of frames per second in video mode120