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Nikon Coolpix P3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 181 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the portability and battery. The value for money and image quality are also appreciated. There are mixed views on the connectivity and sensor. There are some negative comments about the low light performance and lens.

usability, image quality, value for money, battery, portability

responsiveness, shutter, exposure, lens, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix P3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix P3


Announced just before PMA in February 2006, the 8 megapixel Coolpix P3 replaces the P2 at the top of Nikon's compact Coolpix range, adding a few features (the headline change being the introduction of optical image stabilization) and sleeker, simpler...

Good resolution ; Comprehensive feature set ; Vibration Reduction system ; Superb build quality and good handling ; Excellent macro mode ; Subtle, 'unprocessed' results ; Excellent flash performance ; Unique features such as D-Lighting, Face Priority...

Some exposure and white balance errors ; Focus not very reliable in low light ; Some aspects of user-interface are a bit fiddly ; Shutter lag longer than most competitors ; VR not as effective as some competitors ; Noisy at ISO 400 ; Some focus errors...

The Coolpix P3 offers a reviewer something of a dilemma; am I to judge it based on its potential to produce superb images in the right hands? Or do I rate it on the fact that not only do the default settings result in images that are way too soft and...

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Nikon's P3 reviewed


It's not been long since Nikon announced their latest volley of (WiFi enabled) digital cameras, and we've been pretty curious to find out how the P3 in particular stack up to the competition. Digital Camera Review snagged one of those 8.1 megapixel,...

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Nikon Coolpix P3 and P4 First Impressions Review


Nikon says the "P" in its P line of Coolpix models stands for Performance, and on specs alone the Nikon Coolpix P3 and P4 seem to come loaded with some pretty decent firepower. Both models offer a new 1/1.8-inch CCD chip with 8.1 megapixels of image...

- Adding VR on these models is a nice touch - Classy design - New Graphic User Interface is easy to follow and an improvement over previous versions - Face-Priority AF is just plain fun - At 8 MP, resolution in these small cameras is substantial

- No manual white balance - Does not enable user to manually select shutter speed - Some of the buttons are too small for big hands to access - A top-of-the-line Coolpix should have more manual control - Small size and design of camera makes it...

There's something definitely likeable about these two new Coolpix models. While the sleek, rounded metal construction definitely owes something to Canon's latest top-of-the-line ELPH models, because these Coolpixes are cast from aluminum they feel...


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Nikon Coolpix P3


The COOLPIX P3 features 8.1 effective megapixels of image resolution and delivers professional-quality imaging power to the average consumer. The high-quality 3.5x Zoom- Nikkor lens has a focal range equivalent to that of a 36-126mm lens in 35mm format an

This review is currently in First Look status, please check back later for the conclusion and sample photos.

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Nikon Coolpix P3 Digital Camera - Review


While it's a little bigger than the increasingly popular stylecams, the Nikon Coolpix P3 is rich with the features discerning shooters want. The real attraction of the Nikon Coolpix P3 is you can go a bit beyond its automatic control, creating rather...

Well built, attractive design ; WiFi image transfer and printing, including Shoot & Transfer option ; Vibration Reduction ; Quality lens ; Programmed Auto and Aperture Priority modes ; Excellent Macro mode ; Scene modes with effects ; Face Priority...

No optical viewfinder, No Manual or Shutter Priority exposure mode, Short battery life with WiFi, WiFi configuration takes some expertise, Limited flash range

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Nikon Coolpix P3


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Very good image quality ; Compact, well put together body (for the most part) ; Optical image stabilization ; Built-in 802.11b/g for wireless photo transfer (though see issues below) ; Large, high resolution LCD display; screen is visible in low light...

Images a bit soft for my taste ; Redeye ; Sound cuts out prematurely in movie mode ; Poor low light focusing despite having an AF-assist lamp ; No optical viewfinder ; Can't e-mail or upload files wirelessly; camera can't be controller wirelessly ;...

Overall I liked, but didn't love, the Coolpix P3. Still, if you want a portable, high resolution camera with image stabilization and Wi-Fi then definitely check it out. If you like what the P3 has to offer but don't care about Wi-Fi then you can save a...

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Nikon Coolpix P3 Digital Camera Review


The Coolpix P3 is a compact (not tiny, still small enough for most pockets) rather very solid camera, easy to hold and operate with one hand, made mostly of metal. With Nikon PictureProject, the software that comes with the camera, you can adjust...

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Nikon Coolpix P3 Pro Review


Out of the box, the Nikon Coolpix P3 is a snap to use. Turning on the camera and taking pictures is very easy and the menu system is straightforward and easy to understand. The fully automatic mode allows for easy, successful picture capture, and the...

Good image quality at low ISO, Compact body, Vibration Reduction, Built-in 802.11b/g for wireless photo transfer, Large, high resolution LCD display, Nice, 30-fps movie mode, Time-lapse photo and movie modes

Images a bit noisy above ISO 100, Sound cuts out prematurely in movie mode, Poor low-light focusing, WiFi abilities limited and too difficult to setup, No shutter priority mode, No USB 2.0 High Speed support, Plastic tripod mount, Flimsy battery/memory...

Nikon's Coolpix P3 is a proficient compact digital camera that produces pleasing 8-megapixel images at low ISO's and good quality movies. Beginning digital photographers will enjoy the P3's Auto and Scene modes. More advanced users will likely be...

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Nikon Coolpix P3 8.1MP Digital Camera


If you are looking to spend a little extra money for a camera that provides many features and great image quality, you will want to take a look at the P3. It's capable of 8.1 megapixel images that are actually quite clear at full resolution. In the...

Great picture quality at 8MP ; VGA video quality ; Many options at your disposal ; Great battery life (Approx 150 images at 3624*2448 resolution and three 1 minute videos) ; WiFi capable if you can use it

Slow turn-on speed ; Only a 3.5x Optical Zoom

Here are a couple select shots from previous reviews taken with the P3.

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The NIKON COOLPIX P3 is Nikon compact camera to receive the "VR" treatment. The big question in our mind now is how it would fare against other compact cameras with "anti-handshake" technology.

Product Specifications

The COOLPIX P3 is a high performance camera that is designed to help you take pictures in demanding situations. Advanced features such as 11 point wide-area Auto Focus combine with an 8.1 megapixel resolution, a 3.5x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and the latest Wi-Fi capability - technology that enables you to transfer your pictures directly to your computer or a compatible printer without the need for wires and cables. The Optical Vibration Reduction system (VR), an innovation derived from Nikon's combined experience in nano-technology and professional photography, alleviates the effects of camera shake caused by slight hand movements. This exciting new system ensures image stability when taking pictures or shooting movies.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL5

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-5.2
Max Focal Length:26.3mm
Min Focal Length:7.5mm
Optical Zoom:3.5
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Dark silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
LAN and Wireless Image Transferring Protocols:IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cyanotype / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None