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Nikon Coolpix P300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 545 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the lens and usability. The performance and responsiveness also get good opinions. Opinions are divided on the sensor. The focus and features get less positive opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix P300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon Coolpix P300 - Left us Unsatisfied


As cameras get more mainstream, users demand more features, and they would rather go and buy a DSLR for that purpose. Today, it's possible to add a whole bunch of features and controls into a small format camera. Nikon has done just that with their...

The Nikon P300 is a complete camera with a whole bunch of features but the performance of the camera isn’t flawless. It’s good for video recording and although it offers a whole bunch of features to the user, it’s still no prosumer camera. If you're...

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Nikon Coolpix P300 (Black)


The Nikon Coolpix P300 is not an enthusiast compact. It might look like one. And it does have a bright f1.8 ultrawide-angle lens and the manual and semimanual shooting modes that you'd find on an enthusiast compact. But that's about where the...

The Nikon Coolpix P300 has a nice lens, shooting modes for every kind of user, a solid design, and it's easy to use.

The P300's photos look overprocessed when viewed at full size, and performance feels a bit slow.

Snapshooters wanting a little more creative control than the average point-and-shoot offers should check out the Nikon Coolpix P300.

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Nikon Coolpix P300 Review: Big Bang for the Buck


With just a few trade-offs, the Nikon Coolpix P300 ($330 as of July 31, 2011) is as close as a rival gets to the Canon PowerShot S95 in the realm of compact cameras with manual controls. Both cameras distinguish themselves from the pack by targeting...

Excellent low-light photos ; Manual aperture and shutter controls ; Bright F1.8 lens ; Great features for the price

No manual focus ; No RAW shooting mode

The Nikon Coolpix P300 offers great hardware and performance for its price, with an F1.8 lens, manual controls, and a very easy-to-use interface.


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Nikon P300 Review


After years of relative stagnation, Nikon's P-series is back. The Coolpix P7000, released late last year, now has a little brother - the P300. Both in terms of specification and styling, the P7000 was designed to rival Canon's Powershot G-series, but...

Fast lens on the wide end of the zoom (f/1.8) ; Very wide 24mm equiv. is great for landscape and indoor shots ; AF illuminator effective in low light ; Relatively simple operational ergonomics provide high level of manual control ; USB charging is...

No 'quick' menu for commonly-accessed shooting settings ; No control over noise reduction/sharpening ; At 100%, even low ISO images look 'crunchy' due to noise reduction and sharpening ; No direct access to ISO or White Balance (you have to go through...

The P300 is a decent compact that provides a good number of manual shooting controls that place this camera a step above other point and shoots. Unfortunately the absence of RAW capability and over-processing at base ISO prevent this camera from...

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Nikon Coolpix P300 First Impressions Review


The Coolpix P300 is yet another new entry from Nikon for this year's CP+ photography trade show in Yokohama, Japan. With its f/1.8 lens and 12.2-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS, the P300 is aiming for high quality photos in a compact form factor. It...

The P300 is an intriguing camera for advanced amateurs looking for something small and sleek. The f/1.8 lens is bound to lure in photographers that crave low light performance without the bulk of an SLR. Manual controls aren’t what you might find on...

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Nikon Coolpix P300 Preview


Nikon has officially joined the compact low-light powerhouse category, with their all new Coolpix P300. In direct competition with models like Canon's PowerShot S95 (or S90), Olympus' XZ-1, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX5, and Samsung's EX1/TL500, the P300...

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Nikon COOLPIX P300


The Nikon COOLPIX P300 is a compact point-and-shoot that fits nicely in any pocket—but it’s not so small that it’s hard to use. It has a nice solid feel, and all the dials are intuitive and easy to operate.

Fast lens; color; sharpness; battery life

Noise at ISO 400

There’s an Easy Panorama setting for taking panoramas in one easy motion, and a Panorama Assist function that gives you a ghosted image on the LCD for lining up the next shot. Both functions work well, but the Easy setting results in a much smaller...

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Nikon Coolpix P300 Review


You don't have to look long at the Nikon Coolpix P300's spec sheet before it starts to impress.

Good still image quality ; Fast lens at wide angle ; Good high ISO performance

No RAW capability ; In-camera battery charging ; No sharpness or contrast adjustment in camera

Still image quality remains good, video is fairly good and no matter what the stopwatch says, the camera feels pretty quick when shooting in good conditions. ISO noise performance appears to be a bit better than cameras with similar size and resolution...

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Review: Nikon CoolPix P300 digital camera


My first ever camera of any sort was a Nikon CoolPix 800 digicam which I brought along on my honeymoon (this was in the year 2000, by the way) and it's the camera I credit with getting me hooked on photography.

wide and fast (f/1.8!) lens ; full HD 1080p video with stereo sound, plus the ability to zoom while recording ; crisp and sharp LCD display ; dedicated Movie button makes it so easy to jump between photo and video coverage ; useful creative modes and...

actual sensor size lets down the capabilities of the P300′s lens ; battery life passable but not great ; control scheme a little fiddly, not as intuitive as some of the competition ; very strong competition in this price range

These niggles aside, the Nikon is still a very capable camera and any potential buyers will have no cause for regret. It can produce photos far beyond the wildest dreams of my Coolpix 800 from 10 years ago, and some really good video. But the P300’s...

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Nikon Coolpix P300


The Nikon Coolpix P300 is a 12.2MP point and shoot camera with a 4.2x zoom lens (24-100mm equivalent). The P300 captures HD video and the bright, f/1.8 max aperture helps deliver in low-light scenes.

The Nikon P300, while not quite perfect, delivers a lot of bang for your buck – shooting 1080p video and solid images up to ISO 800. The controls are a bit of mixed bag as they give enthusiasts a serious level of control over their exposures; however,...

Product Specifications

The COOLPIX P series is a line of multi-function, high-performance compact digital cameras that enable authentic shooting capabilities. The P300 establishes a new branch of compact, wide-angle zoom models in the P-series line. In order to enable an authentic shooting experience, the P300 is equipped with backside illumination CMOS sensors that enable high-speed processing capability for beautiful, blur-free images, even with shooting in dark or dimly lit surroundings. The camera is also equipped with NIKKOR lenses and image processing engines that utilize Nikon's exclusive optical technologies, as well as a variety of shooting and in-camera editing functions.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:8
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Nikon EN-EL12
Battery Type:Nikon EN-EL12


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes