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Nikon COOLPIX P300
7.2 out of 10

Nikon COOLPIX P300

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Overall 7
7.0

Nikon Coolpix P300

CNET
9 September 2011
  • Summary: Snapshooters wanting a little more creative control than the average point-and-shoot offers should check out the Nikon Coolpix P300.
  • Pros: The Nikon Coolpix P300 has a nice lens, shooting modes for every kind of user, a solid design, and it's easy to use.
  • Cons: The P300's photos look overprocessed when viewed at full size, and performance feels a bit slow.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nikon Coolpix P300

neocamera.com
20 August 2011
  • Summary: While image quality is there and controls are very responsive, certain important aspects of the P300 are slow: shot-to-shot speed, autofocus and video-recording start. Battery-life is below average as well.
  • Pros: Ultra-Bright F/1.8 lens, lowers required ISO, Excellent automatic white-balance, Good image colors, Reliable metering, Uniform brightness, No noticeable distortion, Very responsive controls, Short shutter-lag, Dual-control dials in compact body, Excellent LCD visibility, Easy user interface
  • Cons: Visible noise at all ISO sensitivities, Slow shot-to-shot speed, Slow startup, Strong corner softness, Blank display during continuous drive, Video-recording delay, Impossible to set up video framing, Not exposure-priority, No histogram in Manual mode, EC, Short battery life
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

DP Review
21 July 2011
  • Summary: 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 achieving its potential.
  • Pros: 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 convenient (but makes it awkward to keep a second bat...
  • Cons: 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 menu system), No RAW capture option, Four-wa...
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Overall 9
8.5
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 9
9.0
Ease of use 7
7.0
Photo quality 9
9.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Color and saturation 8
8.0

Nikon Coolpix P300

Cameras
16 November 2011
  • Conclusion: As mentioned in the features section the Nikon Coolpix P300 does not offer quite the same range of features that some advanced compacts offer. When you compare prices though against say the Panasonic Lumix DMC LX5 and the Canon Powershot S95 you will see the Coolpix P300 is a fair bit cheaper.
  • Pros: Picture quality, features, compact size, value for money
  • Cons: No RAW mode
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Picture quality 8
8.0
Overall quality 8
8.0
Photo quality - landscapes 8
8.0
Photo quality - macro 8
8.0
Photo quality - portraits 8
8.0
Photo quality - low light 10
10
Photo quality - sports 10
10

Nikon COOLPIX P300

digicambuyer.co.uk
13 September 2011
  • Conclusion: The CoolPix P300 is a great camera for sports and low-light photography that will help beginners progress, it’s just lacking in a few key features that would perfect it
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Overall 8
8.0

Nikon Coolpix P300

Trusted Reviews
19 August 2011
  • Summary: Presented as a premium compact for discerning photographers, does Nikon's P300 live up to its billing?
  • Pros: Stylish yet solid build, Easy to use, Delivers good image quality, f/1.8 doesn't deliver any 'bokeh'
  • Cons: No Raw shooting, Fiddly zoom controls
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 8
8.0
Features 10
10
Ease of use 10
10
Performance 8
8.0

Nikon Coolpix P300

GadgetSpeak
6 June 2011
  • Excerpt: The name Nikon to anyone who knows anything about cameras means quality. Does this quality extend to pocket cameras? Here I am looking at one of their latest that is little more than an oblong black shape how does it perform?
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Overall 8
8.3
Value for money 8
8.3
Features 7
6.7
Performance 8
8.3
Picture quality 7
6.7

Nikon Coolpix P300

PC Pro
30 May 2011
  • Conclusion: It can’t match the best compacts on the market, but top video and a quality lens make this camera an attractive proposition
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Overall 8
8.0

Nikon Coolpix P300

Pocket Lint
10 May 2011
  • Conclusion: If you buy the Nikon Coolpix P300 thinking that it can’t get any better then you may be disappointed. Good though the camera is, it’s not quite up there with the larger-sensor (and better image quality) competitors such as the Canon PowerShot S95.
  • Pros: Good AF system, good macro mode, 8fps burst mode, user-definable AF point adjustment
  • Cons: So-so image quality, no manual focus, no RAW files
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Overall 8
8.0

Nikon Coolpix P300 review

TechRadar UK
11 April 2011
  • Summary: Nikon's new compact boasts full manual control and a fast f/1.8 lens
  • Pros: Produces some of the clearest images at high ISOs that we've seen from a compact camera, Images show vivid colours and smooth tonal gradations, The P300's fast-aperture f/1.8 lens, Close 3cm focusing distance in macro mode
  • Cons: Macro settings deactivate when switching scene mode, filter option or into/out of Auto, In auto and a handful of scene modes it favours the highlights and shows a small leniency to underexposing
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