Summary: Fantastic camera -- no question ... has an amazing lens on it, which gives you WYSIWIG results -- it's all about the glass, folks, and when you count in Nikon technology and reliability, you can't lose, not at this price ... and even BETTER if you can snag it on eBay, like I did for $80! ...
Summary: I was looking for a point and shoot when I don't to invade peoples personal space in a place like a pub as I would with a big SLR and appropriate lens. This has a fast and sharp lens , but is a little slow in the P and Auto modes,but better in A or S. Great with panorama. And yes i would recommend as a cheap and convenient discrete back up.
Summary: Almost bought a canon S95 but P300 provided enough reasons not to. The main thing was to buy a camera which is small enough to carry around, yet take excellent pictures and videos. I have used it for almost 8 months now and I like it a lot. It stays in my car a.k.a it stays with me. Specifically, I like to take macro, food and black&White street photos. For these types of pictures, I needed something handy.
Summary: Very nice camera. Video is excellent, as well as the photos. One con is the photos are very saturated when compared to other cameras. My only other gripe is the button setup could be better. Example, when shooting in aperture priority the back wheel controls aperture diameter but the top wheel doesn't do anything. This should control ISO or EV... actually anything would be better than nothing. Minor gripes however as long you get the camera for a good price.
Summary: I was looking for a small form factor P&S with manual control capabilities, good low light performance and video capabilities to augment my DSLR/Lens set when I wanted to go light. The choice was between the Canon S95 and the Nikon P300. As a Nikon photographer I decided for the P300 even though the S95 has a bigger sensor and has RAW support.
Summary: A fun camera to shoot while in auto mode and gets better the more you experiment with exposures ect. What a lens for point and shoot that allows great low light shooting. All this power to perform that handily fits in your shirt pocket. It's my grab and go camera. Thought the battery access door to be a bit lite in build quality is my only negative. A great camera overall.
Excerpt: Bottomline: Compact camera with manual settings, fast aperture (f1.8), 1080p video & high frame rate. Compared to the other cameras in its class, the P300 is one of the few compacts that offer manual modes: Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Program The lens can open to its widest aperture of f1.8, which will allow you to increase your exposure without compromising image quality with higher ISO values.
Summary: I wanted a small digital instead of always using a large format camera. While i am very impressed with its big-camera capability in such a small package, the sharp 1.8 lense, easy control buttons/scrolls, and the numerous settings to accomodate all lighting situations, particularly low-light, night-time shots, I am unimpressed with the short battery life.