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: I got wonderful clear pictures in a very low light. Flash light switch to turn it off is great. This camera can take shots in low light thus most time not need flash light. Video takes a longer time to process (than my old canon camera) recording that prevented to take a shot right after. Wish to have a battery charger instead to charge the whole camera.
Summary: Owned this camera for a week now and already have a few irritants to report. But first the good stuff. 1- Excellent fast f1.8 lens- works better than my canon g12 in low light (g12 is f2.8 only) 2- Love the high res screen 3- Minimalist form/design appeals to me 4- Interesting scene modes- like the panorama and high contrast monochrome in particular 5- pop up flash is easy to understand-works only when popped up 6- 24mm wide angle - i am considering a tokina 11-16 mm for...
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 purchased a Nikon COOLPIX P300 12.2MP Digital Camera for Christmas. I have not really "studied" it yet and learned all the possibilities, but am very happy with the quality of the pictures I have taken with it. The only thing I would change is to purchase a Nikon COOLPIX that had a greater zoom capacity. But, Overall I really like the camera.
Summary: I needed a camera for days when I didn't want to lug my DSLR around. I've owned two Panasonic travel zoom cameras but wanted something that could produce better low light photos and had full manual controls. I shopped around and narrowed down my choices to the Nikon P300, Canon S100, and the Sony HX9V. I ended up with the P300 and have listed my impressions below.
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.
Review from father of young children who also owns a DSLR
PJC "Geek", Amazon
4 October 2011
Summary: Chances are that if you're even considering this camera you've already read tons of reviews that reiterate the camera's features and specs. Here's a practical review that I hope you find helpful if you're in the same situation I am. I own a Nikon D90 DSLR camera. I started photography as a hobby before my oldest child was born 4 years ago.
Excerpt: The "expert" reviews (like the one on DPReview) are not so good to P300, but the user reviews on Amazon and other stores are very good. My old compact, Canon Ixus 970 IS (SD 890 IS in the US) died with “lens error” after 2 years and 2 months (2 year warranty was over), so I was searching for another compact (but no Canon again, obviously! For comparison my 6,5 years old “bridge” Olympus C8080 is still working like new!).