Nikon's answer to the Powershot-S falls short of greatness.
26 July 2013
Conclusion: Canon can relax: their Powershot S has nothing to worry from Nikon's P330. Despite its promising specs, the P330 just doesn't come together in a way that makes a lot of sense. In other reviews, we've made a big deal of the way smartphones have all but killed point-and-shoots. This camera seems to ignore that important fact, and feels like it's a relic from a bygone era because of it.
Excerpt: On paper the Nikon Coolpix P330 is an impressive pocket camera. It's got a 12-megapixel image sensor with a 1/1.7-inch design, larger in surface area than those in other compacts in this price range. Unfortunately, the P330 is a noticeably slow performer—it takes a full 1.9 seconds to recover after capturing a JPG photo.
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix P330 pocket camera is capable of producing some truly outstanding images, but may be too slow for some shooters. (3 out of 5) Pros Very small for a 1/1.7-inch sensor camera Sharp lens Impressive images through ISO 1600 Raw shooting support Wide aperture when zoomed out Built-in GPS Cons Sluggish performance Extreme
Pros: Very small for a 1/1.7-inch sensor camera, Sharp lens, Impressive images through ISO 1600, Raw shooting support, Wide aperture when zoomed out, Built-in GPS
Cons: Sluggish performance, Extreme distortion at widest angle in Raw mode, In-camera battery charging, Finicky power button
Summary: , the Nikon Coolpix P330 is only really let down by one thing, namely its ability to quickly process Raw images. It's a particular shame here as much of the P330's appeal is the provision of Raw capture, although if you only plan on capturing JPEGs then this is obviously less of a concern.
Excerpt: Nikon's Coolpix Advanced Performance cameras -- the P520 and P7700 -- have a new pocket-sized sibling for 2013, the P330. Appealing features include a 12.2-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS image image sensor (1/1.7-inch), Full HD 1080p vidoe recording, Full Manual Control, a 5x optical zoom lens with Vibration Reduction, Scene Modes, and Easy Auto Mode.
Conclusion: If, on the other hand, you're happy to shop around different manufacturers, you might want to consider the excellent Canon PowerShot S110, which features a touchscreen, inbuilt Wi-Fi and a dial around the lens for controlling different functions.
Excerpt: Nikon has again upped the ante in its compact digicam lineup and the Nikon Coolpix p330 is an excellent example of the movement. A biggish 15mm CMOS sensor, moderate pixel count plus a fast f1.8 lens leads to a surprisingly high performance in such a moderately-priced camera. Coupled with this is the camera’s small size, easy pocketability and light weight.