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.
Summary: Much like the Coolpix P7700 , 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.
Pros: Excellent LCD; Impressive noise control; Represents decent value for money relative to competing models
Cons: Appalling Raw shot-to-shot times; Small maximum aperture at tele end
Summary: 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.
Pros: High image quality, Fast burst modes, Powerful built-in flash, Sturdy body, Can shoot in RAW mode, Lots of features, Good low-light performance, Lens-shift vibration reduction, Built-in GPS, Records high-quality 1080p HD video
Cons: Auto focus isn't always exact, Some barrel distortion at edges at wide angle, Modest zoom magnification, Flash doesn't work in burst mode
Summary: Not very aesthetically appealing, the Nikon COOLPIX P330 is a rather advanced compact that gives the user much more than a normal compact. Among these, the manual controls with convenient ring, support for RAW format, a sensor larger than average, GPS, high-speed shooting, an HDMI port and Full HD movies.
Pros: GPS, Full HD movies, Hand Controls, 3D shooting mode, RAW format support, automatic HDR mode, HDMI output, Wi-Fi compatibility, Panoramic photos, Lens-shift Vibration Reduction; Function button customizable size and display resolution
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.
Excerpt: Sensor size is one of the key determining factors for image quality, so it's great to see so many large-sensor compact cameras passing through our labs. The Nikon P330's 1/1.7in sensor is around 50 per cent bigger than the ones used in most compact cameras. It's paired with an f/1.8 lens, which gathers more light than usual to improve image quality in low light. This advantage is lost at the long end of the 5x zoom, though, as the aperture closes down to f/5.6.
Summary: After teasing the photography enthusiasts with two compacts without RAW in this sub-series, the Japanese brand finally decided to add RAW and increase the sensor size to 1/1.7-inch, making Coolpix P330 one of the best mid-range digital cameras available. -Sharp lens -Bright display -RAW shooting support -GPS included -Good image quality -Finicky power switch -Slow processing in RAW mode -Sluggish start-up Might be a good news for Nikon fans, and might be a warning for...
Pros: Sharp lens -Bright display -RAW shooting support -GPS included -Good image quality
Cons: Finicky power switch -Slow processing in RAW mode -Sluggish start-up