Nikon Coolpix P300

Last Updated (14 September’11):
– Review by CNET

Nikon Coolpix P300 is a 12.2 MP CMOS Digital Camera features 4.2x Optical zoom, ISO 160-3200, Full HD movie recording at 1080p, Advanced multi-exposure composite image functions for beautiful handheld portraits at night, 360°/180° Easy Panorama mode, Slow and fast motion movie recording, Creative slider for easy image adjustment while shooting, Filter effects (in playback) and 7.5 cm (3-in.) high-resolution 921k-dot (approx.) Clear Color Display. The camera measures (W x H x D) Approx. 103.0 x 58.3 x 32.0 mm (4.1 x 2.3 x 1.3 in.) excluding projections and weight Approx. 189 g (6.7 oz.) with battery and SD memory card.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon Coolpix P300 Reviews

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“The good: The Nikon Coolpix P300 has a nice lens, shooting modes for every kind of user, and solid design, and it’s easy to use. The bad: The P300’s photos look overprocessed when viewed at full size, and performance feels a bit slow. The bottom line: Snapshooters wanting a little more creative control than the average point-and-shoot offers should check out the Nikon Coolpix P300.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“Overall though, if you’re on the lookout for a stylish compact with DSLR-like control and some interesting shooting features, the P300 deserves to be on your shortlist.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ITReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“The Nikon COOLPIX P300 manages to outperform its rivals in the ‘prosumer’ class when it comes to providing Full HD movies, longer zoom and faster continuous shooting, but its lack of RAW format capability and use of a smaller sensor might hold some semi-pros back.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBay reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“While it may have a leg up over the Canon S95 in a couple of areas, the ability to capture RAW images puts the S95 over the top of the Nikon P300 for me. If RAW processing isn’t a big deal for your compact camera wish list, the Nikon P300 is a solid choice. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PocketLint reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“Not to be confused with the larger-sensor competition, the Nikon Coolpix P300 does a decent job in the mid-high level compact market. No RAW capture may be a bugbear for those wanting fuller control, yet a decent AF system, full manual control and dual thumbwheel layout make for a generally good experience”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalVersus reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix P300 is a basic expert compact that’s really quite good. However, the lack of RAW mode and advanced custom controls leaves it lagging slightly behind the Canon S95.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DPExpert reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“his is an excellent compact from a company that hasn’t done so well in this segment of the market. It earns its place alongside Nikon’s excellent range of DSLRs. It has the same indestructible feel and intuitive controls as the company’s best. And at $500 is well priced. “
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TechRadar reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“The Nikon P300 produced some of the clearest images at high ISOs that we’ve yet to see from a digital compact camera, with strong colours and smooth tonal gradations. This is down to the P300’s fast-aperture lens..”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“Photo quality is good, but we don’t think it beats the Canon and Panasonic rivals. Add in the RAW processing and more user-friendly control layouts, and both of those rivals make a lot more sense as a high-end compact than the P300.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“Colours are bright and vivid on automatic settings and dynamic range is very good for a camera of this class. Unfortunately at full magnification images look rather “crunchy” or over-processed, with some significant blockiness that makes even a standard landscape look almost painterly. We found the P300 delivered optimum results when shooting at anything below ISO 200.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“The P300 also betters the S95 in the area of ergonomics, by providing a rubber front and back grip while the S95 provides none, and is particularly slippery. And above everything else, the Nikon Coolpix P300 comes in as the newest camera, with the lowest price of the competitors, and is therefore Highly Recommended! .”
Rating: ★★★★½

Neocamera reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“This advantage lets it keep up with top compact cameras in terms of image quality even with a small BSI-CMOS sensor. Outside of some corner softness at wider apertures, the P300 does well in all aspects of image quality: metering, color, white-balance, vignetting and distortion.”
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Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Nikon Coolpix P300 and writes;
“The P300 is an intriguing camera for advanced amateurs looking for something small and sleek. The f/1.8 lens is bound to lure in photographers that crave low light performance without the bulk of an SLR. Manual controls aren’t what you might find on Nikon’s higher-end P7000, but the basic shutter and aperture controls are there. You can also access most of Nikon’s specialty features, without giving up manual control flexibility.”
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User Opinions

Nikon Coolpix P300 User Reviews

Nikon P300
“My only initial reservation in buying this camera was it has a smaller sensor than the S90 so I was slightly concerned at a possible image quality loss & more noise. I needn’t have worried. The picture quality from this compact is amazing and low light capabilities superb.” – By A. Markwell
Rating: ★★★★★

Small but Powerful
“The lens on the P300 is amazing. The ability to get short depth of field shots in such a compact camera makes me wonder when I might feel compelled to lug around my SLR when not working on an assignment. The only advantage SLRs have, in my experience so far, are the ability to zoom to lock a focal point and then recompose, as well as save in RAW format. But those are perfectly acceptable for a compact camera.” – By Shahr Yar
Rating: ★★★★★

“It also shoots decent video – Not great, but decent. The video looks great on the little 3″ screen but once I played it through HDMI to my 46″ TV at home, didn’t hold up quite as great. Video quality is no where near a Canon 7D or similar, but still for under $300 it’s more than I expected. And again in low light, it still looks great.” – By Jules Fitzegibbons
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazing little camera
“I am very pleased with the results so far and I couldn’t believe the images that I have been able to get at very low light. They are amazing! They are clear, crisp and full of details that I could barely see in the scene with my own eyes!! HD videos are excellent too and battery life is pretty good. I recommend this camera to anyone.” – By G. OLAIZOLA
Rating: ★★★★★

“Although the camera has a good, solid feel when you hold it, it weighs in at a mere few ounces. Light and slim enough to fit into your pocket. Although tiny in size (and the P300 is miniscule), the quality of the prints it produces is truly amazing.” – By Joseph Albanese
Rating: ★★★★★

A really good point and shoot
“Indoor low light shots with the f1.8 are clean and sharp. You won’t believe it was possible with a point and shoot. I also really like the retro body look.” – By cmike2780
Rating: ★★★★★

makes a great carry camera
“The optics are great, the battery life is good, the flash is rarely needed but works well, Start up is under two seconds. low light performance is terrific, the video feature is fine for an occasional video shooter like me, but will never replace a good quality video camera.” – By J. Parkes
Rating: ★★★★☆

If video as well as stills are important to you
“On the other hand, the P300 video was quite a bit better than the S95 video, if that matters to you. It does to me. I shot a video at an indoor party last night and was very happy with the way it came out. I didn’t hear any motor noise when zooming in and out in what was a pretty loud room.” – By sharoninmass
Rating: ★★★★☆

Excellent low-light pictures and HD video
“The HD video is amazing! The focus stays sharp throughout. I don’t think I’ll be using the 1080p mode too often (I have a Canon VIXIA camcorder that records 1080p that I use for birthdays), 720p has made me very happy. Even the slow-motion mode can record in HD! Check out YouTube for cool slow-motion videos.” – By robbieY
Rating: ★★★★★

Returned the LX5 & S95…kept the P300
“The P300 is great. Love the picture quality and video quality. Warning, the video is jumpy on pans, this camera won’t take the place of an HD video camera, but it’s great for a point and shoot. The direct video button is great too. The lcd screen is beautiful. The camera turns on and snaps very quickly. Shot to shot is excellent too. Picture quality is great” – By Patswamp
Rating: ★★★★★

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Nikon Coolpix P300 Features

1. Nikon optical technologies for stunning landscapes and night landscapes Fast, f/1.8 lens
A number of Nikon’s optical technologies have been concentrated in the f/1.8 lens, resulting in the fastest* lens available with a compact digital camera.

High refractive-index lens for a more compact body
By adopting a high refractive-index lens with a refractive index of 2.0 or higher, which compensates for both curvature of field and spherical aberration with a single lens element, a smaller and lighter camera was achieved. The lens also enables sharper rendering for higher contrast throughout the entire frame

4.2X wide-angle zoom lens with built-in lens-shift vibration reduction (VR)
The lens covers focal lengths from the wide-angle 24mm to the telephoto 100mm (both equivalent with 35mm [135] format). The built-in VR function reduces blur with hand-held shooting and shooting at high sensitivities.

2. Backside illumination CMOS sensor enables capture of images exhibiting little noise at the high sensitivities required for night landscapes and pictures taken indoors under dim lighting
The camera is equipped with a backside illumination CMOS sensor with which each pixel receives light more efficiently for superior high-speed performance. Desired images are achieved with the specified scene mode through automatic adjustment of ISO sensitivity and/or shutter speed settings for high-speed capture of multiple shots that are then combined for beautiful night portraits and pictures taken under dim lighting, night landscapes, and backlit scenes.

Night Landscape mode:
When Night Landscape scene mode is selected, the camera automatically captures several shots at a fast shutter speed and then combines the shots to create a single optimized photo, preserving beautiful, high-quality photos of night landscapes, such as scenes including city or holiday lights, without using a tripod.

Backlighting mode:
When the HDR (high dynamic range) setting is enabled in Backlighting mode with shooting of high-contrast scenes, the camera captures three consecutive shots at varying exposure and combines the three for a single photo with no loss of detail in highlights or shadows, and a broader range of tones. Three HDR settings are available for selection according to the level of contrast exhibited by the scene.

3. A variety of shooting functions that enable capture of photos as intended
The camera is equipped with a number of shooting and in-camera image editing functions that allow users to enjoy mastering the camera with manual operations. In addition to [P] programmed auto, [A] aperture-priority auto, [S] shutter-priority auto, and [M] manual exposure modes, the camera offers a number of features that can be combined for maximum flexibility in expressing individual user creativity. Among these features are 8-fps high-speed continuous shooting at the maximum image size (12M 4000 X 3000), a Creative Slider and Special Effects for applying effects with shooting, Filter Effects that can be applied with image playback, and an Easy Panorama function for capturing horizontal or vertical panorama photos.

Special Effects:
Special effects can be applied with shooting, enabling users to capture photos with colors and tones that suit their intent. Soft, High Key, Low Key, Nostalgic Sepia and High-contrast Monochrome options are available.

Filter Effects:
Easily apply filter effects to photos already taken without using a computer. Cross Screen, Fisheye, Miniature Effect and Painting options are available.

Easy Panorama:
Easily create dynamic vertical or horizontal panorama photos. Angle of view can be selected from 180° (normal) and 360° (wide). The user need simply move the camera in the desired direction using the guides displayed, and the camera automatically recognizes the direction in which shots should progress. Multiple shots are then combined in a single panorama photo.

4. Bright and clear 3-inch, approximately 921k-dot TFT LCD monitor with wide viewing angle
A bright, approximately 921k-dot TFT LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating has been adopted. This enables clear viewing of beautiful, high-resolution images even outside on sunny days or inside a brightly lit room.
In addition, the expanded color reproduction range covers a broader range of colors for reproduction of almost the entire sRGB gamut.

5. Recording of full HD movies for which exposure and color settings, as well as optical zoom, can be applied
The camera is equipped with functions for recording full HD movies (1920 X 1080 pixels) with stereo sound. The Creative Slider and Special Effects can also be used with movies, and optical zoom can be applied or adjusted during movie recording. In addition, dramatic movies recorded using the HS Movie function can be played back in slow motion at 1/4 or 1/2 the normal playback speed, or in fast motion at twice the normal playback speed. Full HD movies recorded with the camera can be played back on a TV with an HDMI connector, and the camera’s support for the CEC feature for HDMI enables playback control using the TV’s remote control.

2 Responses to “Nikon Coolpix P300”

  1. Claire Parker says:

    Yeah, this camera is small and sleek enough to bring with on a go. The pictures of the camera are so nice

  2. Peitx says:

    I’ve looked at sample photos on and although they look sharp, I think it’s due to their high contrast. Unfortunately they show quite unpleasant noise even at ISO 160 (as compared to my Canon G11 pictures, for example).

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