This review is devoted to Coolpix P300 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in May 31, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
Nikon has replaced this product with their most recent model P310.
In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #236 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #567 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix P300 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Coolpix P300. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.
Nikon Coolpix P300 has the following external dimensions 103 x 103 x 32 mm (40.55 x 22.83 x 12.6″) with the weight of 189 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon Coolpix P300, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Coolpix P300 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 32mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix P300 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix P300 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix P300 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix P300 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix P300 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Nikon Coolpix P300 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Nikon Coolpix P300 has the following ISO range 160 - 3200 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Nikon Coolpix P300. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .
Nikon Coolpix P300 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Nikon Coolpix P300 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Nikon Coolpix P300 with other standard sensor sizes.
Nikon Coolpix P300 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 922k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix P300 are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix P300 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, Coolpix P300 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix P300, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Coolpix P300 allows you to save files in H.264 and Motion JPEG formats.
Nikon Coolpix P300 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Nikon Coolpix P300 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect Coolpix P300 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Coolpix P300 provides a shooting life of 240, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Nikon Coolpix P300 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix P300’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix P300’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix P300 to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P300 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 35. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P300 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P300 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 16. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P300 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P300 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 26. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P300 can be called a 26 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P300 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 25. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P300 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P300 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 28. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P300 can be called a 28 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||May 31, 2011|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||3|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||8 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||160|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (15, 30fps), 1280 x 720p (15, 30, 60 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||H.264, Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||103 x 58 x 32 mm|
|Battery Life||240 shots|
|Battery Type||240 shots|