Nikon Coolpix W300 Review

Overall 44
Imaging 9
Features 53
Size 85
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 112 x 66 x 29 mm
  • Weight: 231 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Nikon Coolpix W300 Summary

This review is devoted to Coolpix W300 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in May 31, 2017. This model is a Waterproof camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized sensor.

In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #35 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #540 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon Coolpix W300 Compared to other Waterproof Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix W300 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.

PROs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 196 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon Coolpix W300 With Other Cameras in Waterproof 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 W300. 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 Waterproof cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Coolpix W300

Nikon Coolpix W300 has the following external dimensions 112 x 112 x 29 mm (44.09 x 25.98 x 11.42″) with the weight of 231 g.

The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon Coolpix W300, 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 W300 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 29mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix W300 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix W300 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix W300 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon Coolpix W300 — 280 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 274 shots
Max: 380 shots

Thickness

Nikon Coolpix W300 — 29 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 28 mm
Max: 89 mm

Weight

Nikon Coolpix W300 — 231 g
Min: 110 g
Average: 196 g
Max: 307 g

Nikon Coolpix W300‘s body is protected from external threats with its high-quality dustproof and waterproof features.

Nikon Coolpix W300 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon Coolpix W300 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized sensor.

The base of Nikon Coolpix W300 has the following ISO range 125 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Nikon Coolpix W300. 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 W300 features a 16.0 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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon Coolpix W300 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 W300 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Coolpix W300

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon Coolpix W300 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix W300 are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix W300 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Coolpix W300 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix W300, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Coolpix W300 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Nikon Coolpix W300 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Coolpix W300.

Nikon Coolpix W300 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Nikon Coolpix W300 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Coolpix W300 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Coolpix W300 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Coolpix W300 provides a shooting life of 280, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 274 shots.

Compared to all models in the Waterproof category, Nikon Coolpix W300 offers the highest battery life that reaches 280 shots.

How Good is Nikon Coolpix W300 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix W300’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix W300’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix W300 to the average Waterproof camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon Coolpix W300 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix W300 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 29. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix W300 can be called a Underclass 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.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • You might not like Nikon skintone

Nikon Coolpix W300 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix W300 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 31. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix W300 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (112 x 66 x 29 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Nikon Coolpix W300 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix W300 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 65. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix W300 can be called a 65 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (280 shots)
  • Small size (112 x 66 x 29 mm)

Nikon Coolpix W300 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix W300 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 43. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix W300 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (231 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Nikon Coolpix W300 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix W300 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix W300 can be called a 59 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.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Nikon Coolpix W300 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix W300
Announced May 31, 2017
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 1 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5.2
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof Yes
Dust Proof Yes
Shock Proof Yes
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof Yes
Weight 231 g
Physical Dimensions 112 x 66 x 29 mm
Battery Life 280 shots
Battery Type 280 shots
Battery Model EN-EL12
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Built-in
Storage Type Onboard + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage Slots 1

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