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Nikon Coolpix P300
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Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera

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12.2MP 4.2x CMOS Sep 2011
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Five Industry Awards

Amongst cameras of a comparable age and type, this compact camera camera is one of the most highly awarded.

This camera received a "Recommended" from What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com and Alphr.com all of whom concluded that this Nikon digital camera was good.

This compact camera camera received a "Highly Recommended" from Ephotozine who decided that this camera was great.

Tipa.com gave this camera a "Technical Image Press Association Award".

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Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on fourty-eight expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and CNET.com the average expert rating of this camera is 78%.

Good Quality Lens

A number of customers mentioned that the Nikon Coolpix P300 had a good lens. Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site CNET.com five years ago “And it does have a bright f1.8 ultrawide-angle lens and the manual”. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “A bright f/2.0 lens” in their review. Expert review site Bythom.com wrote “Small like the Canon, fast lens like the Panasonic”.

Some Nikon Coolpix P300 owners who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good zoom.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several Nikon Coolpix P300 reviewers said in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Asia.cnet.com gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Ideal for photographers who want something good to carry around with them when their digital SLR is off”. Five years ago expert website Techradar.com scored the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned “The new Coolpix P300 boasts some serious assets that advanced photography enthusiasts are likely to covet” in their review. Expert website Dpexpert.com.au mentioned “The lens is image stabilised”.

A few Nikon Coolpix P300 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Techsmart.co.za wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P300 “Some of this include speedy 7 fps shooting (at full resolut”. Five years ago Itreviews.com said on expert review site IT Reviews.com “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.”. In the same month expert review site Theregister.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Nikon Coolpix P300 might not quite match the image quality and fine detail resolution of the Canon S95 it was made to challenge”.

Three Nikon Coolpix P300 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was good in low light. Five years ago Gadgetshow.channel5.com rated it 4 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The fast lens results in decent low light photographs”.

One Nikon Coolpix P300 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good image sensor.

One Nikon Coolpix P300 reviewer who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Five years ago expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “The Nikon P300 lives up to its "P for Performance" designation with better-than-average high ISO performance and a generous, fast lens at wide angle” in their Nikon Coolpix P300 review.

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Good Size

Thirty-four Nikon Coolpix P300 owners who bought the product agreed that it was compact. Expert website Cnet.com gave it a score of 4 stars and mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P300 “Semimanual shooting modes that you'd find on an enthusiast compact.”. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote on expert review site What Digital Camera “For a true high-end premium compact you'd be better to look elsewhe” in their Nikon Coolpix P300 review and gave it a score of 4 stars. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “The introduction of the new Nikon Coolpix P300 is the latest compact camera designed to offer manual controls”.

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Five years ago Itreviews.com said on IT Reviews.com “Even DSLR owners don't want to take a bulky camera and all the accessories out with them on every casual shooting expedition”.

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Good Support

Some Nikon Coolpix P300 reviewers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had good technical guidance. Expert website Photographyblog.com said “All three manufacturers offer a pocket compact with full manual controls, pro-level features a”. Trustedreviews.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said in their Nikon Coolpix P300 review on expert review site Trusted Reviews “The Nikon P300 is an advanced compact that offers full manual controls alongside a fast f/1.8 zoom lens, 1080p Full HD movie recording abilities”. Expert website Macworld.com rated the Nikon Coolpix P300 70 out of 100 and said “The Nikon Coolpix P300 ($330) is as close as a rival gets to the Canon PowerShot S95 in the realm of compact cameras with manual controls”.

Good Product Quality

Several Nikon Coolpix P300 reviewers who purchased the Nikon Coolpix P300 agreed that it was good quality. Expert website Ephotozine.com scored it 5 stars and mentioned in their review five years ago “Panasonic Lumix LX5, smaller than the LX5 it fits in your pocket and offers good image quality and high speed shooting at 8fps”. In the same month Photographyblog.com said in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P300 “On paper the Nikon Coolpix P300 beats its main rivals in most key areas - more megapixels, bigger LCD screen, faster continuous shooting, higher quality video”. Expert review site Techreviewsource.com wrote “It has really good low-light image quality.”.

Good Video Capture

Several customers said in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix P300 was good for video recording. Photographybay.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P300 “The P300 captures HD video and the bright, f/1.8 max aperture helps deliver in low-light scenes”. Photographybay.com also mentioned “The Nikon P300, while not quite perfect, delivers a lot of bang for your buck – shooting 1080p video and solid images up to ISO 800”. Expert website Firstpost.com said “It’s good for video recording and although it offers a whole bunch of features to the user, it’s still no prosumer camera” but despite that they gave the product a score of 60 out of 100.

Good Brand

Nikon has good average reviews for its compact camera digital cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Robust

Some people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Five years ago Layersmagazine.com wrote in their Nikon Coolpix P300 review “It has a nice solid feel” and gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100. Techsmart.co.za wrote in the same month “This is the fastest lens Nikon has ever built into its Coolpix compact range” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Neocamera.com wrote “The camera is built around a 12 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor” in their Nikon Coolpix P300 review.

Easy to Use

A number of Nikon Coolpix P300 owners said in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix P300 was easy to use. Five years ago expert website Layersmagazine.com wrote “All the dials are intuitive and easy to operate”. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk said in their Nikon Coolpix P300 review “However, in offering an f/1.8 lens and full manual control it seems an opportunity has been missed by not including raw shooting” but despite that they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Pocket-Lint.com said on expert review site Pocket Lint five years ago “No RAW capture may be a bugbear for those wanting fuller control, yet a decent AF system, full manual control” in their Nikon Coolpix P300 review and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

Nice Design

Some people who reviewed it concluded that it was good looking. Expert website Digitalversus.com said “Whether classic models (Canon G12, Nikon P7000) or more stylish snappers (Canon S95, Olympus XZ-1), expert compacts are aimed at users who like to play around with settings” in their review. Expert review site Tipa.com mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix P300 review five years ago “The Nikon COOLPIX P300 is a stylish compact camera with a remarkably powerful f/1.8 lens, starting at 24mm (35mm equivalent) with 4.2x optical zoom”. Expert website Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote “Fantastic image quality in a compact and stylish design” in their Nikon Coolpix P300 review.

One Nikon Coolpix P300 owner who purchased it reckoned that it was a good design. Expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com said in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P300 five years ago “The Nikon Coolpix P300 is an impressive compact camera, offering a high quality design and images that can more than match the price tag”.

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Good Technical Features

A few customers agreed that it had good features. Digicambuyer.co.uk said on Digicam Buyer.co.uk “The Nikon CoolPix P300 is clearly aimed at a more advanced market than the new photographer, as it’s packed with advanced features”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Nikon Coolpix P300 owner mentioned that the product had a good screen.

SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon Coolpix P300 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this type and age do not support Full HD video.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P300, the Coolpix P300 supports video recording.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P300, the Nikon Coolpix P300 has an image stabiliser.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P300, the Coolpix P300 has a built-in flash.

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Has One Image Editing Mode

The Nikon Coolpix P300 has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most frequently found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this camera. The image editing modes Crop are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon Coolpix P300 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on digital cameras of this spec and age. The photo effect "Sepia" is also found on this camera.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 90 megabytes, the Coolpix P300 has one of the bigger internal memory amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The internal memory of similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix P300 range from 1MB to 8.2GB.

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Supports Five ISO Speeds

The Coolpix P300 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera supports a 160 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. The ISO speeds "400", "800", "1600" and "3200" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P300 range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels. At 921,000 pixels, the Coolpix P300 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Coolpix P300 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix P300.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Coolpix P300 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix P300. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Nikon camera also support a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix P300.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The Coolpix P300 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras of this age and type. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

At only 24 millimeters, the Coolpix P300 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P300. Cameras that were released more than two years ago have minimum focal lengths of between 5mm and 120mm, and the average minimum focal length is 26mm.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

Cameras of this age and type have minimum apertures of between 1.3 and 6.6. When compared to other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix P300 that we have checked the minimum aperture of, the Coolpix P300's minimum aperture of only 1.8 is one of the smallest.

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16 Reasons Against

Quite Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the Coolpix P300 has a very small digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The smallest digital zoom of comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1x, the biggest is 810x, and the average digital zoom is 12x.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 4.2 times zoom factor, the Nikon Coolpix P300 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The optical zooms of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2.7x to 63x.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P300 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Nikon Coolpix P300 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Coolpix P300 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the Coolpix P300 does not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

The Coolpix P300 is not waterproof. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Quite Small Combined Zoom

When compared to other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix P300, the combined zoom of the Coolpix P300 of only 8.4 times zoom factor is one of the smallest. Compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P300 have combined zoom of between 3x and 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x.

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Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution

The Coolpix P300 has a 1280 x 720 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. In addition, this Nikon camera has a still image resolution of 1024 x 768. The still image resolution of all cameras of this spec and age ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Only Features Two Flash Modes

The Coolpix P300 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix P300. The flash mode "Manual" is also featured on this Nikon digital camera.

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Only Has One Shooting Mode

The number of shooting modes found on the Coolpix P300 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The total megapixel counts of compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix P300 range from 10MP to 48MP. The Nikon Coolpix P300 has one of the less total megapixel counts (only 12.75 megapixels) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

The biggest maximum aperture of digital cameras of this spec and age is 1.8 and the smallest is 87. With a maximum aperture of only 4.9, the Nikon Coolpix P300 has a fairly big maximum aperture compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of only 100 millimeters, the Nikon Coolpix P300 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix P300. The average maximum focal length of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P300 is 250mm.

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Only Has Three Playback Modes

The Coolpix P300 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The playback modes "Single image" and "Thumbnails" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Coolpix P300 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Nikon digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

The average minimum ISO speed of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P300 is 99. At 160, the Coolpix P300 has a very big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P300.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix P300

Average Screen Size

The Nikon Coolpix P300 has a relatively typical screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix P300.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This Nikon digital camera was released over five years ago.

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 189 grams, the Coolpix P300 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix P300.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Nikon Coolpix P300 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it have a CCD sensor type.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Coolpix P300 has a fairly standard megapixel count (12.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix P300.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
PC Connectivity
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Weight
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Digital SLR

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Expert Reviews

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30 November 2011

Compact Point-and-Shoot Delivers Great Color The Nikon COOLPIX P300 is a compact point-and-shoot that fits nicely in any pocket?but it?s not so small that it?s hard to use. It has a nice solid... Read more…

14 September 2011

The CoolPix P300 is a great camera for sports and low-light photography that will help beginners progress, it?s just lacking in a few key features that would perfect it Overall Our provides the...

10 September 2011

Snapshooters wanting a little more creative control than the average point-and-shoot offers should check out the Nikon Coolpix P300...

9 September 2011

Snapshooters wanting a little more creative control than the average point-and-shoot offers should check out the Nikon Coolpix P300...

19 August 2011

Nikon has made a good, but not stellar, compact camera that aims to be a pocket-sized SLR replacement...

15 August 2011

With just a few trade-offs, the Nikon Coolpix P300 ($330) is as close as a rival gets to the Canon PowerShot S95 in the realm of compact cameras with manual controls. Both cameras distinguish... Read more…

The Nikon P300 lives up to its "P for Performance" designation with better-than-average high ISO performance and a generous, fast lens at wide angle...

The Nikon Coolpix P300 is a 12-megapixel digital camera that offers a very wide-aperture lens for its class and also gives users control with both manual aperture and shutter controls. It has... Read more…

3 August 2011

The Nikon Coolpix P300 is an excellent camera for its price. Its ultimate appeal boils down to how you answer two questions: How valuable are RAW mode and manual focus to you? Next to the Canon...

3 August 2011

With just a few trade-offs, the Nikon Coolpix P300 is as close as a rival gets to the Canon PowerShot S95 in the realm of compact cameras with manual controls. Both cameras distinguish themselves... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon p300, nikon p300b, nikon p300bl, nikon p300bla, nikon p300blac, nikon p300black
Barcodes 00018208262465, 00018208920716, 00182089207164, 03610170538516, 05908219984447
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