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Nikon Coolpix P340 Digital Camera

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12.2MP 5x CMOS Feb 2014
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38 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com both strongly endorse this Nikon digital camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Fifteen experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and Pocket Lint have rated this compact camera on average 83%.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Nikon Coolpix P340 owners agreed that it was able to produce good images. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix P340 review on expert website Ephotozine “The camera is capable of delivering some impressive images”. Two years ago expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned “The Nikon Coolpix P340 is a new pocket compact camera designed to appeal to the keen enthusiast photographer”. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com mentioned “Decent image qu”.

A number of people considered that it had a good picture resolution. Goodgearguide.com.au said “It has limitations with regards to shooting on overly bright days”. Fatducktech.com mentioned “Semi-pro spaces with inbuilt RAW capability and a decent f/1.8 12.2MP shooting capability”.

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Good Size

Some customers who reviewed it agreed that it was compact. Pcmag.com mentioned in their review “The Nikon Coolpix P340 compact camera captures images with excellent detail”. Ephotozine.com said in their Nikon Coolpix P340 review on Ephotozine two years ago “The Nikon Coolpix P340 is Nikon's compact.” and scored this digital camera 5 stars. Ephotozine.com also said “The Nikon Coolpix P340 is a fairly plain looking compact digital camera, however, over the various updates it has improved each time”.

Good Quality Lens

A few customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good lens. This year Litlight wrote in their review on Amazon “It has fantastic lens which can produce excellent macro shots at lose range”. Paul wrote this month “I suppose it's a bit much to ask for a faster lens when you are zoomed in in such a small package” and rated it 80 out of 100. Two years ago Digitalversus.com said in their Nikon Coolpix P340 review “Same 1/1.7" 12.2-Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, same 24-120mm f/1.8-5.6 zoom lens with built-in ND filter, same 7.5”.

Robust

Some customers concluded that it was well made. Ephotozine.com wrote “With built in Wi-Fi it makes it a good choice for anyone” in their Nikon Coolpix P340 review. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com said in their Nikon Coolpix P340 review “It's a camera building from already solid foundations” . Expert website Indianexpress.com mentioned in their review “It does outdo many of its competitors on the price front while also offering solid features to lure photographers”.

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Nikon is one of the better rated camera manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and users, and Nikon also has good reviews for its compact cameras.

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Easy to Use

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. This month Paul wrote “Nice compact camera which allows full control of all functions” in his review. One customer who purchased it considered that it was easy to use the menus.

Good Connectivity

Two Nikon Coolpix P340 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was wifi compatible. Two years ago expert website Indiatimes.com said “PRICE Rs 18,950 Specifications 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom VR lens, f1.8, 3-inch (921k dot) LCD, built in flash, WiFi, 1080p video, ISO 80-3200, micro USB + micro HDMI, 194 grams Positives” in their review.

One Nikon Coolpix P340 reviewer who bought it reckoned that it had gps. Expert review site Dxomark.com mentioned “The swapping of the built-in GPS unit for WiFi capability seems fair” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P340.

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Good Product Quality

A number of people who purchased the product concluded that it was good quality. A few weeks ago Paul wrote “Solid build quality” in his review of the Nikon Coolpix P340 and rated it 4 stars. Paul also mentioned “So far I'm impressed with the image quality”.

Good Support

Two people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Expert review site Firstpost.com said in their review two years ago “The dials on the camera help in quickly changing settings” . In the same month expert review site Indiatimes.com wrote “Well-built, excellent f1.8 lens, manual control, high-qu”.

Good Flash

Some customers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P340 agreed that it had a good flash.

Good Technical Features

Several Nikon Coolpix P340 owners who reviewed it thought it had good features. In October this year Paul mentioned in his review on Amazon “You can customize various buttons to allow quick access to key features eg exposure compensation, ISO etc” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Battery Life

Several Nikon Coolpix P340 reviewers who purchased it considered that it had a good battery life. Litlight wrote on Amazon “Battery life is fairly reasonable and predictable” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Dxomark.com wrote two years ago “Seemingly improved battery life” in their review of this digital camera.

Nice Design

One Nikon Coolpix P340 owner concluded that it was neat. Paul said on Amazon “Neat little flash” in his Nikon Coolpix P340 review.

Good Video Capture

One customer who purchased it reckoned that it was good for video recording.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Unlike most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P340 which do not have a built-in flash, the Coolpix P340 has a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix P340, the Coolpix P340 supports Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99), the Canon PowerShot G3 X ($710.39), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the Coolpix P340 has an image stabiliser.

Alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at include the Canon PowerShot G3 X ($710.39) which has better reviews.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P340, the Coolpix P340 supports WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1.

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Very Light

Across all the compact cameras that have been on the market for more than a year the weights range from 120g to 690g, and the average weight is 320g. With a weight of only 194 grams, the Coolpix P340 is one of the lighter compact cameras that were released one year ago amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Has One Image Editing Mode

The Coolpix P340 has a greater number of image editing modes than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly found image editing mode is Rotating, but this image editing mode is not found on this camera. The image editing modes Crop are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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Very High JPEG Frame Rate

The Coolpix P340 has one of the highest JPEG frame rates (120 frames per second) amongst digital cameras of this age. The average JPEG frame rate of digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix P340 is 53fps, and the JPEG frame rates range from 30fps to 120fps.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The Coolpix P340 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of this age and type. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash" and "Incandescent" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has One Photo Effect

The number of photo effects found on the Coolpix P340 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports Two Audio Formats

The Nikon Coolpix P340 has a greater number of audio formats than most cameras of this age and type. The most commonly supported audio format is PCM, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats LPCM and WAV are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Coolpix P340 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix P340. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this Nikon digital camera. This camera also supports a video resolution of 640 x 480 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 digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix P340.

A 640 x 480 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Coolpix P340 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Nikon digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix P340. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Has Six Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Coolpix P340 is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This camera has an Aperture priority shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix P340. The shooting modes "Auto", "Movie", "Program", "Scene" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Nikon Coolpix P340 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P340. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF" are also supported by this camera.

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TFT Display

The Coolpix P340 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most digital cameras that have been available for more than a year. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is in fact the best display across all cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P340.

An LCD display is the worst display amongst similar types of camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of only 24 millimeters, the Nikon Coolpix P340 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix P340. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P340 the minimum focal lengths range from 18mm to 28mm, and the average minimum focal length is 24mm.

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Very Small Minimum ISO Speed

The average minimum ISO speed of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix P340 is 100. With a minimum ISO speed of only 80, the Coolpix P340 has one of the smaller minimum ISO speed amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Very Short Battery Recharge Time

The shortest battery recharge time of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P340 is 1.8h and the longest is 5h. With a battery recharge time of only 1.83 hours, the Coolpix P340 has one of the shorter battery recharge times amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

At only 1.8, the Nikon Coolpix P340 has a fairly small minimum aperture compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix P340. Comparable spec cameras that were released one year ago have minimum apertures of between 1.7 and 4, and the average minimum aperture is 2.5.

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Very Short

The heights of comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix P340 range from 32mm to 93mm. The Nikon Coolpix P340 is fairly short (only 32 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix P340.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Coolpix P340 does not support video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P340 also do not support video recording.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a video recording and we think the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99) is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Coolpix P340 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than a year, the Coolpix P340 is not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

The Coolpix P340 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of this age and type are also not waterproof.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 12.2 megapixels, the Coolpix P340 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst compact cameras of this age. The lowest megapixel count of compact cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix P340 is 12MP, the highest is 29MP, and the average megapixel count is 19MP.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99) (20.1MP and higher rated), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 (20.1MP and higher rated), or the Canon PowerShot G3 X ($710.39) (20.2MP and higher rated).

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Only Features One Flash Mode

The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon Coolpix P340 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix P340.

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Only Features Two Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Coolpix P340 is more than most cameras that were released more than a year ago. The most commonly featured auto focus is Continuous Auto Focus, but this auto focus is not featured on this digital camera. The auto focus Contrast Detection Auto Focus and Spot Auto Focus are also featured on this Nikon digital camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The Nikon Coolpix P340 has one of the less total megapixel counts (only 12.76 megapixels) amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the compact cameras that have been around for more than a year the total megapixel counts range from 12MP to 33MP, and the average total megapixel count is 21MP.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix P340 has a higher image resolution than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix P340 ranges from 1280 x 1024 pixels (worst) to 8688 x 5792 pixels (best).

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6 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix P340

Released Over Two Years Ago

This compact camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Coolpix P340 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix P340.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot G3 X ($710.39) (3.2"), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 (4.7") which also has a higher rating.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think the PowerShot G3 X ($710.39), and the PowerShot G3 X ($710.39) both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this Nikon digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99) (MicroSD (TransFlash and higher rated)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2 and higher rated)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix P340 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

If this Nikon digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99) (11x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Coolpix P340 has a pretty average optical zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot G3 X ($710.39) (25x) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it.

There are a number of other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to consider including the Sony DSC-RX100M3 ($699.99), or the Canon PowerShot G3 X ($710.39) which has better reviews.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
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 Structure
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Display Language
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
Battery Recharge Time
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Networking
Bluetooth
Wireless LAN Type
Data Network
Other Features
Technical Details

2 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(31)
5 January 2015

Updated as on January 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.Compact cameras have reached all kinds of people over the past few years. As a result, the... Read more…

27 November 2014

It?s no secret that smartphones and their increasingly powerful cameras are eating away at the sales of traditional low-end compacts...

30 September 2014

A minor, wholly underwhelming update to Nikon's best mid-range point-and-shoot. With smartphones slowly?but?surely killing off the compact camera market, dedicated cameras have to do quite a bit...

28 August 2014

The official price of the Nikon Coolpix P340 is Rs. 18,950 but various e-commerce outlets have it listed at discounted prices at the time of writing this review. Even at its official price, the...

Nikon's small, pocketable Coolpix P340 can be used as a point-and-shoot camera, but it also allows you to take control of the exposure and get creative. It has limitations with regards to shooting...

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User Reviews

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I used this camera over several years and really like its versatility. It has fantastic lens which can produce excellent macro shots at lose range. It can also produce good landscapes. Battery... Read more…

Reviewed 27 February 2016 by Paul
(Verified Purchase)

Nice compact camera which allows full control of all functions. Solid build quality. You can customize various buttons to allow quick access to key features eg exposure compensation, ISO etc. neat... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vna490e1import
Barcodes 00018208939329, 00018208939374, 00018208997985, 00018208997992, 05054230628454, 08033737553404

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