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Nikon Coolpix P3 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 8.1MP 3.5x 4x Jun 2010
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Digital Zoom Release Date
One industry award
No manual exposure control
Unacceptable noise level
23 Reviews + 1 Award
Pocket Lint Hot Product

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Reviews

One Industry Award

The author at one expert review site said that this digital camera was good. Pocket Lint gave this Nikon digital camera a "Hot Product" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including DP Review, CNET.com, Expert Reviews and Pocket Lint this Nikon camera has an average expert rating of 73%.

Good Brand

Based on 25,534 expert and owner reviews (including 548 verified purchases), Nikon has good ratings for its cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras compared to other manufacturers. 99% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Six owners who reviewed it wrote that it was compact. Expert review site Digicamera.com mentioned “A compact 8.1 megapixel digital camera that packs considerable power” . Dpreview.com mentioned on expert website DP Review “The 8 megapixel Coolpix P3 replaces the P2 at the top of Nikons compact Coolpix range, adding a few features (the headline change being the introduction of optical image stabilization)” in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review. Cnet.com.au mentioned on expert website CNET.com.au “The Coolpix P1 and the P2, as well as its compact contemporary”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was lightweight. Expert website Photographyreview.com said “Nikon Coolpix P3 Digital Camera Pro Review by Robert BurnsThe Nikon Coolpix P3 is a lightweight, midrange 8-megapixel compact digital camera, measuring 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches” and rated it 5 stars.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 170 grams, the Coolpix P3 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon Coolpix P3 supports video recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Design

Well Built, Attractive Design WiFi Image Transfer

Two owners thought the product was well designed. Neocamera.com said “Easy to use, good design and control layout, stylish, plenty of advanced modes” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they rated it 16.4 out of 100.

One owner who bought this digital camera considered that it was neat. Eleven years ago expert review site Pocket-Lint.com scored this digital camera 7 stars and said “It boasts a raft of neat features making this a desirable” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3.

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Robust

Three owners said in their reviews that it was well made. Eleven years ago Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert website Expert Reviews “Clever image stabilisation and Wi-Fi technologies rub shoulders with great build and picture quality”.

VGA Video Quality

Ten owners who purchased it considered that it was good quality. Neocamera.com mentioned “Well built, attractive design WiFi image transfer and printing, including Shoot Transfer option Vibration Reduction Quality lens Programmed Auto”. Neocamera.com also wrote “Excellent image quality” in their review. Neocamera.com also wrote “Superb build quality and good handling” in their review.

Easy to Use

One person considered that this digital camera was easy to use. One customer who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to handle.


VGA Video Quality

Three people who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix P3 considered that it was good for video recording. Neocamera.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3 eleven years ago “VGA video quality”. Techgage.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Out of the three Nikons I have tested, this is by far the best due to the great image/video quality” and gave the product a score of 6 stars.

Excellent Flash Performance

One customer who purchased the Nikon Coolpix P3 thought it had a good flash. Neocamera.com said eleven years ago “Excellent flash performance” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Lens

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good lens. One customer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good zoom. Eleven years ago Photographyreview.com said “It has a 3.5x optical zoom lens with a foc”.

One person who purchased the Nikon Coolpix P3 mentioned that it had a good image stabiliser.

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Many Photo Options

Thirteen customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Neocamera.com mentioned “Many photo options” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3 but in spite of that they gave the product a score of 1 stars. Neocamera.com also mentioned “Great picture quality at 8MP” in their review. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “While its easy enough for a beginner to capture great images” .

Two people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good picture resolution. Neocamera.com mentioned “Good resolution” yet they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Cnet.com mentioned “Digital camera, 8,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5 in - Color, 23 MB Good” and gave the product a rating of 6 stars.

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Poor Exposure Control

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have good exposure controls.


Power

Great Battery Life (Approx 150 Images At 36242448 Resolution

One owner who bought it considered that it had a good battery life. Neocamera.com mentioned “Great battery life (Approx 150 images at 36242448 resolution” in their review of this digital camera.


Audio

Noisy At ISO 400

Two owners reckoned that the product was noisy. Eleven years ago Neocamera.com wrote “Wi-Fi set up problematic, to much noise at ISO 400, no optical viewfinder”. Neocamera.com also wrote “Noisy at ISO 400” in their review.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Two owners reckoned that the product was noisy. Eleven years ago Neocamera.com wrote “Wi-Fi set up problematic, to much noise at ISO 400, no optical viewfinder”. Neocamera.com also wrote “Noisy at ISO 400” in their review.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Coolpix P3 supports video capability, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

Alternative cameras which support video capability currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon D5000.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Canon 500, and the Nikon Coolpix P340 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Features Date Imprinting

The Coolpix P3 features date imprinting. Most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also feature date imprinting.

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Features

Comprehensive Feature Set

Six customers who bought it reckoned that it had good features. Neocamera.com wrote “Comprehensive feature set” in their Nikon Coolpix P3 review although they only rated the product 16.4 out of 100. Neocamera.com also said “Unique features such as D-Lighting” in their review. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The COOLPIX P3 features 8.1 effective megapixels of image resolution”.


Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Coolpix P3 features connection to PC, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Support

No Manual Exposure Control

Three owners who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it did not have good technical guidance. Neocamera.com wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix P3 eleven years ago “No manual exposure control” . Neocamera.com also wrote “No optical viewfinder No Manual or Shutter Priority exposure mode Short battery life with WiFi WiFi configuration takes some expertise Limited flash range” in their review. Dcresource.com mentioned eleven years ago “An 2.5" LCD display, limited manual controls”.


Smart TV

No Wi-Fi Email or Web Posting

One owner said in their reviews that this digital camera did not have email functionality. Eleven years ago Neocamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “No Wi-Fi email or Web posting”.


Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

Cameras of this age and type have display diagonals of between 1" and 3.5", and the average display diagonal is 2.6". The Coolpix P3 has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2.5 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the Nikon D5000 (2.7"), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10 (2.7") which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 150,000 pixels, the Nikon Coolpix P3 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera is 640 pixels, the highest is 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 420,000 pixels.

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Picture Quality

Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution

The Coolpix P3 has a higher still image resolution than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Nikon camera have still image resolution(s) of 2048 x 1536 and 2592 x 1944 and 3264 x 2176. Across all cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4032 x 3024.

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Only 3264 X 2448 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Other

Released Over Six Years Ago

This digital camera was released in April 2017.


Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix P3 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the SX220 HS, or the SX130 IS both from Canon.

If you want a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Canon 500 (4.1x), or the GE A1250 ($52.49) (5.7x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Nikon Coolpix P3 has a fairly standard optical zoom (3.5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic DMC-LX5 (3.8x and higher rated), or the Fujifilm XF1 ($156.39) (4x and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00018208255399, 00018208911028
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