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Nikon P300 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.2MP 4.2x Sep 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Five industry awards
Good product quality
Good size
67 Reviews + 5 Awards
alphr.com Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Recommended

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Reviews

Five Industry Awards

The experts at websites What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com and Alphr.com all endorse this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This digital camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by websites Ephotozine who thought that this camera was very good.

The editor of one additional expert review site thought that this camera was good. This digital camera received a "Technical Image Press Association Award" from Tipa.com.

Expert Reviews Are Average

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

Good Brand

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


Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Nikon P300 features connection to PC. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also feature connection to PC.

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Supports PictBridge

The Nikon P300 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

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Lens System

Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

Cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.3 and 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 3. With a minimum aperture number of only 1.8, the Nikon P300 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera is 4.1x, and the digital zooms range from 0.71x to 14x. The Nikon P300 has a fairly small digital zoom (only 2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic DMC-LX7 ($419.95) (2.8x and higher rated).

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.2. At only 4.9, the Nikon P300 has a quite big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Nikon P300 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 100 millimeters) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age. Cameras of this type and age have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 0.28mm and 1,200mm.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 4.2 times zoom factor, the Nikon P300 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the S110 (5x and higher rated), or the S120 (5x and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Display

Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 640 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, the Nikon P300 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Nikon P300 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

There are a number of other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including the Canon SX220 HS which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The Nikon P300 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This digital camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The ISO sensitivities "160", "800", "1600" and "3200" are also supported by this camera.

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Memory

Quite Big Internal Memory

The Nikon P300 has one of the bigger internal memory (90 megabytes) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the internal memory range from 8MB to 7.5GB.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Nikon P300 features voice recording. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon P300 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Nikon P300 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Nikon P300 has a hand strap. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Nikon P300 has a battery charger included. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon P300 has a batteries included, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

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Camera

Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon P300 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also have a tripod mountable.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon P300 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also have an image stabilizer.

Alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to look at include the DMC-LX7 ($419.95), or the LUMIX GF3K ($459.95) both from Panasonic or the Canon SX50 HS which has better reviews.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon P300 has a 1280 x 720 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. In addition, this camera has a still image resolution(s) of 1024 x 768. The worst still image resolution of all cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera is 640 x 360 and the best is 4032 x 3024.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Good Quality Lens

Some Nikon P300 owners who reviewed it concluded that it had a good lens. Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on CNET.com “And it does have a bright f1.8 ultrawide-angle lens and the manual”. Ephotozine.com wrote on Ephotozine “A bright f/2.0 lens” in their review of this digital camera. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “Fast lens on the wide end of the zoom ( 1.8” in their Nikon P300 review however they only scored the product 60 out of 100.

Some Nikon P300 owners said in their reviews that it had a good zoom.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Nikon P300 owners who purchased it thought it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Asia.cnet.com said in their review “Ideal for photographers who want something good to carry around with them when their digital SLR is off” . Techradar.com mentioned in their Nikon P300 review on Techradar “The new Coolpix P300 boasts some serious assets that advanced photography enthusiasts are likely to covet”. Neocamera.com wrote in their review “Good image colors”.

A few customers said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Techsmart.co.za said “Some of this include speedy 7 fps shooting (at full resolut” in their Nikon P300 review. Itreviews.com wrote on IT Reviews.com six years ago “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 their review of the Nikon P300 and scored it 4 stars. Expert website Theregister.co.uk gave it a score of 4 stars and said 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”.

Some Nikon P300 reviewers who purchased it thought it was good in low light. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said in their Nikon P300 review “AF illuminator effective in low light”. Gadgetshow.channel5.com scored this digital camera 80 out of 100 and wrote “The fast lens results in decent low light photographs”.

One person who bought it considered that it had a good ISO range. Six years ago expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com said in their review of this digital camera “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”.

One Nikon P300 owner who purchased the product said that it had a good image sensor.

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Good Video Capture

A few Nikon P300 owners who purchased it wrote that it was good for video recording. Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote in their review “Good quality HD video footage (plus stereo inbuilt microphone” but despite that they gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Six years ago expert website Photographybay.com said “The P300 captures HD video and the bright, f/1.8 max aperture helps deliver in low-light scenes”. Photographybay.com also wrote “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”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Nikon P300 reviewers wrote that it had a good screen. Neocamera.com wrote “Blank display during continuous drive” in their review of this digital camera.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon P300 supports video capability, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support video capability to this camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, the Canon SX230 HS, and the Nikon Coolpix 8800 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon P300 has a built-in flash. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also have a built-in flash.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon P300 has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon P300 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon P300 supports video recording. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon P300 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also support Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the SX220 HS, or the ELPH 100 HS both from Canon which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon P300 supports a maximum video resolution of 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 were launched more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Nikon camera also support a video resolutions 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good in terms of USB connections. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “USB charging is convenient (but makes it awkward to keep a second battery charged”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Some Nikon P300 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Photographyblog.com said on expert website PhotographyBlog.com six years ago “All three manufacturers offer a pocket compact with full manual controls, pro-level features a” in their review. Digicambuyer.co.uk said “The Nikon CoolPix P300 is clearly aimed at a more advanced market than the new photographer, as it’s packed with advanced features” in their review of the Nikon P300.


Design

Good Product Quality

A number of customers who bought the product agreed that it was good quality. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “Panasonic Lumix LX5, smaller than the LX5 it fits in your pocket and offers good image quality and high speed shooting at 8fps” and scored it 5 stars. Expert website Photographyblog.com said “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 in their review of this digital camera “It has really good low-light image quality.” .

Robust

A few customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was well made. Expert website Layersmagazine.com mentioned in their Nikon P300 review “It has a nice solid feel” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. Six years ago Techsmart.co.za mentioned “This is the fastest lens Nikon has ever built into its Coolpix compact range”. Also six years ago Neocamera.com wrote “The camera is built around a 12 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor”.

One Nikon P300 reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it was reliable. Neocamera.com scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote “Reliable metering”.

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Nice Design

Some Nikon P300 owners who reviewed the Nikon P300 concluded that it was good looking. Digitalversus.com rated the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Digital Versus “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”. Expert review site Tipa.com said “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 in their review of this digital camera “Fantastic image quality in a compact and stylish design” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

One customer said in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “Relatively simple operational ergonomics provide high level of manual control” in their Nikon P300 review however they gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.

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

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Easy to Use

A few Nikon P300 owners who bought it said that it was easy to use. Six years ago Layersmagazine.com gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “All the dials are intuitive and easy to operate”. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “However, in offering an f/1.8 lens and full manual control it seems an opportunity has been missed by not including raw shooting” . Amateurphotographer.co.uk also said “Four-way controller and combined control dial is easy to 'mash' accidentally”.


Support

Good Support

A few Nikon P300 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com said “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” and scored it 80 out of 100. Macworld.com wrote in their Nikon P300 review “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”. Pcadvisor.co.uk said on expert review site PC Advisor.co.uk “How valuable are RAW mode and manual focus to you? Next to the Canon PowerShot S95” and gave it a score of 70 out of 100.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

A number of people who purchased it concluded that it was compact. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote six years ago “Semimanual shooting modes that you'd find on an enthusiast compact.”. Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “For a true high-end premium compact you'd be better to look elsewhe” and rated the product 4 stars. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of the Nikon P300 on expert review site Ephotozine “The introduction of the new Nikon Coolpix P300 is the latest compact camera designed to offer manual controls”.

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was heavy and bulky. Expert website Itreviews.com mentioned six years ago “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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Average Weight

With a weight of 189 grams, the Nikon P300 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera was released in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon p300black
Barcodes 00018208262465, 00018208920716, 00182089207164, 03610170538516, 05908219984447
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