Nikon COOLPIX P330 Compact Digital Camera - Black (12MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
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This item Nikon COOLPIX P330 Compact Digital Camera - Black (12MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
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|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||0.2 inch||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12 megapixels||12.1||18.1||20.2 megapixels||20 megapixels||18.2 megapixels|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||—||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||5 x 12 x 8 cm||3.44 x 11.07 x 6.46 cm||3.44 x 11.06 x 6.43 cm||13.25 x 12.74 x 9.4 cm||—||2.57 x 9.6 x 5.49 cm|
|Item Weight||0.91 kg||217 grams||214 grams||213 grams||245 grams||164 grams|
|Max Focal Length||120 mm||720 mm||720 mm||37.1 mm||750 mm||500 mm|
|Min Focal Length||24 mm||24 mm||24 mm||10.4 mm||25 mm||25 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.76 megapixels||12.8||18.1||20.2 megapixels||21.1 megapixels||18.2 megapixels|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card; Memory Stick||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||—|
|Special Feature||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||NFC|
Raising the standard once again, the Nikon COOLPIX P330 is an enhanced compact camera with exceptional performance. Worthy of any serious photographer looking for portability with outstanding image quality, low-light capabilities and cutting-edge technology, this sleek camera delivers dazzling shots. With an array of creative features to enhance your photography, this feature-rich camera will even track your steps with the built-in GPS, providing you with a memorable record of your travels.
COOLPIX P330 Compact Digital Camera - Black
Rechargeable Li-ion battery
USB AC Adapter
Audio Video Cable
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Although I have, and have had, quite a number of digital cameras in my time I have to say that this is my first Nikon and I'm very impressed. It's small enough to slip into a shirt pocket, the photo's in both JPEG and Raw are certainly as good as one could expect from a small (1.1/7") size sensor. Though I have to say that as someone who normally uses Canon cameras, both the JPEG and Raw pictures are slightly darker than those I am used to. The stabilisation works well, even at night hand held.
The menu system is comprehensive and easy to use, press the menu button and you are there. The menu changes depending upon whether or not one is taking photos or viewing them. But for either there are a lot of parameters than can be set to suit one's style of photography.
There is a scene mode to suit every occasion, even in museums, or you can let the camera chose the correct scene for you - I've yet to catch it out :-) It also has PSAM for those of a more adventurous mindset. Personally I usually use `P' and have found it takes pretty good photos most of the time, you can alter some of the parameters if required. I have not tried `M' mode, if I think I might need that I cart a DSLR out, but the Nikon does have it. There is also a `U' mode so the various parameters that you use most can be locked in and accessible at the turn of a dial (the one on top). The other rotary dial is used to change the various settings as required e.g f functions.
Focus is quick, I tried the camera on the same subject in the same lighting conditions against an LX3, G12, 20D, 550D and a G400. The Nikon seem to focus faster than all except the 20D and 550D (as one would expect as they are DSLR's). Unscientific I know but.................
The movie mode provides various options re movie size and speed, it allows zoom while filming and constantly focuses, pretty much all one could ask for in movie mode I believe.
I haven't made much use of GPS yet, but intend to. Signal acquisition is quick and the camera appears to hold the signal even in a car. I've taken several photo's through a car window when being driven around and the GPS data was there. Bear in mind that even when the camera is switched off the GPS system is still working if it has been enabled in the menu so it's still drawing power from the battery. It has to be switched off via the menu. There is also the option to d/l a GPS signal update file with the camera, this seems to work well and the file is available via the Nikon web site.
Zoom, standard is x5 which with the 20x and more available on some cameras some may find limiting. There is a x2 digital zoom available to boost this - and it's not too bad actually, but if your style of photography requires lots of zoom then this camera does not have it.
On the physical side the camera body feel fairly substantial and made of good material, the various knobs and dials seem fairly robust. Nothing feels cheap or that it's going to fall off. However, there are two potential problem areas. One, the door at the base of the camera for the battery and sd card is certainly plastic, don't feel like it's going to fall off but not that robust either. Two, the flash which has a bit of an odd folding back in mechanism which I suggest is treated carefully when putting back down after use or I can see it being broken.
Con's : charging is in camera, I used to like that with a Canon G2 (which I occasionally still use) but it's a bit of a pain here, probably because I take a lot more photos now. The 'door' over the charging input is rubber and does take a little juggling to reseat correctly after use, the cable is standard USB at one end and micro USB at the other. Because the charger is built into the camera which means the camera is effectively out of use during charging, to get round this one either has to buy a separate battery charger (there are some on Amazon) or a spare battery. My suggestion is to get both then power should not be an issue.
The on/off button is very small and does not protrude from the top of the case. I find that I have to be precise when pressing it or nothing happens, annoying if it's a quick shot one wants to take. Also the button presses down into the case and, presumably electronics to activate the camera, which does not sound like a recipe for longevity in the case of a rubber button. I think a slide switch like the Panasonic's might have been a better idea
Overall, a nice, small camera which takes very good photos, colour balance is almost spot on, the photos are enlargeable without masses of smearing or waterfall effect (there are limits to pixel peeping though, it's a fairly small sensor after all), movie mode functions well, though sound could be a little better, and it fits nicely in a range of pockets. Battery good for about 200 or so pics, but less if use made of GPS, probably need to get a spare batt for a full days photography.
Comes with some basic Nikon software and an ARC suit of pic manipulation programmes as well as a quick start guide. There is a fairly comprehensive manual available on the Nikon web site.
One tip for what it's worth, by chance I had a case (Sony LCSCSQ Soft Carrying case) for a Sony Cybershot DSC-HX20 I bought recently, I subsequently sent the camera back but kept the case. Lo and behold the case fits the Nikon beautifully, not too tight that it's difficult to get out and not too lose so that it rattles about, just right really.
UPDATE : 10/4/13
I had to send the original camera back to Amazon. When selecting GPS the camera worked for a while however, once switched off it would not restart. Not sure what the problem was but once again Amazon's returns policy came up trumps and I now have another P330. So far no sign of the same problem.
UPDATE : 11/4/13
Unfortunately the replacement camera had the same problem, use GPS (and truthfully I don't really know if that had anything to do with the problem) take a few photos turn camera off and it would not turn back on for at least 10 minutes, hopeless. So with a great deal of regret and real disappointment I have had to send the camera back and ask for a refund, it's just not worth trying another one.
Update : May 2013.
I've ended up with a Fujifilm F770 EXR which is a nice camera. It does have RAW, though very slow to write to card if used, as well as GPS and 20X zoom. The photos from it are good and it does have various parameters that can be altered. However, while it is a nice camera, and to my eye takes better photos than both the Sony 20V and Panasonic TZ40, it's some way behind the Nikon both with photographs and parameters that can be altered, but it does seem to keep working with GPS! Given a choice though of a working Nikon P330 and the Fuji I would go for the Nikon every time :-)
What a disappointment. Although the picture quality is excellent, the camera fails totally on the main reasons I bought it.
When shooting RAW it is painfully, glacially slow to record an image, before you can shoot another one. We're talking 20 seconds or more between shutter presses. By which time you've missed what you're trying to shoot, or your subject has got bored of posing. So I had to go back to JPEG recording, which defeats the point of investing in a higher-end compact.
The GPS is similarly useless. In the time it takes to locate and lock on to a signal you could have triangulated your position using a compass and the sun/stars. And the battery runs down spectacularly quickly when GPS is on. Which is particularly irritating as the P330 has a non-standard USB charging connector and is VERY picky about the charging current (a regular iPhone charger won't work) - so that's another lead and charger to lug around on holiday.
The software also seems buggy - I had an original problem which meant the camera frequently wouldn't switch on without first removing the battery. This seemed to get fixed with a firmware update - eventually.
Sadly this quite expensive camera has ended up relegated to the back of a drawer in favour of my iPhone 6. Yes, the image quality might not be as good, but at least the bloody thing works (with the added advantage of being able to post immediately to Facebook, whereas the P300 has no Wifi capability). It's not too surprising that compact camera sales are collapsing when this is the kind of product even Nikon come up with.
Image quality is excellent on the P330, but the main flaw with the camera is the ridiculously slow saving of RAW files, sadly one of the main reasons I'd bought this particular point & shoot. I really enjoy the fact you can choose to have full manual control, although manually focusing is a bit of a (slow) faff to get right.
The other slight negative comment is its poor performance in low light, at least compared to the P310. A lot of hunting round and the auto-focus will eventually hit the target, but it's pretty slow and I found I missed a lot of shots as a result. If the shot *is* in focus, the low light IQ is very good, but if it's blurry, it's not much good! (I've got fairly steady hands and can usually get a usable image at up to about 1/4 or even 1/2 sec.)
Having said that, I do find the camera very good and for £200, it's probably decent value for money. I'd look at some other alternatives however before making your final choice, as there are no doubt equivalent or better cameras out there.
Battery life is decent (get a 3rd party spare) and there are lots of suitable carry-cases available too. Screen and navigation are fine and I've not had any firmware issues.
I've deducted 1 star for desperate RAW performance and low-light issues with the AF.
Most recent customer reviews
I bough it on sale, very happy.