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NikonCoolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 107 reviews)

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    (32)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (85)
  • Good image quality (83)
  • Good in low light (74)
  • Large clear LCD (73)
  • Compact (70)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (20)
  • No viewfinder (19)
  • Poor flash (6)
  • Short battery life (6)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (70)
  • Travel (70)
  • Family photos (62)
  • Landscape/scenery (60)
  • Video (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (47), Casual photographer (24), Semi-pro photographer (20), Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (93), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

DSLR Quality in a Point-and-shoot Packag

Wnen I decided to get a new point-and-shoot camera, I knew I wanted something that could deal with low-light situations, and I wanted high-res images that would be good source material for me to...Read complete review

Wnen I decided to get a new point-and-shoot camera, I knew I wanted something that could deal with low-light situations, and I wanted high-res images that would be good source material for me to manipulate in Photoshop. I started by asking people I knew who took photography seriously. This narrowed my field of choices down to the Canon Powershot and the Nikon Coolpix. I looked at all the reviews and comparisons i could find and decided on either the Coolpix P300 or the S9100. I was seduced by the extreme zoom available with the S9100, but what convinced me in the end was the superior optics of the P300. Just one day after buying he P300, I knew I made the right choice! In a low-light situation, in Auto mode, with no flash and no tripod and taking all of 2 seconds to compose I snapped a shot that turned out amazing. The LCD is great for my old eyes, and the menu is very intuitive. Yes I wish there was greater zoom, but since I pull almost everything into Photoshop anyway, having better image quality is more important.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good, but flawed

Nifty camera for low light, BUT...
- Smallest flash in the history of photography?
- Flash overexposes inside six feet. Difficult fill flash.
- Camera will fire in low...Read complete review

Nifty camera for low light, BUT...
- Smallest flash in the history of photography?
- Flash overexposes inside six feet. Difficult fill flash.
- Camera will fire in low light before AF or exposure is set!
- Left to its own devices, camera defaults to high ISO outdoors...should go to lower, high quality ISO when light sufficient.
- No external charger for spare battery.
- Video recording beyond 5 min. heats camera.
- Lens flare polluted with colors.
- Shutter lag embarrassing for high-end P&S.
- CD owner's manual no good in the field. Cheapsters at Nikon should at least offer printed manual at profitable extra charge.
However...
- SLR-like controls are great for serious photographer, beginner or SLR hopeful.
- Lens sharpest at f/5.6, per tests.
- Excellent screen, better than my Nikon SLR.

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5.0

Coolpix P300

By Miriam

from Bronx, New York

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

      I bought the Coolpix P300 because I am using it for my work. It is a good one and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a Camera.

      It is easy to use.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Really impressed with this little dude.

      By Amateur Alison

      from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Poor Flash

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

      I wanted a really handsome, compact point-and-shoot for travel and taking everyday pictures. This thing is mighty and powerful, and takes a really great-looking snapshot, according to this amateur. The battery life is super impressive, as well: I don't even remember when the last time was that I charged the camera, and yet the battery still appears to be fully charged. A++.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Nice camera!

      By Jamie

      from New York, New York

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

            I gave this camera to my fiance as a gift, and we recently took it on a trip to Turkey. Camera took lovely pictures, turns on super quickly (handy for snapping quick shots), and didn't eat batteries.

            One issue -- there was a USB charger included in the package, but it was not listed on the website, so we bought one from another source. Listing everything in the package would be nice.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great camera, outstanding photos

            By Esox lucius

            from Ohio

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

              Great features, fantastic photos, easy to use, color is pheonomial. Low light and backlit subjects photograph perfectly. HD video is outstanding for a small camera. I'm very pleased. Take the time to print out the manual and find out about all of the possibilities with this baby. My only issue, but not really an issue, is that it's a little small for large hands, but I guess all compact cameras are these days.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Awesom Point & Shoot!

              By J.W. Ard

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

              Bought this to carry along so I don't miss shots when I'm not lugging around my DSLR. I've read several reviews saying this is not an enthusiast P&S as it does not shoot RAW. I would think most people looking to purchase this camera want something for those days they left the DSLR at home (i.e. not planning to shoot RAW anyway). I carry this backpacking (on multi-day trips when weight is an issue), I carry it at work for quick random shots, and I have it in the car "just in case". If I plan to shoot RAW, that's just it: I PLAN to shoot RAW. If I'm going to bother shooting RAW, I'll use my DSLR - that's why I have it. I bought this to be a P&S that I could simply use to take a picture when planning isn't possible and this camera truly delivers. Shots are colorful, sharp and well exposed. Low light photography (don't care for on-camera flash) is exceptional. Gives you Aperture and Shutter Priority modes, full Manual and Programed Auto along with full Auto (which I never use), exposure compensation, and color saturation and hue adjustment options just to name a few. Some of the scene modes are actually kind of useful and I find myself using them at times when I'm rushed and have to fire a shot quickly or miss it. Showed some photos I took indoors with no flash to several photography enthusiasts (Nikon, Canon and Sony DSLR users) and their response was "WOW, you took those pictures with THAT?!?" The f1.8 lens (beating out all the competition in this price range) is far more valuable then shooting RAW (in my opinion). If shooting RAW is what keeps you from buying this camera, you're missing the point. This isn't meant to replace a DSLR, it's a camera for those of us who own one but can't carry it everywhere and can't stand not having artistic control when photographing (so a "regular" P&S just won't cut it for us). Learn to get the exposure you want in-camera (or at least close to it) and you won't worry about shooting jpeg from a Point & Shoot. Keep in mind that despite how much I LOVE this camera it IS a point and shoot. Don't try to compare it to a DSLR as I keep seeing in other reviews. It just isn't that. But it is the best P&S I've owned or used and don't regret choosing this for an instant!

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Powerful small

              By JSMNL

              from Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

              It amazed me with its bright and clear lens when I took some shots inside Metropolitan Museum. None of them needed flash. Quality was very good in a low ISO. Shutter speed according to a point and shoot: not that fast, neither that boring. I enjoyed very much the moment.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              An amazing camera!!!

              By Jim

              from Virginia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

              I was at first a little sketchy to buy it, and i worried because one review said it didnt contain the RAW feature, however i am more than satisfied with how sharp and clear the pictures are! also at how well it takes pictures (in many different light conditions etc.) and the speed at which it takes them is all wonderful. This camera is sooooo much more than one would expect, Nikon has really done an amazing job, i STRONGLY recommend it to all!

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 7
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              4.0

              IT is great to take it anywhere,

              By joe the plummer

              from Chicago,Ill.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Condids
                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                for candid shoots aand vidoes

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great P&S camera with advanced features

                By drabina

                from NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • High JPEG compression

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                I bought the P300 to replace my Nikon D60 which was just too big to haul around when I was out with my two kids. The reasons why I bought the P300 are:

                * Bright lens - This little camera takes wide angle pictures without the flash indoors (f/1.8)

                * Manual controls - Need that for the fine tuning. This camera has two dial controls so in M mode it is easy to change aperture and shutter values.

                * Manual flash - I rather have to popup the flash myself than dig thru the menus to disable it when not needed.

                * Small size - P300 is kinda boxy but easy to carry around.

                Why I went with the P300 and not the P310? When I compared the features, I have decided that I do not need what the P310 offers so P300 saved me some money.

                One negative aspect of the camera is that there is no way to adjust the JPEG compression. Indeed like some other reviews stated, the compression is visible. But that's just minor as most of my pictures are either viewed on the TV or printed in 4x6 format. Compression does not really show in such cases.

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                • No

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                5.0

                This is a great product!

                By Dorrie

                from Placerville, Ca

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I researched a number of cameras and found the Coolpix 300 met my needs. I have just received it and hven't used it much but I do like the size and simplicity of it. I especially like the range of the zoom which I lacked in my old camera. The only complaint I have is the size of the camera pouch. It could be a little bigger. Trying to get anything in and out of the zippered pocket is almost impossible.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Coolpix P300 RaWkZ !!!!

                  By madSteve

                  from Washington DC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Most used camera ever owned. The P300 does it all, forget dragging your SLR's around....The Coolpix P300 can handle ANYTHING !!!!

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 7
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  No pro, but I love this camera!

                  By LuliaQ

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time

                  Cons

                  • Not very compact

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I really wanted to get a camera that can take good pictures in low light, since I end up taking a lot of shots out at bars/restaurants with my friends, and at concerts. I also wanted something a step above the more disposable/low quality point and shoots, so that it'll be a long time before I need (or want) to buy a new camera. I'm no professional photographer (there's a lot of debate among pros about which high end point and shoot is the best), but this camera absolutely rocks. It's easy to use and 99% of the time the pictures I take with the auto settings are absolutely amazing. It takes fantastic pictures in low light, and when I do manually fiddle with the settings (something I keep planning on learning how to do better, though I, er, still haven't quite gotten around to it...), things still turn out great.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  2.0

                  Good camera, But...

                  By K4

                  from Va

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Fast, great image quality and features, but less than 6 months, the on/off button doesn't work. It started acting up after just a few months, but now dead in the water. It is a shame becuz this is a super camera..it just needs to be reliable.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Excellent point and shoot.

                  By Kim

                  from St. Louis, MO

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Manual Controls
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                    I shoot with a Nikon D300s, as well as old film cameras and this is a great addition to my collection. I bought this for those daily moments where a DSLR is not needed. It takes great quality photos and is nice and compact, easily fits in my pocket.
                    If you are looking for a good low light p&s this is a great choice. The PASM settings are rare on a point and shoot and were a must for me. I haven't used the movie setting much, but they on camera record button does make it tempting, and so very easy.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Fast Photos/Great in Low Light

                    By Hoosier

                    from Washington, DC

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Short Lag Time

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                      This is really a great camera. I previously had a Sony point and shoot and a Panasonic Lunix. This is by far a vast improvement over both.

                      The camera is very small and lightweight. It fits easily into my pockets. Most important to me, it takes very fast photos. I must add, though, that the person in the photos must be still for the quick second when the picture is being taken or else the picture will be blurry--the reason I gave the camera four rather than five stars. However, the camera quickly allows the photographer to take another subsequent photo, thus decreasing the chance that all photos will be blurry.

                      This camera is also good in dark situations. I tend to take inside photos and am very impressed by the pictures the camera takes in sub-optimal light.

                      The zoom and other features of the camera have been adequate for my everyday needs. A professional or serious photographer might want a camera with more options, but for an amateur picture taker, this camera should suit everyday needs.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great little camera, few flaws

                      By irideashortbike

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom
                      • No raw mode
                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Street Photography
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Work photos

                      Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                      Were it not for the lack of RAW recording and rather short (4.2x) zoom, this would be my go-to camera. It would also be nice if you could bump the ISO to 6400. Bought this specifically for a trip to SE Asia because I didn't want to lug a DSLR with me (already carrying a TLR) and it hasn't disappointed. Carry it day-to-day at work as a bike messenger and it's got a lot of punch for a small camera. Super-fast continuous shooting, coupled with the wide angle and large aperture make for a great camera to shoot from the hip with; great in crowded old markets where you want to be discreet. All in all, very satisfied but wish I knew how to hack to firmware to unlock RAW. Almost forgot, the panorama feature is awesome!

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Camera

                      By tsnorquist

                      from Orlando, FL

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                        I purchased this camera for my wife to replace an aging Kodak point and shoot.

                        It setting it up prior to wrapping up as a Christmas present, I did some test shots.

                        The speed on this camera with a Class 10 SDHC card is amazing. I think it's quicker than my Nikon D60. The pictures looked remarkably clear in my test shots. The video mode is easy to use and the slow motion is a nifty bonus.

                        I think she's going to be really happy with it coming from a 3 year old 8mp CCD Kodak to this guy.

                        I can't comment on any cons as she hasn't used it yet. If possible, I'll update this post down the road to include some feedback.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Nice high-end pocket camera

                        By Jim in Vienna

                        from Vienna, Virginia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                          The P300 is an excellent high-end camera that truly fits in the pocket. It has a faster lens than the similar Canon s95. It does not shoot in RAW, however.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8

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                          5.0

                          nice and simple

                          By Parulidae

                          from Oregon

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                            Nice, bright LCD screen...easy Nikon menus. Small size. I own a Nikon DLSR and this is a nice match.
                            Great for those times when I can't carry my D90.

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                            • No

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                            2.0

                            throws away the potential

                            By guy incognito

                            from CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Short Lag Time

                            Cons

                            • Poor Image Quality

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Nikon Coolpix P300 Digital Camera (Black):

                              the lack of an orientation sensor was annoying but in the end i returned the camera due to the inability to reduce the aggressive JPEG compression. to illustrate, at 9MP the photo file sizes were 1/3 smaller than produced by my 6MP camera on "fine" mode.

                              also, the auto-focus at f1.8/widest frame was picky.

                              aside from that it was well made and had a great set of features and was very fast.

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                              • No

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