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NikonCOOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 53 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (45)
  • Compact (44)
  • Easy to use (41)
  • Good in low light (41)
  • Image stabilization (36)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (13)
  • Short battery life (9)
  • Lag / shutter delay (7)
  • Limited zoom (7)
  • Poor flash (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (39)
  • Family photos (37)
  • Low light (30)
  • Landscape/scenery (28)
  • Video (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (28), Casual photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wonderful optics, super-compact, easy

This is my second Coolpix P series, it replaces a P3100 that I took all over the world. Love the great Nikon optics, and compact footprint. Now with the expanded sensor and GPS...Read complete review

This is my second Coolpix P series, it replaces a P3100 that I took all over the world. Love the great Nikon optics, and compact footprint. Now with the expanded sensor and GPS it's better than ever. Great menu makes this easty to use in manual or auto modes. This camera is a joy to use. Almost everyday I have it in my pocket which is the key to capturing great photos. Highly recommended. Only downside is the long processing time to write to card when using the low noise settings. Night portraits are only average. Check out the reviews, it's a great Nikon product. Bright LCD Display.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not up to Nikon Standards

This is a very compact enthusiast camera. Easy to hold with its finger bump in front and thumbrest in back. The controls are pretty straight forward and the mode selection is comprehensive. In...Read complete review

This is a very compact enthusiast camera. Easy to hold with its finger bump in front and thumbrest in back. The controls are pretty straight forward and the mode selection is comprehensive. In particular, the highspeed burst mode is a treat. Unfortunately, the optical and sensor performance are not so great. I expected the new sensor to exhibit better noise properties than the earlier P7000/P7100 models, but it appears to give about the same results over the same iso range. And photos captured in RAW format have very high distortion at the wide end and pretty soft corners, even stopped down. If I wanted jpeg quality, I'dve opted for a model with a wider zoom range at a lower price. As it is, I'll likely use my LX-5 more often than the P330. But I'll carry the two on outings where I don't want to cart around my D800E, the P330 to back up the LX-5.

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4.0

Great little companion

By Andie

from Buenos Aires

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Zoom
  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

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

Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

I take it with me everywhere.
As a lighweight, well built, versitile camera is the best you can find in compacts nowadays.
Great in low light, stable, auto-focus.
Only bad thing, miss the viewfinder.

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4.0

great photos with portability

By Catvet

from Washougal, WA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

  • Poor Flash
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel

Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

We take trips all over the world and carry our big cameras with us but sometimes we are doing activities where the big cameras are too much liability (bicycing on roads and trails, hiking, family photos), and then we take this camera along. Out only complaint is that these type of cameras last for about 2-3 years...and then something becomes a fatal flaw and they die.

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5.0

Wonderful camera

By B-Man

from Twin Falls, ID

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

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

Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

We bought this camera to replace an old camera that I had purchased 7 years ago. This is a big upgrade. I love being able to control the shutter speed and aperture with a point and shoot. The clarity is amazing and there are great settings to get a good picture while in automatic mode.

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4.0

My old camera is getting jealous!

By Jimmy

from Cincinnati, OH

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

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

Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

I bought this P330 as a supplement to my SLR-like Panasonic. But it has produced such high quality photos with its much smaller size and much less weight, I feel I would use it more and more frequently. It is a P&S camera but it has most of the functions and controls my old one has plus high video quality.

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5.0

Great buy

By Joey

from Huntington Beach

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Cool Looking Camera
  • 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

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

Nkon P330 was a surprise present to my grandson, it was a perfect first camera. I've been a Nikon and Canon buff. I currently own a OES 5D mark iii. My grandson expressed an interest so naturally consider Nikon and Canon. The coolpix P330 was a perfect choice considering the advance features, picture quality and ease of use. The construction was also important considering that the camera would be in a backpack and bicycle a great deal. We are both excited and I can see it will be challenged but I feel it is rugged enough to handle the situation (my grandson).

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  • Yes

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5.0

Nikon Coolpix P330- Awesome!

By ELLII

from Ramsey, NJ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Black White Tonality
  • 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

  • None

Best Uses

  • Americana
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Street Photography
  • Travel

Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

I own a variety of professional Nikon gear but tend to favor Nikon Coolpix Point & Shoot cameras for much of my street shooting because they are inconspicuous and discrete. On a recent trip to Virginia, I found the Nikon Coolpix P330 to deliver smooth, sharply focused and detailed monochrome images on par with much more expensive cameras. I enjoy the variety and flexibility of the manual controls, the handling and the small size of this camera.

The build quality is superb and the user interface is quite intuitive. My focus is on making beautiful images and the Nikon Coolpix P330 is a tool that enables me to do so in a straightforward and no nonsense manner. The momochrome JPEGs straigh out of the camera are simply beautiful.

This is a great camera and I highly recommend it. As ususal, the service and support at B&H was superb. Thank you my friends!

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5.0

Great Camera

By Road Glider

from Shelbyville, KY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel

Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

I regularly use a DSLR Nikon for my photography, but I wanted a camera I could stick in my pocket for use at any time. But, it had to give me creative capabilities!! Not just a point-and-shoot, but I wanted to be in control of aperture, shutter and ISO. I wanted vibration reduction. I REALLY wanted raw files out of the unit, as I post process my images and raw files are much easier to work with. After some research, it became apparent that the Nikon P330 was what I wanted. I've had it a couple of weeks now, and it has not disappointed me. The photos from this camera are not as good as the photos from my DSLR, but they aren't supposed to be. Still, I am very satisfied with the results. I'd do it all over again.

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5.0

Great pocketable camera

By Bob

from Alabama

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Hold Securely
  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro photos
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

By its very nature any small point-and -shoot camera winds up being a compromise of sorts, and not a DSLR replacement, so the trick is finding one that is strong in the areas that matter based on intended use. For me, this camera does that. It shoots RAW, has a fast lens with a practical zoom range, has great macro capability, takes really good video, is easy to grip and hold securely, and has above average image quality. All this at a hugely competitive price point, plus it is a Nikon.

However, this is maybe not the camera for snapping pics of small children and pets in motion, simply due to the time it takes to turn on, focus, and make any automatic adjustments that have been selected. This camera is more suited to a shooting style that is more compositional than reactive.

It doesn't replace my DSLR. But what it does that a DSLR doesn't, is enable me to have an excellent camera with me at all times. Kudos to Nikon, this camera is awesome!

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5.0

Pretty Nice

By Jbn

from Denton, TX

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

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

Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

I bought this because I wanted to take nice low-light pictures without having to spend a lot of money on a DSLR. It's probably not as good as one, but it definitely does its job well. It takes nice landscape pictures around sunset. It also takes nice picture in the day and nice selfies (but don't all camera work well in the day?). I needed to record something for a school project in the day, and it was pretty decent at it too (so long as for movie maker you pick the HD video making thing). I rarely ever use the flash, so I couldn't comment on that. The battery life is pretty spot-on in what the website claims. The standby time is pretty impressive. I fully charged it around 2 weeks ago, and I just checked on it. It's still at a full bar. I did a fair share of research on what camera to get for this price point, and you should too. This is definitely something you should consider.

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4.0

Comfortable with B&H

By Frank

from Johnson City, TN

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

      The camera is a nice upgrade from four year old model the clarity of the pics is almost startleing.

      I've made other purchases at B&H and have never been disappointed.

      Couldn't beat the price anywhere else either.

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      4.0

      Good pocket camera

      By Dali

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      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

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

        Nice wide angle, low light at wide angle. Takes good interior shots at my job sites. Fits in pocket OK.

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        4.0

        Excellent small camera

        By Kouros

        from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

        Sometimes my 35mm camera is too bulky to carry, so I wanted a small camera to put in my pocket. I also wanted a camera that took good pictures. This camera is just that. It takes excellent pictures. It is easy to use if you just want a simple camera, but you can also use it in the manual setting. And it is light and small enough to go into a pocket. The only downside is that when you turn it on it does take a little longer to come on - so you may miss a photo that you wanted to take right away.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Camera

        By Bill

        from MPLS

        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
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

        This is as close as I have found to a replacement for a DSLR. I wish it had a true view finder and flash hotshoe but other than those two little gripes it is a GREAT camera that takes great quality pictures!

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        4.0

        Excellent Compact Camera

        By TS

        from Linton, IN

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

        I purchased this camera to replace my Sony WX1 when it was lost. After researching many camera brands I decided on this Nikon P330. Cost was a factor….I didn't want to pay over$ so B&H's price was the deciding factor.The camera performs very well & shoots excellent photos. Nikon has built a nice, compact camera that will serve my purpose. So far I am quite pleased.

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        5.0

        Coolpix P330

        By Steve

        from San Francisco, Ca.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Price

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

            Haven't printed any pictures yet but from the camera they look pretty good. The only problem so far is the small button to take the pictures. I don't know how they can sell such a wonderfull camera for so cheap.

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            5.0

            The RIGHT camera ... finally!

            By Rick

            from Commerce, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            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

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

              Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

              I own several cameras. Too many. I get them use them, abuse them at work and play. Generally find the limitations (weaknesses) and start looking again. This time I sought the advise of a top professional photographer and faculty member at the university down the street. He gave me a very short list with the big star beside the CoolPix P330. It is perfect for travel, work, video and quick shots. We are leaving the big expensive DSLR at home as we travel abroad and taking our little Nikon instead. It's the RIGHT price, with the RIGHT features (lots of scenes, settings, manual and AF), RIGHT sensor, RIGHT lens and zoom, and important for active travel - light and RIGHT sized.

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              5.0

              Only good things to tell.

              By Ivan

              from Belgium

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              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

              • Flash Not Automatic

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

              Great pocket camera.
              Wide and detailed screen ; easy to use ; great lens ; doesn't need a lot of light to have clear pictures.
              Only min-point = you need to activate the flash by hand.

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              5.0

              Great Camera!

              By Gilda Harley Rider

              from Sparta, NJ

              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
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos

                Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

                Very durable casing and extremely easy to use! Crystal clear screen and great print quality.

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                5.0

                Great camera

                By ZT

                from PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                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

                • No Auto Flash Pop Up

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos

                Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

                Fantastic features. Better clarity than my digital DSLR. All around easy to use and extremely fast. I have used a lot of "point and shoot" cameras and this is hands down the best.

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                5.0

                Small Size Superb Quality

                By Nikon Guy

                from Pipersville , PA.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                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

                • No Viewfinder
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera (Black):

                I mostly shoot everything from candids , peolpe , still life , landscapes , etc.

                Already own Nikon D700 , D7100 , P7000 , Coolpix AW110 , & few other
                Nikon Products through the years . Ive had used Nikon since I had started with photography since 35mm film .

                I really love the size of this camera , easy to hold , great lcd screen, high resolution screen , awesome quality lens , great zoom range from wide to short telephoto , easy camera menu , nice layout with buttons & use of functions . Also has the option to shoot NEF RAW files beside just JPG's

                What I don't like is ... When you shoot raw files it takes a moment to buffer before you can shoot or review the photo . But its about a 2-3 second delay . Also the battery is small it will not last as long as some of the bigger batteries used in other cameras . But you could easily buy a second battery to carry with you .

                All in All this is a awesome camera & I would recommend it to anybody looking for a compact camera with great sensor that shoots raw files & takes awesome photos considering the size of this camera .

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