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Nikon Coolpix P330 review

Does Nikon's premium pocketable compact cut the mustard?

Our Verdict

For

  • f/1.8 aperture lens
  • Great image quality
  • Raw format capture

Against

  • No touchscreen
  • Slow operation
  • IS struggles in low light

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Nikon Coolpix P330 with the Olympus XZ-2, Canon PowerShot S110 and Nikon P7700.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Nikon Coolpix P330 review

These results show that the Nikon Coolpix P330's JPEG files have a very similar signal to noise ratio to those from the Nikon P7700, but show a stronger SNR than those from the Olympus XZ-2 throughout the sensitivity range. The P330's JPEGs show a weaker signal to noise ratio than those from the Canon PowerShot S110 at most sensitivities, although the P330's images creep ahead at ISO 6400.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Nikon Coolpix P330 review

This time, the signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon Coolpix P330 are the weakest of the group at ISO 80. The P330 creeps ahead of the Nikon P7700 at ISO 100 and 200, before falling behind again for the rest of the sensitivity range. Similarly, the P330 picks up its performance in the mid-to-high sensitivities and shows a greater signal to noise ratio than the Olympus XZ-2 at ISO 800 and above. The P330 shows weaker SNR than the Canon PowerShot S110 at every sensitivity except ISO 3200, where it slightly outperforms it.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon Coolpix P330 review

JPEG results for dynamic range are closer together than those for signal to noise ratio, with the Nikon Coolpix P330's JPEG images showing similar dynamic range to those from the Canon PowerShot S110 and Nikon P7700 at ISO 80-400, after which point the other cameras' images overtake it. Conversely, the P330's JPEGS show weaker dynamic range than the Olympus XZ-2's at the lower sensitivities, but after ISO 1600 they produce very similar scores.

Raw dynamic range

Nikon Coolpix P330 review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon Coolpix P330 show the greatest dynamic range of the group at ISO 80, if only barely. At ISO 100-800, the P330's raw images show significantly less dynamic range than those from the Olympus XZ-2 and Canon PowerShot S110, before this changes again at ISO 1600 and above, putting the P330's raw images ahead again. The P330's raw images show very similar dynamic range to those of the Nikon P7700 at ISO 100, 200, 1600 and 3200, with the P7700 surging ahead in the mid range.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.2 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourWhite
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesMotion Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)200 g
Flash Memory Capacity15 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL12
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height58.4 mm
Width104.1 mm
Depth33 mm
Autofocus Points99
Focal Length5.10 mm to 25.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
Audio FormatsAAC, WAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Pre-flash
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelP330
Product NameCoolpix P330 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part Number26415
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Pocket-sized performance

The superior image quality, low-light performance and cutting-edge technology of a COOLPIX Advanced Performance camera in a streamlined, highly portable design. Create photos and Full HD 1080p videos to cherish for a lifetime-or to share in the moment with Nikon's optional Wi-Fi® adapter and a compatible smartphone or tablet.

Battery Life200 Shot
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone