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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

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Colours from the Nikon P330 are represented well, even when in difficult lighting conditions. Here the automatic white balance has done a good job of dealing with a mixed lighting condition (artificial and daylight).

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The Nikon Coolpix P330 can struggle with image stabilisation in lower light conditions, so you might need to consider pushing the sensitivity up, or investing in a tripod.

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Matrix metering generally does a good job in most conditions. In this shot, we can see that the Nikon P330 has performed well even with a subject with quite strong contrast. Colours have also been presented nicely.

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Monochrome shooting is available under Picture Styles. You can also customise the option, for instance by increasing the contrast such as in this shot.

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Cyanotype images are also available under Picture Styles in the Monochrome setting.

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Sepia is the third type of monochrome setting available in Picture Styles. Unlike Nikon DSLRs and CSCs, there are fewer creative options to choose from in Picture Styles. They are, however, all available to shoot in raw format, which is handy if you decide you'd prefer an "unedited" image later down the line.

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Macro focusing enables you to get very close to the subject to capture frame-filling and detail-rich subjects. Depth of field has been restricted in this image by using an f/1.8 aperture. Focus drop-off and bokeh is attractive.

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The Nikon P330 is equipped with a 5x optical zoom. The widest angle of the lens is equivalent to 24mm in 35mm terms and allows for a broad angle of view to be captured.

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At the telephoto end of the zoom, the equivalent focal length is 120mm, which is reasonably flexible for a premium compact camera. Image stabilisation at the far end of the zoom is good, especially in good light.

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