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Nikon Coolpix P330 review
Ilse Jurriën : August 20th 2013 - 20:25 CET
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NikonNikon Coolpix P330 digital camera review : Three months ago, Nikon introduced a new advanced digital compact camera. The Nikon Coolpix P330 is a 12.2 megapixel camera, designed for the ambitious photographer. The clear, 24-120mm Nikkor lens has a maximum f-stop of f/1.8. In combination with the sensitive 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, with back lighting, the Nikon P330 is ideally suitable for shooting photos in low-light circumstances. Further, the Coolpix P330 is equipped with Nikon's second-generation lens-shift vibration reduction. We were allowed to test the compact camera for a lengthy period, and our findings can be read in the following Nikon Coolpix P330 review.

Nikon Coolpix P330 review
The Nikon P330 is available in the colors white and black, and we received a black test model. The solid and compact character of the camera is what is most noticeable right away. With measurements of only 103.0x58.3x32.0mm, the Coolpix P330 has an ideal format to take with you all day, while travelling or for a day trip. Despite the lack of an obvious grip, the camera is comfortable to handle, partially thanks to a small, rubber anti-slip strip where you can rest your thumb. In comparison with its predecessor, the Coolpix P310, the P330 has a faster lens with more zoom capacity. The Nikkor lens with 5x optical zoom has a maximum f-stop of f/1.8, in order to provide wide-angle shots (24mm) with nice depth-of-field effects. Unfortunately, the light sensitivity decreases quickly as you zoom in. For telephotos (120mmm) there is a maximum f-stop of f/5.6 available.

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Shooting with the Nikon Coolpix P330
The Nikon Coolpix P330 will captivate a large group of photographers. Thanks to the many manual settings options, as a photographer, you can fully develop your creativity, and there is also a function button available that gives you direct access to a setting of your choice. This is a great addition, since in comparison with a DSLR camera, you have to go through the menu regularly in order to adjust the ISO sensitivity or white balance, for example. Now you can dedicate one of these settings to the function button. Further, with the Nikon Coolpix P330 it is possible to shoot in RAW format, and this format offers special advantages for editing photos, because there is much more color information recorded in RAW. Also new is the 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor. This image sensor is much bigger and more sensitive than that of its predecessor, the Coolpix P310. Still, this has not increased the camera’s dimensions, which is a nice achievement. However, the resolution has decreased from 16 to 12 megapixels. The ISO range has increased to ISO 80-3200, which is manually extendable to ISO 12,800. Unfortunately, the serious photographer will have to make do without an electronic viewfinder. Nevertheless, the clear, 3.0-inch display with 921.000 pixels makes up for a lot, because even with a lot of sunlight, the display is easy to read. Further, there is a small built-in flash available.

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Nikon Coolpix P330 camera functions
Next to the regular PSAM shooting modes, the Coolpix P330 also has a Scene Mode shooting mode. The camera will choose the ideal Scene Mode itself, and you can deviate from this by pushing the Menu button. You can choose from 20 different shooting circumstances, including ‘Twilight’ and ‘Backlight’, as well as ‘Close-up’, ´Panorama´, and ‘3D photography’. Additionally, there is a series of Special Effects available, such as ‘Sepia’ and ‘Selective Color’. ‘Night landscape’ is also ideal, as you do not have to go into the menu especially, as this can be selected simply via the settings dial on the top of the camera. One of the new functions on the Nikon Coolpix P330 is the built-in GPS unit, which adds a so-called ‘geotag’ to the photo, and you can even record the entire route, so that you can see where you took each photo afterwards. Moreover, the camera is also compatible with the optional WU-1a Wi-Fi adaptor, so that you can share your photos and videos immediately via social media or transfer them to your PC or tablet.

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Image quality of the Nikon Coolpix P330
The camera needs approximately a half a second to start up, and then you can start shooting photos and videos immediately. The shots are, partially thanks to a relatively large sensor, of high quality. Macro shots of objects at three centimeters distance are impressive. The Nikon Coolpix P330 shoots noise-free photos up to ISO 800. Above that, the amount of noise increases considerably, and this compromises the color saturation and the details in the shot. The lens-shift advanced vibration reduction and the accurate autofocus system with 99 focal points contribute to very sharp results. For moving objects, the Coolpix P330 also has ‘AF with subject tracking’. You will rarely take blurry shots with the Nikon Coolpix P330. There is, especially in the wide-angle setting, slight distortion at the edges. However, this is not specific to the Coolpix P330; we actually see this in every compact camera. The Nikon P330 can take 10 continuous shots with a speed of 10 images per second, or 30 continuous shots with a speed of 1 image per second. Continuous shooting can be captured in JPEG as well as RAW format, but when using RAW do consider longer processing times, as each file has about 25MB of data.

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Nikon Coolpix P330 review conclusion
The Nikon Coolpix P330 is an advanced digital camera with ample settings possibilities, packaged in a compact body. Despite its slim format, the 12-megapixel camera has a large and sensitive 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, with extensive ISO settings. The Nikkor lens with 5x optical zoom and the advanced vibration reduction system contribute to natural, well-lit and high-quality photos and video recordings. The possibility of shooting in RAW format and the Function button, to which you can assign a setting of choice, make it an ideal camera for the ambitious photographer. The Nikon Coolpix P330 is currently available for a price starting at €250 Euros. Nikon offers an excellent price/quality ratio for this camera. The Coolpix P330 is an ideal camera to take with you, it is nice and compact, without it compromising image quality.

Nikon Coolpix P330 review rating
• User-friendliness: 85
• Functions: 90
• Image quality: 85
• Design: 80
• Price: 85
Score : 85 out of 100

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The following Nikon Coolpix P330 test pictures were shot in JPEG format with a full production camera. The pictures were taken at various locations in Turkey. The test pictures are shown in compressed format. You can download the original photo via the link under the test photo.

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