Sunday, 9 June 2013

Nikon Coolpix P330 Most Review

Nikon Coolpix P330 is a new point and shoot from Nikon that gives you a 5x optical zoom, a 24 to 120 mm wide-angle zoom lens, with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. It is targeted at a consumer who is looking at more control on the camera than a basic point-and-shoot, without the bulk associated with a DSLR. 

Build/ Design

Bright f/1.8, 5x zoom with wide-angle 24 mm* coverage and advanced lens-shift VR

This compact camera is an f/1.8 NIKKOR lens which incorporates specially crafted High-refractive-index glass to achieve superb image sharpness and contrast. It also features lens-shift VR (Vibration Reduction), which compensates for camera shake by offering the equivalent of a faster shutter speed. The large aperture of f/1.8 is excellent for shooting indoors and in low light while a 7-blade iris diaphragm can render images with natural, beautiful bokeh (background blur).
  •  35mm format equivalent

The buttons are easily accessible for single-handed shooting, with your thumb being able to control both the mode dial as well as the shutter speed dial in case you are shooting on the manual. From an ergonomics standpoint, the front of the camera is flat, but a raised bump of rubber ensures that your grip is tight and the camera stays firm in your hand.

Plenty of settings to capture just what you're shooting for

A choice of options is at your command. Just dial P, S, A or M exposure mode, or "U" (User setting) mode to take exactly the picture you want. The front Function button and Command dial for fine control of settings are quick and simple to use. And Nikon's RAW (NRW) file format lets you edit your images freely without image quality degradation.

Switching on the camera the first time around requires you to setup the time, date, the country you are in and the language. Quickly finishing this setup, you can go and setup the ISO Settings or leave them to the default Auto. There is a Function button on the front side of the camera, that you can allocate a function of your choice, such as to change the ISO, which is what I did. Setup your metering to either spot or centre weighted, and your focussing, and the camera is ready to go.
It is nice to see that Nikon offers RAW capabilities on the camera, and you can save the images in RAW and JPEG both. If you are shooting in JPEG mode (default) make sure you set the image quality to Fine Setting as by default it is set to Standard.

The camera offered an f/1.8 aperture and I was shooting some scenes at the end of the day, it made more sense for me to use aperture mode, I setup the ISO to be around 400 and put the camera on a wide Shutter of f/1.8 and got some great pictures.
Image quality

Backside illumination 1/1.7-in. CMOS image sensor for high image quality

With 12.2 effective megapixels of imaging power, clear high-resolution pictures are yours for the taking. The performance capabilities of a large-size Backside illumination CMOS image sensor that can receive a substantial amount of light, for results that are beautiful in every detail, especially when taken at night.

The 12-megapixel sensor may seem small or undersized, but in my usage experience, I did not mind a slightly smaller sensor. Unless you are planning to blow up an image and put it up as a hoarding at a crossing, you wouldn't need any more megapixels either.

The camera performs very well indoors under artificial light. From shots taken at a restaurant, to a public park at night, I never felt the need of popping up the flash, and the pictures still came out quite good. This means that you can carry it to a birthday party and manage to get some interesting pictures without flashing people in their eyes, or worrying about red eyes. Only in rare cases where it was pitch dark did I feel the need to use the flash.

GPS makes it easy to recall where pictures were taken

Built-in GPS locates where pictures were taken, and log data can be stored for reference or displayed on your PC. An onboard database of approximately 1.86 million POI (Points of Interest) enables you to confirm and record the name of the location.


Clear, smooth Full HD 1080/60i movie recording with optical zoom and stereo sound

After pressing the button to start shooting a Full HD 1080/60i movie with stereo sound that ensures clear, smooth reproduction.

I am not very fond of shooting videos with point-and-shoot cameras, but the video quality on the Nikon Coolpix P330 was surprisingly good. I shot a video of the family driving down to the holy city, and the camera picked up voices easily in the car, though it did have a bit of traffic noise, indicating that the camera has good reception. The video itself looked pretty sharp.

The autofocus takes a little bit of time to readjust when you zoom in or out, or say, move outdoors from indoors, but overall it performed decently for a home video shoot. In case you wish to take some movies at a birthday party or your kids' school event, the camera is unlikely to let you down.
 Other  features
  • 7.5 cm/3-in., approx. 921k-dot LCD monitor
  • EXPEED C2 image-processing engine
  • Scene auto selector
  • Record pause function
  • ACTIVE mode for VR
  • COOLPIX Picture Control
  • WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter support
  • Manual focus available
Notes: Full HD refers to this camera's ability to record movies in 1920 x 1080 format. Images shown on this page are simulated.

Battery life

The Nikon Coolpix P330 uses an EN-EL-12 lithium ion battery that is found on quite a few Nikon point-and-shoot cameras.  The battery delivers 200+ shots on a single charge. 

Overall, especially for its price, the Nikon Coolpix P330, seems like a wonderful camera. There are other point-and-shoots that perform this well, but all of them are in the Rs. 30,000 plus category. At the current price point of Rs. 16,950, the P330 is a great buy.

Nikon Coolpix P330 Most Specifications

High-speed autofocus
  • Good quality, sharp pictures
  • Good low light performance
  • Fits easily in pocket

  • Cons
    • No viewfinder
    • Can't switch Shutter and Aperture dials
    • No gridlines to help compose shots

    Price: Rs. 16,950

    Ratings (Out of 5)
    • Build/ Ergonomics: 3.5
    • Features/ Performance: 4
    • Image Quality: 4
    • Video: 3.5
    • Battery Life: 4
    • Value for Money: 5
    • Overall: 4


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