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The COOLPIX P300 brings the craftsmanship of a precision instrument and the power of a full-size D-SLR together in a minimalist form. At the heart of its incredible performance is a specially crafted f/1.8 NIKKOR lens that delivers razor-sharp images and a D-SLR quality, back-illuminated CMOS sensor that provides superb image quality, high speed operation and exceptional low-light results. Whether you're shooting portraits, panoramas, weddings, real estate, products, publicity stills or any other challenging compositions, the COOLPIX P300 will showcase your photographic skills and extend your creativity.
VR Image Stabilization icon Motion Detection icon ISO Sensitivity Up To 3200 icon Backside Illumination CMOS Sensor icon Clear Color Display icon Smart Portrait System icon Scene Auto Selector icon Subject Tracking icon Full HD (1080p) Movie icon
12.2
Effective Megapixels
CMOS Sensor
4.2X
Wide-Angle Optical Zoom
NIKKOR Glass Lens
3.0"
Ultra-High Resolution
(921,000-dot) LCD
HD
Full HD (1080p) Movie
with Stereo Sound
A low-light sample photo and a closeup of the COOLPIX P300's 4.2x wide-angle, f/1.8 NIKKOR glass lens

The fastest COOLPIX lens ever

A specially crafted f/1.8 NIKKOR lens

The COOLPIX P300 does justice to your photographic talents with a remarkable 4.2x wide-angle, f/1.8 NIKKOR glass lens—the fastest lens Nikon has ever designed into a COOLPIX camera. It has a 24–100mm optical zoom range and impressive telephoto performance for razor-sharp images. Its f/1.8 maximum aperture assures exceptional low-light results and maximum depth of field control. Simply put, this high-performance lens catches detailed images while displaying Nikon's proud tradition of producing precision camera optics.

Remarkable performance

Advanced features for challenging conditions

Its 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor provides superb image quality, high speed operation, and exceptional low-light performance. The back-illuminated CMOS lets you shoot true-to-life pictures with remarkable detail and color clarity. The COOLPIX P300's four-way VR Image Stabilization is also a boon for handheld shooting. Custom optimized for this COOLPIX P300 model, Nikon's exclusive EXPEED C2 processing engine enhances professional quality images.
Stunning photos take by the COOLPIX P300
COOLPIX P300 Mode dial with Manual Control

Hands-on control

Manual control for the serious photographer

The COOLPIX P300 allows photographers to stretch their creative limits with an impressive range of manual control. There's a Mode Dial for quick and convenient control over select settings, including shutter, aperture, programmed and manual exposure. Exposure Bracketing automatically brackets exposure for three shots, and the ISO can be set as high as 3200 at full resolution to control image quality in low-light conditions or when shooting fast moving subjects.

Catch all the action

One-Touch Full HD (1080p) movies

With the COOLPIX P300, you can shoot Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound. The One-Touch recording button allows instant moviemaking, while the optical zoom control creates a variety of cinematic effects. You can even shoot slow- and fast-motion HD movies with options for 15, 60 and 120 frames per second (at reduced resolution). Viewing and sharing your movies is simple with in-camera playback and an HDMI-CEC output for convenient hookup to an HDTV or computer.
Back of the COOLPIX P300 showing its One-Touch HD (1080p) Movie recording button
Sample photos from the COOLPIX P300 using Easy Panorama and Scene Modes

Eliminate the guesswork

Intuitive scene modes for brilliant results

Every shooting environment comes with its own unique characteristics. The COOLPIX P300 optimizes settings for up to 20 common scenes so you simply point and shoot. Turn on the Scene Auto Selector and the camera automatically recognizes the scene you're in and selects the best one from among seven choices. With Nikon's ingenious Easy Panorama Scene Mode, just pan in any direction and it will automatically detect the movement, then combine and assemble the various shots into one seamless 180 or 360-degree panoramic image.
Soft Focus and High-Contrast Monochrome special effects example photos
Creative potential unleashed

The COOLPIX P300 offers in-camera special effects including High-Contrast Monochrome for sophisticated black and white shots, Nostalgic Sepia for shots with an antiqued look, Soft Focus to create ethereal compositions and High and Low Key settings.

Example portraits using the COOLPIX P300's Smart Portrait System
Better portraits every time

Nikon's Smart Portrait System includes Smile Timer, which automatically recognizes when a subject is smiling and releases the shutter, Face-Priority AF, which finds and focuses on up to 12 faces, Blink Warning, Red-Eye Fix, Skin Softening and more.

Multiple photos taken with the COOLPIX P300's Best Shot Selector
Strength in numbers

You'll love Nikon's Best Shot Selector, which automatically takes up to ten shots with a single press of the shutter and then selects and saves only the sharpest one.

Stunning close-up (macro) photo taken with the COOLPIX P300
Amazing close-up (macro) shots

With the COOLPIX P300's macro shooting capabilities, you'll capture stunning texture and detail rarely seen by the naked eye. From insects and flowers to textiles and food, the COOLPIX P300 allows for macro shooting as close as 1.2 inches.

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Amazing features- small package I went online and typed in pocket sized camera, full manual contol with fast lens, and the P-300 came up. As I continued to read all the other features this camera had I was amazed. Finally, a pocket sized camera that someone who really wanted control over the image, and not just accept what the auto mode gave you, was available. When I read the tech specs, I saw that it had as many, if not more features than my full sized D90. And a 1.8 lens for low light? Great camera. I bring it everywhere with me. October 21, 2012
LOVE IT! I've had this camera for a while now and I LOVE IT. April 27, 2012
Best camera for a beginner/amateur like me. Although the megapixel and optical zoom is low when compared with the same price range but its image quality is very great Used it for light painting and exposure photos, great quality too! Having fun exploring it February 10, 2012
Excellent camera I am pretty happy with my camera. This is a compact camera, easy to carry everywhere, particularly for long trips. Manual setting are great for a small camera. I would totally recommend it! February 7, 2012
Very good allround performance although small sensor. As a hobbyst and owner of good compacts from Canon, Panasonic, Fuji, Olympus, etc., i was atracted specially by the fast lens of this camera. Noise is very low. The results are really very good in terms of sharpness, colour reproduction, etc. The possibility to take great pictures whithout flash is amazing - you can simply forget the camera has a pop-up flash. Overall is a very good allday camera, and turned in the last times my preferred, even against my excellent Canon S95. Only the zoom range could be a little larger in the upper end. January 24, 2012
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Hello, why don't you add RAW-Mode to the Nikon Coolpix P300?

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RAW involves extra work in the workflow and I don't want to put a lot of time in P&S RAW processing. Having said that, if Nikon does include RAW support in P300 or P400(future, which I am sure they will), lot of enthusiasts will give this camera a try and probably will like it. Its Nikon's chance to be amongst 5 star P&S category. Somehow Nikon has always been in 4 star bucket (behind Canon and Pana).
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I hope they do in a firmware update, this will enhance the camera ratings.
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But that would improve the quality! CHDK for Nikon cameras, that would be very very very great.
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I would imagine that for most people that buy this camera jpeg is plenty good enough and dont want the added "effort" that comes with shooting raw. Not everyone shoots raw, even with top end equipment.
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Does this camera have a ruberized surface like the S8100 and S9100?

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Nope. Small parts of it are rubberised for grip, but the main body is smooth plastic (or some other composite material that is extremely light).
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The body furface is not the same, like the s8100 and the s9100.
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How much full-HD video can this camera capture at a time?

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That is, when the video recording button is depressed, will the camera film for a certain amount of time (e.g. 10 min) before automatically stopping or will it continue indefinitely? If the former, is there a way to set it so that it can take video continuously until the battery or free memory run out? Also, how much full-HD video generally can be captured on a full battery charge (assuming unlimited memory)? An hour? Two hours?
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You can record HD for 30 minutes. I then stop the video and start it again.
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The maximum movie length for a single movie is 4 GB or 29 minutes, even when there is sufficient free space on the memory card. The maximum movie length for a single movie is displayed during recording.
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can p300 print the date stamp on the picture taken?

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can p300 print the date stamp on the picture?
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Yes there is.

menu button > navigate to the wrench icon > scroll to "print date" > select "date" or "date and time".

Good luck and happy shooting!
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Yes, this model has the date imprint feature (date and time).
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Can you turn off digital zoom on the Nikon P300?

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I really dislike digital zoom and prefer to crop my own photos when necessary instead of using digital zoom. My old point-and-shoot had a menu item to turn off digital zoom. Can I turn off digital zoom on the P300? If not, how do I know when I'm going into digital zoom?
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Yes there is.

menu button > scroll to wrench > digital zoom > off or on.

Hope that helps. Happy shooting!
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When the camera is zoomed in to the maximum optical zoom position, rotating and holding the zoom control at T triggers digital zoom. Digital zoom can magnify the subject up to about 2x beyond the maximum magnification of the optical zoom. To disable the digital zoom press MENU > SETUP > DIGITAL ZOOM > OFF.
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How does the manual exposure work with a single dial?

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There are two dials for manual. The one on the top of the camera controls the shutter speed, the one on the back of the camera controls the f stops. Very easy to use, and information for both is displayed on screen in easy to read numbers.
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If you are referring to Exposure compensation, please see page # 39 for more information.
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is there a limit on the size of SDHC card the camera can take? Thinking of buying a 64GB.

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I am shooting with a 16GB card, but the User's Manual indicates the camera will accomodate 64SDXC cards from SanDisk, Toshiba and Panasonic.
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Please click in the link below for more information:
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How is the quality on this camera?

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I'm looking for a camera (from Nikon) with REALLY good image quality but not to expensive.
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I think the image quality is really, really good. I just visited DC last weekend, and have 3 photos I'm going to see if I can post in a review. All three were handheld, different modes, different ISO's, etc. I continue to be surprise at the clarity. If they accept the review I think it takes a day or two to publish. As far as expensive, with the ton of features this camera has built into this point and shoot sized body, I thought it was well worth the money.
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It will be a good idea that you compare the specifications of all currents cameras side by side to see which one will fits your needs within your price range. You can use the comparison tool in our website.
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Battery charger.....

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I bought the camera for a gift. I just read that you recharge the battery while its in the camera. I can't open the box (it's a gift, remember) and want to know if this is true or do you have to buy an extra external battery charger in order to charge the battery outside the camera?
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There is a charger included with the camera that charges the battery inside the camera. Since I was going to buy a backup battery anyway, Nikon makes a secondary charger called the MH-65 which charges the battery outside of the camera. I bought that. Id say the charge time is around 4 hours.
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Battery, charger and cable are all supplied in the box.
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LCD display - live histogram?

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Does the LCD display include a live histogram to be viewed while composing the photo?
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Histogram during review of photo, not live. Also shows ISO, how much exposure value if any that you used, Whatt mode you shot in, shutter speed and lens opening.
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When you're adjusting the Exposure compensation a compensation guide and histogram are displayed.
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