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Create in any light

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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Nikon P 300 Auto Timer

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I would like to use the auto timer function on my P 300 while digiscoping. I need the timer to work while in shutter and aperture priority mode. But the timer will only function with the camera set to the Auto Program function. This doesn't seem right. Is there a way to remedy this situation.
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The Self-Timer feature works fine while the camera is set to P, A, S, and M. Please press the Self-Timer button and it will give you 4 options: 10s, 2s, Smile Timer, and Off.
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I would use it for capturing everyday life (macro, good zoom, great photos in every conditions), and I love to make profesionall pictures (photo art)...

I would appreciate your advise.
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You can use the comparison tool in our website in order to compare the specifications of our current cameras side by side to see which one will fit your needs within your price range.
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side show in windows 8 without downloading

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new dell 15z when I plug In the p300 it will only let me down load in windows 8. In my old vista I could do a side show in photo gallery with out downloading the photos.
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Please contact Nikon technical support for assistance with your issue.
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Yes you can as the camera has a aperture auto mode. The blur you are referring to is called "bokeh" Try reading this Nikon article:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-And-Explore/Article/h0ndz86v/bokeh-for-beginners.html
Then read your manual page 66, it can be downloaded here:
http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/kie88335f7869dfuejdl=-cww2/P300_EN.pdf
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I bought my Coolpix p300 end of 2011 and made wonderful pictures and video with it.
Two days ago I was taking pictures when it suddenly stopped, not working, with the objective wide open.
I've tried to charge it, it didn't work, the objective is now closed but the lense is still wide open.
What happened ? Any solution for me ?
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Hi Claire, I see that you are from France. Unfortunately the issue you are experiencing will need to be discussed with Nikon Technical Support. Please contact Nikon Technical support in France for assistance with your issue.
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