Advanced compact camera is getting more popular these years because many enthusiasts or pro photographers would like reliable, high quality camera to take with them all the time. Almost all prominent camera producers already has some models out there.
- Canon has G12 and S95
- Panasonic has LX5
- Olympus has XZ1
- Samsung has EX1/TL500
- Ricoh has GRD III, GXR
- Nikon already has P7000 and today, they introduce P300, a smaller compact.
Nikon P300 is sitting in the borderline between advanced compact and consumer compact camera. It has manual and semi automatic mode like in Digital SLR camera. It also has bright (f/1.8-4.9) zoom lens and very practical 24-100mm zoom length. In addition, it got full HD video recording which is rare in this class.
Unfortunately, it has the same, small compact camera sensor (1/2.3″) which is smaller than all advanced compact camera (1/1.63″ or 1/1.7″). The other disappointment is Nikon does not allow user to record RAW file. Because this camera doesn’t have all the features, it is priced lower than most advanced cameras in this category. The MSRP is just $329, $70-$100 cheaper than Canon S95.
So to whom Nikon P300 is designed for? This camera is good for somebody who want manual control for creative photography, shoot in low light situation most of the time, and don’t want to spent a lot of money for a compact camera.
Important Nikon P300 features:
- 12 MP sensor with 1/2.3″ sensor
- 100-3200 ISO, 6400 available in lower resolution
- 24-100mm f/1.8-4.9 Nikkor lens
- Manual and semi-automatic mode available
- FULL HD 1080 video recording
- Dual controls dial for quick, DSLR style control
- 920k hi res LCD screen
What missing ?
- No hot shoe for external flash or accessories
- Small sensor size means lower image quality
- Inability to record in RAW file