Nikon’s Coolpix P300 is the company’s first compact digital camera to feature a super-fast wide-angle 4.2x Zoom-Nikkor glass lens (24-100 mm equivalent) with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. It captures Full HD (1080p) video, and has a 12.2-megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor.
Created for the photo enthusiast who seeks creative control, the P300 features manual controls, Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, and ISO sensitivity up to 3200.
The company says the CMOS sensor in the P300 is designed so that each pixel receives light more efficiently for superior performance. Nikon’s Expeed C2 image processing engine enhances overall speed and performance to deliver images that burst with vivid clarity and colour.
The camera has several features commonly found in DSLRs such Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Priority (S) and Full Manual (M) Control, accessed through a top mounted control wheel. Users can also apply special effects to colours, and filter effects such as a cross screen or fisheye lens.
The P300 includes Nikon’s new Easy Panorama mode, to simply create vertical or horizontal panoramic shots automatically in-camera. Users can quickly and easily apply these settings, as well as review and share photos on the high resolution 3-inch LCD screen.
The P300 also features several improved scene modes including Advanced Night Portrait mode, Night Landscape mode, and Backlight high dynamic range (HDR) mode. When Advanced Night Portrait mode is engaged, the camera combines multiple background shots along with a subject flash shot. In Backlight HDR mode, the P300 combines multiple shots at different exposures while Night Landscape mode combines multiple shots taken with a faster shutter speed for reduced noise and improved tonal range throughout the photo.
The P300 records high quality Full HD 1080p movies at 30 fps with autofocus, stereo sound and the ability to use the optical zoom. Additionally, the Special Effects mode and a Creative Slider mode will allow ever more creative freedom when recording both movies and still images. Users can also adjust the recording speed of their movies to apply slow motion or high-speed special effects.