Nikon Coolpix P3 Review

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Nikon Coolpix P3



Playback Modes & Screens


Nikon Coolpix P3


The Playback screen displays the time and date of capture, the folder name and filename. The icon in the middle on the left indicates that this image is marked for Auto Transfer. A voice memo can be recorded by depressing the shutter button. On the bottom is the image quality/size and the image # / total # of images on the SD card or internal memory.



Nikon Coolpix P3


Press the OK button to display the exposure information and histogram. Potentially over-exposed areas will blink.


Nikon Coolpix P3

Press the zoom "W"ide button to enter the Index mode which can show 4, 9 or 16 thumbnail images per page.



Nikon Coolpix P3


Press the zoom "T"ele button to enlarge the playback image. It can be magnified from 1.2x to 10.0x in multiple steps, once enlarged you can scroll around inside of it using the 4-way controller. At any magnification step you can save the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.



Nikon Coolpix P3


Up to a 20-second voice memo can be recorded and attached to the current image by pressing the shutter button, release it to stop recording.



Nikon Coolpix P3


Playback menu has options for Listing pictures by a specific date, D-Lighting (see below), Print set (DPOF) printing information, automated slideshow, image Delete, image Protect, Auto Transfer, Small pic and Copy. The Small Picture option creates a smaller image for email or web use, select from 640x480, 320x240 or 160x120 size.



Nikon Coolpix P3


The Photo Trim option works in conjunction with playback zoom, allowing you to crop out a smaller section of an image. These operations prompt you to create a new image or overwrite the original.



Nikon Coolpix P3


Chose the D-Lighting function from the menu to brighten up the background of flash pictures or to brighten darker areas of most images. It's quick and easy!



Nikon Coolpix P3


QuickTime movies are played back in full screen mode, playback starts by pressing the 4-way controller's center button.

During playback, the 4-way controller's left and right buttons are used to select the playback controls displayed at the top of the LCD; pressing the center button performs the selected action. The bar at the bottom indicates the playback position with the running time in seconds displayed on the right.



Nikon Coolpix P3


The Set-Up menu options:
    Menus - Select text or icon style menu screens
    Welcome screen - Change the image used in the power up screen
    Date - Set the internal time and date
    Monitor Settings - Info displayed on LCD, backlight intensity, framing grids
    Date imprint - Records date, date & time, date counter onto image
    Shot Confirmation - If ON the self-timer lamp lights after shooting
    AF assist - Auto or Off
    Sound settings - Camera sound effects and volume
    Auto Off - Sleep delay time: 30s, 1m, 5m, 30m
    Format card - Format SD card
    Language - Menu language: German, English, French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Chinese, Korean
    Interface - Select the USB protocol: PTP or Mass Storage and Video Out (NTSC or PAL)
    Auto transfer - If ON then all new pictures are marked for auto transfer
    Reset all - Reset all settings to default
    Firmware version - Display the camera's internal software version




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