Nikon Coolpix P330 Review

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Review posted 05/30/2013

Quick Take
Pros
  • High image quality
  • Fast burst modes
  • Powerful built-in flash
  • Sturdy body
  • Can shoot in RAW mode
  • Lots of features
  • Good low-light performance
  • Lens-shift vibration reduction
  • Built-in GPS
  • Records high-quality 1080p HD video
Cons
  • Auto focus isn't always exact
  • Some barrel distortion at edges at wide angle
  • Modest zoom magnification
  • Flash doesn't work in burst mode
Bottom Line
The Coolpix P330 is built to perform - it's packed with features for the serious photography who doesn't want to lug a dSLR. With RAW mode shooting, a fast full-resolution burst mode, and high overall image quality as well as good low-light performance, there's little not to like about this camera other than its modest 5X zoom power. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Nikon's Coolpix Advanced Performance cameras -- the P520 and P7700 -- have a new pocket-sized sibling for 2013, the P330. Appealing features include a 12.2-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS image image sensor (1/1.7-inch), Full HD 1080p vidoe recording, Full Manual Control, a 5x optical zoom lens with Vibration Reduction, Scene Modes, and Easy Auto Mode. 

Let's face it, this range of Nikon cameras are great for shooting in dark, less-than-optimal lightening conditions thanks to the dynamic range inherent in CMOS sensors. But, what makes the P330 special is the f/1.8 maximum aperture lens, which makes it the fastest lens in the entire Coolpix line, including the 2013's Flagship Coolpix A. Stereo Sound and a Dedicated Video Record button are nice features for recording cinematic home movies. Full Manual Controls and NRW/RAW image capture are a must for enthusiasts who want dSLR-like performance without dSLR-bulk.

For the social media photographer, built-in GPS, and optional Wi-Fi Connectivity via the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, will allow owners to track and share all the stunning new photos they take.

Nikon Coolpix P330 Features
  • 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens (24mm-120mm, 35mm equivalent)
  • f/1.8 lens (fastest in Coolpix line)
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording
    • Stereo Sound
    • Dedicated Video Record Button
  • Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization
  • High resolution 3.0-inch LCD with 921K dots
  • Full Manual Controls (P, S, A, M)
  • NRW/RAW Image Capture
  • Scene Modes
  • Easy Auto Mode
  • Built-in GPS
  • Optional Wi-Fi Connectivity via the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot


Nikon's Coolpix P330sports a MSRP of $379.95, and you can choose from black or white. See our lowest price button at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • P33 Digital camera body
  • Wrist strap
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Charging AC adapter
  • AV cable
  • USB cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Reference manual CD-ROM
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty



Additional product photos:

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