Auto mode is shown here in the default, auto info view. Rather than have a dedicated button or four-way position for rotating the amount of camera information displayed in shooting mode, you select your preferences in the setup menu, under monitor settings. Here you can choose to show camera information continuously, hide it, or use the Auto setting, which displays camera settings for roughly 3 seconds before disappearing. It reappears if you press the shutter button halfway, turn the command dial, etc.
Shown here is Program mode, with the histogram feature turned on, which you select in the same setup menu as the primary monitor setting. Note that the yellow highlighted box at bottom center indicates that turning the command dial on the top of the camera will change the shutter speed and aperture settings; which is called Program Shift.
When the camera has locked focus, one or more auto focus boxes turn green. The size and number of boxes depends on which AF area mode you have selected.
Pressing the bottom position on the four-way control launches the auto focus menu, shown here in Program mode (in Auto mode, you don't get the manual focus option).
- Manual focus
AF area mode is the third item in the shooting menu when in one of the manual modes (Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Manual or User). It is not available in Auto mode or when using a scene mode. The shooting menu is launched by the dedicated Menu button on the back panel.
AF area mode menu:
- Face priority
- Center (normal)
- Center (wide)
- Subject tracking
- Target finding AF (camera detects main subject)
The P330 has 20 scene modes, plus nine special effects (or filters). It is a good assortment of scene modes that should cover almost all shooting situations, without going overboard and making menu navigation unwieldy.
I think serious photographers will like the special effects best for getting creative results, but unfortunately these are nested within the scene mode menu, which makes them a little more difficult to access. However, if you already have your favorite special effect selected for the Special Effect scene mode, you can launch it with a quick turn of the mode dial to the Scene position.
Scene mode menu:
- Scene auto selector
- Night portrait
- Fireworks show
- Black and white copy
- Pet portrait
- Special effects (see list below)
- 3D photography
Special effects menu:
- High-contrast monochrome
- High key
- Low key
- Selective color (12 colors offered)
- High ISO monochrome
- Cross process
The top position on the four-way control launches the flash menu. That is, as long as you have the flash raised - the camera does not pop up the flash automatically. In this way, the camera is designed more for the photographer in the know rather than for someone who wants a camera that will decide when to use flash.
If you press the button for the flash menu without raising the flash first, the camera gives you a message instructing you to do so, even in Auto mode.
- Auto with red-eye reduction
- Fill flash
- Slow sync
- Rear-curtain sync
Selecting ISO sensitivity in the shooting menu brings up this menu. You can set a single ISO setting from ISO 80 to ISO 3200, choose a fixed range, or one of the high sensitivity settings.
ISO sensitivity menu:
- Fixed range auto (ISO 80-400, ISO 80-800, ISO 80-1600)
- ISO 80
- ISO 100
- ISO 200
- ISO 400
- ISO 800
- ISO 1600
- ISO 3200
- Hi 1 (ISO 80 - ISO 6400 equivalent)
- Hi 2 (ISO 80 - ISO 12800 equivalent)
Pressing the function button on the front of the camera can launch one of 10 menus, for when shooting in one of the manual modes. The first seven selections are shown in this screen shot, with Metering selected.
Metering mode menu:
Function button menu options:
- Image quality
- Image size
- Picture Control
- White balance
- Continuous shooting
- ISO sensitivity
- AF area mode
- Built-in ND filter
- Vibration reduction
Shown here is the continuous shooting menu as accessed by the function (Fn) button. Rather than take up the entire screen, as the shooting menu does, the Fn menu appears as an overlay on the left side of the screen.
Continuous shooting menu (12M unless noted otherwise):
- Continuous high (up to 10 shots at 10fps)
- Continuous low (up to 30 shots at 1fps)
- Pre-shooting cache (up to 15fps, 3M)
- Continuous 120 fps (1M)
- Continuous 60 fps (1M)
- Best shot selector (up to 10 shots)
- Multi-shot 16 (16 shots at 30fps in a single 5M picture)
- Interval timer shooting (30 sec., 1 min., 5 min., 10 min.)
There are two selections in the shooting menu that provide detailed control over sharpness and color: Picture Control and Custom Picture Control. In these menus, you can select a preset and customize it to your liking (and save two custom presets).
Once you have entered the Custom Picture menu and selected on of the options (listed below), the settings appear as slide bars. And if you have scrolled down to adjust either the contrast or saturation, turning the zoom ring rightward will bring up the graph pictured above. It uses a grid rather than the bars to show a comparison of these settings in the various presets.
Custom Picture Control menu:
- Custom 1
- Custom 2
With the camera in P or A mode, and ISO set to Auto, you can set a minimum shutter speed. This option appears under the ISO sensitivity menu. You can set this from 1/125 second to 1 second.
Like using a lot of zoom? You might like this. The last item in the shooting menu allows you to select a startup zoom position. After turning on the camera, the lens automatically zooms to the magnification you select, from wide angle to full telephoto.
The shooting menu offers a total of 17 adjustable settings, plus the ability to save or reset your selections.
The setup menu offers three pages of settings for adjusting everything from date/time to turning blink warning on/off.
The Coolpix P330 records attractive high-definition video at 1080p. Unlike some other models that boast this spec, this camera performs well in video record mode, zooming smoothly without losing grasp of auto focus.
As with still image shooting, you can change the amount of information displayed in the menus. As indicated in the bottom left corner, leftward on the four-way control activates auto focus while a rightward press locks the exposure.