Nikon Coolpix P300 Preview

Nikon has officially joined the compact low-light powerhouse category, with their all new Coolpix P300. In direct competition with models like Canon's PowerShot S95 (or S90), Olympus' XZ-1, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX5, and Samsung's EX1/TL500, the P300 is loaded with Nikon's latest technologies and promises excellent low-light performance.

This compact model boasts some very appealing features for those looking for a capable low-light pocket camera, including a 12-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS image sensor, a super fast 4.2x Nikkor optical zoom lens with f/1.8 maximum aperture and ED glass, a 3.0-inch LCD screen with 921k dots, full 1080p HD video option, VR stabilization system, in-camera Backlight HDR mode and much more.

This category is getting even more competitive, with most of the major manufactures now offering a camera with similar abilities and specifications. Check back in the coming months as we update this page once we receive a P300 in for a full review.

Nikon Coolpix P300 features:
  • 12-megapixel BSI, CMOS image sensor (1/2.3")\
  • 4.2x Nikkor optical zoom lens
  • ED glass elements
  • Super fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 at wide angle
  • Nikon's proven VR stabilization system
  • 3.0-inch LCD with 921k dots
  • Full 1080p HD video recording
  • Backlight HDR mode
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Li-ion battery pack (good for up to 240 photos)
The Coolpix P300 should start hitting dealer shelves in March 2011, with an estimated street price of $329.95 US. The camera will be available in any color you choose, as long as it's Black.

Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.